Acadian Ambulance Service

www.acadian.com

Acadian Ambulance Service Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
18 Reviews
3.0
18 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Richard Zuschlag
9 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Good intro to the industry

    Former Employee - EMT in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - EMT in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Acadian Ambulance Service full-time

    Pros

    Takes workers within little to no experience
    Training program to take you from van driver to a paramedic with pay-roll deductions to pay for it
    Wide variety of bsl transfer trucks to 911services

    Cons

    Alot of IFT's
    Ocasional medics who are burned out or aren't willing to do the work
    Communication issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the bad medics and people who need to move on
    Add additional training for the paperwork

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    No go

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paramedic in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Paramedic in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Acadian Ambulance Service

    Pros

    Decent equipment, decent field people

    Cons

    Highly disappointed in pay, benefits, employees pay certification costs. Go AMR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop chasing pennies with dollars. Company forces sketchy views on people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    EMT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - EMT in Alexandria, LA
    Former Employee - EMT in Alexandria, LA

    I worked at Acadian Ambulance Service part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of work opportunity for new employees.

    Cons

    To strict over minor details.

    Recommends
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    dispatcher

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

    I worked at Acadian Ambulance Service full-time

    Pros

    Compensation at these position is good

    Cons

    would like some sunlight in the room

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote qualified candidates, not your friends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    No loyalty to employees

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

    I worked at Acadian Ambulance Service

    Pros

    Large company with many options if you are tired of working on an ambulance. If you like a very structured corporate environment, this might be a good fit for you. They offer semi competitive pay in areas where they haven't purchased all of the competition.

    Cons

    No loyalty toward the employees, even though they expect total allegiance. They'll fire people just to save $0.12. The company swoops in and buys other companies and leaves them with less than enough resources to function, expecting everything and giving nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Old Boy System but Exceptional Company Overall with great medics and people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Medicare Auditor in Lafayette, LA
    Former Employee - Medicare Auditor in Lafayette, LA

    I worked at Acadian Ambulance Service full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent and innovative company
    Good Opportunity for advancement and expansion into other areas of the company
    Good pay
    Excellent Benefits
    There are exceptional ground level, field and management workers in the company that have a strong work ethic, strong sense of right and wrong and just plain good people

    Cons

    Difficult to get management to listen to ideas, problems etc
    good old boy system in place although there has been improvement
    When issues arise there is a strong move to just cover them up or to ignore the issues
    Morale was poor and getting worse
    Management is not in touch with the reality of what goes on in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees, get involved with the lower level employees, follow through on the initatives that management put in place to get involved and to listen to lower level employees that were never implemented. Develop a better system to allow people to change departments so that if there are issues with a particular manager it cant be used to prevent you from moving from one department or another ( i.e. the manager has to say yes to allow you to move, even if hired by another department) have a system in place to allow an appeal or at the very least give a written reason for not allowing movement within the company. Work on improving morale and uniting the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It sucked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Lafayette, LA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Lafayette, LA

    I worked at Acadian Ambulance Service full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was a job, had a few cool people, but for the most part, had a bunch of shady, power hungry cut throats that will do anything to get ahead.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Do yourself a favor and get a real job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go to church...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Very strict management, extremely cheap company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paramedic in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Paramedic in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at Acadian Ambulance Service full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Chance for entry level paramedic to get experience, a set schedule pretty quick, and good CEU program

    Cons

    This was an entry level paramedic job for me. After serving my 2 years, I left to a different company out of state. Here are a list of terrible things in this company:
    - "market based pay"... Pretty much, your report to work location dictates your hourly wage. I could start work out of Baton Rouge and make $500 more a month, or go 20 minutes away and do the exact same job but since there was no "competition" they would pay you $16 an hr vs $19hr
    - sick/vacation leave: 0 vacation hrs your first year, and 40hrs (might not be approved though) after that. You can only use sick pay for the 2nd day missed. The company I work for now I accrue sick/vacation hours at a rate of 7hrs per bi-weekly pay period. Needless to say, I have almost double the vacation hours in 1.2 years of working than 2.4 yrs at Acadian
    - cheap trucks, cheap equipment
    - probably the biggest con is their overall stance on healthcare. They are only concerned about transporting patients no matter what their condition is. Part of your performance review is based off of how many patients you transport vs sign a refusal, and pt's with insurance vs with out insurance. They are more concerned about making money than patient care despite what they preach. Don't bother trying to truly educate patients on what is best for them because suspension will be threatened if you advise a patient that a trip to an urgent care would be more beneficial for them.
    - When I left the company after 2.4 years, not one supervisor said good bye or wished me good luck. This wasn't because i was a bad or disgruntled employee either. Every one of them thought i did a great job and not once was I in trouble with management.
    - they need a union to fight for their medics and emt's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great for entry level personnel

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - EMT in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - EMT in Austin, TX

    I worked at Acadian Ambulance Service full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There is always work availabel

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of shorthanded times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have more consideration upon an individual needs rather than as a group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Micromanagement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EMT in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - EMT in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Acadian Ambulance Service full-time

    Pros

    I love this company, really care about the employee, employee owned, competitive pay, opportunities for movement.

    Cons

    Micromanaging, tons of regulations, can have a cult mentality, certification advancement is at employee cost, be prepared to run wheelchair vans as a new EMT in the Austin area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Work at Acadian Ambulance Service? Share Your Experiences

Acadian Ambulance Service

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.