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British Red Cross Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 20 Jun 2019

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Michael Adamson
31 Ratings
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 (4)

    "Lovely people, could do with investment in infrastructure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are absolutely lovely - very focused on service users and helping people. Sense of mission and purpose and working as a team. Strong emphasis on work /life balance, employees being looked after and taking time to get to know one another e.g. eating together at the office or going out for lunch. Real diversity of staff - extremely inclusive of people from different cultures and backgrounds and people with disabilities....

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    Cons

    Terrible tendency for middle management to kick issues/sign off upwards to avoid making decisions/ taking responsibility. Makes getting decisions made sometimes unnecessarily difficult and time consuming and means the organisation isn't as flexible and relevant as it should be. Technology and infrastructure woefully under resourced - e.g. people without laptops or with extremely old mobile phones and some offices still...

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    Advice to Management

    Give people in middle management and on the ground the confidence, backing and tools to do their jobs easier, quicker and more efficiently. Get out of the London bubble and recognise the real value of the organisation is taking place around the country where services are being delivered, not on a UKO teleconference.

    British Red Cross2017-06-29
  2. Helpful (2)

    "In serious need of modernisation"

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    Former Employee - Business Support Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    -Good training opportunities -You are constantly reminded of the cause and the excellent work the IFRC does -Good work/ life balance (if your manager allows it)

    Cons

    - In serious need of modernisation, in both systems and attitude. Some processes and policies are so difficult to adhere too it makes everyone's jobs harder. -Internal communications need serious improvement- major news stories about the BRC would break and most staff would have no idea what had happened or how to respond to it -Hostile upper management that look down on anyone below them, which is why so many people...

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    Advice to Management

    Treat junior employees better and maybe they will stick around longer.

    British Red Cross2017-02-01
  3. "Support Coordinator"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at British Red Cross

      Pros

      Nice environment to work in, staff are very friendly and helpful. Management are very supportive. Lots of training opportunities. Work life balance. Flexible. New challenge daily. Job Satisfaction. Love working for them.

      Cons

      IT can be challenging at times

      British Red Cross2016-04-16
    • "Proud to have worked at the Red Cross"

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      Former Employee - Team Administrator (Fundraising) in London, England
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Background - I worked at the BRC Head Office in London for a year, initially as an expenses-only intern and then on a fixed term contract in an administrative role within a fundraising team. - Great work life balance - Great training opportunities - If you're interested in the charity sector, lots of opportunities to learn about/move into other departments - Generally speaking, the people working at the Red Cross...

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      Cons

      - SOMEONE PLEASE DESIGN A SIMPLER EXPENSES SYSTEM FOR VOLUNTEERS/INTERNS, HOW HARD CAN IT BE?! - In general, people working at SSC (at least the ones who attend to calls) need to learn the basics of customer service. - Someone needs to come up with a green policy for paper, printing and electricity. People print waaaay more than they should, waste waaay too much paper and most people leave their computers powered on...

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      Advice to Management

      Please see cons above.

      British Red Cross2013-02-09
    • "Good place to do voluntary work"

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      Current Employee - Volunteer in Abingdon, England
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at British Red Cross

      Pros

      A feeling of doing something useful for the community. You make friends and learn to take an interest in the local community. People are grateful for the work you do. We ensure that patients obtain the correct equipment during a difficult time in their lives, and then they return equipment and are grateful for the use that has been made by them. Being a voluntary job, there is no commercial pressure, and being a part...

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      Cons

      None - the job has flexible hours, and a feeling of doing something useful

      Advice to Management

      Keep it up!

      British Red Cross2008-08-24
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