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American Red Cross Reviews

Updated September 16, 2017
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  • Work/life balance the scale will tip towards work (in 65 reviews)

  • Upper management in Washington DC dictating asinine protocols that were out of touch with the mission of the department (in 102 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fair management, positive atmosphere, interesting work where you learn new things daily. Enjoyed my part time job there while I was there.

    Cons

    I personally can't think of any--it was only part time. More hours could have been better. I would have liked to be able to have that.


  2. "They mean well, management can just be difficult"

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    Current Employee - Apheresis Technician in West Henrietta, NY
    Current Employee - Apheresis Technician in West Henrietta, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful organization with heartfelt mission

    Cons

    Supervisors and Managers can sometimes get lost in numbers which. while the numbers are understandably important, can make the workers feel as though they do not matter.

    Advice to Management

    Take a moment to listen to your staff. There needs to be a compromise - happier workers make more production. Hear them out.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Ok job with endless administrative hassles"

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    Current Employee - Mobile Phlebotomist With CDL in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Mobile Phlebotomist With CDL in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty good job with overtime. Lots of travel. Working with donors can be great lots of interesting people to connect with.

    Cons

    Managed by fools. Racial and gender imbalance creates a negative and lazy work environment. Zero opportunity to advance. The pay is too low for what we do.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should work for the staff to improve company, not pander to officers to keep their jobs.


  4. "Assistant Station Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    I loved moving to different parts of the world. I felt we made a difference.

    Cons

    You're on call 24/7. You don't get any training.

    Advice to Management

    You can't hold your people accountable when you don't tell them your expectations.


  5. "Solid Company"

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focused on trained staff, solid communication

    Cons

    Even though nonprofit, has bureaucracy issues due to size


  6. "Charge Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Charge Nurse in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Charge Nurse in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meeting and working with fantastic blood donors. Working as a team to save lives.

    Cons

    Long, varied work hours. Some weeks better than others. Not as bad as some other RN schedules.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great work for a great cause"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Supportive supervisor
    Great cause
    Opportunity to grow

    Cons

    Constantly changing process
    Challenging moments

  8. "Red cross"

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    Former Employee - Scheduler in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Scheduler in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hours were perfect for about 5 years then

    Cons

    Select of people to call was less and less

    Advice to Management

    New lists for calling was needed


  9. "American Red Cross"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work if you enjoy helping people.

    Cons

    Not a place to work if your looking for great pay.


  10. "DPM"

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    Former Employee - Disaster Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Disaster Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved my time with the Red Cross! I was lucky enough to have both an amazing boss and incredible co-workers. The mission was the reason I joined, the people are the reason I stayed.

    Cons

    It can be very exhausting and emotionally hard assisting people on the worst day of their life, but is also very rewarding.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to allow individuals from the field to make significant input in the direction of the organization.


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