American Red Cross

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American Red Cross Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.0 608 reviews

64% Approve of the CEO

American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern

Gail McGovern

(281 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many of the employees are good people who really want to make a difference(in 21 reviews)

  • It was also very good to know that I was helping to save lives every day just by going to work(in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • I understand they are "non-profit" etc, but that's still not an excuse(in 27 reviews)

  • Too much upper management that sometimes does not know your job function which creates problems(in 24 reviews)

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    Friendly, open and understanding staff at all levels

    Street Fundraiser (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsSome of the most inspiring people to ever work with, who support you all the way and create an amazing team atmosphere.

    ConsThe umbrellas used in fundraising are very flimsy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Case Reviewer (Current Employee) Charlotte, NC (US)

    ProsTies to the USA and saving lifes

    ConsPerks, values, training and office culture

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    American Red Cross Talent Acquisition Program Associate responded to this review

    Jul 11, 2014

    We appreciate your review!
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    Great Mission

    Field Office Coordinator (Current Employee)

    ProsLoved the mission of the Service to the Armed Forces

    ConsPoor compensation of salary for demands of the job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Most Reliable Employer

    Support to the Directors (Former Employee) Providence, RI (US)

    ProsFlexible, chances for advancement, friendly, personable, thorough training, chances to train when trained, inhouse training. free training

    Consnone, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none, none

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the professionalism

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to intern

    Development, Special Events (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsAs an intern, the ARC gave me trust to work on several projects and prepared me with the needed skills at work, and I had free training for Adult/Pediatric First Aid, CPR, AED. I love the people and the team spirit. It's a great place to intern and work for if you are looking forward to an opportunity to work with community, and help people.

    ConsNo cons for me as an intern.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Drug Safety Specialist

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat Company to work for, for all the community involvement.

    ConsMore assistant is still needed from the philanthropist and the volunteers

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    Wonderful

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI interned at ARC for a month and loved the environment and the management team.

    ConsNo cons for this company during length of internship.

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    The American Red Cross used to be a very meaningful place to work

    Manager (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsThe best thing was being able to work across multiple counties with really smart, passionate people, doing work that made a real difference in peoples' lives.

    ConsThe Bay Area Chapter was reorganized by the National Organization, which dismantled the excellent programs and systems functionally in place. It's been chaos ever since. The reorganization continues, three years later. There is almost no one left with any Red Cross history and knowledge, and the new (mostly young) people hired have little to no experience, and the wheel is reinvented over and over. It is very sad.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe American Red Cross historically was never about revenue, revenue, revenue. It is not a good thing you have done, and continue to do. I left because I wanted to make a real difference. I did not want to be a salesman.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    American Red Cross Talent Acquisition Program Associate responded to this review

    Jul 11, 2014

    We thank you for your review, and are sorry to hear about your experience. Although our recent restructuring was a difficult decision, it was a necessary move in order to remain viable in the rapidly ... More
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    manage disaster services program in a large chapter

    Director (Current Employee) Anchorage, AK (US)

    ProsWorking with people dedicated to the same mission of alleviating suffering. The Fundamental Principles are pretty incredible. In general, people are pretty great to work with-- Division level support has been great for the chapters and region. Volunteer-led organization

    ConsWe have extremely high turnover in our chapter because of lack of compensation, inability to "climb the ladder," and people simply moving on after gaining skills here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider a development plan to keep talent growing in the company. A lot of colleagues have left for higher paying jobs with FEMA and State Emergency Management-- we need better compensation, a tighter community to show the Red Cross really is the best place in this field to work. Consider those at chapter and regional levels more when implementing change.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    American Red Cross Talent Acquisition Program Associate responded to this review

    Jul 11, 2014

    We thank you for your detailed and constructive review and appreciate your praise for our people, mission, and principles. We agree that in order to retain our employees, they must be fairly ... More
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    Great Experience, good place to grow in career

    Supervisor, Manufacturing (Current Employee) Pomona, CA (US)

    ProsModerate amount of advancement opportunities. Good atmosphere, friendly co-workers, reasonable management.

    ConsStandard benefits, no bonuses/additional perks.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    American Red Cross Talent Acquisition Program Associate responded to this review

    Jul 11, 2014

    Thank you for your review and praise for our work atmosphere and exceptional colleagues. As a non-profit, we strive to maintain a balance between fairly compensating our employees and being ... More

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