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LifeSouth Community Blood Centers Gainesville Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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LifeSouth Community Blood Centers President and CEO Nancy Eckert
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Pros
  • You help save lives by delivering much needed blood products to local and regional hospitals (in 15 reviews)

  • We do meaningful work by helping to save the lives of people in our community and when there's overflow, we are able to help other places too (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management has terrible communication issues (in 11 reviews)

  • Extremely poor work-life balance; the cronyism level is staggering (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "MT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LifeSouth Community Blood Centers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very welcoming and it feels very familial working here.

    Cons

    Health Insurance is a bit expensive.


  2. "Great company, engaging work"

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    Current Employee - LifeCord in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - LifeCord in Gainesville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LifeSouth Community Blood Centers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The mission and work of LifeSouth very engaging. We do important work that saves lives every day. The work is varied and constantly changing, which keeps it interesting.

    Benefits like PTO are above average, and there are plenty of other programs for employees to take advantage of if desired (health improvement, HSA matching, 403b investment account). Opportunities for career advancement are plentiful, allowing people can find their niche.

    The company continues to adapt to the rapidly changing blood industry and is well positioned for continued success.

    Cons

    Fast-paced and changing work environment isn't for everyone.

  3. "LifeCord"

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    Former Employee - Processor in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Processor in Gainesville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LifeSouth Community Blood Centers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was decent and co-workers were great.

    Cons

    Upper management has terrible communication issues. They claim they follow the SOP but break the rules of it all the time. Mainly I had problems with the management.It seems like they try to be extra nice when they are trying to cover something up. I left because of management. My manager was unprofessional and thought he was funny but he really was offensive and hurt peoples feelings. Many people have left because of him but he is still in his position with no reprimand. Manager did not appreciate the workers in my department and played favorites like crazy.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure in the department. Management needs to take classes on how to communicate with people and learn professional habits. Also they did not hold anyone accountable for their actions so bad habits continued.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Highly Inefficient Non-Profit Organization (13th Street Location)"

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    Former Employee - Courier in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Courier in Gainesville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LifeSouth Community Blood Centers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is decent to good, compared to other jobs in the area requiring no experience. The work is extremely easy. Vacation days build quick, and yearly amount increases with time.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement. Boring work environment. Most employees do not care about the life saving product they are handling. For a "health-conscious" company, vending machines have only soda and candy. You'll be hard pressed to find water and healthy snacks. Management does not care to hear your opinion on how to improve anything. "It's always been done this way" is the small-minded motto.

    Advice to Management

    Hire slow, fire quick! Hire people based off much more than employee referral and attempting to balance ethnic ratios. Listen to employees that care when they say that costs are being wasted in certain areas. When most of your employees in a department are under-performing (resource management), consider firing them if they do not improve. Certainly do not give every single one of them a raise, hoping more money will make them more productive.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Meaningful work but room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LifeSouth Community Blood Centers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of PTO. Good group of people with a family environment and work that is meaningful.

    Cons

    The company needs someone in charge of hiring. The CEO and CFO are great but everyone else in a high up position has no idea how to do their job. IT manager holds everyone back and prevents the entire company from moving forward. The VP has no qualifications, loses the company potential for expansion and single handedly causes long term amazing employees to quit because he has no leadership (or social) skills.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to lower end positions. Spend money on other departments and it will pay off.

    LifeSouth Community Blood Centers Response

    Oct 17, 2016 – Talent Recruitment Coordinator

    We value and appreciate each and every employee here at LifeSouth. We are sorry you had some bad experiences and would like to hear more about it. Please feel free to contact our HR department at... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Donor Services Tech in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Donor Services Tech in Gainesville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LifeSouth Community Blood Centers full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can move up quick. You may start out making $11 but within 3 months or so you could get a $2 an hour raise.

    Cons

    No set schedule. Buses leave out at all hoirs of thr day so u may have to be at work at 9am on Monday and 6am on Tuesday. Just depends. Family insurance is high but individual is not bad.

    LifeSouth Community Blood Centers Response

    Sep 14, 2016 – Talent Recruitment Coordinator

    Thank you for your review! We are glad you are enjoying your experience with LifeSouth.


  7. "Great Place to Start"

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    Current Employee - Donor Scheduling Representative in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Donor Scheduling Representative in Gainesville, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LifeSouth Community Blood Centers part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn and grow in the field of customer service. You gain a lot of telephone etiquette skills that can be applied anywhere.

    Cons

    You are always expected to be on your A game. You have to always get productivity every month or else they might consider replacing you for another employer.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "A Start For Entry Level Medical Prospects"

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    Current Employee - Hospital Services Team Leader/Trainer in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Hospital Services Team Leader/Trainer in Gainesville, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The learning and information that is given and accessible to you from very knowledgeable staff.

    Cons

    There is a great disconnect from upper management to level staff to fix or address issues that need attention. The middle level management is not as informative and outspoken to upper management about having a dialogue or bridging the gaps of issues.

    Advice to Management

    Have dialogue with all staff whether middle level management or staff so that issues can be addressed and possibly create a department that goes and seeks that information.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Manager in Gainesville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at LifeSouth Community Blood Centers full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This company wants to help save lives and could be great at it but it is by people that don't have a clue how to manage people .

    Cons

    Upper management treats its employees like they are slaves. Belittles them they call people out in front of others and disrespect people and some of managers act like they are better then everyone under them .they have lost the reason the company started to help save lives . they need to work in the field and see what it's like.

    Advice to Management

    Nancy and Jb needs to take a look at her people skills cause they stink you don't talk down to people and this is not the army . if people respect you they will work harder for you . it's sad cause its the upper management that has lost what the cause is to help save lives. Go ask the field what will work and stand in there shoes for a few days you will fix alot of problems. Ask them before you roll out a program get there in put . and read the employee evaluations. You will see where the problems are. It's management or lack of that is hurting this company


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Writer"

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Gainesville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at LifeSouth Community Blood Centers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work at relaxed pace.

    Cons

    It is a sitting desk job.

    Advice to Management

    None


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