American Red Cross

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American Red Cross Reviews

Updated 27 February 2015
Updated 27 February 2015
862 Reviews
2.8
862 Reviews
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American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Making a difference in recipient lives and promotes diversity (in 37 reviews)

  • Helping People in disasters, having a company vehicle to take clients to the doctor (in 39 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance (it's required that you still check and respond to emails while on PTO) (in 19 reviews)

  • Upper management almost constantly changes operations and organizational structure (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    6 people found this helpful  

    Very challenging and not for the faint of heart, but very rewarding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Lead Applications Engineer

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on your role, 8+/hr workdays are common, but it's comforting to know you're supporting a good cause. Most employees (and volunteers) are willing to go above and beyond for the company mission.

    If you are highly skilled and motivated, it's a great place to leave your mark. Management is very open to changes (especially if it means greater efficiency and better use of donor dollars), but you must be prepared to fully support and carry out your ideas. Talk is cheap, and tangible actions are highly valued.

    If you're not particularly skilled, but highly motivated, it's a great place to sharpen your skills. Management is willing to invest in your learning curve, but expect to be tasked with the same requirements as everyone else.

    Cons

    The organization is going through some growing pains, so there are many on-going changes. To survive, you'll need to keep an open mind. With new changes, understand that mistakes do happen ("Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity") and that everyone is trying their best to improve the overall organization.

    The pay is acceptable, but obviously doesn't compare with a for-profit company. (If you're expecting a high salary, why would you work at a non-profit?)

    If you're unmotivated by the organization's mission, you're going to have a bad time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need more in-house technical talent. "Budget constraints" are understandable, but It's very disheartening to always hear that excuse. There has to be other ways to attract more highly skilled people.

    And if anyone in any management role actually reads this:
    On behalf of staff everywhere, thank you for your hard work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good pay, Good environment to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Bangalore

    I have been working at American Red Cross

    Pros

    Company, Salary, env, onsite, bonus, long term chances

    Cons

    Micro management,no flexible hours,no onsite,variable pay, no appreciation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Mission, low moral

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Red Cross has a great mission. They help people when they are in need. Those that do work for the organization are passionate and you get to work with the best volunteers in the world. It is wonderful to be able to help someone in their darkest hour and to learn from all the volunteers. As paid staff the benefits are decent.

    Cons

    There is no stability. In the years I worked there I saw no less than 4 nationwide reorganizations. The last two years moral has been low, as more work is pilled on those still left. Those expectations are added, and the expectation that the staff meet or exceed the goals or work load set before. There is no work/life balance as more expectations are added. Over the last few years moral has been low, as you constantly expected to be the next one let go. It also seems there was little regard as to the qualifications of those picked to stay in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give a system time to become stable. Communicate with your staff so there is better moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    leb tech. 2

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - LAB TEC II in Phila, PA (US)
    Former Employee - LAB TEC II in Phila, PA (US)

    I worked at American Red Cross

    Pros

    Great non-profit organization and well equippd.

    Cons

    Limited exposure to other department.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The Best Nonprofit Organization in the World - if you want to help people work for the Red Cross!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) Friendly staff and volunteers. 94% of the Red Cross Force is volunteers, and every single volunteer that I have meet are very dedicated to the mission of allieviating human suffering.
    2) A lot of volunteer opportunities and internship opportunities. I started out as their intern, then stayed to volunteer in two departments, before becoming their paid health and safety instructor.
    3) This company really cares about making a difference in the community! I have never heard or seen the Red Cross doing anything harmful or suspicious. This nonprofit organization is the real deal and every other nonprofit organization should look up to the Red Cross as a role model.

    Cons

    Low pay, but that's usually the case when working for a nonprofit. You work there not for the money, but to help poeple and feel satisfied with helping others. Also, job advancement is almost nonexistent. So if you get a job be prepared to stick to that job for a long time, or move to another company eventually if you want to advance in your career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    High Performance NGO

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross

    Pros

    An excellent workplace with good benefit and nice colleagues

    Cons

    It has been cutting staff

  8.  

    Not only are they friendly but the work they do over all is wonderful and I'm happy to take part in it.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross

    Pros

    The red cross is a organization bases on helping people in every way possible.

    Cons

    I still attend school so my hours are very limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A noble organization

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross

    Pros

    The mission of the Red Cross is above reproach. As a servant to those in need, the disaster services part of the organization does as much as any entity can to alleviate suffering after an emergency or disaster.

    Cons

    Aside from disaster services, the other parts of the organization are too top-down oriented and tend to have an overly corporate structure to an organization which does not have a corporate culture.

  10.  

    Dedicated company to their Mission

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross

    Pros

    Great feeling of team work and volunteerism.

    Cons

    They've gone through a lot of layoffs through restructuring but it seems to have ended. That was a bit disruptive to volunteers as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give thought to the future when hiring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Mission, Great People, Challenging Leadership in some areas.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A great and honorable mission and dedicated employees who believe in the mission.

    Cons

    Change averse organization that also lacks the necessary leadership training. There are rogue leaders who feel like it is ok to mistreat employees when things don't go as planned. It is important that Leadership realize that a lot more will be accomplished by pulling together and not "eating their young". There are a few leaders at the VP level who have come into the organization from the corporate world where it was cut-throat/dog-eat-dog and they unknowingly are bringing the mentality with them which is very disruptive to the culture of the American Red Cross. In the non-profit world and particularly at the ARC, everyone has to do more with less. The way to do this is not to treat people as a means to an end, but to value, respect and coach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a few leaders at the VP level who have come into the organization from the corporate world where it was cut-throat/dog-eat-dog and they unknowingly are bringing the mentality with them which is very disruptive to the culture of the American Red Cross. In the non-profit world and particularly at the ARC, everyone has to do more with less. The way to do this is not to treat people as a means to an end, but to value, respect and coach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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