Ensign Group Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Hypocritical

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nurse
    Former Employee - Nurse

    I worked at Ensign Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Core values-if followed. Pay is competitive.

    Cons

    No structure.They say that they are giving each facility "freedom" from the corporate model. The reality is they hire people that are ill equipped for the jobs given to them & then are offered zero oversight or guidance.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. If the "employee" is really first, why are they being over worked, under staffed & mis treated by upper management? Calls to the compliance line get you no where.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Mission, Company Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Ensign Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love the residents, the company culture. There are fun contests and initiatives to improve our performance. We really do our best to make the resident's lives fulfilling.

    Cons

    When all employees buy in to the culture, it's wonderful. When others don't, it's hard to keep the moral high. It can get routine, so keep putting in the celebrations to make the days fun.

  3. Helpful (1)

    All in all this is a great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ensign Group full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome business model; giving administrators true autonomy to make necessary decisions, and using more peer-to-peer accountability than top down accountability. Great bonus structure and run by good people.

    Cons

    Very intense focus on profit, and a bit cut throat

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  5. Helpful (5)

    It is just another Corporation....all about the profit margin

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Ensign Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Apparently the Cons out weighed the Pros or I would still be working there. The residents were a mixed bag of appropriate and inappropriate. It was an easy job to get.

    Cons

    In the facility where I was employed it appeared the Peter Principle was an operating system. All of the Kool-aid reading "employees first" was a jargon way of saying "use them up" the employees that is. The promise of a "loving" workplace was a little more like they expect your job to become your life. In the AL unit that I had experience with, the area of medical personnel were understaffed, under trained and micro-manged by anyone in so called Management. I felt bad for them but the culture was so profit driven impact was close to impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Walk your talk. Hire experience and talent. Promoting from within is fine but promoting someone just because they are the last one standing is just foolish. These are real people's lives on all sides, respect that. It is not all about how slick the building is but how well trained and appropriate the staff is. Insecure micro managers in their first executive position do not play well with others.

  6. Helpful (3)

    unfair workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - L[N in Homedale, ID
    Former Employee - L[N in Homedale, ID

    I worked at Ensign Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    close to home with an easy commute.they have good benefits for their employees. the CNAS are caring and dedicated to the residents. the food for the residents is homecooked and delicious

    Cons

    they pay is way under fair value. the availability of supplies needs help. they dont appreciated good help and bring your flaws up in front of the entire staff in meetings, they yell at staff in the hallways. there is too much nepotism. they make promises then dont keep them.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the nepotism and give your hard working employees a raise!!!

  7. Helpful (2)

    Unfair management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Homedale, ID
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Homedale, ID

    I worked at Ensign Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The residents are amazing. The activities and nursing assistants do a great job.The dietary people serve a good meal to the residents

    Cons

    Thee upper management needs to treat people with respect and not discipline employees in front of their coworkers or in meetings. They don't appreciate their help.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the nepotism and hire people that treat the workers with respect.

  8. Helpful (9)

    Skilled nursing scavenger

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ensign Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Generally provide a pretty good service

    Cons

    The entire business plan is to churn and burn administrators. They recruit young white maies (90%+) out of grad school, give them a six figure salary and promise them several hundred thousand more if they 'turn' their facility. The thing is, they have all sorts of snags and escape clauses to keep them from having to pay out the bonuses you earn. Once you sacrifice your personal life for about a year and IF you successfully turn your facility and make it profitable, they will ask you to transfer to another underperforming facility, so they can reset the pay scale and expectation for the facility you just came from. It is shameless and self serving and they do it over and over and over again. The turnover for their admins is less than 18 months. Less than 10% of their admins have been at the company more than 3 years and this is by design. They dont want to pay for performance. They'll move the sucker admins around from building to building, keeping the big financial carrot just out of reach until you burn out and leave. Then they just bring in a new crop of young mba grads to do the exact same thing. it is a well oiled machine and this is how they've grown so rapidly. They basically get the equivalent of 2 full time administrators for the price of one.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Not so great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrator-in-training
    Current Employee - Administrator-in-training

    I have been working at Ensign Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    casual working environment; friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Management is focused on profit, although they would say patients come first and that is reflected in everything that we do.
    salary does not reflect experience, market, or skills.

    Advice to Management

    Be true to your employees.
    Management always says they have high standards and performing people, if that is the case, then provide better benefits and compensation as we work hard for the company.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Ensign is great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Ensign Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ensign Group really does drive quality and they care about providing good care. They allow room for you to grow and learn without someone breathing over behind your neck. They really instill strong values that they live by and it shows in their facilities. I think people forget that healthcare is about compassion and quality care, but also it is a business. Money needs to be made in order to provide that quality care. They maintain a good balance.

    Cons

    Maybe a little more structure in guidelines. Nothing major though.

    Advice to Management

    Never forget who is on the front lines. They work hard.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Administrator greed and profits are more important than patient care

    Former Employee - Director of Marketing
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing

    I worked at Ensign Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The patients and their families are amazing

    Cons

    Culture is all about getting that medicare patient in the door...

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and get genuine honest employees

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