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Helpful (1)

Hearts are in the right place, but poorly managed.

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Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

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. Helpful (3)

    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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

  2. Fair

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very mission focused.

    Steady Pay with Benefits.

    Good Resume Builder with in the Human Services/ Non Profit Field.

    Never the same day.

    Cons

    Good Ole Boy Network at its Best!

    Incompetent Volunteers carry too much weight while hard working loyal paid staff have no voice.

    Overworked Paid Staff expected to do more than they can handle.

    Long Hours kills family life!

    Management in DC has no clue what the field deals with. Too many changes implemented with no feedback from the field.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to its employees.

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