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Canadian Blood Services Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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Canadian Blood Services CEO Graham D. Sher
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  • Don't seem to listen to front line staff (in 6 reviews)

  • Work full time(6 days a week ) in a part time world (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Not a place to grow"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Donor Relations in Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Donor Relations in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing font line staff
    Great benefits
    Good pay and Pension

    Cons

    Too many middle managers who don't heave management experience
    CBS is changing everyday, causing more job losses
    CEO is on a mission to cut costs without thinking about the impact to the donors

    Advice to Management

    Management is too top heavy. There needs to be less managers and supervisors and more communication from Head Office.


  2. "manager"

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    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    cause is important, most people there really want to make a difference. many chances to grow and develop if you're willing.

    Cons

    slow to change, older leaders with older perspectives, very male dominated and internally focused. process can win over people in some areas.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Work till you drop"

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    Current Employee - Robot
    Current Employee - Robot
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay rate is higher than average

    Cons

    Pressure cooker, stats on each employee, expect near impossible, on an on

    Advice to Management

    Wake up


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  5. "Canadian Blood Services serves us well"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great cause, people who work here are all on the same team

    Cons

    undergoing change in a large organization is complex


  6. Helpful (2)

    "IT"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive salary, nice people

    Cons

    No opportunities for advancement, management is old school


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Worst work environment ever."

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    Former Employee - Ex-Phlebotomist
    Former Employee - Ex-Phlebotomist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The other staff are the greatest. Most of the donors are also great.

    Cons

    You will never become full-time. CBS has adopted the American model of employment. You are scheduled for slightly under full-time hours so they avoid the benefits package. But you will always be expected to work overtime. The overtime will always put you over full-time hours, but that won't count because only scheduled hours count. Also you will not be paid overtime rates, just straight time. If they put out an appeal to the public for more blood more people will show up and you will have to work harder and longer. As a token of appreciation for all the hard work the employees provided the Company bought everyone a Hershey's chocolate bar.

    CBS is chronically short-staffed because they can't retain employees (understandable). So everyone else has to work harder because the workload is the same regardless of how many staff show up to work. They won't hire extra staff in anticipation of employees taking sick-time or leaves without pay, even though that happens all the time and can certainly be anticipated based on historical evidence.

    Nurses are being fired because Phlebotomists are being coerced and trained to fill their jobs at half the cost.

    Receptionists are being fired and replaced with automated registration.

    Phlebotomists are planned to be phased out with machines (although the early trials have pretty much ruled that out for a little while).

    HR continually is out of touch with what is going on and what is needed. The staff do everything to make the place run better, and really do an amazing job and are the most dedicated people you'd ever want for employees, but they are thwarted at every turn by HR and the rest of the out-of-touch management team.

    Don't even consider working for CBS.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO and Board. The CEO gets almost $800,000 annually, and other top mangers get well over $300,000. Where does this money come from? From Employees who are treated like garbage.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Clerk"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment, friendly colleagues, work-life-balance

    Cons

    Top down leadership, less opportunities for professional development, departmentalized


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Important work"

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly co workers that care about how their work impacts others. Regular staff BBQ and recognition gatherings. Advancement opportunities available.

    Cons

    Gaps in communication with many upgrades on a regular basis. Sometimes insufficient training to new procedures. Time zone challenges with other centres.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Political and Constant Restructuring"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good insurance benefits. Clock in, clocked out as most positions are unionized.

    Cons

    Terrible working atmosphere. No one is ever happy. Constant budget cuts. The company is toast within 5 years. No future

    Advice to Management

    Absolutely none. The organisation is finished.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Too many cut backs and we are all spread too thin. Mistakes are being made!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Donor Relations Department
    Current Employee - Donor Relations Department
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoy the actual job I do..... I feel rewarded at the end of the day for helping save lives.

    Cons

    We are all spread too thin. Staff cut backs keep happening and no one to fill those spaces. Mistakes are being made and expectations are unrealistic. A lot of bullying and harassment in the office environment that management has turned a blind eye to for YEARS. Issues like this are constantly ignored.

    I am an pot of scope employee and certainly with I was covered by some of the union benefits!

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and act when your people are asking for help!



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