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American Red Cross Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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  • Work/life balance the scale will tip towards work (in 64 reviews)

  • Upper management needs to be reined in (in 101 reviews)

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  1. "Mobile Unit Assistant/Driver"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    You get to meet a lot of different people and work with different people everyday

    Cons

    Days are typically long due to traveling so it can be hard to balance family life


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The last year was difficult"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The RC has an excellent mission, that helps someone in need everyday with their services. There is not enough recognitions of the mission and volunteers who lead the work.

    Cons

    Poor leadership at the regional and divisional levels. They lack clear development options for experienced leaders. Sometimes the mission is lost to hitting the metrics.

    Advice to Management

    Local boards should have more responsibilitiy over the Regional Executives performance.

  3. "AmeriCorps State Resiliency Corps Member"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at American Red Cross as a contractor

    Pros

    Working for a great mission with a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

    Cons

    As a large organization, there was not a lot of flexibility. This was a con for many fellow young professionals.

    Advice to Management

    Although AmeriCorps are short-term employees, treat them as future volunteers and potential staff members. AmeriCorps are energetic professionals at the start of their career. They will remember this experience for a long time.


  4. "ok company. its a non-profit however"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    great for recent college grads

    Cons

    no competitive pay. needs more positions

    Advice to Management

    develop workers better. no real advancement


  5. "Great Mission, Some Financial Challenges"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People care about the mission, work has an impact

    Cons

    business model needs to adapt with the times


  6. "American Red Cross Biomedical Services"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    very diverse working environment, honorable mission/values

    Cons

    stability overall for biomedical services with the advancements being made with blood transfusions/surgeries, etc.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, Terrible Management"

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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

    Coworkers were amazing and very into the mission of the organization.

    Cons

    Organization shifted it's focus from helping people to minimizing expenses.

  8. "Disaster Program Specialist"

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    Current Employee - DPS in Montgomery, AL
    Current Employee - DPS in Montgomery, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission, mission, mission to help others in times of dire need.

    Cons

    Salary is too low for continued employment. Must move up immediately to be able to retain ARC employment due to financial obligations set prior to employment.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Scheduler"

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    Current Employee - Staff Scheduling
    Current Employee - Staff Scheduling
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engaging work that requires a problem solving, people skills, logistics, and an eye for detail.

    Cons

    Drive changes, staff call outs/FML, and other logistics can be incredibly stressful. Either find a solution or document why you cannot.

    Advice to Management

    Bring DRD and market managers back to the same team. You have downsized the collections team too much--all the best phlebotomists get burned out now. Send trainees back to education for training instead of collections. Invest in new equipment so we quit looking antiquated against other blood banks.


  10. "Technician Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    The job is pretty easy and straight forward. The initial training is 3 weeks and they really make sure you are aware of the expectations and how to do everything properly. There is also always room for growth. Most people move up pretty quickly as long as you have the proper qualifications. The health care plans are pretty great (although I only need very basic care and cannot comment on many specialty procedures or doctors).

    Cons

    The pay is pretty lower since it is a non profit and raises are a joke. It seems pretty unfair for what they expect of you and how important the jobs are. Some employee moral is very low which can really affect the day to day of the job (but also I think that is a toss up with most companies).

    Advice to Management

    Have fair raises. There are places where costs can be cut that would help the budget more. This would help employee moral a lot.


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