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American Red Cross Washington DC Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern
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  • High-pressured working environment with huge workload not offering work-life balance (in 56 reviews)

  • Upper management needs to be reined in (in 95 reviews)

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  1. "Great environment, passionate people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people working there are passionate about what they do. It feels great knowing your tasks are making such a difference. You really see how your efforts pay off.

    Cons

    Large organization so more difficult to move up- does have a plus of allowing you to move departments and learn new skills though


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Job satisfaction only comes from the mission, not the work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission
    Clients
    Pride
    Feel good about helping people

    Cons

    The entire organization is 20-30 years behind, from the leadership styles, business practices and services, HR policies, IT, compensation analysis, etc.

    Advice to Management

    -You get what you pay for; if you aren't going to pay for it (Red Cross), then set realistic expectations and goals.
    -just because the Red Cross is a not for profit organization, doesn't mean it should be using industry best practices in order to maximize budgets
    -stop the nepotism at senior leadership levels; it only encourages poor decision making and develops an environment in which you become blind to your areas in need of improvement
    -bring in industry leaders who can bring the organization into the 21st century in all aspects of the business. Too many people have been here doing things the same way they have done them for the past 30 years, oblivious that there are newer, more efficient methods.
    -Specific to Disaster Services: Expecting undercompensated staff to regularly work night and weekends, cancel vacations, and be berated for not producing optimal results is a joke
    -I am perplexed how senior leadership seems to be oblivious to what causes the high turn over rate across the organization.


  3. "Opperation"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The ability to work remote has been a big plus

    Cons

    growth opportunities are scarce. Promotions do not happen as often as they should


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  5. "Telecommunications Administrative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Telecom Administrator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Telecom Administrator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is very friendly & Clean

    Cons

    Everyone speaks to you with no Problem

    Advice to Management

    Continue to give great feedback


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Hearts in the Right Place"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Incredible mission and volunteers with hearts looking in the right place.

    Cons

    Zero concern, compassion, or interest in its employees. Leadership is fearful of everything, and takes that fear out on the overworked, underpaid, employees. Senior leadership likes to say things like "you don't understand what its like to ...".

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  7. "Amazing People to work with"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing in Montgomery Village, MD
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing in Montgomery Village, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are kind and helpful and with the biggest hearts.

    Cons

    It is a non-profit, therefore you get to wear multiple hats all the time and you have to be comfortable with ambiguity and constant change. It could be stressful, especially during disasters.


  8. "Not the best"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, flexible hours, lot of events

    Cons

    No communication, lot of kool-aid drinking, being run like a for-profit business as opposed to a charity


  9. "Total Rewards"

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    Former Contractor - Compensation Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Compensation Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at American Red Cross as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Manager was wonderful, easy to work with; Almost entirely remote team, working remotely is a great convenience, and working with a team that is mostly remote makes it even more effective; also if they have you for a contract and you do good work they may bring you back again.

    Cons

    None, I loved it, would have loved to have stayed but it was a contract position (2 separate contract periods)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work environment, working remotely with a remote team was the most efficient way I have worked in my career.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "American Red Cross"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Associate III in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Associate III in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A tremendous amount of experience gained in the biomedical industry as well as a wealth of experience gained in a highly regulated environment.

    Cons

    Salary is well below regional average. Many long hours worked due to constant downsizing over the last 10 years.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Revenue Driven"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee and volunteers' passion for mission, chapter leaders

    Cons

    Lack of diversity, poor communication from leaders, revenue driven, lack of resources

    Advice to Management

    Delivery of service in support of mission happens locally, not nationally. That's the true driver of sustainable growth. Brand trust more important than brand management or placement. Revenue driven organizations don't provide solutions. Mission driven organizations do.



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