British Red Cross Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 12 Aug 2019

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  1. "Really good training"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  2. "Project Coordinator"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Coordinator in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice Friendly Colleagues, easy to commute, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Decisions are moving very slow.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Lovely people, could do with investment in infrastructure"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are absolutely lovely - very focused on service users and helping people. Sense of mission and purpose and working as a team. Strong emphasis on work /life balance, employees being looked after and taking time to get to know one another e.g. eating together at the office or going out for lunch. Real diversity of staff - extremely inclusive of people from different cultures and backgrounds and people with disabilities. CEO is incredibly positive and approachable to people at every level of the organisation.

    Cons

    Terrible tendency for middle management to kick issues/sign off upwards to avoid making decisions/ taking responsibility. Makes getting decisions made sometimes unnecessarily difficult and time consuming and means the organisation isn't as flexible and relevant as it should be. Technology and infrastructure woefully under resourced - e.g. people without laptops or with extremely old mobile phones and some offices still without WiFi!! Makes working outside the office 9-5 a lot more challenging than it should be. IT help desk seem overwhelmed and/or clueless a lot of the time when you ring for help, suggesting they're not attracting the right people (ie pay competitive salaries) for really important roles.

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    "In serious need of modernisation"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Support Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    -Good training opportunities -You are constantly reminded of the cause and the excellent work the IFRC does -Good work/ life balance (if your manager allows it)

    Cons

    - In serious need of modernisation, in both systems and attitude. Some processes and policies are so difficult to adhere too it makes everyone's jobs harder. -Internal communications need serious improvement- major news stories about the BRC would break and most staff would have no idea what had happened or how to respond to it -Hostile upper management that look down on anyone below them, which is why so many people are jumping ship

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  5. "Support Coordinator"

    5.0
     

    I have been working at British Red Cross

    Pros

    Nice environment to work in, staff are very friendly and helpful. Management are very supportive. Lots of training opportunities. Work life balance. Flexible. New challenge daily. Job Satisfaction. Love working for them.

    Cons

    IT can be challenging at times

  6. "Proud to have worked at the Red Cross"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Administrator (Fundraising) in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Background - I worked at the BRC Head Office in London for a year, initially as an expenses-only intern and then on a fixed term contract in an administrative role within a fundraising team. - Great work life balance - Great training opportunities - If you're interested in the charity sector, lots of opportunities to learn about/move into other departments - Generally speaking, the people working at the Red Cross are really nice - Pay distribution is quite flat and pay levels are competitive to others in the charity sector. The CEO's salary was only 7-8 times mine (an entry level employee).

    Cons

    - SOMEONE PLEASE DESIGN A SIMPLER EXPENSES SYSTEM FOR VOLUNTEERS/INTERNS, HOW HARD CAN IT BE?! - In general, people working at SSC (at least the ones who attend to calls) need to learn the basics of customer service. - Someone needs to come up with a green policy for paper, printing and electricity. People print waaaay more than they should, waste waaay too much paper and most people leave their computers powered on overnight(!).

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  7. "Good place to do voluntary work"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Volunteer in Abingdon, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross

    Pros

    A feeling of doing something useful for the community. You make friends and learn to take an interest in the local community. People are grateful for the work you do. We ensure that patients obtain the correct equipment during a difficult time in their lives, and then they return equipment and are grateful for the use that has been made by them. Being a voluntary job, there is no commercial pressure, and being a part time job, one's work/life balance is truly maintained. I can truly recommend working in the voluntary sector and especially in the red cross as it gives one the chance to make a contribution and to make friends.

    Cons

    None - the job has flexible hours, and a feeling of doing something useful

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