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Pros – Hire often and many employees
Cons – Management aren't very understanding. Some aren't friendly.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Benefits
Hours (if you don't want 24's)
Hourly Pay is above average
Rules/policies are black & white
Limited Opportunities for Advancement
Cons – The mentality of management is "EMT's are a dime a dozen, Medics a nickel more" - they will never let you forget that you are part of a corporate machine and any deviation from your role is unwelcome.
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Pros – Abbott is a great place to start off your career in EMS. It is a good place to work to gain the basic skills to be proficient in EMS. They make it a point to be a place for "newbie" EMT's. The BLS units are a good place to get a hang for giving propert radio reports, taking vitals, driving, interacting with hospital staff and writing a good patient report. And for new paramedics, its a good place to perfect IV's (lots of elderly patients), and learn to master the advanced skills in a less stressful environment.
Also, Abbott EMS is affiliated with IHM Health Studies, making it an easy way to take continuing education.
Cons – Now for the bad, and there are quite a few. The management is clear in that they could care less about retaining employees. There is such a high turnover that most employees make it a place to get the basic skills and to get it down as experience. With that said, many people will complain about the monotonous nature of calls you run at Abbott, there are only so many things to learn on "routine" nursing home to ER calls. Most paramedics use this as a place of employment until they get hired on a fire department or some other ems provider. The pay is also a good $3 or so less than what is considered normal pay in other competing services.
The management also leaves something to be desired, and recently with their purchase by AMR Corp, they are a public company. Most of the employees are displeased with the experience and competence of management and often are derided for silly and irritating things.
Advice to Senior Management – Consider the reasons why people enter the field of EMS, and attempt to create an environment where that is fostered. A system where retention is of no priority will inevitably lead to a condition where employees are dissatisfied and patient care will suffer.
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