British Red Cross Fundraiser Reviews

Updated 30 Apr 2020

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  1. "Learnt so much"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Community Fundraiser in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great organisation, learnt so much across all aspects of the organisation. Good insight into different income streams.

    Cons

    Quite London-centric if you work in another part of the country.

  2. "Great cause, lack of progression"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Fundraiser 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The mission of the Red Cross is, in my opinion, faultless. The work remains as crucial and relevant today as when it was founded 150 years ago, and the more I learnt through working at the organisation, the more I believed this. It's a highly motivation cause, and you are surrounding by colleagues who truly care about what they do. Few places can say that. The organisation is huge and has many specialist teams, which means your colleagues can be leaders in their field. As a junior staff member you can learn a great deal from them.

    Cons

    Although apparently it is bench marked, pay is not competitive. Two years after leaving and my salary is almost £10,000 more. Opportunities for progression in my time were rare and hard to come by. The organisation makes the mistake of hiring highly ambitious and capable people, and then having nothing to offer them in terms of their own development - I found that often posts were recruited for externally in favour of promoting within. Its important to get the right person for the job, but actually, as recruitment is quite competitive, very often you will find someone with more experience externally than someone you are promoting up. Staff retention is poor within head office as a result. It's also quite hierarchical and with a lot of red tape. This is probably not unusual for a large NGO and strategies are important. However it felt a lot less empowering as you couldn't make decisions without consultation of others and sometimes that approach is slow and ineffective.

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  3. "A great place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Fundraiser 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working Casual dress, Creative work, Flexible work, Friendly staff

    Cons

    Need to make more changes to the organisation

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Poor leadership and comms"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Fundraiser 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and some friendly staff

    Cons

    Poor leadership and management style from some managers. Too focused on worrying about making themselves look good and ticking boxes. Not enough appreciation for people that put in the hard work and hours. IT systems are also dreadful.

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  5. "Community Fundraising Intern"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Community Fundraising 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross for less than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly working environment with a conversational interview.

    Cons

    The office itself was small so the tasks were not overly stimulating.

  6. "Decent job"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fundraiser in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They pay the training, great mission in Uk & worldwide, Receive a cool working kit

    Cons

    Very intense work, Team leaders are very rigid

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  7. "The road to hell is paved with good intentions"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Fundraiser in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    For a long time working for the British Red Cross gave me an enormous sense of wellbeing in terms f making a genuine and lasting difference during this time on the planet.

    Cons

    Sadly I lost my faith in the charity as it got more and more corporate based. When I discovered it was corporate partners with morally defunct organisations like GlaxoSmithKline, Nestle and Tesco I lost my faith fully.

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