Hazelden Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
18 Reviews
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18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Overall good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CD TECH in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - CD TECH in Plymouth, MN

    I have been working at Hazelden part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most employees are working for this company for all the right reasons, and are great people to work with. Scheduling is flexible and compensation is competitive.

    Cons

    Hazelden has been overrun with the managed care model, and has departed from its core mission to provide high quality twelve step recovery services by transition to a more medical approach and bending to the will of insurance companies.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Burnout counselor. Hire a new one

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    Current Employee - CDP II
    Current Employee - CDP II

    I have been working at Hazelden full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Campus is pretty. Most of staff friendly and caring. Good food

    Cons

    Overworked, underpaid. Culture of fear that if one small mistake is made you will be terminated. Sr mgmt has facade of caring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees as well as you think you treat patients and loyalty will grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Sales Manager

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Center City, MN
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Center City, MN

    I have been working at Hazelden full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It pays good for a non profit with bad bonus structure

    Cons

    This organization is not familiar with diversity. Their primary employee and customer base is Caucasians. They have around 1-3% minorities employed there and marketing is targeted for Caucasian patients. They are "trying" to diversify themselves but do not know how to without looking racist. The Publishing Department promotes friends and family to leadership roles; even if they do not have the required experiences or results. If you are not family/friends with a manager, or if you did not grow up in the area, you have no merit. They will fire you before they fire low performers who are close to leaders in the organization. Approach with caution. The people in the department will make you believe they are being a friend when they are trying to throw you under the bus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Executive Team should manage and review the performance of revenue generators. Otherwise, management in the Publishing department will never consider it since it is their people they would have to reprimand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Meaningful Work, Great Coworkers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN

    I worked at Hazelden full-time

    Pros

    The people who work here are passionate about addiction, supportive, caring, and often have a great sense of humor. It is amazing to work for a company that truly provides world class and life changing treatment.

    Cons

    Fast paced work environment, which can often be pretty stressful. Residential treatment center requires working some holidays. Good training opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When organizational changes are being made, consulting with "front line staff" first would make things run more smoothly during transition times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mission based and supportive team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Help Desk Team Lead in Center City, MN
    Current Employee - Help Desk Team Lead in Center City, MN

    I have been working at Hazelden full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The employees truly care about the Organization's mission to help better the lives of those stricken with drug and alcohol addictions and I believe that is why they have so many long term employees. It gives you a sense of purpose.

    Cons

    The Organization is growing very quickly and upper Management sometimes has a hard time keeping up and making the right decisions based on resources and need. Some employees are overworked while others do not seem to have enough to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff seems knowledgeable and I believe if driven in the right direction the Organization will continue to grow and excel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed Experiences of Work Climate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN

    I worked at Hazelden part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is above average for this field. Numerous opportunities for continued education via workshops etc. by highly knowledgable experts in the field of addiction/mental health.

    Cons

    Orientation was almost all exclusively via on-line webinars; the person who hired me and became my direct supervisor had virtually ZERO follow through with orientation or specific job expectations (my colleague hired at the same time shared this perspective that everything was extremely unclear regarding our job duties, role, expectations etc.). Observed some staff engaging in inappropriate interactions with patients in which they were abusing their positions of power and were degrading to residents--although the company has a policy in place in which we were supposed to be able to report infractions without fear of repercussion, when I attempted to discuss my concerns with my director, there was an immediate sense that I was being told I better change my perspective to that of observing 'tough love' (which it was NOT) and/or that I'd 'clearly misperceived' the interactions (I hadn't) and I was completely being 'subtly' encouraged to drop the issue. Additionally, there was a lot of internal politics that were unprofessional. I've been in the field many years, and really struggled to tolerate the climate of care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Orientation needs to have more 'human' follow up rather than on-line sessions.

    The policy of reporting ethical violations without negative repercussions needs to be practiced rather than just stated.

    Compensation and continuing education opportunities were both excellent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Their goal is to help families but does not include their employees with families.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN

    I worked at Hazelden full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They truly strive to help people who suffer with this disease. The counselors are amazing to work with and believe in what they do.

    Cons

    Hazelden does not support their employees that have families. Supervisor's let employees influence their decisions on other employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would take a look at who you are listening to when you have good employees, you are losing them because of bad employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    wonderful place to work - heading in right direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hazelden full-time

    Pros

    Mission. opportunity. opportunity to help people.

    Cons

    Chaotic leadership. unfortunate because CEO seems to be great leader but his next line of reports act like children.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Reliable Brand, Decent Pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Despite a few layoffs, Hazelden feels very stable. They are diversified with locations all over the US and have a publishing company. Decent company matching retirement contribution. Opportunity for advancement if you are willing to embrace change and take on extra work.

    Cons

    Remote location far from the Twin Cities. Many employees live nearby and not many other employment options in this rural area means some of the workforce is stagnant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more integration and collaboration between publishing and treatment facility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Current employee and looking for another job.

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    Current Employee - Nurse in Center City, MN
    Current Employee - Nurse in Center City, MN

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

    Pros

    Beautiful grounds in natural setting.

    Cons

    When I started at Hazelden they had done some major changes in scheduling that now never allows nurses to have a wk end off without using PTO. Staff who had worked there for many years were sobbing and some were irate. Many have quit and it seems that there is still a very poor attitude with constant staff turn over. Nursing department is dysfunctional. Very heavy workload with poor support from management. Lying is routine. Poor leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house of current nursing management. Develop integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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