Overall reviews at Canadian Red Cross
Productive with fun activities in and during breaks and other times outside working hours with colleagues.
The morning shift is the most enjoyable as it starts early hours of the day at 630am.I developed a good habit of getting early morning at 5am,get myself ready for driving to my site which is not far away. I had the chance of doing some morning walk there after setting everything and refresh with morning air. The site starts in full swing after a while keeping us busy, supervising the staff. Since the day starts very early it finishes quick keeping rest of the day for me which could be productive as well.
We learned a lot about the principle of the CRC, the unique workplace culture from the people of different cultural ,ethnic ,religious and traditional backgrounds from different parts of world.
There was a simple harmony amongst the managers, a very cooperative attitudes to help one another that impressed me. In fact, personally ,I didn't face any problem except we used to feel bore while it was not that busy at the site.
To mention about the most enjoyable part is when I heard about my deployment and got my ticket in short notice, awaiting for an unknown place to meet some unknown people to accomplish a task in a project.
To my surprise, the place was amazing with welcoming shiny day ,and a very good management in a team of varied culture, language and color but with a big smile at their faces.
ProsCompany used to give per diem which was good.
ConsSometime bad weather condition.
Rewarding and life changing experiences
The Canadian Red Cross has allowed me to have success in both my job and personal life. The support that the organization continues to give contributes greatly to my success. I wake up every day looking forward to what experiences or challenges I may face. A huge take away from this job has been the ability of managing and working with people who are local or deployed, from outside the immediate area. I have enjoyed working with the most diverse group of individuals, learning of their amazing skills and backgrounds and leveraging them to help humanity. For this is truly one way we can all succeed and the Canadian Red Cross facilitates such an arena. With rewards comes challenges and working with humanity can sometimes be a bit wearing but the support I have received thru any challenges has turned my experiences into a positive.
The Canadian Red Cross operates under 7 core principles. This is an organization that sets you up for success using these principles. If you are looking to spread your heart out to humanity, have your skills leveraged, work in a positive atmoshpere, work with all walks of life and have your knowledge enriched learning of others experiences, wake up each day with a new adventure and each day feeling pride of knowing you have helped and touched at least one life, then this may be the place for you to do just that.
Great Anotomey with the job and always meeting new people
Multi-faceted, fast paced, diverse and very rewarding.
I learned much about needs not only in my province but in a World wide capacity. Giving BACK is so important and encourages others to do the same...very rewarding
My co-workers were mostly volunteers, but I did appreciate my supervisor and manager;as they helped with guidance and mentoring at times, but were not pro-active in my day-to-day job, with the exception of making critism.
The most difficult part of the job was actually finding the 'balance' between work and personal time. Although we were paid a decent salary and had really excellent benefit package, the additional time put into the job on extra activities such as meetings, fund raisers and in times of crisis... make it difficult to find balance at t imes. Also I found the political climate of the Organization fraught with negativity. Personalities should NOT come into play, particularly with this type of non-for-profit organization.
The most enjoyable part of my job with the Red Cross was helping others and relating to families in crisis, plus working with wonderful volunteers!
Prosoffice was located very close to my home
Conslong hours, not enough suppport systems in place, too much unwarranted critism
Client Service Coordination
As a Cliant Service Coordinator with Canadian Red Cross I was required to create work schedules for Community Support Workers in order to provide optimum care for the clientele within their geographical area. It was my responsability to ensure that each client received personal care by having a CSW assigned to them either on a regular or temporary basis. It was also my duty to receive service offers from CCAC and input new client information into our data base so they can receive personal care within a timely manner. My duties where as follows:
- Client Cancelations
- Sick Calls from PSW's
- Receive Service Offers
- Update Client Information
Working with Red Cross I learned organizational and communicative skills. I learned what resources are available within our community and how to obtain information that could help the agency and the clients. The Red Cross provided a friendly and positive atmospsere which made it easy to learn the job and feel comfortable with performing duties that is required in Client Service Coordination.
Prosthe client is always put first, staff is very helpful, positive work environment
Consas a casual there was not enough hours available to work
Red Cross was an excellent work environment. The work role emphasised the quality of work required that had to be the BEST. It also had Fund raising
Red Cross -Transportation Department
Work experience was good and educative. It gave me the opportunity of exercising my people skills behind the desk as well as in person. I was able to build relationships with the volunteers and staff and complement the work/duties as per the requirement.
My experience of starting as a Passenger Assistant helped me to understand the interpersonal skills required to deal with the clientele and staff. This further helped me when I was offered the post of a Service Coordinator/Administrator.
