LifeSouth Community Blood Centers Employee Reviews

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Donor Services Technician (Former Employee) –  Madison, ALJanuary 29, 2019
PRO:
Great pay and benefits, great place to learn experience as a phlebotomist, no certification required, co-workers were like family, free lunch sometimes!
CON:
TERRIBLE management.
Management favored some people allowing them to break rules and SOP but reprimanding other employees.
Supervisor (team captain) lacked communication, support, knowledge, dependability, and reliability.
Techs get blamed for everything, upper management does not take responsibility.
They work people to death and are not flexible with family/school.
Typical days can be from 7AM-5PM and then 12AM-7PM the next. It's never set/stable.
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Donor Services Technician (Former Employee) –  Madison, ALJanuary 12, 2019
PRO:
Great pay and benefits, great place to learn experience as a phlebotomist, no certification required, co-workers were like family, free lunch sometimes!
CON:
TERRIBLE management.
Management favored some people allowing them to break rules and SOP but reprimanding other employees.
Supervisor (team captain) lacked communication, support, knowledge, dependability, and reliability.
Techs get blamed for everything, upper management does not take responsibility.
They work people to death and are not flexible with family/school.
Typical days can be from 7AM-5PM and then 12AM-7PM the next. It's never set/stable.
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Terrible place to work
Donor Services Specialist (Former Employee) –  Ocala, FLOctober 21, 2018
LifeSouth may come off as a good place to work, they hype it all up about benefits, and vacations, and advancements,but it's honestly a terrible, I repeat, terrible place to work. It's completely about how much rear end you kiss. They have poor training, people play around entirely to dang much, they eat and drink food all day long, they play on their phones all day long, they sit around or walk around and do nothing!!! They discuss way to much personal business from their bedroom life to whatever the heck they want to. They don't care a thing about the employees. You could work 24 hours a day and they would still want more, except if you're part time and then they basically view you as a waste of space and give you scattered hours. You might be lucky to get 22 hours a week. Training is absurd! sit and read all dang day long, if you can even think to read with all the noise they make from cutting up all dang day long. So....sit read, watch some videos, read some more, and try to retain all of that junk and take a test on it!! Management MIGHT speak to you if they like you. Otherwise expect to be ignored to your face and talked about behind your back as if you don't know they are doing it. They think people are idiots!.Rarely will you get a schedule that doesn't change and you end up going some place different or working different hours. You can not have a life. You are expected to stand out in any type of weather and basically panhandle like the guys that twirl signs in the street.
You may need a job but trust me, don't work here.
Pros
Nothing
Cons
The whole dang place
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Great mission
Donor Services Technician (Current Employee) –  Opelika , ALOctober 5, 2018
The company in general has a great mission. Lack of communication is VERY stressful. As long as job is done and units collected, nothing else matters to management. Issues brought to upper management overlooked and not addressed.
Pros
Helping the community, Pto, benefits
Cons
Management, work/life balance
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Horrible company
Phlebotomist (Former Employee) –  Sheffield, ALJuly 19, 2018
This company will suck the life from you and toss you out with the trash. They are very crooked. They set unatainable goals and push relentlessly to meet them. This is a salesman position. This job will make you never want to donate blood again. Unfortunately it is necessary and vital to save lives. But it sucks that you have to support such a dirty corporation to save someone's life.
Pros
Obtaining experience, good pay, and raises
Cons
Horrible management, horrible schedule, very stressful environment
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Don't work here!
MOBILE TEAM SUPERVISOR (Former Employee) –  Atlanta, GAJanuary 20, 2019
Overall what the company does is excellent as far as servicing the community/local hospitals. However, the leadership in Atlanta is terrible. The personal integrity of the management is terrible, you give them 100% and they don't have your back, they will insult you by questioning your integrity & extreme favoritism. It stated off an awesome place to work but the last 6 months it went down hill fast. Anyone you get 9 resignations in 2 months that's a red flag.... beware!

As long as LifeSouth continues with these issues they will contain to struggle and be competitive against other blood banks in the area.
Pros
Helping others
Cons
Work life balance, management, prescription coverage
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Great mission.
Donor Services (Current Employee) –  Mobile, ALApril 3, 2018
Our mission is great - saving lives in our community and educating our students about the benefits of what we do.

Management is extremely upfront about the schedule during interviews. They almost try to talk you out of the job because of the schedule, but everyone always says it’s fine and they can handle it to land the job.

Local management team is awesome - they listen, work tirelessly to protect employees from stress, but also challenge us each day. They strongly encourage a good work/home balance.

This isn’t an easy job where you sit all day doing nothing. You’re making a huge difference in your community and that comes with hard work. Teamwork is extremely important, and when team members call out consistently the work is made harder for the ones who show up.

