Era Living Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
11 Reviews

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11 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innitiative solves issues, guidance in after the fact, appreciation not the corporate mantra

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Era Living full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Skilled professional can make own way , where structure and policy is vacant

    Cons

    Lack of appreciation, encouragement, tempermental inconsistant leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate human assets, feed with praise daily

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some of the teams are great to work on but the overall company doesn't appear to care very much about its employees.

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    Current Employee - Cook  in  Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Cook in Issaquah, WA

    I have been working at Era Living part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Being a cook has its benefits. I work with a great group of people and my chef does a good job. In terms of the team I work in I really enjoy it and most of the people on the team I work with are what keep me there.
    -401k even if you are part time. Good benefits for full time employees.
    -Christmas bonus is nice and part time people receive it but if I am not mistaken the residents are the ones who pay into the Christmas bonus pool.
    -Lots of freedom in the kitchen to come up with new dishes and put your own twist on things but that is going to be based on your Chef.
    -The lower end jobs are usually fairly flexible for High School or College students.

    Cons

    -The company does not seem to care about its employees very much, or at least the lower level ones. The managers aren't given money to take employees out or provide perks or incentives.
    -Background checks take forever to process as does the direct deposit.
    -No full time benefits if you go from part time to full time for say several months during the summer.
    -Stress usually comes from things that shouldn't even happen.
    -Don't really feel like I can make any changes to the organization or output my opinion to hire ups.
    -Many new things seem to take forever to become implemented putting undue stress on everyone.
    -You have to deal with a lot of unreliable people in the lower level positions.
    -Pay in the lower level positions starts higher than most similar positions but hard work generally doesn't net much of an increase in pay. For example, I have only gotten a total of 75 cents in raises in the course of 4 years moving from Dishwasher to Cook with 3 other positions in between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After starting an internship with a new company I was truly made aware of all the negative aspects I was thinking existed. Your employees are your lifeblood so treat them right and make them feel valued even the low level ones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Horrid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Era Living full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Residents relatively oblivious to corrupt mgmt
    Nurturing environment for residents
    Caring Resident Assistants
    Free meals, reduced fare ORCA

    Cons

    Manipulative, intimidating leadership
    Openly lied to by various staff and the management
    Very little job training offered
    Negative reinforcement; never expected praise or confidence in work performance
    Ambiguous direction from supervisor
    Directors making fun of residents and employees
    Favoritism by management
    Varying expectations, based upon the management's level of interest in you and not work ethics or performance
    No encouragement by supervisor
    Psychologically taxing and hostile work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect, encourage collaboration and honesty. Stand by the core values you preach in orientation and learn to value the people working beneath you - they are not just commodities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Owners spend without restraint

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    Former Employee - Construction Management
    Former Employee - Construction Management

    I worked at Era Living full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Local company, decent benefits, dedicated employees who really care about the seniors they serve in the communities owned by this company.

    Cons

    Owners are definitely in the 1%...blew out the budget of every project with lavish spending and myriad changes, then cried poor mouth while laying off the entire project team. If they had shown some fiscal responsibility, most roles could have been preserved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Very nice retirement home. Friendly co-workers and residents!

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    Former Employee - Food Server I  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Food Server I in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Era Living part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Friendly co-workers and residents
    - Complimentary meals working a dinner shift
    - Fast paced work environment
    - Direct deposit option over checks with no added cost to you
    - Not complicating in terms of tasks

    Cons

    - No tips
    - Some residents are not as understanding and/or give attitude
    - Mangement is not always flexible with scheduling if you have other commitments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow tips!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great communities for resident's but work in is another story.

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    Former Employee - Front Desk  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Front Desk in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Era Living full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Wonderful resident's, Era living does take care about their resident, friendly environment.
    -Mostly stress free job (depends day to day)
    -Clean/upscale buildings

    Cons

    -Pay/raises
    -Poor management
    -Awful compensation
    -Job descriptions too vague
    -Favoritism
    -Micro management setup

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great communities to live in enjoyed everyday working with the resident's! The company really takes the time to take care of their resident's sadly if they could do the same for staff. Job description is very vague, pay/raise high time "low", no tips or bonus. Few times was lie too by management, everything must be done "ERA WAY" great place to work if you like to be mindless drone.

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

    Was not a bad experience

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    Current Employee - Food Server  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Food Server in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Era Living part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I very much Loved the Residents they were really nice.
    Love my work crew and manager

    Cons

    One of the big problems was a Lack of Tips as compensation

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced working environment as a dining assistant. Excellent opportunity to improve customer service skills.

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    Former Employee - Food Server I  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Food Server I in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Era Living part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Clean work environment
    - Very low to no start up costs (Provide you with uniforms)
    - Free meal depending on what time of day you work
    - Experience working with a diverse group of people
    - Good range of time working (dinner shift)

    Cons

    - Pay isn't matched well for how much you do
    - Many tasks which include, but not limited to the following: Setting up the dining room, taking orders in your section, serving the food, bussing the tables, cleaning the dining room and kitchen
    - Work schedule can be inflexible
    - No tips

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great working experience, with one exception.

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

    I worked at Era Living full-time

    Pros

    Terrific team to work with, commitment to customer satisfaction, high-end "five-star" communities. Residents very happy. Collaborative approach to problem-solving and formulation of procedures. The people were the best part of the job, lots of talented and hard-working employees.

    Cons

    Insecure, egotistical boss made me feel stupid & incompetent. Expectations set for staff were not adhered to by management, which made it hard to take seriously. Expectations inconsistently applied to different employees. Lots of favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk your talk. Lead by example. Show some appreciation rather than favoritism. Don't control your employees by intimidation, nit-picking, and psychological terrorism. It creates demoralization and a hostile work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Family owned - expect to be second class

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

    I worked at Era Living

    Pros

    Good people working there and they truly care about the residents.

    Cons

    Family ownership. The owners controlled every decision about renovations, spent excessively sending every project over budget. The excesses on just one project could have paid the salaries of our entire department (that was laid off) for a year. Very wasteful and uncontrolled practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat it like a business not your personal account, respect the employees and show them that you have confidence in their abilities.

    Doesn't Recommend

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