American Red Cross - Always Changing and Top-Heavy | Glassdoor
  1. "Always Changing and Top-Heavy"

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    Current Employee - Donor Development Officer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The salary can be higher vs other nonprofits in the community (depends on the role). Comes with 401K and some other benefits that major corporations receive. High brand recognition. If you are applying for an NHQ position you can probably work from home. Field employees are not allowed to work from home (unless an exemption is made). You have the opportunity to learn a lot about blood donations, disaster response, and/or training services. You will learn how to work with volunteers.

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    Cons

    You will live on conference calls. The management makes constant changes or decisions without explaining all the details or the full why. Your role is not guaranteed. (Mine has changed in three years.) You will be expected to cover a large amount of territory if you work in the field. Upper-Management seems to have a higher employee satisfaction rate than those working in the field. Certain departments will have a high turnover (especially Fund Development.) The organization operates in a matrix management system. Rarely does your supervisor work in the same office as you. Also, your supervisor has to approve EVERYTHING and there is usually only two-three employees that work for HR for the entire division. If you have to make a dispute you must raise it to the National level. Most of the senior management works from home (especially on the NHQ level). Field employees cannot work from home unless an exemption is made. Most of the lines of services are siloed and hard to work with. There is an initiative to become One Red Cross but that is only because Blood Services is losing money and they need to leverage all the lines of services to boost blood donations. Blood is king at the Red Cross. Lately there has been a lot of talk about work-life balance. However, all that involves is making sure you get your two consecutive days off if you work on the weekends (the time off that you are already supposed to get). The organization is very slim on employees and relies on volunteers to get the job done. However, if there are no volunteers then it falls on the employees to get done.

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    American Red Cross2019-06-03
  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at American Red Cross part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    flexible environment to work in

    Cons

    i have no complaints about this company

    American Red Cross2019-05-08
  2. "Enjoyed my experience"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Worker 

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay for a first year out of college was great, my team was awesome and the flexibility of this job was an amazing plus.

    Cons

    It is hard to hit goal because anything can happen

    American Red Cross2020-01-14

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