Red Cross service to the community is very honorable and working in an environment with a mindset focused on humanitarian needs is very Nobel and Humbling. Serving the community has always been my goal, and being part of making society better was very fulfilling.
Working at Red Cross has been very purposeful and has taught me many life skills. These teachings always make one a better person.
ProsUniform, Benefits, meeting various volunteers and staff from various places.
ConsOld Transportation, Mechanical delays, Office Heating;
I learned a lot of skills and knowledge with Canadian red Cross that made me who I am
My first day of work with Canadian Red Cross"shadowing day'
My supervisor gave me my colleague home phone number assigned to shadow me. I had never met nor seen her before and I had to call her at home personaly to ask about the time and where we should meet. we met to the first client's home,and at the beginning it was the only address I knew among six we had to visit that day.
My work wasn't just to show my knowledge but I got tested on driving skills because I had to race after my colleague worried to loose her track and got lost for good without destination addresses. I was glad at the end I made it happen. That has increased my confidence and self-esteem than ever before.
I learned everything that made me being a great personal support worker.
The Red Cross management has high standards in solving conflict arising between clients and staff.
I can not tell much about my co-workers as we just meet once in a while for some meetings and trainings.
The hardest part of the job is changes of the schedule at times.
The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing my clients recovering.
Consworking late evenings.
It's a pleasure working with my clients and co-workers.
Having regular clients are great as you get to know them, their likes and dislikes. My mornings are pretty full and my afternoons are a little bit more light which is great for the end of day. What I've learned is that each client has their own likes and dislikes and you have to know how to interact with them especially if they had a rough night. Most importantly let your client(s) do as much as they can in order for them to feel good about themselves and to keep them motivated by praising and encouraging their efforts. My co-workers are good, we are able to give each other tips on how to deal with clients who from time to time may have issues. The hardest part of my job is not being able to be there for them come their end of life. The most enjoyable part of my job is being able to go into my clients to assist them and knowing that by my helping them and allowing them to do as much for themselves, they are happy and very appreciative and thankful for all the kindness I show them. When my client says out of the blue "thank you, you've made my day," really makes me happy to know that I've made a difference, one person at a time.
great clients to take care of/ nice office staff
overall company is still growing.
office staff are helpful.
wish some one will talk to you when you call. sometimes you do not have the time to call later.
we have to use our own cell phones, sometimes your battery gets low and with home care, clients do not mind you using a plug, but you need to have the adapter with you, as long you didn't leave it at home
i would like to see company replace clients when they are removed from my schedule.
pay goes down, stays that way for some time.
rate of pay is low.
I work on my own, home services 5 days a week, 1-2 hour visits.
clients are living at home with other person or retirement living.
you do get attached. I like to look at my work as seeing my own grandparents in their place and treat them as my own.
It gives me great pleasure to see and help people in my business, which also allows me to be a true, honest person, my personality is always good to everyone-its a natural feeling:
being a R. P.S.W. allows me to be me for over 27 years.
also continue with a great reputation which is highly important to me
Prosgreat people to care for
Conssome days are long
Care Worker | Ontario
| Mar 1, 2022
Pathetic for a non for profit
Worked with the CRC for the last year and a half, originally we had contracts usually 3 months at a time but that was taken away because people where staying home and getting paid and working on the side. So CRC came up with a killer idea almost as killer as their tainted blood drives and that was to basically ruin the job for the people who actually went to work and wanted to work by giving everyone in emergency care a reservist contract and to try to come up with every and any way not to pay their employees and if they don't obey every single silly rule that was pulled out of management's void they call their mind they would be let go or have to do some sort of re education. Mobilization and roster managers are only around rarely and are not reachable under normal circumstances. The CEO pockets 5 mill a year from a non for profit, all while management messes with everyone off thus the extremely high turnover rate. No job security as the open contract just protects CRC from paying out for EI. Welcome to the red cross
Wonderful coworkers,clientele and excellent in-office staff
A typical day at work was caring for the senior population, although they can be challenging they are a source of conversations of life.
I learned much of how home care has changed over the years and the importance of independance for as long as possible. Although I worked most of the time with great staff, there were ocassions when the direct in the field contact staff were not as supportive or understanding of the particulars surrounding the PSW field of work.
The hardest part of the job was the split shift and the inconsistant balance of work and home life due to shedualing problems. Althought the driving all over the country side from house to house was not the best aspect, there was a sense of self reliance and responsibilty with the enjoyment of the face to face one on one interaction with the persons I was caring for.
Prosconversation and knowledge gained
Consdriving distances, unclean homes, prolonged problem solving