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American Red Cross Reviews

Updated February 18, 2019
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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)

  • "Too much traveling and upper management inefficiency" (in 110 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Saving lives and great corworkers

    Cons

    None, I love working here


  2. "ok"

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    Current Employee - Volunteer
    Current Employee - Volunteer

    I have been working at American Red Cross part-time

    Pros

    They do good, important work

    Cons

    staffed mostly by volunteers during stressful situations, so can be disorganized

  3. "People make the difference"

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    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross part-time

    Pros

    By working at the Red Cross you know you are making a difference. I enjoyed being exposed to many different types of people and situations. I worked with some wonderful people. Once I had proven myself, I was able to work remotely.

    Cons

    The Red Cross grew so quickly over the years, some chapters are not run very efficiently. The organization as a whole is trying to resolve this but there are growing pains. The IT department is sorely lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Look past procedures to people


  4. "I would love to change the world with kindness."

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in Pasadena, TX
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Pasadena, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience, helping others, traveling to rebuild community's, and so much more.

    Cons

    I have not yet had an experience to share to say any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Hire me as a working volunteer. Its time for me to make a difference in this world.


  5. "Ok job"

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    Former Employee - Phelbotomist
    Former Employee - Phelbotomist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    It pays Good money for what its worth...

    Cons

    You have No life outside work ever Ever ever


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Hard work physically and mentally"

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    Current Employee - Platelet Pheresis Tech
    Current Employee - Platelet Pheresis Tech

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Amazing training oppurtunities, takes care of employees when travel is needed

    Cons

    Mentally draining at times and lots of paperwork involved if a problem arises. Very repetative day in and day out. Nasty donors treat staff like trash.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the employees more over the donors. I understand that with out the donors we wouldn't have a job. Its just more difficult to explain our side over the donors side


  7. "Community Focuses"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helped a lot of people in need. Had the opportunity to learn a lot about non-profit world and emergency services. If you want work with volunteers, this is the place to do it. Working with volunteers can be stressful, but they are the kind-hearted, loving individuals who want to support a bigger cause. The WIC department does a lot of workshops for employees to destress.

    Cons

    Great place to work if you like long hours and short lunches. Entry-level workers do most of the work and get paid very little. Volunteering and working at the Red Cross are completely different experiences. Yout have to do all the work that volunteers and mid-level management doesn't want to do. If you want to do disaster work in other parts of the U.S.A I recommend you stick to volunteering because mid to higher management get most of the opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    San Diego management do a lot of great work, keep that up. I recommend you pay attention to training mid-level employees on how to use entry-level workers. You want to retain them, not burn them out.

  8. ""Beware of This Company""

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    Current Employee - Collections Technician
    Current Employee - Collections Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Meeting new donors makes it the best part of the job.

    Cons

    Coworkers are very unprofessional around the donors and cut throat with each other. Management is anything but empathetic. If they don't like you watch out they will do anything to get you out of the organization! Really bad work hours. The pay is low for the amount of physical work that you are required to do. The amount of time you spend driving to different locations everyday will take up your whole day so if you have a family this is the worst possible job to have!


  9. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Counselor
    Former Employee - Counselor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Professionals who care about their clients.

    Cons

    Pay scale is okay and may possibly improve.


  10. "Can do better"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The cause is worth the job.
     Great teams.

    Cons

    Too much traveling and upper management inefficiency.
    No career advancement

    Advice to Management

    The teams are hardworking