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American Red Cross Reviews

Updated September 24, 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. Helpful (1)

    "No Humanity for Workers"

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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 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mission and Local Chapter People, Volunteers all wonderful people

    Cons

    No respect for employees. Lots of favoritism and ageism. No visible HR support for employees.

    Advice to Management

    One Red Cross is a Dream.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The most regulated Company I worked for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Biomedical Equipment Technician in Douglasville, GA
    Current Employee - Biomedical Equipment Technician in Douglasville, GA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Company Good Benifits. Hard to advance.

    Cons

    The work is not challenging and you technical skills will get rusty. It is the most regulated company I have ever worked for. Be prepared to do more paperwork than work, much more.The work is not hard and they pay well.

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. "Listen to your staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Collections II in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Collections II in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, I like my coworkers

    Cons

    It's a big odious company that takes a long time to change, but we have a director who's trying to right some wrongs

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the issues that matter, and care less about the little things like the proper shade of red for our scrub tops


  4. "Worse place to work"

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    Former Employee - Collections Specialist Phlebotomist in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Collections Specialist Phlebotomist in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None of I could give it negative stars it world be minus

    Cons

    Horrible management
    Coworkers were rude and nasty people that act like they own The company. If somone was there one day longer than you they thought they were your noss.The place is a joke. They talk bad about donors and make fun of them. They are just nasty people and I hated every day I went to work. I prayed I would get into a car accident every that way I didn't have to ever go back there. Some days the only people I would talk go was the donors .

    Advice to Management

    They are ex collections so they just know how position the knife better. I tried everything to not work with all the bullies but the person that does scheduling asks like she is God and she is a snake


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Health and Wellness Director in Fayetteville, NC
    Former Employee - Health and Wellness Director in Fayetteville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helping others and training to save lives

    Cons

    National management did not consider local needs in making their decisions

    Advice to Management

    Be sure that the national decisions do not have an adverse effect on both the local economy and volunteers


  6. "not recommended for people with children"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Co- workers become family after spending that many hours with them

    Cons

    Long hours. Up to three hours away from home


  7. "Lots of heart in the organization"

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    Former Employee - Director of Communications and Marketing in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Communications and Marketing in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, people that encourage one another to grow and really puts others first before themselves.

    Cons

    Too much too do with little resources. I know it's a nonprofit, but quality suffers because the investment in people (salaries are horrible, especially in CA where the cost of living is high) is not a priority.

    Advice to Management

    Start compensating people for their hard work and dedication.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Executive Leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission of the organization is exceptional and the history of the brand is next-to-none

    Cons

    Executive Leaders are too detached from the staff. The CEO continues to promote her former colleagues from AT&T into larger leadership roles when they actually may be part of the problem

    Advice to Management

    Look outside for better leadership for the blood business; the HR department could use a new leader as well for some new and innovative HR ideas and practices


  9. "I wouldn't recommend to an enemy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission
    Great org to put on your resume
    Work with local government, networking

    I was able to use my network built at this job to get a job at a well paying university.

    Cons

    Supervisors
    Pay
    No work life balance
    Constant berating

    I was reprimanded for spending time with my wife and new baby. They expect nothing to rise above your dedication to the job. I tried to discuss how to come up with a work life compromise in both salary and work hours. My boss was more concerned with his affairs with coworkers than my leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. It's too late. You aren't here for your employees and your D.C. Bosses aren't going to look the other way forever.


  10. "Ok job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Component Technician in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Component Technician in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime (could get s lots hours ) if you didn't have a life this is the job for you

    Cons

    Change shift often , your shift could get pushed back two - three hours good thing about it was you would get$2.25 in shifts premiums per hour.


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