Kindred Healthcare Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
328 Reviews

2.6
328 Reviews
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Kindred Healthcare President, CEO, and Director Paul J. Diaz
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company not only preaches work life balance they live it (in 8 reviews)

  • My pay is good , I'm a highschool dropout and they didn't really look at my resume so much as they looked at me as a competent individual (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Incompetent nurses were often promoted to get them away from direct patient care (in 19 reviews)

  • Upper management was not always qualified for their position or knowledgable (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Avoid Corporate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kindred Healthcare

    Pros

    This culture is the perfect combination of nepotism and southern efficiency. If you know someone's mother who works there and you don't have any skills or interest in keeping up with your profession you will fit right in and probably be promoted regularly.

    Cons

    Near everyone there has known each other for 25 years and never worked anywhere else and carved out a nice little high paying territory. you'll love it if you like to spend six months doing something that can be done in five days and then talking about how hard your job is and how essential you are.

    My "manager" was nowhere to be seen, clearly didn't know how or even want to manage yet somehow had no problem drawing a paycheck. She relied entirely on hearsay from a pack of trusted and inept favorites and became vindictive in the worst way when feeling threatened. She and her "senior" analyst had no templates, no policies, no standards and wore their technical illiteracy as badges of honor while using something that was supposed to be a waterfall SDLC for projects that could be delivered in under a week and cancelling the staff meetings near every week. It is political suicide to suggest anything being done in the 21st century.

     Run for your life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing for the company and just RESIGN.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    THE BUCK DOSEN'T STOP HERE KINDRED WANTS IT FIRTHER IN THEIR POCKET

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at Kindred Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    CONVIENT LOCATION IN THE CITY

    Cons

    Patients and employees are at thru bottom of Kindred's importance. The almighty dollar is their highest concern. Passing by on the KHAT for minimal staff possible (save a buck), only in house incentive to encourage morale is one lunch ticket, (save a buck), totally ignores Nurse Day Week, not even a verbal acknowledgement (save a buck), took away yearly crawfish boil for employees (save a buck), took away employee of the month incentive $ 1.00, now receives a lunch ticket (save a buck), no raises, (save a buck) *****note upper administration receives their yearly bonuses. No 401K match (save a buck), Horrible medical insurance, must pay full deductible before seeing any physician or receiving prescriptions (save a buck), No acknowledgement WHAT SO EVER for staff from lower management down. If any morale boosters or incentives or given it is to the CEO and possibly other upper administration.Why wound anyone want to work here as attested by extremely high turnover. I cannot say of other Kindred facilities, but Kindred New Orleans is only about the CEO and the almighty buck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sending people to investigate.the staff. They do not remain long enough to do any harm. Upper administration is running out of people to dump on then fired. Where are they going to hide now. CMS will eventually catch on that patients do not meet requirements. They are just a number in a bed in order to get the almighty dollar!

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sub Standard Nursing Environment at Kindred Acute Care Hospital

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Kindred Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    The staff work together to get the job done the best that they can given that the administration has made the job impossible. The staff really does care about the quality of care. ADNs can still get a job working at Kindred without being treated worse than BSNs.

    Cons

    3 patients per RN in a 13 bed ICU with no support staff. One RT that moves between the floor and ICU to manage vents. The 4 RNs do total patient care from bed baths to titrating drips which doesn't even leave time to chart. Ancient computer system. Ancient equipment. Not even beds with scales in an ICU. We have to lift them on scale while trying to keep the vent and drips running. High deductible health insurance. No 401K match. No pay raises. They claim self scheduling but you never get the schedule you put in for. I get audited once or twice a shift by one of the following: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nursing Supervisor, Nurse Manager, Infection Control Nurse, Quality Control, or senior administration (CNO, CEO, ACEO). I knew it was a bad job the day that there were 5 people in the unit auditing the 4 of us that work there. It must be really easy to come in to a unit where the staff is drenched in sweat, alarms going off everywhere, no one has had a break and complain about being late to chart hourly vital signs. True story. August 20th the 4 RNs and 1 RT walk in at 7 to be told that we have to do an emergency chest tube. The Physician is on the way. We have another patient having a seizure. We have to manually count narcotics (no pixis) and get report. The Physician arrives at 7:30 deals with the seizing patient and by 9 PM has the chest tube in. All patients are finally stable. No charting or meds passed yet. At 9:15 a manager shows up to tell us we had mandatory hour long training at 10 and we needed to send 2 nurses. Then proceeds to audit us finding problems in rooms we haven't even had the chance to spend time in. We get everyone turned, get the vents checked and get vitals in the computer. At 10 send 50% of the staff to training. Still not sure how 8 o'clock med pass got done because ICU patients get a lot of meds... Staff member returns at 11 to be called to the office to be written up for not keeping to the 2 hour turn schedules. Our incompetence is causing bed sores. If you interview for an RN position, ask them what the turn over rate is as everyone I work with is actively looking for a new job. That should be the best indicator of what you are getting yourself into.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are more of you than there are beside RNs taking care of patients. That is a problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    I worked at Kindred Healthcare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    THERE ARE NO PROS HERE.

