Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society

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Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
50 Reviews
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Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society President and CEO David J. Horazdovsky
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  1.  

    Good Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society as an intern

    Pros

    Mission and vision are aligned with personal values of providing great quality care for residents. Christian centered organization. Often hire from within for promotions.

    Cons

    Not everyone is on board with the mission/vision. Top down communication is often vague. Plans to move up with industry standards, but right now certain systems are still antiquated.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse  in  Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The director of nursing is great she comes in very early to assist with breakfast and make sure everyone is ok and to take a little time with her night staff.in 22 years of nursing i have never seen a director of nursing do that.

    Cons

    The schedule can be a challenge for making plans and they are RN top heavy but i also understand the need tomhave an Rn in the building at all times im actually looking into advancing myself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing and staff worthy of being there will stay and flourosh

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a great organization, with plenty of promotion potential. Good benefits, great people, and a beautiful campus. Lots of caring people here that are passionate about what they do. Low stress, high visibility.

    Cons

    Salary is good...but some positions are paid less than in other places for same position. Technology is paid less than industry...not sure about other portions of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade the PTO...increase it to make up for lower pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great environment with positive values

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    Current Employee - Creative Copywriting Consultant  in  Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Creative Copywriting Consultant in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The faith-based culture is uplifting (and hard to find these days), the work environment hits the right balance of professional and comfortable, co-workers are encouraging and supportive, the work/life balance is very reasonable and flexible when necessary, benefits are solid.

    Cons

    It's a large organization, which has inherent issues with decision-making speed, approval turnaround, and overall organizational agility. At the same time, the size of the organization provides some stability in a generally unstable employment environment.

    Recommends
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    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse  in  Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits good staff plenty of hours.Management is good .The director of nursing even comes in early to help with breakfast.

    Cons

    Would be nice to have every other weekend off .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staffing could use some improvement to give staff every other weekend off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Response

    Jul 9, 2014Dir of Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for giving this feedback, it is always nice to hear ways in which the leadership team pitches in and helps. I realize how hard it is to work so many weekends, but appreciate your ... More

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not what they claim to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The only thing good about working here is the residents, who are amazing. Most of the front line staff truly care about the residents, and I always enjoyed working together as a team to give quality care and improve people's lives. Unfortunately, the management doesn't contribute to the team work at all.

    Cons

    Pay- The pay at my center was far below the area average, particularly for the nursing staff. We could never keep good nurses because they left for other jobs that paid ~3-5$ more an hour than what Good Sam was offering. I often heard from management that they knew the pay wasn't as good as other places, but the trade off was getting to work in a caring Christian environment. In the four years I worked there, I never felt "loved, valued, or at peace" which is part of their mission statement.

    Training and resources- Their clinical assessment forms are absolutely terrible. Charting methods are far more tedious than they have to be. And their policy and procedure manuals are fairly worthless; basically all they say is to follow state and federal regulations, and policies often contradict each other. You are better off just reading the State Operations Manual yourself than trying to find an answer in the P&P.

    Management- I found the staffing patterns at both my center and at National Campus to be very top heavy. Managers and directors are rarely seen out of their offices and the amount of meetings and conference calls are out of control. Meanwhile hours and positions for front line staff and direct caregivers are being reduced all the time. It's incredibly demoralizing for these hard working staff members when, for example, management eliminates positions for medication technicians and dietary staff while they are adding positions for admissions coordinators, administrative nurses, marketing coordinators, and wellness coordinators at the same time. Floor nurses regularly put in 60-80 hours/week while the salaried managers work a 40 hour week.

    Stress- Every day you are either working short, working with someone who is new or wasn't trained, pulling a double, or trying to meet the needs of a resident without the tools needed to do the job. Although management says they care about preventing burnout, they look the other way when people work off the clock or through their lunches; they will dump 4 or 5 new admissions on one nurse right before dinner; and they continue to accept admissions with very high acuity without the staff or equipment necessary to meet their needs. They staff based on census rather than acuity and then expect the same high quality of care regardless of how much care or assistance a resident needs.

    Hypocrisy- The mandatory "Good Samaritan Way" training added insult to injury. Just because you pray before meetings, and about 20 other times a day, doesn't make you a good Christian. Your organization isn't superior to your competitors, so get off your high-horse. I firmly believe the only reason Good Sam is still in existence is because of charitable donations, not because of the hard-work, dedication, or skills of upper level management. What would Jesus do? He would probably make sure his employees were fairly compensated and had the tools they needed to do their jobs. He probably would not force a long term care resident to move to another wing of the building because he wanted to use their room for part of a new post-acute skilled unit, which brings in more money than long term care. And he would probably be more concerned about doing the right thing than about potential law suits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your offices and do something to help a resident or staff member. ANYONE can get a blanket, pour coffee, change the TV channel, console someone in distress, or take a resident outside for a few minutes....not just the nursing staff. Transferring, feeding, and toileting are the only things you can't help with, so don't put every single resident need or care on the CNAs, who are overworked, underpaid, understaffed, and under-appreciated. And don't promise residents and families things that can't realistically be done with the amount of staff available.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work with amazing value system and follow through. The promise is clear in their mission.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working for an organization that's mission is backed solely by Jesus Christ's wish for us to treat all as we are an extension of him.

    Cons

    Minimum opportunities for advancements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tiers for individual areas help promote greatness and a response to the success and a future in the company. This should be adopted in all areas. Salaries should be reviewed based on experience both prior to becoming an employee of GSS and the experience within the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    No one cares

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    Current Employee - Charge Nurse Licensed Practical Nurse  in  Kearney, NE
    Current Employee - Charge Nurse Licensed Practical Nurse in Kearney, NE

    I have been working at Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pay is good. If you like to work independently this is your job. No team work here. You are definitely on your own.

    Cons

    No real orientation. They call it orientation but they just put you on the floor and no one wants to train you. Everyone will complain that you are not trained, but no one will do anything about it. When your 30 days of orientation are over they don't ask if your ready or have any questions they just put you on the schedule and out on the floor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No leadership. Upper management always in some kind of a meeting. They love to have meetings and have them catered. Meetings all day. You can't just talk to one of them, you have to set up a time and schedule a meeting so they can all be there. Huge waste of money. Residents are bored. Just sit in their rooms, don't get taken to activities. No real place for them to gather. Very sad situation. Under staffed all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  10.  

    It's What You Make I

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    Current Employee - CNA  in  De Land, FL
    Current Employee - CNA in De Land, FL

    I have been working at Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The reward I get from helping patients is the main advantage
    Very flexible in scheduling

    Cons

    Little teamwork
    Low pay
    Unfriendly management staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say hello
    SMILE

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company But Below Average Compensation

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    Current Employee - Administrator
    Current Employee - Administrator

    I have been working at Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Christian mission and vision. Source of employment in many smaller communities.

    Cons

    Top heavy in executive management. Compensation is not based on merit and does not reward some of the lowest paid, hardest working employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Carry out mission and vision in all aspects of operations including better compensation for employees.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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