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"Years ago a wonderful place to work with caring people."

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Former Employee - Employee Data Systems Administrator in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Employee Data Systems Administrator in Washington, DC
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Compensation was up with above average ratings. Benefits was great. Savings was good.

Cons

Until new management arrive and changed the concept of what RED CROSS stood for the employees.

Advice to Management

Always training you on up coming events.

American Red Cross Response

Jun 25, 2014 – Talent Acquisition Program Associate

Thank you for your review and praise for our compensation and benefits. As a non-profit, we strive to reward our employees while remaining responsible stewards of our donors' dollars, so we are... More

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Don't expect support if you are a staff member."

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

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

    Pros

    - The mission itself - helping people recover from a disaster that destroys their lives is extremely rewarding.
    - Wonderful volunteers who are dedicated to helping the organization in whatever capacity they can.

    Cons

    - One Red Cross. It was understood that change needed to take place for the organization to survive, but this has become so all (and maybe over) encompassing that it has gobbled up all the creativity and initiative, replacing it with a bureaucratic operating 'beast', that it is causing more problems than it is creating solutions.
    - Human Resources - You are occasionally on this board to comment so let me give Human Resource some advice. Read a book about serving celebrities and then implement whatever ideas are in that book. The only thing Human Resources is good for is signing up for benefits. You are reduced to a number there. They do not help, nor do they intend to help, employees who are having issues with other staff at their chapters. You are losing very good, and even excellent, employees because they are afraid to let people at national headquarters human resources know what is happening at their chapters because they fear retaliation. Chapter executive management can be very good at hiding things that are happening and employees are too scared to call the confidential human resources line, fearing that if they do they will lose their job.
    - Poor compensation at the staff level. Fair benefits. Time off is decent but not spectacular. Training offered is only specific to the job.
    - Technology and operations. If your specialty is technology, avoid working for the Red Cross. They do not have technology, they have cloud-based systems that fail when the power or networks go down, and staff who are good with technology often know more than IT does. Not a good way to operate. And stop consolidating back-end operations until you know that the technology you are putting in place to work with those operations really works!
    - Everything else!

    Advice to Management

    - Beta a change at the chapter level before implementing it nationwide. Many changes in the past year have been because someone was reacting to a situation instead of taking a step back and looking at the situation objectively and logically. Make sure the change works, that it solves the problem and doesn't contribute more to it, money and time-wise.
    - Make division executives (fundraising, etc.) who will be creating and implementing massive changes at the chapter level actually visit the chapters and meet with the employees who will actually be implementing to make sure the change is workable.
    - Establish REALISTIC GOALS for fundraising and keep them for the year. Don't change midyear.
    - Be willing to hear from chapters when something is not working and why. They are the ones implementing the changes at the ground level and have the pulse on the volunteers and the communities that the changes effect.
    - Go to main Red Cross webpage and re-read your mission, vision statement and principles, because it seems that there are those who have forgotten them.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Enjoyed my career with the American Red Cross -- the mission carried you through the challenges on a daily basis"

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

    Pros

    The mission of the organization is very admirable. Overall everyone wants to do a great job.

    Cons

    As is true for most organizations, financial pressures are creating lots of challenges in meeting the mission. Staff are stretched, resources are aging and not being replaced, service is suffering, and support is starting to wane. I wish them the best of luck.

    Advice to Management

    A solid vision that is focused on growth and opportunity is needed. For years the message is all about cost containment and expense reduction. A vision that paints a positive future is needed. Five years of cost messaging is demotivating.

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