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Kentucky Blood Center Reviews

Updated August 30, 2017
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  1. "It's all about perception"

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

    Pros

    Occasional bonuses (not a large amount, but it's something), Employer sponsored pension plan, tax deferred 403(b), decent coworkers (below the management level), free Flu and Hepatitis B shots, a lot of time spent riding in company vehicles meaning you basically get paid to sit for a few hours a day (mobile department only).

    Cons

    Only a 15 minute lunch (mobile department) with no other breaks, the schedule is extremely unpredictable (just because you're scheduled off at a certain time doesn't mean you'll actually be getting off at that time), mandatory overtime with no concern for the staffs mental and physical well-being, management tends to promote less qualified staff members, managers and upper executives get extremely large bonuses compared to staff members (who actually do the work that makes the money), human resources has a reputation for keeping small mistakes on record and then using them to terminate employees when they get on their "bad side", managers will pretty much hire anyone off the street without doing proper interviews and then those employees usually leave abruptly causing a staff shortage (doubling, if not tripling, the workload of other members).

    Advice to Management

    Stop making decisions without staff input. YOU DO NOT KNOW THE JOB, even though you like to think you do. You keep losing people because the average human can only take so much abuse. A 55 hour work week IS NOT OKAY when people have families. The dress code should be revised (not all tattoos are offensive). Stop telling people to have a good weekend, because chances are that they haven't had the past 3 weekends in a row off (it's kind of a slap in the face). You already know what needs to be changed, you just refuse to put in the effort to change it. Phlebotomist are, in your own words, "a dime a dozen".


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a good company"

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

    I worked at Kentucky Blood Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small company, everyone knows everybody. Great benefits. Excellent community involvement. Frequent free food in the break room. Soda fountain in break room.

    Cons

    Everyone knows everyone. No room for growth. Management cares more about money than employees. A lot of benefits disappeared over the years (annual employee party, yoga at work, wellness committee).
    It's an embarrassment to tell people I used to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about your bottom dollar and worry about the morale of your company. Quit playing favorites when promoting from within. Care that you're on your third HR assistant in one year and resolve the problem or you will keep running away great employees.

  3. "Phlebotomist"

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    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kentucky Blood Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free food & pay day. I don't know what else to add but it wants a min of 20 words so here it is.

    Cons

    Drama, they act like kids. Couples cheat on their spouses with coworkers. They're ridiculous. They don't really care about you & will belittle you.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.


  4. "The inefficiency of a non profit"

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

    I have been working at Kentucky Blood Center full-time

    Pros

    Affordable health insurance, wellness program, pension plan.

    Cons

    Inept management. Little concern showed when wasteful practices are brought to their attention. Managers receive no training on how to actually communicate and manage their employees. Employees often treated in a very belittling manor. Employee suggestions to improve inefficiencies at the blood center are not encouraged or nurtured when brought to their attention.

    Advice to Management

    Pay particular attention to your sales force. The DRS's, that are key to bringing In blood to your Center, are not just mismanaged but not managed it all. It is a case of the tail wagging the dog. They cost countless hours and untold amounts of money to the blood center by not following the very simple standard operating procedures that are put in place for them. No one ever holds their feet to the fire and they continue to waste the resources of the organization.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "KBC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kentucky Blood Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, and flexible with work hours.

    Cons

    No mobility within company. Low pay for the amount of responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Workers keeping the company running deserve more than key chains, and popcorn as thanks!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Hmmm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kentucky Blood Center full-time

    Pros

    Good Question, but cant think of one of the top of my head but you do get a pension plan after 6 years but you will never make it that long.

    Cons

    To many to list but a few are no Family time, no advancement opportunity like you are told in the interview process, barley paid a living wage, no weekends off, 10 hr days 5 days a week, always criticizing you of your mistakes even if it is just a "Writeover", etc.

    Advice to Management

    Do productive work, spread the wealth to people keeping the center in business.
    P.S. You are also a dime a dozen


  7. "Better than being homeless"

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    Current Employee - Hospital Services Representative in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Hospital Services Representative in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kentucky Blood Center full-time

    Pros

    The major pro would be that you get to participate in saving lives and maybe even the quality therein. Also good people working alongside you. Many of which KBC simply doesn't deserve.

    Cons

    Administration's best strategy is to react late and simply have the lowest paid personnel wing it. Every. Single. Day. All this despite the metric TON of numbers and information that pour in daily. It's as if you're working for children that are doing little more than playing "House." That, and it essentially boils down to anyone wearing a labcoat is to serve as a human shield between Administrators and the FDA.

    Also, there is literally zero upward movement.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to compensate your employees commensurate to the contribution given in carrying out the day's mission. Allow for career advancement rather than hiring in outsiders with no experience and even less motivation to perform. We're supposed to be saving lives.

  8. "Very long days, hard to balance family life"

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    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Louisville, KY

    Pros

    Great training department, great way to gain experience

    Cons

    Traveling is involved. I have put 15,000 miles on my vehicle in 6 months.


  9. "Healthcare without sick people!"

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    Current Employee - BC Technician in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - BC Technician in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kentucky Blood Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fair hourly wage, decent benefits.

    I work in mobiles - I go to a different place everyday which is cool. Hours are sometimes long, but I feel appreciated. Great to work with all the awesome donors.

    Cons

    Hours. Had to make it to work in the recent bad weather.

    Advice to Management

    Yes, we are regulated by the FDA. I get it. But there really are too many strict rules on how to do your job.


  10. "Management by fear, intimidation and greed!"

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

    I worked at Kentucky Blood Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The only pro is that blood donors save lives!

    Cons

    This non-profit functions more like a greedy corporation that governs over employees with superiority. Upper level management is heartless and leads with fear and intimidation.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest to take some classes in management styles. You would probably discover that your current tactics are the least effective.


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