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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Medical Laboratory Technologist (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 18 December 2017
OK to work to gain Canadian experience, a typical day at work is busy, I learned the Transfusion Medicine which includes Blood Group Serology and Transmissible Disease Department, very easy to commute in Calgary
Driver (Current Employee) – London, ON – 5 November 2017
You may be doing different jobs @ different hours on any given day. Delivering blood to a hospital or setting up a clinic or delivering blood from a clinic to the Brampton facility. I learned to follow Sop's and that you have to give your life to this company and they're still not happy.
long shifts up to 14 hours in all weather, expected to drive in winter storms, unrealistic management goals, unballanced schedule where you coud be starting from 1 am to working all night all in 1 week.
Adminstrative Support / TSR - Customer Service (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 2 November 2017
A typical day at work. Great working environment and great management. Generally people around you are nice. you would develop your interpersonal skills and customer service skills in interacting with peers, customers and external affiliations.
OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network - Volunteer (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 26 September 2017
Interesting and I had fun assisting blind people. They are so patient and sweet. I learned a lot from this volunteer. And I was so happy for being part of the stem cell volunteer. They gave me chance to help people to extend their lives.