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British Red Cross Reviews

Updated 28 November 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. "Great organisation to start your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff and good learning experience

    Cons

    Slow process and can be improved


  2. "Kick off your career here!"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in London, England
    Former Employee - Accountant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to learn from very capable and experienced staff.

    Cons

    Pressure to complete professional exams as though you're in an audit firm.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the staff

  3. "High profile organisation with many low quality leaders"

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    Former Employee - Retail Manager in Plymouth, England
    Former Employee - Retail Manager in Plymouth, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working for a charity that supports those in need. Lots of policy and some systems.

    Cons

    Retail arm of charity appears to be managed by some leaders that are full of their own importance. Very authoritarian management style demonstrated by many that leads to stifled outcomes, or no outcome.

    Advice to Management

    Start managing, get out of your offices and do your jobs! Check what middle managers are doing by using simple management practices!


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "HR Manager, Retail at British Red"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Company values great to support and work for

    Cons

    Manager very unprofessional made things personal

    Advice to Management

    Have some morals


  7. "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

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. "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