British Red Cross Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated 1 Aug 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work but decision making could be slow"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    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.

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic culture, nasty leadership team for the most part"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great cause and good team with talented middle management

    Cons

    There is a culture of fear driven by the dysfunctional leadership team, some of them downright bullies without any consequences for the continued bad behaviour. No focus on staff development, senior management does not live any of the organisational values and the 'power of kindness' is nothing more than a tagline as there is little kindness shown towards own employees. The CEO does not hold his team accountable for failures. The IT is a farce, people are expected to work amidst multiple IT failures but we still have the same people responsible for running a failing function.

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  3. Helpful (4)

    "Shame they can't live their brand promise of kindness"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good flexibility around hours; a great cause; a big organisation with high staff turnover means opportunities come up fairly often.

    Cons

    Toxic management behaviour throughout the levels of management, including, unfortunately, the senior management team. A culture that allows and endorses bullying, as well as a 'divide and conquer' mentality; where staff are often left without adequate management support to handle very full workloads. I've been really shocked and sickened by what I've seen while I've been here; I think the only people who can stick it out are those who don't care or those who have the hide of a rhino. Terrible IT systems and tech that is unreliable and sucks time from your day. The brand is now about the power of kindness but I can safely say I have never seen anywhere more unkind. And this is in the head office!

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "It's starting to go pear-shaped"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Charity values; lots of good people doing lots of good work; (almost) unconditional assistance to those in need around the world; 140 years of history; charity's reputation;

    Cons

    Poor attitude to fundraising (use of chuggers, eg); worst chief executive I've ever seen (cardboard has more personality; closed mind) ; lots of money wasted; chasing contracted work at the expense of charitable work; volunteers underappreciated; senior management have lost sight of some of the values and principles that made the Red Cross great.

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  5. "Many positives"

    4.0
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    I worked at British Red Cross

    Pros

    Fantastic cause I had a great team, superb colleagues

    Cons

    Support from senior management was weak at times

  6. Helpful (5)

    "Lots of Red Tape"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Service Support Officer in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great volunteers and members of staff (low/medium level) who really truly care about the principles and what the Red Cross/Crescent stands for locally and abroad.

    Cons

    Full of red tape and too much politics with senior management wanting to put their stamp down rather than undertaking work which will benefit the charity and it's beneficiaries. Career opportunities only exist for those who know how to create and play with the red tape. Not for the people who are the best at their job to benefit the beneficiary.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "BRC Experience"

    2.0
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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

    Pros

    Large national charity, sits well on CV. Good salary for senior staff and generous leave allowance.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity given for formal CPD. Disjointed management and very slow in decision making. Individual senior managers seem to be give carte blanche to a large extent, in a negative way. Senior management appear to be out of touch with commercial needs.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great team of volunteers, shame about the management!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good holidays, Great fundamental principals, great range of services and some truly lovely people at grass-roots level. Plus the joys of working with some very dedicated and caring volunteers and staff. Very enthusiastic CEO.

    Cons

    No work life balance, middle to senior management more concerned with image and empire building than getting the job done. Low pay. Red tape. Very non-trusting atmosphere, and a ridiculously high staff turnover.

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