Brookdale Senior Living

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Beware... Dishonest organization Run! Run! Run!

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Former Employee - Director, Dining Services in The Villages, FL
Former Employee - Director, Dining Services in The Villages, FL

I worked at Brookdale Senior Living full-time (less than an year)

Pros

Associates work extremely hard , dispite low compensation. Residents, as a whole, are great. You have the ability to transfer around the country, if you feel like rolling the dice.

Cons

They will sell you a rose garden to get you in, and then plant you in a wasteland. Non-professional enviornment, poor business ethics/integrity. No follow-through or support from upper-level and regional management, alot of back-stabbing and shifting shadows. If you are accustomed to a professional work enviornment, this is not the place for you. If you are used to dealing with honest and upright people, this is not the place for you.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

1) Do not sell residents something that you are not willing to follow-through with. If Freedom Pointe is your "showcase" community, fund it properly. You cannot create a 5-star dining experience with 19.6% food cost and paying minimum wage for staff with no experience. Get Real! Your residents deserve better.

2) Get rid of your E.D., he has zero management skills and is running Freedom Pointe into the ground. You are on your 5th Director of Dining, and 4th Exec Chef in 3 years. At what point are you going to realize that the Department Management is not your problem?

3) Take a real hard look at your mission statement and cornerstone's. Either find a way to adhere to them, or throw them away. There is a HUGE disconnect between Nashville, Chicago, and the Communities.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    To much focus on cutting cost of food and labor

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    Former Employee - Food Service Coordinator in Florida, NY
    Former Employee - Food Service Coordinator in Florida, NY

    I worked at Brookdale Senior Living full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I could make a difference in the residents lives by working hard to improve the quality of the food and service. Enjoyed working on holidays to provide the assisted living residents a wonderful meal.
    The Pro-Chef's, regional chef's who came in to help during kitchen staff emergencies where very helpful and well trained.

    Cons

    Shortly after I was trained the cost cutting started. Reduced hours for staff caused my best worker to quit. Two other employees got in a fight and where fired. I had to rehire and train a complete new staff but one job was reduced to part time. Guess who had to step in and work like a dog? Finding a good reliable cooks who would work for $10.50 an hour and get 35 hours per week is very tough!
    After rebuilding the staff and reaching the one year mark with the company I left. Did I say the pay was 40% lower than the market for kitchen management?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the managers make the decisions. Stop giving all the work to the busiest workers. Stop cutting labor. Hire a part time pot washer. When cooks have to wash all the pots each shift they are forced to take short cuts to keep up.

    One cook has to cook breakfast and lunch, transport and setup three satellite buildings, write menu boards, tally and cook ala carte items, have a server meeting, prep for the next day, take out the trash and do pots and pans in 7 1/2 hours? How about you try it?

    Stop the two tier benefits! Hourly employees must wait months for health insurance and get less vacation!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Therapist working for them.

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    Former Employee - Occupational Therapist in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Occupational Therapist in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Brookdale Senior Living full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Seniors that we worked for. The people who lived in the community made each day tolerable.

    Cons

    As was mentioned by others, it's all about the numbers, not the people. A good facade is placed on that. The management made most days like you wouldn't want to get out of bed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less Pitt Bull and more Retriever,. Don't bite the hand that helps you, look at the staff as if each one was the CEO. People before reports and projections. People before just the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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