British Red Cross Reviews

Updated 12 Jul 2020

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British Red Cross Chief Executive Michael Adamson (no image)
Michael Adamson
47 Ratings
  1. "Great team"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Volunteer 

    I have been working at British Red Cross part-time

    Pros

    Learn new skills, gain confidence in self

    Cons

    Unpaid, heavy lifting can be annoying

  2. "Some departments good but wider organisation challenging"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong fundraising department Positive mission and values

    Cons

    Little accountability at a senior level Badly managed and communicated change programme

  3. "amazing experience"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross part-time

    Pros

    gain experperince and meet a range of people

    Cons

    I haven;t yet come across any cons

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly community"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Wirral, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun workplace Friendly people

    Cons

    A lot of work to get done

  5. Helpful (2)

    "The business of charity"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shop Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Job satisfaction Varied and challenging, no two days are the same Meeting diverse groups of people

    Cons

    Lone working Poor staffing quotas Profit over people

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "Brilliant cause, toxic work environment"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vital work. The chance to work on truly important issues for a household name organisation, steeped in history. Working alongside some very committed people, who are incredibly dedicated to their work.

    Cons

    The culture of particular teams at Head Office is entirely toxic. Staff are overworked and undervalued - some amazing people hired but tend to leave the on a revolving door basis within 0.5-1.5 years without looking back. Severe bullying and mistreatment exhibited by staff in positions of power (one member of senior leadership in particular) is shockingly routine, and passed down management chain - staff must learn to accept it or eventually leave the organisation. Many of us are still coming to terms with encountering this sort of workplace behaviour at a charity that claims to spread the #PowerOfKindness

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  7. "Good place to volunteer"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Portadown, Craigavon, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Every day is different and it's great knowing you've done something good

    Cons

    The building I operated in was a very small highstreet building

  8. "Great cause, lack of progression"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    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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  9. "Ok"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - First Aid Trainer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team you work with

    Cons

    Low salary and lots of miles

  10. "Good"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, wanting to do good.

    Cons

    Messy, a lot of paperwork and bureaucracy.

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