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42 English questions out of 42

July 22, 2021

What is health insurance like at Canadian Red Cross?

Pros

- fantastic mission - good health benefits

Cons

- leadership not transparent - poor and unprofessional senior management - very heavy at the top, multiple layers of senior directors/directors/senior managers/managers - extreme lack of transparency and integrity - career growth happens only if you are friends with senior management - some employees have been there for years and get away with their behaviors - donations/funds are misused insanely and regularly - toxic culture - organisation proclaims set of values that are no followed within

Advice to Management

learn to spend funds for the cause that the organisation is there for, not for what you please

good health benefits

July 22, 2021

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May 3, 2021

Does Canadian Red Cross offer sponsored degrees?

Pros

Collaborative atmosphere; solution oriented; great effort to add benefits to offset lower pay scales (not for profit)

Cons

Lower salaries (not for profit)

Collaborative atmosphere; solution oriented; great effort to add benefits to offset lower pay scales (not for profit)

May 3, 2021

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September 28, 2021

Does Canadian Red Cross offer an employee assistance or workplace counselling program?

Pros

Good benefits and company name

Cons

Overworked in a very little salary. No growth here

Good benefits and company name

September 28, 2021

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December 17, 2021

Does Canadian Red Cross offer housing assistance?

Pros

- Pays for all your expenses; incl. flights, hotel, food, transportation - Offers pay for on-call as well - Plenty of opportunities across Canada

Cons

- Poor communication leads to confusion - Issues often bounced around different people in charge, until eventually it is forgotten

flights, hotel, food, transportation

December 17, 2021

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August 10, 2020

Does Canadian Red Cross offer vision insurance?

Pros

Great project and program work. Some great, hard working colleagues. CIO is great. Connection to the International Red Cross world is a plus -there is always something interesting going on and you feel connected to Canadian and worldwide humanitarian efforts. Technology is generally modern and progressive even given the non-profit budget. Remote work is smooth. Office and work spaces on Cooper street are fantastic. Plenty of meeting rooms, great workstations, modern layout, great lunch room/ cafeteria with free coffee. The coffee machine attracts everyone which really improves collaboration. Organizational reputation is strong which opens a lot of doors. Benefits are pretty good.

Cons

No performance management and no transparency on promotion / career path. Once you start, you are given no awareness of what the next level is , what salary is possible, etc. There is no performance management system and no bonus system whatsoever. Overtime is not paid, period - unless you are in Quebec. Years pass and your salary stays static and HR shrugs their shoulders. The HR shop has been restructured many times over the years with little vision on worker retention. The fund raising unit, while effective, is run by a bully who does whatever he wants. Another software dev shop was stood up which , in effect, created three separate IT shops. The CEO/CFO don't know a thing about IT. They have cost the organization millions in poor oversight. The CEO has given cushy management roles to friends at the expense of the organization. A little too much neopotism for my taste.

Advice to Management

Trim the nepotism , put in a performance management system, provide career paths , and properly fund and support the IT shop. Also, don't let the Quebec office run its own version of the Red Cross - one country, one Red Cross.

Plenty of meeting rooms, great workstations, modern layout, great lunch room/ cafeteria with free coffee.

August 10, 2020

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