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Adventist HealthCare Reviews in Rockville, MD

Updated February 10, 2015
Updated February 10, 2015
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    2014: AHC Transitions to a New CEO - Terry Forde

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Consultant in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Adventist HealthCare full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A faith based organization that employs an incredibly diverse staff. The new CEO, Terry Forde, understands there is a healthy balance in delivering outstanding care to patients, providing support to employees and collaborating with physicians. He is interested in innovation and creativity - a breath of fresh air in healthcare today. Executive leadership has and will continue to commit to developing its leaders. Also proactive in offering healthy living resources/services to all employees.

    Cons

    Frontline staff and middle managers stretched further each quarter continually having to do more and more with less. It may take awhile for the new CEOs philosophies, thinking and practices to trickle down. Compensation tends to below competitors yet other benefits may fill the need for some employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase future budgets to allow for more employees to take advantage of academic endeavors. Stay vigilant in quashing the rumors (fear) that one could be fired for speaking out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Very tough to succeed here, hard work is satisfying but administration is not supportive of line staff and poor benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Adventist HealthCare

    Pros

    Great team members, fast paced. Good place for new grads to learn and take experience with you to an organization that will value it.

    Cons

    Low salary ranges, far below average in this area, health benefits are not good, very little vacation time and no paid holidays, managment makes it tough to use your leave time because of under staffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your employees needs first, treat them like the valued and commuted service providers that they are. You will always continue to lose good staff if you continue to under pay and over work your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Analyst in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Adventist HealthCare full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    80% of the people you will work with here, are the reason you come to work. That and the front line hospital workers if you ever are on the receiving end of their care.

    Cons

    The other 20% of the people, the extreme amount of politics, and lack of organizational structure make a hostile and vapid environment.

    I have seen many that take responsibility and have great work ethic be passed up on the scarce occasion there is a promotions. They are usually handed to individuals who have the right persons ear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adobt a ROWE(Results only work environment) model and actually put forward processes and procedures that are actionable. Pen to paper, actions over words. The entropy is ignored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good people, company with limited willingness to invest in its employees or innovations.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Adventist HealthCare

    Pros

    It's great to work for a faith-based nonprofit where the mission matters and people really care about each other

    Cons

    Way behind its competitors in patient care innovations and investments in workplace satisfaction, professional development etc. Also often management is too "nice" to fire incompetent employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be penny wise and pound foolish. Focus more on investments in quality and less on cutting costs. If you do this you will retain your top talent and produce the outcomes you desire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is major separation between departments, but all work together for the betterment of the company as a whole.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Advisor in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Program Advisor in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Adventist HealthCare part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, caring management

    Cons

    Not really opportunity for advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Are You Valued

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Adventist HealthCare full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many great people who care about the work that they do.

    Cons

    Management does not value the hard work staff does

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to listen to employees

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lost touch of how to value its employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Adventist HealthCare full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a faith based organization (although lately you wouldn't know it by how it's executives are treating their employees), and there are awesome people there who can become friends for life.

    Cons

    The cons really came in within the last few years, many people are insecure about whether they will have a job next week. This added stress and the corporate politics have left employees feeling under-valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop looking to enhance your coffers and start doing what is in the best interest of the staff. Address the divide between entities and don't be afraid to let those go at the top of the organization that have demonstrated that their time is up and it's time for new leadership. Also, stop firing middle management and front-line staff. That is not the answer to your problems.

    Negative Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Zero accountability for Directors and VPs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Adventist HealthCare

    Pros

    Time off policy, flexibility with work, Informal work environment

    Cons

    Zero accountability, Unfair and incompetent Directors and VPs. Top heavy. Directors and VPs get bonuses and pay hikes while staff are left with nothing. There are several highly incompetent and unqualified directors that are hampering staff from doing good work due to their own insecurities and lack of skills. This creates a rather difficult work environment if you are a top performer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring fairness of the mission to work everyday. It is not sufficient to merely do lip service by stating that we respect the infinite worth of every individual while letting some incompetent directors and VPs treat staff like sheep. Also please bring transparency to compensation. For the past few years managers and VPS have got bonuses and staffing has been cut or reduced on nursing units and departments. It's better to invest money in hiring more nurses to provide patient care rather than to spend on lavish bonuses to management who are essentially overheads. This results in unsafe work environment (especially on night shifts on inpatient,OR and ER areas). If you have one nurse taking care of 8 patients and you pay bonus to the director of the unit you are ultimately going to incur more costs.

    The llife blood for Adventist healthcare is our patients and the care givers. Please don't forget that or everyone suffers.

    Get rid of incompetent directors and middle management. Ask staff for feedback to figure out who the incompetent directors area. There are a lot in finance, who do not even have a finance degree or background and can't tell the difference between EBITDA and Gross Revenue. There are several half baked directors who rely on one or two competent staff to get by. They have never managed people previously and should never ever have been a manager. They only got here because they knew someone higher.

    Please promote merit and clean out unqualified staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be a great place to work but has very poor leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Adventist HealthCare

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, very good benefits, great leave policy and wonderful people to work with.

    Cons

    Poor financial perfomance, poor managment, ill-equipped leaders, absolutely no technology of any kind. I am surprised we are not still using stone tablets. They have great people but do nothing to nuture them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please reasearch and think through your decisions before poorly implementing plan. Invest in the future of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Adventist HealthCare

    Pros

    Faith-based, Wonderful, dedicated caregivers, commitment to the mission by the rank and file, company is committed to the community

    Cons

    Strategic direction aspirational, but day to day ops need improvement. Too little attention and investment in people focused programs. Constant focus on bottom line first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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