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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. Helpful (2)

    "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...

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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
  2. Helpful (3)

    "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 for 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;...

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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
  3. "It's starting to go pear-shaped"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Charity values; lots of good people doing lots of good work; (almost) unconditional assistance to those in need around the world; 140 years of history; charity's reputation;

    Cons

    Poor attitude to fundraising (use of chuggers, eg); worst chief executive I've ever seen (cardboard has more personality; closed mind) ; lots of money wasted; chasing contracted work at the expense of charitable work; volunteers underappreciated; senior management have lost sight of some of the values and principles that made the Red Cross great.

    Advice to Management

    Stop chasing contracts and concentrate on charitable activities; think of the service user rather than your own prestige; get rid of your fundraising strategy; cut senior posts and put more to the front line.

    British Red Cross2017-09-12
  4. "Many positives"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at British Red Cross

    Pros

    Fantastic cause I had a great team, superb colleagues

    Cons

    Support from senior management was weak at times

    British Red Cross2017-06-05
  5. 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
  6. "BRC Experience"

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

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Large national charity, sits well on CV. Good salary for senior staff and generous leave allowance.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity given for formal CPD. Disjointed management and very slow in decision making. Individual senior managers seem to be give carte blanche to a large extent, in a negative way. Senior management appear to be out of touch with commercial needs.

    Advice to Management

    Value staff a lot better - they are the future of any organisation. Train them and trust them to stay, rather than don't train them and let them go in numbers.

    British Red Cross2016-10-20
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great team of volunteers, shame about the management!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good holidays, Great fundamental principals, great range of services and some truly lovely people at grass-roots level. Plus the joys of working with some very dedicated and caring volunteers and staff. Very enthusiastic CEO.

    Cons

    No work life balance, middle to senior management more concerned with image and empire building than getting the job done. Low pay. Red tape. Very non-trusting atmosphere, and a ridiculously high staff turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate more on staff and volunteer experience

    British Red Cross2014-05-10
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