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Erickson Living Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
77 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • well, the residents are very nice, and the employee benefits are great (in 4 reviews)

  • very flexible work hours and days (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Working with a very young student population can be interesting, fun at times and challenging at times (in 2 reviews)

  • If this is true, then why are employees of Ann's Choice encouraged to come to work sick (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    A mission and culture that's easy to buy into

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Erickson Living (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As referred to in the title, if your looking for a mission and culture that's easy to buy into, Erickson Living is a great place to work. Working to give seniors a better lifestyle is not only rewarding but fun as well.

    Cons

    It's still a business and sometimes the profit making aspect takes precedence over the mission, particularly if you work in a Corporate function as opposed to working in one of the communities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great opportunity to advance my career.

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

    I worked at Erickson Living full-time

    Pros

    Advancement is offered and encouraged and most importantly often paid for. Line staff to managers are all offered a chance to advance. You only need to do the work.

    Management from all departments work together. If you need assistance, all you need to do is ask and it is available.

    Cons

    Employee engagement is a huge part of the job. This creates an atmosphere of "what have you done for me today..." with a lot of the staff. They take the perks and give aways for granted.

    Salary is low, but in some ways is made up by the resident appreciation.

    Values are not practiced with regard to line staff. They often are not required to meet these goals. Some line staff are difficult to manage and the process is also very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay line staff more money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good Culture but do not pay well

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Novi, MI

    I have been working at Erickson Living full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity to grow as there is always new situations to respond to every day.

    Cons

    They go through the exercises of engaging their employees but do not follow through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to be more concerned about your employees and less concerned about your yearly bonus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Has opportunity for greatness, no definable path to get there

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX

    I worked at Erickson Living

    Pros

    Residents make it an awesome place to be apart of everyday.

    Cons

    Corporate and executive management are learning and grasping at straws. You will find yourself stressed under having to care for the self indulgent behaviors of the leadership vs getting to care for your residents

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward the gifts of others with growth opportunity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    OK to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Erickson Living

    Pros

    Good group of people to work with, interesting business model

    Cons

    Company grew too fast and over leveraged, lower than average salaries,

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Going downhill fast

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Catonsville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Catonsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Lots of dedicated people doing the best they can, trying to have a positive impact on the resident's lives. The mission makes you feel like you are doing right in the world.

    Cons

    Management is erratic, at best. The company preaches values, but does not take them seriously. Politics and cronyism is much more important than skill and effort. Long time senior managers who are well respected are fired or demoted and replaced with younger, cheaper people who will toe the company line. Micromanagement from corporate is numbing. The CEO is both an ego maniac and incredibly insecure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its a waste of breath to give Management any advice, as they will not listen to anything that implies they are perfect just the way they are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Too stressful for part time job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Host in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Host in Ashburn, VA

    I have been working at Erickson Living part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are like family, double pay on holidays, scholarship opportunity, build valued relationships with residents

    Cons

    Micromanagement, high turnover rate with management and other departments, low pay, stress of pleasing managers outweighs benefits of job, school is not a concern of management, managers and supervisors never on the same page about anything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are part time students - not full time adults, so school will almost always come before Ashby Ponds, improve communication between managers, do not treat workers based on race, do not gossip about employees in front of other workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    New Executive Leadership

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

    I worked at Erickson Living

    Pros

    Erickson was a great place to work during the early years and the new executive leadership that took over a few years ago after the bankruptcy intended to keep the culture intact. Erickson was a place where employees would say "hi" to each other passing the hallways, even if you would never work them. That was rare; however less of the culture pervades after the buyout. Still a great culture overall.

    Cons

    New management created discipline that the former executive team lacked prior to bankruptcy lacked. However they restructured the company and did extreme job title leveling and demotions across multiple departments. Most job leveling was politically driven and it was poorly executed. Management with great leadership left due to restructuring and were replaced with lower skilled management and job title. Demoting leaders saved the company money, but also hurt the company by bringing poor talent, especially under the Finance area. Lower and cheaper management shows in poorly executed programs at the corporate office and eventually at the communities.

    Executive management demoted a lot of leadership in some functions, but within a year promoted numerous directors and vice presidents in other job functions. Hypocrisy pervades in the decisions the executive team made that hurt hard and honest working employees.

    Also, complaints by well concerned employees was voiced to the C level team by multiple people regarding employee harassment by management but C level team turned their heads the other way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take action when you tell your employees you will. Do not say you will take action and then turn your head away.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a job

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

    I have been working at Erickson Living full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits were great and cheap.
    The Holiday bonus

    Cons

    It was like working in a soap opera

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Wait Staff

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

    I have been working at Erickson Living part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked here for 5 years now and i have grown as a person. Students were able to receive scholarships for college and holiday bonuses (funded by the residents, NOT the company itself). It was convenient because I was able to request off when I need to, and they also allowed students in college to come back to work during winter/summer break.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible. I have been working here for 5 years now and I am only making 45 cents more from when I started. After the state increased minimum wage, they did not add on raises. Therefore, people who have been working here for only 3 months are making more than me, which is pathetic. Some of the staff "higher up" are very unprofessional. New workers are not trained very well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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