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British Red Cross Reviews

Updated 20 October 2018
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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)

  • "It's in spreading the management, experience and decision making outside UKO" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Drivers mate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends

    I worked at British Red Cross part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    There are no downsides in working for them


  2. "Toxic management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lovely job and lovely colleagues who genuinely care.Busy and varied but not too complex work role.

    Cons

    Terrible IT set up
    Lack of any admin support so having to take referrals whilst also visiting clients causing stress
    Management lack empathy or interest in staff well being
    As an organistion,great ethics and principles but not applied in practice

    Advice to Management

    Training for management on empathetic communication and understanding of the positive contribution staff can make when listened to
    recognition of how hard staff work on poor salary and difficult working conditions and trust they are doing their jobs to the best of their ability

  3. "HR Department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive BUT not always responsive

    Cons

    Not as efficient as one would expect for an organisation of this size and calibre. I have been let down more times than I care to mention here!

    Advice to Management

    Please make you overseas HR section fit for purpose


  4. "Very rewarding, I just love working here"

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

    I have been working at British Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Good leave, maternity policy, benefits

    Cons

    No flexi, funny shift pattern


  5. "Amazing talent left untapped"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at British Red Cross full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with good people
    Trustworthy charity
    Working for an incredible cause

    Cons

    Bureaucratic
    Lack of innovation
    Lack of funding means employees can't be nurtured and gain new skills unless directly related to their role
    Terrible IT/Data management systems majorly impacts effectiveness and ability to do your job
    Not good at connecting staff to the cause


  6. "Retail Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Worthy charity cause supporting both overseas and in the UK

    Cons

    Very physical work at times


  7. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Service Coordinator
    Former Employee - Service Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and volunteers, great learning opportunities and a general amazing opportunity to help those in need. Work and life balance is good and there are plenty of paid holiday.

    Cons

    The salary is a joke. I could never have supported a family and could not put any savings aside to to and see my family and close friends.

    It's hard to move into new roles within the organisation and progress career wise. The organisation does not invest in you to gain skills outside your role, e.g to become a manager.

    I felt quite isolated and relying only on a local manager and did not feel that I was part of the larger organisation. I was frustrated but didn't feel like I had anyone to raise my opinions to when my manager and I was not on the same page.

    Advice to Management

    Equalities and monitoring is an issue that needs to be solved. Lower levels of the organisation is very diverse but the higher up you get it get whiter and more male focused. Salaries need to be raised. They are lowest in the sector.

  8. "Very disappointing, on the face if it an incredible organisation but the values are nothing more than a tag line."

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    Former Employee - Training Trainer
    Former Employee - Training Trainer

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

    Pros

    The wider business does a lot of fantatsic work (disaster relief, refugee support).

    The induction and atmosphere/vision at head office is brilliant.

    Some trainers are superb.

    Cons

    I manage a hearing disability. The team leader said the BRC weren't prepared go an extra mile just for one member of staff.

    Having to store a lot of kit (it takes over your house).

    Schedule changes as very short notice, often unnecessarily.

    Expected to park at retail car parks without prior permission from the owners, but management could not offer any guarantee we wouldn't be fined.

    Advice to Management

    They could try and be a little kinder and more supportive of staff managing disabilities rather than demonising them or pushing them to sign themselves off.

    It seems head office are trying to push a culture change so hopefully long term things will improve.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Service Delivery Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Large humanitarian organisation that cares about the service users

    Cons

    Fails to support staff, large overheads which makes it noncompetitive in the markets it is looking for contacted work


  10. "Recruitment and Selection Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interestring work, nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Low salary and not very efficient processes.


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