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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. Helpful (4)

    "Worst job I have ever had... Phlebotomist in Dallas, TX"

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    Former Employee - Collections Specialist II/Phlebotomist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Collections Specialist II/Phlebotomist in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The insurance is good I guess. That's it. I am only writing more to meet this "20 word minimum" requirement..

    Cons

    Everything. This is hands down the WORST job I have ever had. Keep in mind, I've worked retail, waitressing, and other "less-than-desirable" jobs, but working at Red Cross reallyyyyy takes the cake for being the worst. No work-life balance. You will be exhausted and compensated poorly. You will be treated like an idiot by trainers. If you're sick for ONE day during training, you have to start it all over... and training takes 3 months to complete. You'll be expected to drive huge trucks and buses (up to HOURS away) without the proper license because they somehow find legal loopholes around this... The medical equipment is so old and barely functioning. They hire anyone and everyone and some employees think they are actual nurses or practitioners, which is very concerning. This "organization" is so sketchy.

    If you're thinking about getting a job here, don't.
    If you've already accepted a job here, RUN.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.


  2. "Great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work.

    Cons

    There are none to report.

    Advice to Management

    There are none.

  3. "Volunteer"

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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 part-time

    Pros

    Great place to gain experience

    Cons

    No many people need help, not enough volunteers,

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  4. "Marketing"

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

    I have been working at American Red Cross part-time

    Pros

    One of the reasons to work with American Red Cross is to be able to help others with your skills.

    Cons

    Don't have one. Evrithg I have experienced was positive.

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Inept Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great cause and worthwhile organizational principles and purpose.

    Cons

    Management is so detached from line staff in Biomedical services that they don't even understand how operations take place in the field. Despite efforts to centralize and standardize, local differences persist.

    Advice to Management

    Look to best in class operations in other areas of the country and follow their lead rather than trying to manage from the top down and dictate actions. Manage for business results, not adherence to arbitrary rules.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Okay company, wouldn't go back"

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

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    -Non-profit
    -Felt your work really made a difference
    -Lack of managers reduced feeling of micro-managing

    Cons

    -Unpredictable lay-offs
    -Toxic work environment due to distrust in management and lay-offs
    -Micro-managing in main office was unbearable

    Advice to Management

    Qualified and skilled employees are expensive, but better for the company in the long-run. Don't be afraid to make the investment, or else the ARC will continue to decline.


  7. "Registered Nurse BSN"

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    Former Employee - Team Supervisor in Farmington, CT
    Former Employee - Team Supervisor in Farmington, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have a strong work enthic. I have had 12 years of either Managing or as an Instructor. I am anxious to learn new skills experience in the computer field. I do have some computer skills but most of the programs I learned were just for the American Red Cross. i have been a RN BSN since 1981 and have had a variety of experiences. I look forward to new challenges

    Cons

    I have worked at the American Red Cross and was promoted to many different jobs. I learned how to be an instructor, how to manage people, how to ensure a blood drive runs smoothly, and how to give good customer service. I don't think of these as cons but as knowledge I can pass on.

    Advice to Management

    I feel I have the skills you are looking for. I want to expand my nursing skills and knowledge .

  8. "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 part-time

    Pros

    The coworkers and donors are amazing!

    Cons

    You travel a lot and never know where you are going to be.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Solid job, high emotional labor but with reason"

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    Former Employee - Military Emergency Communications Services Liaison in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Military Emergency Communications Services Liaison in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    Purpose of job is incredibly important, staff was welcoming and engaging to work alongside, training was helpful

    Cons

    Emotionally demanding, high call volume- to low staffing ratio difficult to manage

    Advice to Management

    Be more cognitive of emotional labor liaisons use to perform work


  10. "Volunteer at Red Cross"

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in Carmel Valley Village, CA
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Carmel Valley Village, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good place to volunteer

    Cons

    So far everything seems good.


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