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Gracious Rrrrrunning Around Like Crazy

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Former Employee - Sous Chef
Former Employee - Sous Chef

I worked at Holiday Retirement full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Competitive pay, consistent schedule, paid Holidays. The job of Sous chef and Pm Cook for Holiday Retirement is a good step in the right direction for an up and coming culinarian. Plenty of time to learn mixed with the pressures of a deadline. The Employee is provided with recipes and consistent meals and is given enough freedoms to expand ones culinary experience ones heart desires.

Cons

The benefits provided do not start until six months employment. If the employee opts-in to the provided benefits package, one should expect at least a third of a paycheck to be removed. The job requirements are tedious and extensive, one should expect to be running around from the moment he/she walks in the door, to the moment the clock stops. With little to no recognition of ones hard work. After each service, which time line is closely monitored by management, the cook is to serve coffee to the residents... At which time one should expect at least 3 negative comments, and a slew of " well my mother never made it like that." comments.
Overall not a pleasant experience.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful

    At first the company was wonderful, until the pressures are made to make more tours and more leases.

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    Former Employee - Community Manager
    Former Employee - Community Manager

    I worked at Holiday Retirement full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great for benefits, leadership, stability for a place to live.

    Cons

    Constantly making changes to procedures of the business. Training is always changing. Stress on your marriage is tough, along with the stress of the job effecting your body. If you are considering a job, consider if you have a strong marriage. You feel used on if you are doing great on sales and marketing but the minute you slack you are at the bottom of the list and a new person is the "top dog". The residents do not get the quality care that they pay for or deserve. You are pressured everyday on making tours and leases. It is never good enough no matter how good you are. You work long hours and tired by the time your day off hits. Some time your days off you don't get because there is always someone that quits. Managers come and go all the time making things nerve racking on the residents. They never know how long you will stay because the average time for a management team is 6 months before they can't take it and are burned out and want to transfer on to another community and the same things happen all over. You never really feel like you have any time off as you live on-site. Some residents are very mean and you need to have a strong backbone not only for them but for your Regional Team. Please think long and hard before looking or thinking of starting with the company. Do your research thoroughly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regional Managers and upper Corporation need to seriously LISTEN to the Management teams that live-on site. Some of the best Management teams have suggested a few things to help with retention, but nobody listens to the problems or correct the situation. A lot of good people have left due to the high stress and pressures that were put on them. Regional Managers promote who they truly want to, some get promoted and do not really qualify to be promoted. Some have been passed up for promotion because they have been known to express their feelings of how things are run. I have personally known a few great team members who deserved to be promoted and have been used for the experience of marketing and never allowed to grow within the company. Others have been hired from the outside who have no knowledge about the company. You have had to change things as far as more marketing, less money spent. Having to get permission every time for even a light bulb is totally wrong. The residents do not deserve this treatment. They spend good money to live in the community and when there is no light bulb in their apartment due to cost cuts. Shame on you!!! The blame always goes to the team on the bottom. Holiday Retirement needs to go back to the "old school ways" that is when the company was the best. Totally changed when it was bought out. You will never be a success unless you seriously change your ways. You will always have new managers come and go and you will always have to spend more money on training instead of a light bulb. When will you learn? I know there is always someone that is dumb enough to replace those who give up on you.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    I got my soul back.

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    Former Employee - Salary
    Former Employee - Salary

    I worked at Holiday Retirement full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The residents are wonderful people that have so much life to share. Hourly employees are over worked and under appreciated by the company.

    Cons

    I thought the lowest one could go was to sell their soul to the devil. Well if you take a salaried position with Holiday, you just gave your soul to the devil. If by chance you tell others that you love your job and it's the best company ever to work for it can only mean that your are heartless and a greedy. It use to be that if a resident didn't come to the dining room for a meal, management was on the phone calling them or going to their room. How can managers sleep at night know a resident didn't come down for a meal and discovered the next day dead in their apartment. When all it would of taken was a phone call to see if things were ok. This happens way too much. Sons and Daughters put their trust into this company that their parents will be watched over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Anyone looking to get into management or any type of salaried position with this company needs to run the oposite way. Read the reviews. Read under the veil. These are all stories from real people that want to give their life to someone that could be your mother or father. But in reality with this company, you are put in a office space and threatened to get move ins. If a person has a pulse they qualify for what is suppose to be independent living. I worked under the Colsons and it was independent living. You were not thretened day in and day out. Your job was to take care of the residents and the residents take care of the company. Training use to be where you spent weeks learning everything from outside to inside about the building and operations from housekeeping, maintenance, to working in the kitchen. Basically now it's, how to turn on a computer to answering a phone call. Short and simple.

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