Avera McKennan Hospital Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Physical Therapist

    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avera McKennan Hospital

    Pros

    Co-workers and mission of the hospital.

    Cons

    Management and benefits. Only 6 paid holidays and they don't recognize Easter as a Holiday even though they are a Catholic Hospital!

  2. Helpful (1)

    Run far and fast, You'll never be appreciated.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trchnician in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Trchnician in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Avera McKennan Hospital full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits program is average, coworkers are great to work with, hours and scheduling can be great if you can work it out.

    Cons

    Low pay, no raises, departments waste money, terrible leadership, micromanagers, advancement or department transfers are next to impossible.

    Our department had hired 2 high position leaders in the last 6 months, Both went to the same person. The first time they chose an outside hire because that individual worked with some faculty years previous. Many internal dept. Candidates applied but we're all rejected despite having excellent qualities. That same person then moved up to the other position despite again more qualified internal candidates.

    This is a company that promotes not based on what you know but who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to stop ignoring the issues present in their respective departments. Low level employees do not have a voice and are ignored as a general rule.

  3. Avera McKennan Hospital as an employee

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

    I worked at Avera McKennan Hospital

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

    Pros

    Excellent Physicians and Nurses
    Overall a safe place to work

    Cons

    Lack of respect for Physicians and Nurses by hospital administration.
    To many administrators, confusion regarding their individual duties.
    Administration asks for input, anything less than positive input ignored, or argued about, not ever addressed.
    Duties promised for new employees, often do not translate into the du.ties worked.
    Lack of transparency by administration, little input asked for by employees.

    Advice to Management

    Too many administrators, pick the best who do their jobs and have the respect of the other hospital personnel, allow the rest to seek other career opportunities.
    Honestly ask for input, listen and act.
    Get rid of the cronyism that permeates the process for advancement

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  5. Best job I've ever had

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patient Account Representative in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Patient Account Representative in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Avera McKennan Hospital full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hours/days, benefits, supervisors are readily available if you need help, majority of coworkers are easy to get along with but there's always that one person...

    Cons

    Using PTO for "paid" holidays, overtime not allowed, too many meetings, filing, a lot of filing, reports, reports, reports

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any. They are all friendly & willing to help if your supervisor is not in. Their doors are literally always open.

  6. Mission Statement must apply to patients only, employees treated as expendable

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Pierre, SD
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Pierre, SD

    I have been working at Avera McKennan Hospital part-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Absolutely no pros since recent take over from CHI to Avera McKennan
    Large percentage of hospital staff unhappy with recent management choices

    Cons

    New CEO is micromanager not open to ANY employees -including VP's - enjoys fear factor leadership
    Has come in and cleaned house of all management previously in place
    Hospital Moral is lowest in 20+ years
    Good old boy club on new level
    Recently could not earn accreditation due to lack of effective and fair leadership
    Has been firing staff with no reasons or consideration of past performance
    No integrity or honesty at this point

    Advice to Management

    This is a small town hospital that has been running very well and taken exceptional care in Pierre area prior to the dictatorship of Avera came to town. No rhyme or reason to recent staff dismissals and no caring about continuity of care given to local residents in the past that was over and above that of Avera in SF. Our care kept locals at home for care, now they will travel to Sanford.

  7. Great people ... Moving in the right direction

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avera McKennan Hospital

    Pros

    90% of the people I made contact with were a pleasure to work with

    Cons

    High expectations for PRN employees to keep up with a constantly changing health care system

    Advice to Management

    Find an alternative communication method to keep less actively working employees informed

  8. It is pleasure to work here. The mission and the values of the institution are in-line with my own.

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

    I have been working at Avera McKennan Hospital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have a lot of great coworkers. It is a safe environment. You are helping others while you work.

    Cons

    For some people, shift work is a problem (I don't mind it)

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you stay connected to your workforce.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Look elsewhere

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

    I have been working at Avera McKennan Hospital full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good nursing staff and employees.

    Cons

    Management heavy. Poor leadership, highly micro-managed.

  10. One of my all time favorite places to work; would return there if I ever move back

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scheduler in Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Scheduler in Brookings, SD

    I worked at Avera McKennan Hospital full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits; wonderful chance for advancement; great supervisors

    Cons

    Upper management should become more involved with day to day operations of the clinics

    Advice to Management

    Become more involved with the actual clinics

  11. The standard of practice was met. But standard practice is disappointing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nurse Practitioner, Locums in Worthington, MN
    Former Employee - Nurse Practitioner, Locums in Worthington, MN

    I worked at Avera McKennan Hospital full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Potential to be a 5 star place to work.

    Cons

    Flying by the seat of their pants, and growing too fast. Failure to step back and plan, implies they are planning for failure or mediocrity.

    Advice to Management

    Local administrative management sets the tone of the facility, and the tone that was set was negative.

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