Canadian Blood Services Employee Reviews about "job security"

Updated Sep 20, 2021

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  • "Loved my co-workers and enjoyed the donors so much(in 29 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, good work environment(in 20 reviews)

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  • "Hard to find donors to fill spots in certain areas(in 12 reviews)

  • "Poor job security for some positions(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Enjoyed my tenure there

      Oct 6, 2020 - Donor Services Representative in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Overall great team environment & great management team - Great donors & volunteers - Travel & food bonus pay - Entry level opportunities - Sometimes lots of hours - Internal promotion

      Cons

      - Long shifts - Long commutes - Inconsistent scheduling - Sometimes not enough hours - Few full time opportunities - Poor job security for some positions - Weekends

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      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Ok place

      Sep 20, 2021 - Donor Service Representative in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Paid travel time Short shifts Unionized Good customer service experience

      Cons

      Low pay Management Job security Policies change alot

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    3. 4.0
      Former Intern

      Great experience

      Apr 13, 2021 - Marketing in Ottawa, ON
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      Pros

      - Amazing manager - Smart and competent coworkers - Independence as an intern - Helping patients across Canada - Meeting lots of people across country - Welcoming and kind work culture

      Cons

      - Laid off lots of long term employees - Limited job security - Bureaucratic and lots of red tape - Difficult to get things done - Communication issues

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      meh

      Jun 29, 2020 - RN Staff Nurse in Vancouver, BC
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      Pros

      flexible and interesting and day hours only

      Cons

      precarious job security, overworked and non union

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Little job security for new hires, employees of less than 5 years

      Apr 12, 2017 -  
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      Pros

      Benefits, Pension, working towards a good cause.

      Cons

      Zero job security unless you've work there for 10+ years. Most jobs are seniority based in a time of constant layoffs with lots more to come over the next few years as the company reaches it's goal to cut costs. CEO's salary continues to raise in exorbitant amounts. Due to the size of the organization, staff are viewed as numbers rather than people and front line staff are seen as dispensable. Good work ethic gets you nowhere. Lots of staff with bad habits. Skills learned on the job are not recognized outside of the company (lab experience, phlebotomy). Little opportunity to advance in the company. Most new positions are hired externally. Company gets away with breaking their union collective agreements. Too much office politics. Working in an environment where most people are concerned about losing their job creates a toxic environment.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Best Job A Phlebotomist Can Have

      Aug 4, 2016 - Phlebotomist in Saskatoon, SK
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      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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      4 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      A public service being reduced to corporate mentality

      Jan 3, 2016 - Driver/Trainer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      First and foremost , being a frontline employee at CBS gives you the opportunity to have a big hand in the saving of lives and keeping Canadas blood supply safe. Most of us who work here have been personally touched by the need for blood and blood products, be it a family member or friend, and take a lot of pride that at the end of the day we have played a role in improving, even extending a persons life.Thats a good feeling.

      Cons

      As of late, Canadian Blood Services hierarchy have deemed it appropriate to continually restructure, reorg, rename, downsize and close clinics in the name of budget restraint. Having the CEO (ironically, a doctor) declare that we are NOT a humanitarian organization but a manufacturer of biological pharmaceuticals, from coast to coast the frontline workers of CBS have systematically been under attack through the removal of any form of job security through changes in collective agreements province by province. Case in point ; Charlottetown staff who , in order to maintain 6 guaranteed PART TIME positions of 11 actual staff have been on strike since labor day. The common phrase around CBS is "part time job with a full time commitment"....which with ever changing schedules and duties , is very true. Unfortunately, the commitment back to the staff is sorely lacking.

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      12 people found this review helpful
    8. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Registered Nurse

      Jan 5, 2016 - Registered Nurse in Ottawa, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice pace compared to acute care settings in hospitals. Good compensation comparable to hospitals. RNs felt valued for their expertise when hired.

      Cons

      CBS treat employees as numbers and not as people with families and lives. Management needs training or changing. Poor work-life balance and NO job security. Poor morale. RNs are being replaced by unregulated workers.

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      5 people found this review helpful
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