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American Red Cross Washington DC Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern
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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. "Service to the Armed Forces Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with service members and various communities

    Cons

    Transportation accessibility for all working away from station.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "No Humanity for Employees"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission is wonderful. Great benefits and volunteers are awesome!

    Cons

    Favoritism and ageism. If you are not a manager you have no support or crediblity. No HR to speak of. No loyalty for years of service. Yearly turn overs and staff reductions in every department.

    Advice to Management

    Strengthen the HR to support staff. Make sure management is not so far apart from staff and goals are reasonable.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Executive 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 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


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission. If you have the right combo of luck, grit, savvy and sponsorship, you can move up. Lots of ex-ATT-ers and other downsized industries at the exec level so there is a lot of experience to learn from. Good ppl are there.

    Cons

    ATT is probably not the best talent source for a service mission, actively-being-disrupted organization. TREMENDOUS cronyism. Can't emphasize enough. You need to come from private sector to get director or above. It's a privilege and a choice to work at a non-profit, lot's of folks working there don't get that.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify (in all ways) executive ranks. Hire some folks for leadership internally who are not in disaster.


  6. "Foundation Partnership"

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    Former Intern - Graduate Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Graduate Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible work schedule
    direct impact on people
    fast-paced environment
    innovative
    History

    Cons

    Emergency and disaster relief
    Controversial
    Fast-Paced environment
    History
    large network


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Great reputation, you are able to directly contribute to social good, history of the organization is rich and it is deeply embedded in US history.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic and slow moving. The leadership was not aligned with the employees particularly the former ATT execs brought in by McGovern.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in young and new employees. Provide more professional growth opportunities and funding. Rework HR - it is abysmal!

  8. "Work for a good cause"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment
    Opportunity to travel overseas
    Good exposure to development/ humanitarian work

    Cons

    Job insecurity. Some projects have limited funding and positions are not permanent
    Salary and benefits might not be as competitive as the private sector

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for growth, professional development


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good mandate and mission. Interesting organization with connection with global, regional, and national organizations.

    Cons

    Salary is not so attractive
    At times office politics can be discouraging


  10. "Sr Consultant"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant Remote in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant Remote in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not for profit that does great work. Worthy organization.

    Cons

    Funding for projects varies greatly. Culture is a bit clickish.

    Advice to Management

    Consider moving key leaders into new roles every 3-5 years to prevent stagnation.


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