CA Dept of Mental Health

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CA Dept of Mental Health Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
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  1.  

    Great pay for a stressful job

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    Former Employee - Psychiatric Technician in Atascadero, CA
    Former Employee - Psychiatric Technician in Atascadero, CA

    I worked at CA Dept of Mental Health full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    good pay
    good ideals to strive for
    good training

    Cons

    overworking people causes safety issues
    working with potential violent psychotic criminals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't overwork your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good place to start off, lots of bureaucracy.

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    Current Employee - Psychiatric Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Psychiatric Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at CA Dept of Mental Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Trainings, good place to learn.

    Cons

    High case loads, lots of paperwork, bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some acknowledgement, support, incentives, perks would go a long way. The structure does not support any of these.

    Recommends
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  3.  

    LOTS OF NEPOTISM & FAVORTISM

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Vacaville, CA

    I worked at CA Dept of Mental Health

    Pros

    Good benefits & pay, lots of overtime. Has PERS retirement system. You can swap days off. Work schedules are made up for 1 yr.

    Cons

    1st graveyard shifts work 6 days straight with 1-4th wk rotating days. 5th wk & 6th wk you get 3days off. 2nd dayshift & 3rd swing shift 1-2 days off every other wk. Abundance of nepotisim & favortism.
    How can a new graduate RN beat out a seasoned nurse with more than 5 yrs. exp. for a shift lead
    position. Mandatory overtime. Only 10% of RN'S are non filipino.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based off education & work experience. Lead with a positive attitude & fairness. Negotiate with the union stewards in efforts to make work place better. Give light duty to all RN'S not just the ones you favor. Supervisors & employees need to speak english at all times except lunch breaks. Explain schedules before hiring. Who wants to work 6 days straight on graveyard.
    Nurses have quit their jobs due to this.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    The most stressful aspect is dealing with nepotistic and apathetic management.

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    Former Employee - Senior Psychiatric Technician FF
    Former Employee - Senior Psychiatric Technician FF

    I worked at CA Dept of Mental Health

    Pros

    You can find a Unit with competent and cohesive coworkers that really watch out for one another. The benefits are superior. After 5 years, you can essentially take a month off a year with the various time allotments. You are protected by Safety Retirement if you are injured on the job.

    Cons

    Management above the rank and file tend to be inattentive to the needs of their subordinates, often not providing the tools to carry out sometimes strange policies that often only apply to a specific Unit or Program. Every area of the hospital is some Supervisor's personal fiefdom and logic and teamwork are rarely found.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could start by allowing an independent group select employees for promotion. The number of relatives in supervisory positions (and the speed at which they reach those positions) is staggering.

    Doesn't Recommend

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