British Red Cross Employee Reviews
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I extremely recommend working for British Red Cross. I have been working for company almost 5 years and I really enjoyed learning new skills and meeting new people from aver the world..race, culture and region. I’m sure it agreat opportunities for people works want to learn and Get skills and experience.
Free lunch and travel
Having been promoted from a volunteer to a paid employee to cover the shop opening hours due to the assistant manager being off work with terminal illness I was encouraged to apply for the vacant position and was unsuccessful due to my lack of commercial experience despite carrying the shop for over 1yr and successfully passing the NVQ i retail and leadership and being a SNCO within the RAF I felt I was used
Discount on goods
I worked for the British Red Cross for three years within their ambulance support team.Initially there was a strong training plan, although much of this was relevant to event first aid rather than emergency care. During my first year there were twice yearly one to ones and we had an area manager that was also on the road doing the same job.After losing our manager due to cost cutting, there was no regular feedback, no one who did welfare checks (particularly after high category jobs like road traffic collisons or cardiac arrests).Ambulatory care involves shift work which can be great, however, our working shift was 12 hours, and we'd be expected to travel 1 to 2 hours either side of that depending on area requirements. This didn't leave ample time between shifts for sleep and often became dangerous by the time I had worked my 3rd shift, especially when asked to work perm night shifts for months on end.Pay was a flat rate regardless of working days/nights/weekendsThe Red Cross was flexible in regard to shift changes or holiday requests. Crewmates could be amazing and the chance to work alongside other agencies was a big positive.No chance to progress. Always lead to believe that we would be given the chance to train up from an emergency care assistant to either tech or paramedic but it never came off and due to this de-skilling, the NHS eventually ended our contract and we were made redundant.There are some wonderful people within this organisation, sadly they are not at the top.
You meet incredible people
poor pay, long hours, no relationship with the management team
Avoid the IT team as you’ll be working and reporting to people who knew less than you and your input are not appreciated. Often all good project gets passed to someone, and you won’t get to do any exciting work and somethings won’t even discuss the work they are involved despite having a daily meeting to discuss work you are doing
Relax env and nice and mostly friendly people
Won’t develop technically and avoid managers
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Very toxic culture. If you didn't fit in, they let you know about it. Backstabbing was rife. No managerial support. If you were struggling in any way, they didn't care, they just used it against you. For a humanitarian organisation, they do not offer any humanity towards their employees. Was not sorry to see the back of the place.
Working for the BRC has many benefits. Opportunities arise to progress if this is something you want to do. Svq is done in the work place and there is a supportive team behind the scenes making sure everything is scheduled. Covid had caused a lot of stress for health & social care but management have kept us updated, provided ppe and provided support when needed
Annual leave, flexibility and plenty shifts for relief staff
I have loved my time with the BRC. The work is varied and makes a difference to people’s lives. The management team are fair and supportive. Even during the pandemic I felt safe, supported and listened to. Care work can be stressful and sometimes There can be changes or cancellations due to service user needs. That’s just what happens in social care. One of the few places I have worked for that pay you for cancellations or travel time. Could not recommend the job enough for someone who wants to get into care.
Training, supportive manager
Care can be stressful because you always want to do more for people
I learned a lot more especially case management and working with the vulnerable while treating them with dignity and confidentiality. I also loved causal dressing especially bearing in mind the people we worked with, such as the refugees.
Food sharing times
Although it was only a short term role that I got through Manpower agency it was a great role and was a great environment to work and everyone in the office were very friendly and supportive. I felt part of the team very quickly and everyone was always happy to help..Only wish this had been a permanent job.
Mon to Fri, friendly relaxed, lovely people
love my care job but they only care about the money not the people they are to care for like all care company's they want you to cut corners when it suits them and leave before peoples times are up to fit in extra people due to sickness or so the seniors don't need to go out and work when ever care commission was in we weren't aloud in the office they only got stuff done properly when the they were coming always sent to new service users with no knowledge of what they needed done or any info about them prior to first visit they told the carers it was our job which it isn’t. Let their favourites have the easy shifts or less double shifts. Would only help you out with days off if it suits them or if you gave them extra help back no helpful to anyone who is unwell, I phoned with sickness and and was asked can you go to the first person and will try and get your shift picked up so didn’t matter I had a sickness bug. You only progress if your face fits and you get on with the office staff half of them have been promoted and didn’t even have the right qualifications
the service users the pay Hoildays
staff, management, lack of care