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American Red Cross Reviews

Updated 4 May 2015
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American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern
Gail McGovern
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Pros
  • Making a difference in recipient lives and promotes diversity (in 37 reviews)

  • Helping People in disasters, having a company vehicle to take clients to the doctor (in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance (it's required that you still check and respond to emails while on PTO) (in 19 reviews)

  • Upper management almost constantly changes operations and organizational structure (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    Very challenging and not for the faint of heart, but very rewarding.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Lead Applications Engineer

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on your role, 8+/hr workdays are common, but it's comforting to know you're supporting a good cause. Most employees (and volunteers) are willing to go above and beyond for the company mission.

    If you are highly skilled and motivated, it's a great place to leave your mark. Management is very open to changes (especially if it means greater efficiency and better use of donor dollars), but you must be prepared to fully support and carry out your ideas. Talk is cheap, and tangible actions are highly valued.

    If you're not particularly skilled, but highly motivated, it's a great place to sharpen your skills. Management is willing to invest in your learning curve, but expect to be tasked with the same requirements as everyone else.

    Cons

    The organization is going through some growing pains, so there are many on-going changes. To survive, you'll need to keep an open mind. With new changes, understand that mistakes do happen ("Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity") and that everyone is trying their best to improve the overall organization.

    The pay is acceptable, but obviously doesn't compare with a for-profit company. (If you're expecting a high salary, why would you work at a non-profit?)

    If you're unmotivated by the organization's mission, you're going to have a bad time.

    Advice to Management

    We need more in-house technical talent. "Budget constraints" are understandable, but It's very disheartening to always hear that excuse. There has to be other ways to attract more highly skilled people.

    And if anyone in any management role actually reads this:
    On behalf of staff everywhere, thank you for your hard work.

  2. Friendly, open and understanding staff at all levels

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Street Fundraiser in London, England
    Former Employee - Street Fundraiser in London, England

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The umbrellas used in fundraising are very flimsy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Life-changing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Rewarding experience working alongside committed staff and volunteers; opportunities for growth; inspiring mission.

    Cons

    Significant transition throughout the organization.

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  5. Fulfillng

    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    I have been working at American Red Cross

    Pros

    Flexible hours and really focused on community outreach.

    Cons

    I can't really say anything bad.

  6. lab sup

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Supervisor in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Laboratory Supervisor in Philadelphia, PA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great company to work for if you live in Philadelphia and you just finish school. people are nice to work with.

    Cons

    company relocated to another state so its not a lot of available positions to choice from at the moment. Small company

    Advice to Management

    nice place to work and management are pretty cool and smart people to work under, not to much advice I can give to management.

  7. Helpful (3)

    International Services

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - International Services in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - International Services in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Fantastic work and amazing mission. I really felt that my work made a difference

    Cons

    Constant reductions in force and organizational change. Not to be seen as a career after many people with 20+ years of service were laid off

  8. I had a good experience and learned a lot throughout my internship.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at American Red Cross as an intern

    Pros

    The work environment is extremely relaxed and everybody is more than welcome to help you out. I was able to learn a lot through my mentors and supervisors.

    Cons

    In my personal experience, I only worked one on one with one person. it would have been a little bit more helpful if I was with a team of people instead of just one person.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, I enjoyed the system that was put into place. Nothing seemed wrong and I can only offer encouragement. Many people are interested in donating and eager to help save lives.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Supervisor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great mission and great people

    Cons

    Silo working habits and lack of communication

    Advice to Management

    Work on staff morale.

  10. Human Resourcr Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Human Resource Intern
    Current Intern - Human Resource Intern

    I have been working at American Red Cross as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get a lot of hands on experience within the HR field

    Cons

    My supervisors would just not show up for work. They would give me no warning and I would have to just make work up for myself because they didn't let me know they wouldn't be in. One of my supervisors made a lot of loud personal call throughout the day.
    I felt taken advantage of at times when they would have me run and get them snacks.

    Advice to Management

    Be more professional

  11. Volunteer DAT TRAInee

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Freelancer - Volunteer in Orange, CA (US)
    Current Freelancer - Volunteer in Orange, CA (US)

    I have been working at American Red Cross (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good to volunteer and meet people and offer help to people in need.

    Cons

    None, better that doing nothing and sitting home and doing things for your self only.

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