Great overall experience; somewhat negative work environment
Donor Care Associate (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 23 August 2018
The job itself is incredible. Your main personnel are very happy and generous blood donors who clearly appreciate the work of the staff at Canadian Blood Services. That being said, I feel that the management team may be the main reason this company has such a high turnover rate. They make the work atmosphere almost competitive against peers, which in turn creates poor morale for the staff and workplace bullying. The schedule is also a major factor in the rate they lose employees. There are no full-time positions for the clinic staff and most shifts are only 5 hours or so. When they need more staff hours they hire a new group of part times instead of increasing current employees FTE.
Benefits, Fair pay, Pleasant donors
Inconsistent work hours, frequent changes in policy
if You want somewhere good to work don’t work here.
LOGISTICS TEAM MEMBER (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 8 December 2018
If you are not a favourite your toast. Incredibly incestuous. No chance for movement and the hours are terrible. If your not in the clique your going no where no matter how hard you work. Management is dishonest, no training or a great lack of it.
Volunteer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 8 August 2018
At Canadian Blood Services, as a volunteer it mainly involved engaging with donors, ensuring the food requirements are met and serving donors refreshments. The opportunity was very full filling as it allowed giving something back to the community, and helping others that are dedicated to improve others lives monthly or even weakly with plasma donations.
Gave the opportunity to give back to the community
Short hours, typical volunteer shift was generally only 3 hours
Document Control Technician (Former Employee) – Dartmouth, NS – 21 November 2018
Bully mentality for many managers/supervisors. Hardest part of job not knowing when you arrived if this was your day to be terminated as many departments.and/or staff were elimenated with no notice or warning.
Nurse Consultant (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 1 January 2019
Very positive experience from the interview to the end of my employment (due to relocation). Excellent coworkers and working environment. Very supportive and provided great initial and ongoing training.
Registered Nurse (RN) (Current Employee) – Kelowna, BC – 27 May 2018
Working for Canadian Blood Services is an exciting place as each day is very different from the next as we have different donors each day. The overall environment is happy as people are happy to be donating their blood for others in need. We see generous donors, volunteers who work hard for us. We wear uniforms from CBS keeping the atmosphere professional. I am on the mobile team and travel throughout the Okanagan, we have a logistics team who sets up the clinic, then the clinic staff arrive, set the systems to the way we need them and hit the floor running.
We have a "life bus" that takes the clinic staff to mobile locations
I worked under the Finance umbrella. Within a year of joining I left, disillusioned by some of the truly staggering waste. Poorly considered projects, lack of intelligent due diligence followed by the inevitable flop, suppression of information and passing out of the Kool-Aid was not uncommon.. We've seen it before in other lightly regulated NFPs.. A management consultant's dream,there were more than a few CBS cows exchanged for magic beans...
On the bright side, lots of high quality and committed people delivering on the day-to-day mandate.
Event Coordinator, Donor Relations, AB/Sask/Man (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 6 April 2018
Although upper management is the cause of regional stress, the Territory Managers and Event Coordinators within the region are the reason most of us are as upbeat as we are.
We work together very well, and have excellent relationships with blood recipients and their families, local media and mobile site contacts to ensure the blood supply in our area maintain the amount required to keep up with hospital demands.
First hand exposure of how blood and blood products save patients lives.
Donor Care Associate/Phelbotomist (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 26 April 2018
many different cultures interacting with donors and staff learned a lot and got new experiences hardest part of my day when its crazy busy and you just have to keep up the pace and get everything done in a timely manner
Highly regulated company to protect the Canadian Blood Supply
RN Staff Nurse (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 13 March 2018
I have been employed with Canadian Blood Services for 20 years and have held several positions. I have thoroughly enjoyed working here and have had many opportunities including working with volunteer donors since 1998. I have worked with cancer patients collecting their stem cells for stem cell transplants since 2008.
Canadian Blood Services is moving more and more toward being a blood manufacturer and less focus is on the donors and the patients. This is why I am wanting to change companies and continue to work with patients and give excellent nursing care as my RN training has prepared me to do as well as my work experience.
Staff appreciation lunches
more focus is on money and less on the donors/patients
Administrator (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 19 January 2018
I worked at CBS for over 3 years. It is a toxic and tense environment. Gossip, constant negativity and complaining. CEO, Executive Management team and managers/supervisors appear supportive; however, if problems/issues are brought up, they avoid dealing with it or get rid of you. Major budget cuts to all departments - job security threats. Divided departments - no one works together.
Data entry (Former Employee) – Saint John, NB – 4 January 2018
Amazing company to work for. team dynamic and supervisor support were top notch. a typical day of work was a day that would start with a team meeting before every shift to check on everyone if they had any concerns or problems that arose the day before. very beneficial to the entire team to meet like this in the case where several people have the same question or didn't think to ask a certain question etc. hardest part of the job was the hours. There was no opportunity to work any other shift but the one we worked.
Blood Donor (Current Employee) – Bowmanville, ON – 15 March 2018
I do not work here but as a donor, everyone is very informative and respectful. I enjoy the atmosphere greatly. Everyone is personable and friendly. They are very calm, collected and ensure that you, and everyone is safe and comfortable.