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British Red Cross Reviews

Updated 15 Aug 2019

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2.7
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31%
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32%
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Michael Adamson
36 Ratings
Pros
  • "Nice Friendly Colleagues, easy to commute, good work life balance(in 6 reviews)

  • "Flexible working hours - in our shop, you arranged shifts with your manager and colleagues(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Support from senior management was weak at times(in 7 reviews)

  • "The team leader said the BRC weren't prepared go an extra mile just for one member of staff(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Ambulance"

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    Former Employee - EMT Ground Ambulance 

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Good culture when at work

    Cons

    Lack of progression at work

    British Red Cross2019-08-15
  2. "Friendly and supportive"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Grantham, England

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

    Pros

    Great team to work with

    Cons

    So many processes and procedures

    British Red Cross2019-08-14
  3. "Really good training"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good office, Really good work-life balance

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of

    British Red Cross2019-08-13
  4. "Good place to work but decision making could be slow"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good at connecting staff to the work of the BRC and wider Red Cross and who we were there to support. Large organisation with opportunities for secondment and development.

    Cons

    Teams are quite siloed and it was sometimes hard to cut across this. More leadership needed from senior management to support the organisational changes and to speed up decision making.

    British Red Cross2019-08-01
  5. "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexitime, A/L, Colleagues, rewarding job.

    Cons

    Poor management structure and terrible HR.

    Advice to Management

    Staff are at capacity, stop burning them out.

    British Red Cross2019-07-31
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Volunteer with BR"

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible and rewarding company to work for

    Cons

    No cons to work for this company

    British Red Cross2019-07-10
  7. "I had a good time."

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    Former Employee - First Aider in Leeds, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    You get to acquire lots of skills and meet great people.

    Cons

    Requires a lot of travel so might not be for everyone.

    British Red Cross2019-07-04
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing decline of a excellent charity"

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When you can help somebody in need its a nice feeling. Part of a charity that has great values

    Cons

    Poor attitude and performance from long term paid members of staff across various departments with no hope for change or accountability. Little or no support from management. Money being spent is not being spent on improving the service and equipment to help us do the job or provide help for people in need. Lots of departments working independently instead of together. Unprofessional and racist behaviour from senior members...

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    Advice to Management

    This organisation is a shambles too many people sat in paid jobs with no desire to progress or add value. Accountability for people who are terrible at there job and dealing with people. Less time spent on individual projects and more on the service as a whole. A serious look at how management and long term staff member behave. Stop using volunteers to support ineffective managers and hubs. Upper level management should...

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    British Red Cross2019-07-31
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Hit and miss depending on your team, generally little support and a lot of pressure"

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    Current Employee - Finance in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible (although it does depend on your line manager), nice location, Blue Light Card perks, friendly staff (if you are lucky)

    Cons

    Well below market pay leading to extremely high staff turnover, long hours not recognised, no staff consultation, Union-averse organisation, staff is silenced as all processed are imposed with little or no consultation. Staff don't have their own desks.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff and do not make decisions on their behalf

    British Red Cross2019-07-08
  10. "I've worked there for almost a year."

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    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fexi time Working from home Expenses paid Friendly work environment Some travelling

    Cons

    My experience with this company was a slippery slope. Although I was trying to be proactive, to follow the managerial guidance in project, my feedback was always negative. I can say I have received about 2-3 positive comments in my employment. While on the outside felt like I was receiving support, even if I was following the guidelines, I would still receive bad criticism. This started affected the quality of my work...

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    Advice to Management

    Stronger communication Better job details when advertising Better training and support

    British Red Cross2019-06-20
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