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Updated 15 Aug 2019

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Michael Adamson
36 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. "Not achieving its potential"

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

    I worked at British Red Cross

    Pros

    Lots of good people. If you're a white man in your 50's with no ambition to make a difference you can go far.

    Cons

    Sycophantic clones of existing senior managers are promoted. Most of the good people leave.

    Advice to Management

    Use the Red Cross brand for good rather than for your own career advancement.

    British Red Cross2016-12-12
  2. "Good intentions poor strategy"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Manchester, England

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

    Pros

    Overall aim and values of the movement are laudable. Worked with some lovely well meaning people who want to make a difference to people's lives. Some good opportunities for training

    Cons

    Have you ever asked your friends and family what they think the British Red Cross does? It will illustrate one of the problems........Strong brand poor strategy, focus and execution. - Doing a little bit of everything in a slightly haphazard but at the same time rather bureaucratic and hierarchical way. - Recent reorganisation changes are huge and the impact will be far reaching.....they will continue to have an unstabilising...

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    Advice to Management

    Clearly define mission and strategy and work towards it. Communicate with and value your staff, you will achieve nothing without them

    British Red Cross2016-09-24
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    "Don't care about staff"

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    Former Employee - Retail 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

    Brilliant team spirit, being able to not only help those in crisis overseas but also those on our doorstep in crisis for some of whom a friendly smile could brighten their entire day. I really liked being able to make a difference to people who's lives I touched

    Cons

    Upper management don't care about lower tier staff. The fundamental principles are wonderful in theory but in practise they don't seem to apply to how those higher up can treat ordinary low paid staff. I felt as though I were an all too easily replaced and discarded cog in a wheel

    Advice to Management

    Staff are human beings also

    British Red Cross2016-03-19
  4. "Team Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Team Administrator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross

    Pros

    you can make a difference to people in crisis through your job

    Cons

    Low salary and no progression

    British Red Cross2016-01-05
  5. "Frustrating"

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    Former Employee -  in
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross

    Pros

    Pay & benefits: good for a charity. Reputation: does great work in the community and people respect that, feel proud to be part of it. Good place to be associated with and put on your CV. Colleagues: passionate about what they do and want to make a difference. Management: good teams in the field with somewhat effective strategies and policies. Policy and Process: seems to work well for profit generating divisions...

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    Cons

    Pay: a big gap between HO and field, it is much lower in field offices. Also the numbers of volunteers to paid employees is 10:1 and staff are getting paid for doing management jobs while the important field work is being done by unpaid volunteers - a bit unfair and can be frustrating. Reputation: once you work there you know its not all great as the brand suggests. Colleagues: not as efficient as in other charities....

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    Advice to Management

    Invest more in better recruitment/HR and policy people. PS: CEO is currently Nick Young and not as mentioned.

    British Red Cross2012-03-16
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