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Hearts are in the right place, but poorly managed.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at American Red Cross as a contractor (less than an year)

Pros

You can really make a difference and everyone is very friendly. You'll find people who really care about making a difference in their community, and it's a good networking opportunity. You'll know your job makes a difference.

Cons

The Red Cross is bleeding money, and is attempting to fix the problem in all the wrong ways. They recently laid off all of their instructors so they could hire *some* of them back as part-time workers without benefits.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen more to your employees. Figure out new ways of money management that don't involve axing your primary money makers. Don't overload people and wonder why things aren't getting done. Focus on your industry-service!

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    It has seen better days

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Dedham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Dedham, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Company has been through its ups and downs throughout the years. Overall it was good to me and I received great training there when they offered it. Its challenges now are trying to gain market share again and donor retention. The benefits were always excellent and the pay regardless what some employees thought, were competitive. Raises were given when other companies were freezing wages. Even when our raises were on hold, a flat bonus was given in lieu of an increase to recognize worker's accomplishments. I am grateful that I worked there for a cumulative of 22 years before a final layoff. No regrets.

    Cons

    Financial troubles have hit this organization big time with numerous layoffs over the past 2 years and more to come. The Dedham location is practically nonexistent and the morale is like working at a morgue. Management really needs to think things through before rolling out systems that cause layoffs, only to find out the system is not adequate. Need to pilot programs first before finalizing implementation. Hire people based on their actual experience, talent, personality and intelligence. Stay away from the continued "old boy/old girl" model that plaques that environment with incompetent decision makers. The company is a foundation worth saving and deserves to live on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop looking through rose colored glasses; listen to the people and their concerns.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employees treated very poorly

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    Current Employee - Collections Technician III in Saint Paul, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Collections Technician III in Saint Paul, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Collecting blood from donors is fun and fast paced. The work you do for ARC Biomedical, is very important and you can take pride in your work helping people.

    Cons

    Pay, employee policies, management treats you as a worthless commodity. There is no work/life balance. Schedule is erratic, being scheduled late into the evening and then early the next morning. Employee turnover is high, many employees hired simply to be a body to fit scheduling purposes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize employee moral is at rock bottom lows.

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