Pros: decent paychecks, sometimes. donor relationships.
Cons: management, hours, high stress, feeling of unappreciation, no breaks, drama, lying, little advancement, no job security, etc etc etc.
I worked for Carter Bloodcare for 2 years. Previously I was making minimum wage so this was a moderately decent step up from that. They caked it on good at the beginning about how all of this is about saving lives, everyone is all smiles and loves and appreciates you, etc etc.
The cake is a lie.
They will work you into the ground until you break, – more... and then replace you. Hours are long and painful the more you work with the company. 12 hours for a lunch break and that's it. They say you get "breaks" but you never do, and chastised for even stepping off the donor floor to use the restroom or breathe for a second. And they do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to compensate for you busting your butt 12 hours a day except giving you the small chance of a comparably small "bonus check" at the end of the month, whih you hardly ever get. And they have policies implemented to try and get you in trouble. I know that sounds bratty, but it's unfortunately true, all my co-workers agree you almost don't feel safe doing anything for fear of getting in trouble.
Also, if you have any sort of life outside of carter, you will see it disappear instantly. They want worker drones who, wake up in the morning, spend all day at work, go home and eat, and sleep. Rinse and repeat. They told me they would work for my schooling, and didnt. I've had numerous workers quit because they only see their kids an hour a day, if at all. If you have to call off for any reason, expect to be treated like complete and utter TRASH for doing so. If you want a VACATION from your 12 hour days, 6 days a week schedule, expect to have to fight tooth and nail because they HATE giving vacation time away. I've planned numerous big trips that cost me 1000's of dollars just for them to turn me down and it all be a waste. If I call in, I'll lose my job. It's ridiculous. And when they do accept vacation time, it's to their favorites (I know that sounds bratty, but every CBC worker will tell you how true this is). Oh yeah, did I mention favoritism runs RAMPANT in this company?!?
Worst of all, the management is ran by the biggest bunch of crooks I've ever known. I've worked a handful of other places, and they BY FAR are the most corrupt, inconsiderate, non-compassionate, ruthless people you could ever work for. Most of what comes out of their mouth is a lie, and they will do whatever it takes to make sure they don't get in trouble, including throwing you under the bus.
When I was "let go", the management had the audacity to sit there and LAUGH AND SMILE at my helpless and desperate position i was being put in. They even had the audacity to say I'm a liar and I'm "expendable". These are the monsters that run this toxic company.
IN CONCLUSION, if you 18 years old, this job is a decent temp job until you find something better, be warned teens get crapped on hard here too. But if you're a parent, especially single parent, or living on your own, or a student, or have passions/dreams/ambitions much bigger than your work, you will not last at this job. The turnover rate because of that is staggeringly high. Just at my donor center alone I've seen 7 people come and go during the time I was there, and every single one of them was completely happy when they left. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND DODGE THIS BULLET, WORKING SOMEWHERE WITH LESS PAY AND LESS HOURS IS WORTH MORE THAN THE DRAMA, INCREDIBLY HIGH STRESS, AND MANAGEMENT ISSUES YOU'LL HAVE! – less