British Red Cross Volunteer Reviews

Updated 12 Jul 2020

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6 Ratings
  1. "Volunteer"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at British Red Cross part-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment Good support given

    Cons

    Can sometimes be frustrating to progress

  2. "Very nice environment to work in"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Young Refugee Volunteer in London, England

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

    Pros

    The manager was very friendly and nice. Let me work autonomously and willing to assist anytime I needed it.

    Cons

    There were no negative aspects.


  3. "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

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly community"

    5.0
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    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. "Good place to volunteer"

    5.0
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    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

  6. "Volunteer GIS Analyst @ British Red Cross Head Office, London"

    4.0
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    Current Intern - Volunteer GIS Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic ethos, team cooperation and passionate humanitarians

    Cons

    Old building and some outdated practices

  7. "keep up the good work"

    5.0
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    Former Freelancer - Volunteer in Sheffield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross for more than 3 years

    Pros

    gained self confidence, got chance to work with people in need

    Cons

    nothing to say the people i work with was very nice

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  8. "Meh"

    3.0
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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.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Volunteer with BR"

    5.0
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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

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing decline of a excellent charity"

    1.0
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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 of the British Red Cross in meetings and other inappropriate times. Zero to no support from most departments. Lack of funding for tools to do job but money for other vanity projects. Volunteers are over worked and pressured into more hours and doing things that should be done by actual BRC staff. Training is too long and is poorly organised. Most parts are pointless and feel like filling time, example pointless exercises and too many breaks. Our time is misspent, it doesn't justify the travel or the amount of our free time needed. The lack of value added from attending is disheartening and most people in attendance feel the same. Unsafe work environment at times with pointless processes that don't work. Lack or urgency or understanding of service from paid members of staff. Lots of people work part time or are at retirement age and have no drive or desire to improve. Generational gap is noticeable and some use of language and terms are completely unsuitable for current times or any professional work environments. Overall poor standards of professional behaviour in most hubs and spokes. Some facilities are in need of deep clean or repair. Service users are not made to feel welcome or comfortable. IT services act like they are only interesting in what they feel like doing and BRC requests are an inconvenience. Communication is terrible and information is not shared correctly or woth the people that need it. Recruitment is disorganised and frustrating. People are being blamed for having poor English Language skills to hide the fact recruitment is poorly organised, sometime unwilling to provide the time and service to help volunteers as they are not motivated or competent. Paid members of staff have no motivation or drive as they complain about being underpaid or having no budget available to improve services due to misspent donations and money from the service . Part time staff do not hand over requests or information to people to follow up when not working its a case of its not my problem unless I am in work. Volunteers don't tend to stay because there is no support or opportunities to grow. Volunteers are pressured in to chasing donations and being out of pocket to be part of BRC Training is made out to be valuable to help you do your role but is not and has lots of unnecessary parts that make it seem like trainers justifying a job by making it more work than required the reality is this could be done online or during volunteering with a manager or senior volunteer. This takes people away from family, paid work and other more productive uses of time like the role they applied to do.

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