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Canadian Blood Services Reviews

Updated November 6, 2017
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Canadian Blood Services CEO Graham D. Sher
Graham D. Sher
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  • Don't seem to listen to front line staff (in 7 reviews)

  • Schedules are in constant flux for front line staff as business needs change yearly (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Not a place to grow"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Phlebotomist"

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

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

    Pros

    I like the Canadian environment to work

    Cons

    I had a working experience over

    Advice to Management

    I can be suitable for the position

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a very nice and secure place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Altruistic feeling - you know you're contributing directly to helping people no matter what division you work in.

    Cons

    Since the corporate re-structure, it's become a "free for all" in that the internal culture has changed - everyone just wants to have a job - doesn't matter what they do to keep it or who they step on in the process.


  4. "Enlightened"

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

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I love my co workers. LIKE A FAMILY always there when you need them even outside work made alot of great friends.

    Cons

    Crazy hours not much family time. Always shorthanded. They don't replace sick calls
    very often.

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your Front Line staff and take what they say to heart. They make your clinics work everyday in any situation.
    Don't Micromanage so much we are adults.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Low wages, no role growth and poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Great Pension & Benefits Package
    -Very reasonable vacation allotment with flex days
    -Nice staff

    Cons

    -Very low wages unless you are a nurse
    -Annual salary increase less than 1% and even lower bonuses
    -No clear path for advancement
    -Not willing to train employees for career growth
    -No budget for anything outside of need for the blood supply
    -Poor management
    -Prefer to hire external candidates into role
    -Outdated systems
    -Lots of layoffs in a variety of departments

    Advice to Management

    Allocate budget to departments more appropriately and be more willing to increase the salaries of good performing employees. Pay attention to the staff who are not directly working on the blood supply chain. ie. professional staff


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Donor Care Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Recommends

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great rapport with colleagues and donors. Pay and benefits are good. Always extra shifts available over assigned hours as always people calling in sick. When travelling for training purposes, mileage, hotels etc are covered. Plenty of training offered.

    Cons

    Management do not care about staff morale or well being. Standing for 8 hour shifts and not allowed a stool to sit down. Expected to do set up in certain locations which involves backbreaking heavy labour. Threatened with termination if do not meet stats. For example during one clinic you may do 5 phlebotomies. One person may faint, one may clot part way through and one may say they feel unwell. All will result in the donation ending which affect your stats. At the end of each month you will be brought to management and asked to explain yourself which is unrealistic and distressing. Working hours are not guaranteed. Could be scheduled anywhere from 5-20 hours per week. If less than 20 hours per week you will not be entitled to benefits. High turn over of staff - Management would rather employ 20 staff members to work 6 hrs per week than employ 8 staff members at 20 hours. Sneaky way to avoid paying benefits to staff. Always check pay stubs as you will frequently be paid an incorrect amount.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees more humanely. Employ less staff and give them more hours. These people need to qualify for mortgages, car loans etc and can't when they are contracted non guaranteed hours. Allow staff a stool to sit down when necessary and employ manual labourers to "set up" equipment. Be honest with staff members and be more realistic when looking at stats. There are many reasons for incomplete blood donation units that are not the fault of the phlebotomists.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Micromanaged to death, management cares little about the worker"

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

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

    Pros

    pros......helping the public and people in need

    Cons

    Asked to do unethical things like falsify records to pass Health Canada Audits, micromanaged to death you feel like a child. Management coercing you into doing unsafe work, unsafe conditions. Management not caring about the working but more about money, budgets and bottom line, the almighty dollar. Cut staff to save a few dollars while always expecting staff to do more for less. Not very good management. Constant budget cut backs.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to workers and respect their needs which is not happening and have a growing disgruntled work force that hates their jobs and view it as just that, a pay cheque. Mr. Sher should have a look inside his organization and really get an idea of how bad the situation is.

  8. "In-Clinic Volunteer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - In-Clinic Volunteer
    Current Employee - In-Clinic Volunteer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services part-time

    Pros

    They're super flexible with shifts and the job isn't too difficult. Great for gaining volunteer hours!

    Cons

    Can't think of a single downside.


  9. "I love it here!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services full-time

    Pros

    The first place I've worked where everyone is good at their jobs. I know I'm getting the right answer (have no reason to doubt) when I ask someone else a question.
    Managers are great. Internal promotions are preferred versus external candidates. Have contributed greatly to career development.

    Cons

    Old school web development (not agile)


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Procurement"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services full-time

    Pros

    Lots of qualified personnel,and pleasant work surroundings

    Cons

    Hierarchical management leads to confusion and the need for concurrence for every minute decision

    Advice to Management

    let people do their job, Executive team talks the talk , but doesn't walk the walk


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