Advancement opportunities definitely exist and earned by employees who consistently go above and beyond, follow rules, exhibit great customer service and teamwork.
Pros
Great PTO, making a difference in your community, great opportunity for advancement
Cons
The schedule can be tough, but management is completely transparent about that during your interview
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Life Changing Opportunity
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SUPERVISOR (Former Employee) –  Dothan, AlabamaJanuary 21, 2019
Having no previous experience in the healthcare field, my time at LifeSouth provided much needed and appreciated valuable life changing experience in the field of blood banking. The training was exceptional and, along with travel, allowed me to broadened my horizons. The challenges along the way also helped me to become a team player and leader and to develop valuable relationships within the healthcare network. It was a job where I could see the difference that our job made in the lives of others.
Pros
Helping people
Cons
Long hours
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Blood Mobile
Blood Mobile Captain (Former Employee) –  Decatur, ALJanuary 29, 2019
If you enjoy meeting new people every day this is a great job. You are a vital part of saving lives in your community. Working on the Blood Mobile was long hours with no set return time. This position is not for a person with small children.
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Great for someone without a family
Team Leader LPN (Former Employee) –  Gainesville, GAJanuary 23, 2019
This is a great and fun environment to work in. They do not take into consideration their employees home lives. You may be scheduled to work until 1am and be expected to return at 7am the next morning. They do not abide by the law in regard to hours driving the bloodmobile and hours required to be off in between. The donors are fun and you get to go to many places.
Pros
fun enviroment
Cons
management and scheduling
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Work Life Balance Non Existent
Donor Services Team Lead (Former Employee) –  Mobile, ALFebruary 13, 2018
There is no work life balance at LifeSouth. If you have children it’s really not the job for you. Experience is good and pay is great. However, you won’t have time for anything else but LifeSouth. Managment is never happy, no matter what you do. There’s no positive reenforcement when you do well, there’s no end to the negative criticism when you don’t meet goals. You’re put on lousy drives in the middle of nowhere and expected to bring in 30 people out of thin air. They don’t care about the weather, you’ll be standing outside BEGGING people to donate regardless. If you’re looking for a job just to get phlebotomy experience, you would be a lot better off going somewhere else. Phlebotomy is not the sole concern of this company and there is not a lot of training put into it. You either have it naturally, or you fail.
Pros
Benefits, pay
Cons
Managment, hours, work environment, training, literally everything else
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Slow-paced with bad management
Intern (Former Employee) –  Gainesville, FLNovember 19, 2018
LifeSouth definitely needs new management. The current manager likes to give work to students that she should be doing herself. She should also work on being more organized.
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Very Productive, exciting environment
HR Admin Assistant (Former Employee) –  Gainesville, FLOctober 24, 2018
I loved my job at LifeSouth, I had to relocate or I would still be there, you could be a part of an exciting life of having an impact on saving lives.
Pros
Best Job environment
Cons
Not very competitive pay
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okay place to work
Components Team Leader (Former Employee) –  Dunwoody, GAJuly 31, 2018
Management needs improving but PTO is awesome. Often overlooked for advancement. DS hours are hectic and often staff is overworked causing a high turn over rate.
Pros
Pto
Cons
Management
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Avoid this place!
Donor Recruiter (Former Employee) –  Montgomery, ALOctober 12, 2018
Management is the worst. I've never worked with so many petty people in all my life! They say they care about their patients but believe me they don't. This place needs some cleaning house..
Pros
Money
Cons
Everything else
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Fast paced environment
Donor Recruiter (Former Employee) –  FloridaJune 18, 2018
Unless you can work in one of the Donor Centers please DO NOT accept a position with LifeSouth.

If you are assigned to work on a mobile collection unit expect little or no work/life balance, low pay and substandard working conditions
Pros
Free snacks.
Cons
Everything else.
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Excellent place to work. The company cares about you and you can be proud to work here.
Regional Manager (Former Employee) –  Opelika, ALSeptember 5, 2018
Great place to work. You have interesting work and get to work with a variety of people. This is company that truly tries to save lives and makes helping people their mission. Some positions here may not have set hours but they are very clear going in and they try to make the schedule as fair as possible.
Pros
Meaningful work that is never boring.
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Very fun and fast paced work environment.
Donor service tech. (Former Employee) –  Gainesville, FLJuly 9, 2018
Working at LifeSouth was fun! The donors were great, the management was nice, and the blood drives were always fun and active. Some of the days could be very long, especially during greek week and the big college weeks, but overall the job itself was easy. This is one of those jobs you will love as long as you block out any negativity.
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Fast-paced, productive and highly skilled work environment.
Corporate Administrative Assistant - Legal (Former Employee) –  Gainesville, FLJune 28, 2018
They have a great collective of knowledgeable and proficient employees. They provide great training opportunities to some of their employees with the opportunity to advance, depending on the role they fill.

The management is capable, competent and mission focused. They effectively run the organization in three states with over 800 employees. They are hard drivers, but they support each community they are involved in.

Although I am no longer there, I wish them all success with the great mission they have within the communities they support.
Pros
Great group of people.
Cons
Pay was to low to live off of.
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Productive
Facilities Specialist (Former Employee) –  Gainesville, FLJune 26, 2018
Nice environment, some of the staff were friendly and some of the management were friendly as well... best part of working there was my ability to sharpen my customer service skills
Cons
Short breaks
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