Cooley Dickinson Hospital Reviews

Updated January 18, 2015
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  1. I went for one job, but was given another which was confusing, but I ended up liking the job they gave me very much.

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    Former Employee - Physician Assistant in Northampton, MA
    Former Employee - Physician Assistant in Northampton, MA

    I worked at Cooley Dickinson Hospital full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, small hospital, friendly people (mostly!).

    Cons

    In-house disagreements about staffing which were not worked out before I went on-site to perform the job for which I was hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to be sure that critical decision makers/staff are on board and supportive of hires being made. Have fail-safe measures to protect new employees from some of the in-house disagreements over clinical staffing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Stifling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooley Dickinson Hospital full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Human resource department was strong.

    Cons

    Being disrespected by people in management was a hurdle unlike any other. Patients must be put before company politics and employees need to be valued. No room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with all employees. Treat your employees with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Fun environment but skewed towards the older generation.

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    Current Contractor - Financial Analyst in Northampton, MA
    Current Contractor - Financial Analyst in Northampton, MA

    I have been working at Cooley Dickinson Hospital as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun people. Everyone there is energetic and tries to make the office a really fun place to work. Everyone I met on the first day remembered my name and had very cheerful greetings for me every morning. They really go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

    Cons

    It seems like there is a lot of under the surface tension, that gets addressed in hushed conversations and gossip. Kind of a red flag for me, but as long as you get your work done, it doesn't seem like you'll have an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na na na na ana nana ana ananananan a nana ana nan ana na ana an ana na an anan ana na an an anannan an an a nna na a a nan al alal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Good place for entry level jobs, get experience to move on.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    Pros

    Is a rapidly growing organization, recent Mass General affiliation has created a better range of patient care.

    Cons

    Very limited room for job growth, upper management still stuck in "good ole' boy" mentality, favoritism abounds. No merit raises, only very low cost of living raise every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get fresh management approach to managing people instead of just bean-counting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. not a keeper

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    Former Employee - Psychiatric Counselor in Northampton, MA
    Former Employee - Psychiatric Counselor in Northampton, MA

    I worked at Cooley Dickinson Hospital full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    experience was useful in helping shape how working in the field differs from what you learn in school

    Cons

    Not appreciated. While experience was useful it was the most useful in learning how I didn't want to behave and work in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunity and support to direct care staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. If it had not been for personalities that needed to control the situation I would still be there today.

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Northampton, MA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Northampton, MA

    I worked at Cooley Dickinson Hospital full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    workplace in itself was up to date and expanding (2006) New wing being built.

    Cons

    Lack of teamwork. It was each man or woman for him/herself. There was nothing in place for lateral bullying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management needs training on conflict management. Hopefully this has changed since my time there,

  8. Receptionist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    Pros

    Parking, working at your own pace

    Cons

    No overtime, having to make up for other people's work

  9. A great local community hospital.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northampton, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northampton, MA

    I have been working at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    Pros

    Great co workers who support each other and are there for the patients. The satisfaction of seeing a patient recover and go home.

    Cons

    Standing on concrete floors for 8 or 12 hours a day, Having a health insurance that is privatley funded so they have the right to deny services that should be covered by law.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider changing the way the health insurance policy is written so that services that were once deemed as not medically necessary can be covered.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. OK place to work

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    Former Employee - Not Available. in Northampton, MA
    Former Employee - Not Available. in Northampton, MA

    I worked at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    Pros

    There are many good staff members who work hard to provide the necessary care for patients.

    Cons

    When I worked there, they seemed to be asking staff for their contribution to the hospital, yet spending money on a myriad of consultants. I thought that senior staff were employed because of their experience in specific areas. Why then is it necessary to bring in consultants for what seems like every little thing? Also, there was no system of merit raises, so that someone who was doing an outstanding job got the same raise as someone who, eg, could be on probation. Does that make sense?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with staff and treat them as adults. Don't have rules just for the sake of having them (such as not allowing office staff - who do not usually go on the wards - from wearing open toe sandals during the summer heat).

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