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British Red Cross Employee Reviews about "charity"

Updated 7 May 2019

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Michael Adamson
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Pros
  • "Nice Friendly Colleagues, easy to commute, good work life balance(in 6 reviews)

  • "Worked with some lovely well meaning people who want to make a difference to people's lives(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "They are after all a charity organisation(in 14 reviews)

  • "Support from senior management was weak at times(in 9 reviews)

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  1. 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
  2. "Employee Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fantastic employer, full policy and procedure to ensure staff are well cared for. Support throughout the Red Cross network is abundant!

    Cons

    Different pace from the private sector, not so much of a negative more of a general observation of the charity sector.

    British Red Cross2017-09-27
  3. "When work becomes pleasure."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The British Red Cross is founded on ethics which make it a pleasure to be part of. The chain of communication is open right to the top and ideas, no matter who they come from are welcome. No matter your position in the organisation there is a constant feeling of being part of a huge, organised and determined force for good.

    Cons

    The only con is the money available. Not specifically from the point of an employee, the BRC is a registered charity and money is finite. As such difficult choices have to be made as to where it could be spent with regards to services etc.

    British Red Cross2017-05-09
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Lots of Red Tape"

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    Former Employee - Service Support Officer in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great volunteers and members of staff (low/medium level) who really truly care about the principles and what the Red Cross/Crescent stands for locally and abroad.

    Cons

    Full of red tape and too much politics with senior management wanting to put their stamp down rather than undertaking work which will benefit the charity and it's beneficiaries. Career opportunities only exist for those who know how to create and play with the red tape. Not for the people who are the best at their job to benefit the beneficiary.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to basics and stop with the politics. The beneficiaries and the principles on which the Red Cross/Crescent was built upon is more important than you putting your own stamp on this charity.

    British Red Cross2017-02-24
  5. "Great company to work for very flexible and innovative"

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    Current Employee - Technical Architect in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, working remotely willing to invest in new technology where appropriate. The management team have a good understanding of where IT can support the business

    Cons

    Being a charity the benefits are limited for example no healthcare or annual bonuses. Things can move very slowly and there is the tendency for bureaucracy to creep in.

    British Red Cross2016-11-02
  6. "Mostly good employer"

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

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

    Pros

    Inspiring organisation filled with people doing great things to help people who need it. Liberating and inspiring to work for an organisation doing good in the world - "part of the solution, not the problem". Friendly staff and on the whole an enjoyable workplace (London HQ). In short, everything positive you would expect working at an NGO/charity.

    Cons

    Generally pretty cautious and conservative organisation, with more wastage than you would like to see at an NGO. A lot of people appearing to fill their days with Facebook and gossip, not actual work. At times very bureaucratic and slow to change. In short, everything negative you would expect working at an NGO/charity,

    Advice to Management

    Keep 'professionalising' the organisation. More of a business focus rather than charity-style focus on nice people helping out a bit. Needs much more focus on staff accountability.

    British Red Cross2016-03-13
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible staff management, rife with nepotism, favouritism and cliques."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swansea, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    I have been working at British Red Cross for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Helping the service users is the main pro for work for the BRC. Mostly, you genuinely assist people, and they are happy about it.

    Cons

    In my area (Wales), the Red Cross is plagued with awful middle management. The more senior managers are at least average, and some are excellent, but they are managing and army of various managers and leaders of different types, most of whom are average at best, and many of whom are actively destructive to recruiting volunteers, a vital part of the Red Cross' work, and one of the International Committee of the Red Cross/Crescent's...

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    Advice to Management

    Upper management in my area would do well to stringently assess middle management, and selectively dimiss some and retrain others. A period of close scrutiny on activities would be useful, to help pick out immoral activities. Assessing each manager for ties with other members, and making managers declare vested interests like this would be advantageous. Middle managers need to stop forming sexual relationships...

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    British Red Cross2014-07-25
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic Organisation but not if you're an employee!"

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

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Red Cross/Crescent does great work around the world. Some great & caring people on the 'shop floor'. Generous annual leave allowance.

    Cons

    Flawed management who appear to have forgotten what the organisation exists for, sorry to say too many egos and politics. Not every manager but too many that hold the organisation back. Pay is poor even for the charity sector. Too little done to retain staff which hurts the organisation more, the turnover rate is well above the national average.

    Advice to Management

    Less civil service type mentality and empire building and more openness, allow your employees room for innovation and growth. Your staff are no less important than the beneficiaries of the Red Cross services.

    British Red Cross2014-07-11
  9. "The road to hell is paved with good intentions"

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    Current Employee - Fundraiser in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For a long time working for the British Red Cross gave me an enormous sense of wellbeing in terms f making a genuine and lasting difference during this time on the planet.

    Cons

    Sadly I lost my faith in the charity as it got more and more corporate based. When I discovered it was corporate partners with morally defunct organisations like GlaxoSmithKline, Nestle and Tesco I lost my faith fully.

    Advice to Management

    Put ethics first.

    British Red Cross2014-05-10
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great on paper, less in practice"

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    Former Employee - Support Worker in Swansea, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dealing with people in crisis and making a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    The local management seem to think that they are running a business in the corporate sector as they power their way to getting funding and contracts from the local authority and health boards. The reality is that they treat the staff like numbers, not the dedicated staff that they are. When the staff struggle with the workload they than instigate performance management - I would have expected better from a charity...

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    Advice to Management

    Create a family like culture within the workplace. You cannot run a charity like it is a multi million pound private sector business. Staff respond better to being treated fairly, and I would urge the charity to maintain its independence buy NOT marrying itself to the public sector by ways of contract!

    British Red Cross2014-05-11
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