    Cons

    Paperwork, Management, Corporate, Benefits and lack of adherence to code of conduct.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All ethical and work load standards are Humanly Impossible to a good person/therapist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not For The Faint of Heart!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nurse  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Nurse in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I can think of very few good things about this particular establishment. I suppose this would provide a paycheck if you were jobless, but only until you find a better position elsewhere. Benefits are available for full and part time employees.

    Cons

    Seriously understaffed. This place needs a complete overhaul from management on down! Disorganization and miscommunication is routine here and forget about talking with your supervisor(s), as they either don't have time or don't care about your concerns. You will be approached on a regular basis to pick up extra shifts and made to feel guilty if you choose not to work extra. The work load is outrageous!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on retaining your employees-listen when they have concerns! More staff is a necessity to lighten the work load!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't call compliance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kindred Healthcare

    Pros

    Coworkers are wonderful caring people . The building had heat and air conditioning. We also have paper towels.

    Cons

    If you call compliance be prepared to have retaliation by every person in management. Even the worst complaints are ignored and the person they feel is responsible for the call is let go. Convenient "restructuring" as they call it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What can I say? Perhaps a good house cleaning of middle and upper management is appropriate . Giving bonuses for being the best AH shouldn't be done

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disgusting Managment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Occupational Therapist Assistant  in  Humble, TX
    Former Employee - Occupational Therapist Assistant in Humble, TX

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I loved the location and the facility itself. I enjoyed working with my patients and most of my co-workers.

    Cons

    The Administration was horrible. Favoritism, Harassment, Retailation, and Discrimination are all tactics used against you when you complain about the unethical things going on at the facility. It felt like High School with the Clicks and everybody talking about each other behind their backs. No teamwork and no respect for employees. Hostile work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sensitivity training, effective workplace communication, and Respect for all employees need to be taught. Solve problems when they are first presented and hear all sides of any complaints before reacting. Stop encouraging employees to micromanage each other because it creates a negative hostile environment. Be fair to all employees not just favorites and suck ups.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Area Director of Admissions Management

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    well known company on your resume

    Cons

    Upper management was not always qualified for their position or knowledgable. Very unrealistic of goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I am an LPN.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse  in  Elkhart, IN
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Elkhart, IN

    I have been working at Kindred Healthcare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are no Pro's to Elkhart Valley View besides the patients that are needing care that they do not receive. I always try to find the positives but there are very few. There are some good employees.

    Cons

    The pay is low. they do not make you feel welcome, communication is poor, you get mandated to stay at least 3-4 days out of the week. The things that unprofessional management tells you never means much because they are also over worked and underpaid. No work and life balance at all, its all work. The pay is so low for all the work you do. Some staff care but never stay long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start following through with being a manager that starts with keeping staff, paying more and try having a positive attitude with new employees. The negative attitude starts with the interview and continues. Get your employees more money so your patients can get good care and you can change your bad attitudes and maybe keep staff. I never even heard about insurance or any benefits until 6 weeks after I applied online, two interviews later and several commutation problems. It really could be a nice facility but has failed for over 10 years. The best of luck to management and above all corporate

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    FEEL RISKING YOUR LICENSE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RN (Registered Nurse ASN)  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - RN (Registered Nurse ASN) in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    benefits is ok, 401K and medical insurance

    Cons

    LOWER PAY BUT HIGH WORKLOAD, 1:27 RATIO, most of patients are IVs, G-tube. Quit in 2 Days, Even didn't pay me for orientation. Mess management.

    No opinion of CEO

    Kindred Healthcare Response

    Jun 18, 2014Human Resources

    Given the serious nature of your concerns, the Compliance Department would like for you to provide additional details via the Compliance Hotline at (800) 359-7412.
    Sincerely,
    Ryan Squire, Senior
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