DCH Health System Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
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  1. Great atmosphere in my department, friendly coworkers

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    Current Employee - Dietitian in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Current Employee - Dietitian in Tuscaloosa, AL

    I have been working at DCH Health System full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule with PTO. Top notch managers who are always helpful and understanding. DCH is always offering incentives and rewards for good performance.

    Cons

    The work itself can become mundane, repetative. During flu season the work load can become overbearing at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Rude people don't pay well

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    Former Employee - Housekeeper in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Former Employee - Housekeeper in Tuscaloosa, AL

    I worked at DCH Health System

    Pros

    Hours are great for me

    Cons

    Pay is low very low

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Positive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nurse Manager in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Current Employee - Nurse Manager in Tuscaloosa, AL

    I have been working at DCH Health System full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Organizational and leadership development. Excellent nurse educators

    Cons

    Too many changes due to lack of longt erm planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of how difficult all the many changes are for the ones delivering bedside care. Be sure they are recognized for the work they do. Recognition is expected to be given by the managers, but who recognizes the managers?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Liked my job but no teamwork and lack of communication.

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    Former Employee - Surgical Tech in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Former Employee - Surgical Tech in Tuscaloosa, AL

    I worked at DCH Health System full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    My department would work with you for time off. Benefits were okay.

    Cons

    No teamwork lack of communication. Micromanaged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Talk to them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. It was o.k. if you wanted to stay in town. The majority of health care in Tuscaloosa is owned by DCH.

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    Current Employee - Medical Technologist/Clinical Lab Scientist in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Current Employee - Medical Technologist/Clinical Lab Scientist in Tuscaloosa, AL

    I have been working at DCH Health System full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good. Most fellow employees are nice.

    Cons

    Administration is not employee oriented.
    Instead of of being known they are having a "lay-off", they use what they call "attrition". This has recently meant they fire personnel for any and every reason they can think of, generally paltry reasons. They also tend to fire people with health problems, and those who have been there for numerous years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit changing the rules around to suit your real agenda. If you want to lay-off people, lay-off, don't fire people just to say you're not having a lay-off. Try a little compassion to your employees as well as patients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Was A good place work

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    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Carrollton, AL
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Carrollton, AL

    I have been working at DCH Health System full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Short travel time Close to my home

    Cons

    No good benefits, many changes goin on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Maybe it's Industry-wide for Healthcare.... (RN point of view)

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Tuscaloosa, AL

    I have been working at DCH Health System full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - There is generally plenty of job openings, and the interviews (which were brief and generally consisted of few basic questions then right into what the job had to offer me) all led to offers
    - The insurance, from what I've gathered, is competitive
    - Love my co-workers, for the most part
    - Clean environment

    Cons

    - Received my first raise in over 2 years, came out to about 1.7% of base, at this rate I get up to $20/hr base by the time I have around 10 years experience
    - All floors and departments seem to have total different rules and expectations, depending on their managers goals I assume which leads to....
    - HR policies are "adapted" as each unit "sees fit," almost always to the disadvantage of the employee - our manager never counted "tardies" until somebody would attempt to transfer, then she'd bring them up as a way to hold you or block your move (luckily, I'm never late, but some who are/were habitually late had a problem when new rules are implemented - is it really a rule if it's never enforced?)
    - Responsibilities and job expectations are constantly increasing - and it seems questionable that it could be for the "patient's best interest" - how can taking on more patients with less help and more work required for each be safe? They don't want people at the nurse's desk rather in patient's rooms, yet doctor's expect the phone to be answered and the nurse to be available right away. I could go on forever on this part...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    But instead I'll just ask that the people up the chain come float around on some of the floors and see what these changes look like in action - not on paper. It doesn't take an accountant or financial wize to come to the conclusion that "if we get the same work out of fewer employees, we'll save money"; the thing you forget is that the "work" here involves people's lives and the employees' licenses.

    How do expect patient satisfaction to be ok when we are having to leave folks on bedpans for 10+ minutes after asking for help up or another patient waiting on pain medicine when the few nurses on the floor are stuck in a room with a bigger problem going on. Not everything is solved by making the seemingly hard decision of cutting experienced nurse's pay and then requiring more work.

    Also, manager's should be evaluated more than just on how they do on their budget. I realize, and I'm sure whoever reads this review has come to this conclusion as well, that everything is driven here based on budget now, but maybe interview the employees they manage to get a sense on how they feel they are being managed. It is amazing, floating between the floors, the differences between the same type floor.

    Town-hall meetings are nice fluff pieces, kind of like the raise, but actually talk to your employees instead of group them together to "tell them how it is".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Burn and Churn

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Tuscaloosa, AL

    I have been working at DCH Health System full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Having insurance
    - Close relationships formed while working in the trenches
    - Using PTO

    Cons

    - No raise in several years
    - Excessive micromanaging
    - HR policies are "adapted" as each unit "sees fit," almost always to the disadvantage of the employee
    - Responsibilities and expectations constantly increasing with only negative consequences spotlighted and no compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Make it a priority to retain experienced nurses instead of hiring a lot of new grads and dispensing of them after 2 years.
    - Pay current employees for their number of years worked just as you would a new hire with the same number of years of experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Good Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DCH Health System part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly
    Great culture
    The food
    Excellent training
    Willingness to help
    Can relocate to another dept after a year
    Beautiful women

    Cons

    Too much cafeteria food and get fat
    Scheduling can sometimes suck
    Holiday working
    Not too many cons, DCH is a great place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Mid-level management

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    Current Employee - Director in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Current Employee - Director in Tuscaloosa, AL

    I have been working at DCH Health System full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Family values are a plus

    Cons

    No comment, generally a positive environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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