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Canadian Blood Services Phlebotomist Reviews

Updated Jan 12, 2020

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Canadian Blood Services CEO Graham D. Sher
Graham D. Sher
9 Ratings
  1. "Volunteering since May 2014"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Edmonton, AB
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have medical lab tech and phlebotomist skill and experience. I like to help people. Canadian Blood Services is a non profit organization for help of people who are needy and sick.

    Cons

    Different type of donors. Carefully handle the blood bags and identification of every donor is the huge challenge. Don't make a mistake in identification and error on the blood bag or on sample can lead to the death of a patient.

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  2. "The work is rewarding but under valued"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Coworkers, rewarding, challenging, travel, benefits

    Cons

    Organization, under valued, work life balance, inconsistent schedule, management

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  3. "Phlebotomist"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I like the Canadian environment to work

    Cons

    I had a working experience over

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  4. Helpful (9)

    "Worst work environment ever."

    1.0
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    Ex-Phlebotomist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services

    Pros

    The other staff are the greatest. Most of the donors are also great.

    Cons

    You will never become full-time. CBS has adopted the American model of employment. You are scheduled for slightly under full-time hours so they avoid the benefits package. But you will always be expected to work overtime. The overtime will always put you over full-time hours, but that won't count because only scheduled hours count. Also you will not be paid overtime rates, just straight time. If they put out an appeal to the public for more blood more people will show up and you will have to work harder and longer. As a token of appreciation for all the hard work the employees provided the Company bought everyone a Hershey's chocolate bar. CBS is chronically short-staffed because they can't retain employees (understandable). So everyone else has to work harder because the workload is the same regardless of how many staff show up to work. They won't hire extra staff in anticipation of employees taking sick-time or leaves without pay, even though that happens all the time and can certainly be anticipated based on historical evidence. Nurses are being fired because Phlebotomists are being coerced and trained to fill their jobs at half the cost. Receptionists are being fired and replaced with automated registration. Phlebotomists are planned to be phased out with machines (although the early trials have pretty much ruled that out for a little while). HR continually is out of touch with what is going on and what is needed. The staff do everything to make the place run better, and really do an amazing job and are the most dedicated people you'd ever want for employees, but they are thwarted at every turn by HR and the rest of the out-of-touch management team. Don't even consider working for CBS.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Best Job A Phlebotomist Can Have"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Saskatoon, SK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Best coworkers you will ever have. Capable, reliable, team players with outstanding personalities and dedication to the cause. -Fun work environment. "Clean" straight forward job. "Easy" job, although fast paced. Donors are healthy, and wanting to have their blood drawn, unique to this work environment. -No pressure environment, show up, go home, you never take the job with you after you clock out. -Great team, phlebotomists, RNs, donor services all work together to execute each clinic on target. -Decent wages, good benefits. -Training overall very comprehensive initially, although admittedly not always uniform. -Depending on your background, some opportunity to move up or into a completely different role. -Lots of very bright people within and access to transfusion/transplant research/data as well as training and educational resources.

    Cons

    -Shift work, which is normal in healthcare. The hours can be great (perfect) for a student or PT worker if you want just a few half shifts a week. However if you are trying to support a family and pay for daycare, aiming for FT hours will require working difficult shifts like 12 hr+ mobile clinics and split shifts or 6 days in a row etc. -Some job security but will never be a M-F guaranteed FT job. This is a problem. I do think hours could be more standardized similar to what the for profit plasma clinics have done, while still meeting targets, appealing to donors, and staying fiscally responsible. Many donors get paid time off to donate during the day (from our corporate PFL partners) so making clinic hours from 10am-6pm instead of split shifts running into the evening for example might be feasible. -Clinic Managers have replaced Charge Nurses in the clinic. As they are out of scope, they cannot help with needles, faints, or even give bandaids. Or give advice on any other problem in the clinic such as pack allocation and reconciliation discrepancies. -Staff are often last to know any changes. I usually check the CBC app before I come to work. All relevant info is usually released by media relations to the public before us. -This is a great job if you use it to your advantage. They will use you so make it work in your favour. Learn lots, enjoy the experience. -If you're clinic staff you may or may not be respected. Depends on the day/budget/targets/factor X etc. -Dealing with people all day, can be tiring if you're friendly but not a "people person" by nature. -Thinking outside the box may or may not be welcomed. Good advice may not be accepted advice.

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  6. Helpful (7)

    "Phlebotomist"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Phlebotomist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, if you can get enough hours to keep them, competitative salary, lovely donors.

    Cons

    Refuse to give long time staff decent working hours. Expect you to be on call every day., but won't commit to regular hours of employment. You are pushed constantly to perform more and more tasks, with less time to complete them, making it unsafe for the donors.

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    "Phlebotomist"

    1.0
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    Phlebotomist in Halifax, NS
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services

    Pros

    the best reasons where the donors, they made the job so rewarding and fun it was looking forward to seeing them. They made the job rewarding.

    Cons

    The cons were what the higher up managment expected of us. It is to much to expect of any employe!! We do everything we can and try to make a bad situation good (created by upper management ) and make the best of it.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Phlebotomist"

    1.0
    • Career Opportunities
    Phlebotomist in St. John's, NL
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services

    Pros

    Great co-workers. The only way you can get through your day.

    Cons

    Total lack of decency and respect and communication for employees in every way! Very Poor poor management. Terrible!

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "JM"

    3.0
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    Phlebotomist (Retired) in Victoria, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services

    Pros

    The donors are wonderful! Each day you get to talk to new donors and donors who have become old "friends". Their stories and reasons for donating are all personal and sometime awe inspiring. The front line staff that work with donors are also fabulous to work with. Day in and day out making sure that donors are well cared for, while at the same time ensuring that they are collecting a 100% safe product for the public's use at their time of need.

    Cons

    Since the inception of CBS in 1998 the only constant has been change!!! It has been hard to keep up with all the upheavals we have had to endure over the years, not knowing one year to the next if there would be a job or what that job would look like in terms of days and hours and would it be enough to support yourself on. Managers seem to change as often as socks, which doesn't give for very good team relations.

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Phlebotomist Review"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great staff to work with! Donors are so nice and happy to be there

    Cons

    hours cut every year.. Be prepared to work less and less each year.

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