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American Red Cross Reviews

Updated December 10, 2018
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American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern
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  • "365 no work/life balance, hard to fund raise for in non disaster times" (in 75 reviews)

  • "Upper management did not support the vision of research labs" (in 109 reviews)

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  1. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross part-time

    Pros

    Professional atmosphere in all areas

    Cons

    Do not hire full time


  2. "leadership gets in the way and lacks vision"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    nice colleagues and strong mission

    Cons

    poor leadership and lack of transparency and poor financial management

  3. "Good benefits bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and time off were really good

    Cons

    Business is very to heavy with many many managers and they are not fair to their people

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer!! The oeons are people too!


  4. "Phlebotomist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great job wonderful people to. Wrk with

    Cons

    None there isn't anything I don't like


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, a lot of wasted process"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team and great mission of the company.

    Cons

    An inordinate amount of worthless process. Even simple changes need to go through crazy process

    Advice to Management

    Think forward, not backward


  6. "NAT Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in San Bernardino, CA
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in San Bernardino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    so rewarding both financially and professionally.

    Cons

    I left to become a treatment nurse which was short lived. I wish I would not have left.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the awesome work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Do good, but get ready for red tape"

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    Former Employee - Event Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Event Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Doing good work all across America, sense of purpose and passionate coworkers

    Cons

    Top-down management to the extreme, bureaucracy at every level of the organization, under staffed, centralized HR (no one local to talk to).

  8. "Working for the Red Cross..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Believe in the mission. Flexibility and opportunity to work remotely.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities to grow. Low morale. Lack of local control. Poor communication within the organization.


  9. "Disorganization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work and helping all those people who benefit from Blood products.

    Cons

    Very disappointed with upper managements decisions, actually hurt front line staff ability to complete the mission of ARC.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at your decisions and how they really affect the ARC mission, try to read between the lines.


  10. "Job is not difficult, however it can get very busy."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    The people are great and the machines are easy to learn. The pay in greater for people working in 3rd shift.

    Cons

    Can get VERY busy. Especially during Thursdays through Saturdays. Blood samples begin to pile up very quickly and things can get out of hand if you don't pick up the pace. The pay is not very good considering you're more than likely to not finish on time. You usually finish later than your clock out time on busy days (do get overtime though).