Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – April 1, 2018
Gift of Life offers the most amazing benefits package you'll ever see. Overly generous 403(b) plan, decent health benefits and a very good vacation allotment. They also provide their employees with two free days a year (holiday party and summer staff outing) and, for Thanksgiving, the management team serves you a catered lunch.
It's also nice to work for such an invaluable cause. The stories may be difficult at times, but it still feels so worth it in the end.
Unfortunately, the welcome-aboard attitude you may experience in the honeymoon phase doesn't last long unless you become a "favorite". If you are able to achieve "favorite", then you have nothing to worry about. You can call out as much as you want and you will always be shielded by the phrase "too busy to help others" by management.
I was fortunate to have an awesome immediate supervisor. However, micromanaging is rampant as is bullying and humiliation tactics. Rarely, will you receive an email asking if there was a reason why you may have completed a project this way. More likely, you'll receive an email that both your immediate supervisor and manager are also included on telling you that you were wrong and that you need to fix this. No prior questions or research. Just accusations.
There is favoritism no matter where you go, but Gift of Life is drowning its employees in it. Management will always rush to protect the "favorites" and especially each other.
If a position vacates, they will stretch out the interview process for months at a time. They are not in a rush as they have you to cover the job formore... free.
My advice to Gift of Life? Drop the parties, the free days and the monthly recognition awards that only a select handful receive. Consider better pay and hiring more staff where it's needed instead. Treat all your employees well, not just the ones you like the best. Be open to new ideas and don't laugh at your employees when they bring up a concern.less
Community Relations (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – November 4, 2016
This is one company that 100% changes the lives for thousands waiting for a life saving transplant. However, the staff making it all possible is under extreme pressure to perform around the clock without compensation to match.
The Community Relations department often is tasked at working events every night of the week, including weekends. Getting all of the work done within the office hours is impossible, and often times requires evening work or coming into the office on the weekends just to catch up after being at required events.
The management is beyond stale, and the culture has not changed since the last millennium. The turnover rate continues to prevent the organization to really grow as innovators in the world of organ donation. Invest in a team that can grow, and watch what happens.
This is a fantastic resume builder, but the compensation is sub-par, burn out rate is high and a career ladder is non-existent.
Great starting job straight out of college to learn
In house transplant coordinator, CTBS Certified (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – September 13, 2016
Coming in as an entry level position, I was able to be promoted within 6 months. However, after that promotion there was no where to go. I feel as thought it was a great stepping stone into my career in the medical field. The hours/shifts were long and exhausting, and created an imbalance between your work life and personal life. The job itself however, was very rewarding and made you feel as though you were making a difference.
Import/Export Organ Transplant Coordinator (Former Employee) – Philadelphia,Pa – September 30, 2015
Very rewarding career, in terms of helping to save many lives, always being challenged to improve your work skills, and learning to train and work with hospital/staff all over the country(and sometimes out of the country). I got to work some of the most brilliant minds in the transplant community.
Tissue Recovery Specialist Team Leader (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – July 20, 2015
Gift of Life was an amazing opportunity and experience. The hardest part of the job was dealing with life and death everyday. However, I wouldn't change my experience there for a second. I have seen and executed many things that most healthcare professionals will never do. Working with my department in a critical, high pressured field strengthened my resolve for helping the community and making a difference in healthcare.
In House Coordinator (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – February 9, 2014
This is a great clinical environment that never stops working. With an average of about 62 calls per hour, we are in constant contact with physicians, surgeons, and multiple hospital staff 24 hours a day.
can't say (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – June 25, 2013
Management requires a massive amount of oversight which equals a highly uncomfortable level of micromanaging. Regardless of what is said in the interview, there is no room for advancement or opportunities to work on special projects.
Friendly co-workers, the organization does something incredible
In House Transplant Coordinator (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – April 11, 2012
This company has an excellent training program and will teach you everything you need to know about organ and tissue donation. As one of the country's top 5 Organ Procurement Organizations it provides you the opportunity to work with some of the most renowned and skilled management in the country and even the world. Management is available and approachable to employees at all levels including programs such as monthly luncheons with the CEO. Many of the staff within the information center are young creating a fun atmosphere of peers and a family like atmosphere. For any person who seeks to impact others in a positive way this is a very rewarding career. You will gain excellent communication skills on both a technical level and in having extremely sensitive conversations with grieving families. On the downside they may become your family because you unable to spend time with your family. Standard work time for a two week period is aprox 87 hrs but do to clinical activity overtime is often necessary. While you are schedule for 12.5 hours per shift you often will end up committing 13-14 hours. Every other weekend of work is required, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and half of all holidays required as well. Working holidays does not give any additional time off.
In-House Organ/Tissue Coordinator (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – April 10, 2012
Very in depth detailed, opportunity to always be educated, the management has strength but could always be stronger. My co-workers can be dedicated to assistance or simply individual at times. Approaching families via phone to discuss opportunities for Organ & Tissue donation was the most difficult, enjoyed utilizing my compassion in allowing others to know that we care and are not just out to conduct buisness.