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  1. "Rewarding work, friendly environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technologist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technologist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Puget Sound Blood Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Can earn extra money with overtime and on-call. Co-workers are hardworking and friendly. Work is not too stressful.

    Cons

    Not many chances for advancement, tasks become repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    Have more chances to prove skills. Regular meetings with employees would help.


  2. "Tech Support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great overall experience and gained useful experience.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between managers.

    Puget Sound Blood Center Response

    Jun 28, 2016 – HR Group Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We are always happy to hear your employees have a great experience at Bloodworks NW, and that they are gaining valuable experience. As far as the communication issue, we... More

  3. "OK place to work but not for everyone"

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    Former Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Puget Sound Blood Center full-time

    Pros

    I worked in IT for about 1.5 years. It was an interesting place to work while I was there.

    The good things are that there wasn't a lot of pressure and most people were nice, but there were a few bad apples in the bunch.

    Flexible time, lots of work from home or working from a remote location like Renton or Bellevue. Benefits were so-so.

    Cons

    If you want to park your butt in low stress job, with lower than average pay then go for it! Many of the managers had worked there for many years so there is little room to move up. Much of the technology is a few generations old. They were always trying to do projects with no money. Resources were limited. Several of my co-workers had been working there for decades and had little incentive get anything done. Lots of turf wars between different groups. FDA oversight makes it almost unbearable in terms of the "education" you need to get on a constant basis. But like I said, little is asked of you ...

    Advice to Management

    I don't think there is anything they can do. The CEO seems to be there for the rest of his life and they are a non-profit that seems to be hanging on by a thread most years...

    Puget Sound Blood Center Response

    Jun 13, 2016 – HR Group Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We're happy to know you worked in an environment with nice co-workers and were provided with the opportunity to telecommute and work a flexible schedule, as not every... More


  4. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, I did lots of volunteer work

    Cons

    There were no cons, I was just a volunteer

    Puget Sound Blood Center Response

    Jun 13, 2016 – HR Group Manager

    We do value our Volunteers at Bloodworks. Without your dedication and commitment to saving lives we would not be able to do what we do. Thank you again.


  5. "Great experience working there enjoy the hours and benefits"

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    Former Employee - Donor Resources Representative in Tukwila, WA
    Former Employee - Donor Resources Representative in Tukwila, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Puget Sound Blood Center (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Hours work flexible with what I needed at the time and loved the benefits, and flex spending accounts. Thank you

    Cons

    Not much in the way of pay and also crowded parking and some slow operating programs...thank you for listening ,

    Advice to Management

    None

    Puget Sound Blood Center Response

    Jul 20, 2016 – HR Group Manager

    Thank you for the feedback. We truly appreciate hearing from both our current and former employees. Your comments provide us with valuable information we can use to make positive changes to our... More


  6. "Research Technologist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Puget Sound Blood Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The job depends on who your supervisor is. I got lucky because my supervisor had a lot of trust in her technologists and was a great mentor to me.

    Cons

    Older research labs. Not many career advancement opportunities.

    Puget Sound Blood Center Response

    Jun 26, 2015 – HR Group Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We realize employee satisfaction is strongly influenced by their supervisor as well as by the team in which they work. While not all supervisors have the same... More


  7. "Saving lives with everything that we do."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Bloodworks NW saves lives, literally. The work that we do is so incredibly important, and I am proud to work for this organization.

    Cons

    As with any job, there are downsides, but the pros vastly outweigh the cons.

    Puget Sound Blood Center Response

    May 14, 2015 – HR Group Manager

    Thank you for your positive feedback. We strive to make BloodworksNW an employer of choice, and while we are continually making progress in reaching that goal we are always looking for ways to make... More

  8. "No room for advancement"

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

    Pros

    Great mission! Community involvement. Close relationships

    Cons

    Don't expect a promotion! Too many politics

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your reps! They bring in most your revenue

    Puget Sound Blood Center Response

    May 14, 2015 – HR Group Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. Lack of room for advancement has been an on going issue of many employees, and while we have made some improvements in that area in, it has not been as wide spread as... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good, most of the time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Puget Sound Blood Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent PTO and retirement benefits. Employees really care about the work at we do and the patients that we serve. Trying to grow and innovate.

    Cons

    At that management level, there is a lot of struggle for work-life balance. There are just too many priorities and projects and not enough resources to get everything done. This in turn has really affected staff morale since management puts the staff last while they try to get everything else done. Its a vicious cycle of being too busy, because we don't have enough staff, which makes people want to leave, which creates more work. The senior management is also not very in touch with the staff working directly with our donors and customers. They make a lot of decisions without finding out how it will affect this group of people.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down or hire more staff. Be concerned about retaining the staff you have - make this a priority.

    Puget Sound Blood Center Response

    Jun 9, 2015 – HR Group Manager

    You have made an excellent observation. It is a reality that many of our employees, managers and non-managers, put a great deal of pride, effort and time into the valuable work they do. While we... More


  10. "Bloodworks to save lives!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Puget Sound Blood Center full-time

    Pros

    Leadership is evolving to a more customer-service and quality driven organization, expanding services and where the voice of the customer, including the employee is being heard more often. It is exciting to see the changes in a 70 year old institution which has a great reputation, with the challenges keeping up with the constant changes in our health care arena, and meeting the continuous demands for life-saving blood components.

    Cons

    Staff works hard in the field of blood collections with variable schedules. Changes are continually part of the industry, derived from FDA and AABB guidance as well as new management and QA practices and procedures, all in a highly regulated environment. Keeps the workplace in constant change, and challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate the changes and expectations through a common mode of communication, posted in hard copy for those in the field of blood collections and electronically for the masses.

    Puget Sound Blood Center Response

    Jun 9, 2015 – HR Group Manager

    Thank you for your valuable feedback. Your comments mirror some that were made during our Employee Engagement Survey last October. While we have addressed many of the issues mentioned in the survey... More


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