Bowers Ambulance

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Bowers Ambulance Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good starting EMT job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - EMT-B in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - EMT-B in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Bowers Ambulance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I was able to pick up shifts and cover the AMI car and get a lot of different types of patients (depending on my location). Last I heard they still had a 9-1-1 contract, which can be fun. It's low pay for IFT, but it's still not dialysis transfers. Not too many issues with sexism, considering this is an EMS job.

    Cons

    Getting shifts covered is a nightmare. You need to be willing to drive (in your personal vehicle) to whichever hospital or station they want you out of. Shift bids are terrifying as there is always the possibility that you might end up driving far to get to your station.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The crew chiefs are great! Most of the managers were pretty accessable when I was there. Managers need to seriously reign in the dispatchers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Learned a lot, about patients, healthcare system, and management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bowers Ambulance

    Pros

    Worked on the Pacific OC side. Great employees, great nurses, RT. Equipment is better updated (Not CARE or AMR status, but better than 95% of all other EMT companies out in Socal)

    Cons

    Management plays favorites, poor pay, deadend job, high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advance pay, don't play games

  3.  

    Run away!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EMT-B in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - EMT-B in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at Bowers Ambulance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay check will not bounce!

    Cons

    Horrible pay.
    Disregard for employees.
    Bad/old equipment.
    No down time.
    Horrible management.
    Pay! you will most likely make a living at or below the poverty level. If your lucky a $100 over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Those that are working in the field should be the ones running the company because you obviously have no idea what you are doing or have any due regard for your employees.
    No wonder you cant keep employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Complete Disregard for EMT's

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

    I worked at Bowers Ambulance (more than an year)

    Pros

    Checks Don't Bounce
    Ok health insurance
    Pretty hard to get fired, mainly because they don't want to pay un-employment.

    Cons

    Pay is a joke
    rarely get breaks
    constantly get held over
    Dispatchers have no respect for EMT's safety and well being
    Management has no regard for employee safety either
    Shift times are poor
    Rigs are disgusting
    company just lacks integrity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try honesty and integrity for a change it goes a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Its not worth it

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

    I have been working at Bowers Ambulance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company is very stabale and unlike other comopanies in this industry its got a chance to stay above water.

    Cons

    Horrible managment. Horrible and stupid dispatchers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read a book and lower your ego.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    go somewhere else

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cct-Rn in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Cct-Rn in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at Bowers Ambulance

    Pros

    stability of the company....your paycheck won't bounce!

    Cons

    incompetent management...total lack of concern for the field staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    straighten up! please realize that your employees are valuable

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Stay away.

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

    I have been working at Bowers Ambulance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1)Your check wont bounce.
    2)Ownd by Rural Metro (national company)
    3)No dialysis calls
    4)Rapid cct calls/ami and rare fire calls
    5)free uniforms
    6)Plenty of over time.
    7)Great field staff.
    8)online scheduling.

    Cons

    1)Dont plan on ever posting, constantly on the move.
    2)No breaks, hardly ever get to have a lunch break.
    3)Never plan on getting off on time.
    4)Dirty rigs, never get to have a rig wash.
    5)Poor dispatching.
    6)Bad pay for the amount of work.
    7)Status updates requested while your still with/waiting for a patient.
    8)Missing hours from your pay check.
    9)Paid time off vanishes over night.
    10)A few bad supervisors 2 good ones.
    11)Cleard from a call automatically and slappd with another one before your even done with a call.
    12)Lengthy paper work.
    13)Dont ever think your on your last call you could go well into 2 hours past your off time running another call.
    14)Extremly hard to get ahold of higher ups to resolve problems.
    15)Field staff are treated poorly.
    16)High turn over rate, not enough employees vs. call volume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with dignity and respect. Understand were doing all the work. Nobody exactly understands what you do all day. Raise the wages. Gibe ud our lunch breaks and 10 minute breaks. You make us feel more like slaves than that of employeees. Better equipment needed. Better dispatching needed. Better field supervision with out the arrogance. More 911, a little higher wage as well as affordable benefits and respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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