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British Red Cross Reviews

Updated 7 May 2019

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  1. "Emergency Response"

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    Former Employee - Emergency Responder in Aldershot, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people who are dedicated to helping others and have like mind sets.

    Cons

    Clueless managers who do not engage with the Services that they are deployed by leading to decent in the ranks. Not interested in listening to their staff and therefore will never change.

    Advice to Management

    Open your ears and eyes - the best people come and go fast due to the long term mismanagement.

    British Red Cross2019-02-24
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic culture, nasty leadership team for the most part"

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

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

    Pros

    Great cause and good team with talented middle management

    Cons

    There is a culture of fear driven by the dysfunctional leadership team, some of them downright bullies without any consequences for the continued bad behaviour. No focus on staff development, senior management does not live any of the organisational values and the 'power of kindness' is nothing more than a tagline as there is little kindness shown towards own employees. The CEO does not hold his team accountable for...

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    Advice to Management

    Live the organisational values you preach to others and focus on developing and retaining your staff. Most of the leadership team have lost all credibility with staff, focus on building trust.

    British Red Cross2019-02-22
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Shame they can't live their brand promise of kindness"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good flexibility around hours; a great cause; a big organisation with high staff turnover means opportunities come up fairly often.

    Cons

    Toxic management behaviour throughout the levels of management, including, unfortunately, the senior management team. A culture that allows and endorses bullying, as well as a 'divide and conquer' mentality; where staff are often left without adequate management support to handle very full workloads. I've been really shocked and sickened by what I've seen while I've been here; I think the only people who can stick it...

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    Advice to Management

    More support and training to middle management in how to manage effectively Recognise the toxic culture and the way bad behaviour by management sets the tone and example for others to follow this. You are adults, behave like it. The CEO cannot lead by collaboration all the time. Sometimes it's lonely at the top. He tries but is hamstrung by bad senior management attitudes.

    British Red Cross2019-02-07
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Worse place to volunteer and managers need more training"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Acocks Green, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leaving and never going back

    Cons

    The lack of training on the managers

    Advice to Management

    Leave and never work here again

    British Red Cross2019-01-31
  5. "Kick off your career here!"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time for 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

    British Red Cross2018-11-28
  6. "Great organisation to start your career"

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    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

    British Red Cross2018-11-14
  7. Helpful (1)

    "High profile organisation with many low quality leaders"

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

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time for 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!

    British Red Cross2018-11-16
  8. "Drivers mate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends

    I worked at British Red Cross part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    There are no downsides in working for them

    British Red Cross2018-10-11
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic management"

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

    I have been working at British Red Cross full-time for 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

    British Red Cross2018-10-20
  10. "HR Department"

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    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

    British Red Cross2018-09-23
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