Emeritus Senior Living Reviews

Updated May 13, 2015
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  • There are monthly events to help ease the work environment, so that everyone is having fun on the job (in 10 reviews)

  • I look forward to coming to work everyday (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management continue to push census without concern of Residents care, bottom line was (in 8 reviews)

  • Not by you're hard dedication towards the residents (in 75 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Risk Management Special

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with everyday, like family. Pay was as expected. Great location in Seattle, paid bus passes. Will miss working there, merged with Brookdale Senior Living

    Cons

    Management wasn't trained, some managers were not experienced.

    Advice to Management

    make sure the person being promoted to a management position has the tools.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Sorry it was sold to Brookdale

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Emeritus Senior Living full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great corporate location. Fantastic view, nice perks like free coffee, soda, etc. Orca pass discount, gym, costco, and bagels on Fridays. Company tried to make it fun.

    Cons

    Industry is about taking care of elderly people but its main objective of course is making money so sales is paramount and everything else is secondary

    Advice to Management

    There can be more to running a company than investor groups and stockholders, stockholders, stockholders, stockholders, investor relations, board members (isn't there?)


  3. Accountant

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Seattle, WA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emeritus Senior Living (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    was a great companies good work life balance, very casual and wonderful people

    Cons

    the company does not exist it was sold to brookdale senior living.

    Advice to Management

    should have sold your family the took you 23 yrs to build.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Corporate life is the good life

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Emeritus Senior Living full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing positive and laid back environment/culture, Free food and drinks regularly (stocked fridges) managers tried to take care of employees, provided regular, consistent feedback and even top level management had an open door policy. Awesome coworkers, flexible schedule, monthly parties to celebrate birthdays, new hires and anniversaries, boozy Holiday party. Almost impossible to get fired. Some departments allowed dogs in the office.

    Cons

    Too many employees didn't pull their weight and nothing was done. Other employees asked to pick up the slack but never ramifications for the lazy one. We had several in our department who clearly to advantage of the managers trust by disappearing for hours on end and then didn't get their work done. Too hard to move up and around unless you've been there for several years. Low turnover in most departments so openings were few and far between. I regularly asked my boss for additional work that wasn't available because others with longer tenure had already taken the projects.

    Advice to Management

    Shouldn't have merged. The employees loved working here and the environment you created.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Loved it at Emeritus! (Not Brookdale)

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Accountant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Accountant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Emeritus Senior Living full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The culture, the people, the location of the corporate office. Emeritus has now merged with Brookdale so you can no longer work for this great company.

    Cons

    Salaries are low for the Seattle market. Now that the company is part of Brookdale, I would not suggest this employer to a friend.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Emeritus would have been to Increase salaries. Advice to Brookdale would be to communicate better within the corporate office (between departments) and to the employees in the communities.


  7. Emeritus

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    Former Employee - Manager, Corporate Office in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager, Corporate Office in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Good company values, reviews completed on time, recognition of tenure, birthdays, and new employees. Working at the corporate office might be different than at the communities.

    Cons

    Out of pocket portions were high for health benefits. Wages were not competitive making it hard to keep good people.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Difficult industry to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Emeritus Senior Living full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The senior living industry can be very satisfying in the sense that at some level every employee has an amazing opportunity to help seniors. There are positions within the senior living industry for professionals of all sorts of experience, be it IT, medical, accounting, business development - and more. While at Emeritus, there were many opportunities to be a part of amazing projects and there are so many amazing people that work for the company, at every level of the organization.

    Cons

    Many... It's difficult to hear about so many family members complaining about the care of their loved ones, even if there seems to be more people happy than unhappy, it is still difficult and makes you wonder what is going wrong with the organization. It's also difficult to hear so many employees complain about being paid poverty level wages, while also complaining about the facilities. Communication isn't that great between managers and subordinate at the corporate level. Manager more concerned over own career than empowering subordinates. This place is fine to work if you're not the family breadwinner.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  9. I enjoy working at Emeritus Sr Living in the Seattle Corporate Office. The environment and culture are amazing.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Emeritus Senior Living full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The management style is very team oriented. There really is no micro-managing and the continual trainings keep us up to date on the latest laws and government actions.

    Cons

    The commute is a bit of a drag; however the view from the balcony of the building makes it worth it. The Seattle skyline is definitely a job perk.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better! People are doing a lot of hard work to make the company a success. When an employee has devoted years to the company...pay them for their loyalty.


  10. Great company culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Emeritus Senior Living full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture at Emeritus is incredible.

    Cons

    The pay for some departments is low.

    Advice to Management

    Don't join Brookdale.


  11. Helpful (1)

    An Experience I'll Miss

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Emeritus Senior Living full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Office atmosphere is very supportive and does a good job pushing out toxic energy. There are a lot of different directions to go within the company to diversify your skills. Most managers/directors seem great to work with, very friendly and hands-on with their staff. Very helpful in helping us move on now that the merger is coming to an end.

    Cons

    We are told this is a merger, but it's clearly a buyout. Brookdale seems to have bit off more than it can chew--their office is a mess and they can't make a decision. There are so many people involved that no one knows what to do or if it's their job to do something. Coming up with a new process involvesd emailing multiple people, but no one responds. We spend most of our days waiting for Brookdale to figure it out. It looks like the merger definitely should have been the other way around.

    Advice to Management

    Figure something out fast. Most of your office is gone at the end of the year and they won't be there to hold your hand.



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