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British Red Cross Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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  • Its pretty bureaucratic and decision making / project management isn't great (in 6 reviews)

  • Sycophantic clones of existing senior managers are promoted (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome. I had a great time volunteering there.

    Cons

    Nothing. I have no qualms.


  2. "Good Employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment and team mates

    Cons

    Short sited on technology and growth for what the organisation does

    Advice to Management

    invest in IT and remove some of the dead wood that fear change


  3. "Great Organisation - wish I'd never left"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Amazing leadership, heart, dedication and direction

    Cons

    hard to get promoted, flat structure

    Advice to Management

    Let me come back


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  5. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working conditions and environment

    Cons

    Low pay which is typical for charities


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Refugee Support Caseworker (Volunteer)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Extensive training for volunteer role
    - Supportive learning environment
    - Flexible scheduling - excellent for volunteer role as you can plan month by month, according to when you will be free
    - regular e-mail updates about opportunities (mostly other volunteer roles)

    Cons

    - no communal lunch time culture
    - high turn over of volunteers


  7. "Assistant paramedic and volunteer at the Relief and Self-Help Center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coventry, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coventry, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross part-time

    Pros

    I love work in the human field, I love working in a team, friendly, honest and work hard

    Cons

    I can not work full time because I'm single mother


  8. Helpful (1)

    "D2D Fundraiser"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, experiences that will benefit for sales in the future.

    Cons

    Outside through good and bad weather, working full-time for part-time hours (5 days - 30 hours), long unpaid travel time,


  9. Helpful (1)

    "On a journey, but heed the warning signs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A genuine sense of mission and values
    High calibre colleagues in pockets
    Excellent work ethic from most
    Values the self starter

    Cons

    Intent does not match reality in terms of people management
    Increased use of contractors labelled as innovation, but without thought for capacity bullding of core resources

    Advice to Management

    Be bolder and challenge each other. Make real the values by collaborating and positively criticising.

    Please, finally, work to get some idea of the hidden potential and experience of your people.


  10. "Shop assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Great manager, makes volunteers feel welcome, confident and motivated.
    - Well known organisation, looks good on your CV.
    - Plenty of different jobs given to me so doesn't feel as monotonous as other retail jobs.
    - Other volunteers are friendly, there's a good feeling of team ethos.
    - Provides retail experience if you require it for future jobs plus there are opportunities to work for the Red Cross.

    Cons

    - Get the feeling shop manager/assistant manager is being over worked.
    - Mid week there are less volunteers so workload is heavier.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your shop managers, they are the ones keeping volunteers are your stores and providing excellent customer service which brings in donations.


  11. "The worst organisation I have ever worked for"

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    Current Employee - Patient Transport in Douglas (Man, Isle of)
    Current Employee - Patient Transport in Douglas (Man, Isle of)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    None at all that I have seen in 10 years

    Cons

    Worst management ever. No potential unless your face fits. They say they care about people but don't give a toss about their own staff. Always been done down and told I don't stand out from the crowd even though I look after my service users with dignity and respect and pride

    Advice to Management

    Grow a pair and pay staff better and treat us like humans not robots



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