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British Red Cross Reviews

Updated 12 Jul 2019

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2.8
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35%
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32%
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Michael Adamson
34 Ratings
Pros
  • "Nice Friendly Colleagues, easy to commute, good work life balance(in 6 reviews)

  • "Flexible working hours - in our shop, you arranged shifts with your manager and colleagues(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Support from senior management was weak at times(in 7 reviews)

  • "The team leader said the BRC weren't prepared go an extra mile just for one member of staff(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Volunteer with BR"

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at British Red Cross part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible and rewarding company to work for

    Cons

    No cons to work for this company

    British Red Cross2019-07-10
  2. "I had a good time."

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    Former Employee - First Aider in Leeds, England
    Recommends

    I worked at British Red Cross part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get to acquire lots of skills and meet great people.

    Cons

    Requires a lot of travel so might not be for everyone.

    British Red Cross2019-07-04
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Hit and miss depending on your team, generally little support and a lot of pressure"

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    Current Employee - Finance in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible (although it does depend on your line manager), nice location, Blue Light Card perks, friendly staff (if you are lucky)

    Cons

    Well below market pay leading to extremely high staff turnover, long hours not recognised, no staff consultation, Union-averse organisation, staff is silenced as all processed are imposed with little or no consultation. Staff don't have their own desks.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff and do not make decisions on their behalf

    British Red Cross2019-07-08
  4. "I've worked there for almost a year."

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    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fexi time Working from home Expenses paid Friendly work environment Some travelling

    Cons

    My experience with this company was a slippery slope. Although I was trying to be proactive, to follow the managerial guidance in project, my feedback was always negative. I can say I have received about 2-3 positive comments in my employment. While on the outside felt like I was receiving support, even if I was following the guidelines, I would still receive bad criticism. This started affected the quality of my work...

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    Advice to Management

    Stronger communication Better job details when advertising Better training and support

    British Red Cross2019-06-20
  5. "Poor leadership and comms"

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    Former Employee - Fundraiser 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and some friendly staff

    Cons

    Poor leadership and management style from some managers. Too focused on worrying about making themselves look good and ticking boxes. Not enough appreciation for people that put in the hard work and hours. IT systems are also dreadful.

    Advice to Management

    Too many senior managers are comfortable, complacent and only interested in looking out for themselves.

    British Red Cross2019-07-12
  6. "Rewarding work"

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    Former Employee - Production in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team and valuable work

    Cons

    A lot of priorities and all worthwhile

    British Red Cross2019-06-04
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid and look elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Reading, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pension and easy job.

    Cons

    Hired for a role that looked good on paper but i was ony doing just very little. No development opportunities and waste of my time.

    Advice to Management

    Use talent of all your engineers and allow them to do anything they want.

    British Red Cross2019-07-08
  8. Helpful (2)

    "A tragic organisation which could have been brilliant, stay away!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    • Still somewhat respected in the wider sector so quite easy to get another job elsewhere, especially if you're relatively senior. • Pay at senior level is quite good • As you can see from below there's a massive amount wrong, but it remains one of the biggest and most important charities in the country. If you're really confident and in a position to take a senior role it could be a real career making opportunity...

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    Cons

    A once really respected organisation, unfortunately it is going downhill fast. I was in a role that had me interact with lots of different parts of the organisation and while none of them are in a good place I’d say the cons vary a bit depending on where you are. In general Poor quality leadership/unfair advancement: especially at the higher echelons of the organisation leadership is shockingly mediocre, often promoted...

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    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard look at yourselves, so much of the organisation's problems goes back to very mediocre poor quality senior management and leadership. In particular those who been there a long time need to realise they have become institutionalised so are blind to what needs doing and need to either shakeup their way of thinking or look at moving on

    British Red Cross2019-06-30
  9. "sores operative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    brilliant people who do good work to help sick people

    Cons

    I have gained a degree in a field I want to move on to

    Advice to Management

    help people climb the corporate ladder always encourage staff to train and improve within the company

    British Red Cross2019-05-07
  10. "Volunteer"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at British Red Cross part-time

      Pros

      Great staff, gives you customer service and retail experience

      Cons

      Often there's nothing to do, can be quite slow

      British Red Cross2019-05-01
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