Hazelden Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hazelden part-time

    Pros

    Everyone seems to love what they do. Management takes time to hear concerns. They really want you to get a feel for what goes on throughout the organization.

    Cons

    If you get stressed easily, it's probably not the place for you. It might take a while to adapt to the organizational culture.


  2. Helpful (2)

    review

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

    I worked at Hazelden

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

    Pros

    Dedicated staff who work hard. Well credentialed employees. Organization has a longstanding strong reputation. Decent benefits. The organization is growing quickly with recent mergers and acquisitions.

    Cons

    Workload can be overwhelming. High expectations for the staff that may be tough to meet. Politics is another factor, particularly in the management level.

    Advice to Management

    Consider investing in workforce and infrastructure as organization grows in order to provide best work environment for employees and best services for patients.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Lost their way

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Center City, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Center City, MN

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

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

    Pros

    Mission Driven, great clinical staff, good team work.

    Cons

    Middle management has completely gutted clinical staff and has created an unsafe environment where most providers are burnt out and unable to safely care for their patients.

    Advice to Management

    Take some of your huge endoment and invest it in your clinical services. Ratio of staff to patients is crazy compared to virtually every other treatment center.


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    Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Newberg, OR
    Former Employee - Manager in Newberg, OR

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful group of people to work with

    Cons

    Expectations for hours and work load were unrealistic and a recipe for burnout

    Advice to Management

    Take care our your people first.


  6. Helpful (2)

    They've bitten off more than they can chew

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

    I have been working at Hazelden (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wages in rural MN matched to what they would be in Twin Cities. Commute generally opposite of traffic. Mostly family friendly. Mission driven.

    Cons

    Promotes from within too much, placing staff that are ill equipped into managerial positions without considering the expertise or possibility of an external candidate. This results in managers who have been with the company a long time who are resistant to change and set in their ways. These managers are not business oriented managers so they lack the vision in strategic planning, big picture thinking, the skills to be managers/leaders, etc. and have no focus on developing their own skills to stay current with the industry. Because of their longevity with the company, giving feedback on their skills or lack there of is pretty much personal career suicide. The organization itself is going through major changes with the recent merger with Betty Ford, Affordable Care Act, etc. The work environment, while it seems nice at first, is a political battlefield.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some external candidates to fill management positions. Quit hiring your peers based upon their longevity and your friendship. Stop discrediting staff with external experience just because they haven't worked there forever.


  7. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hazelden

    Pros

    Hazelden has for the most part, a time-nurtured culture of treating people with dignity and respect. The foundation keeps working to make this place a healing place for the people who come to use their services. this speaks volumes to the employees who work to uphold this culture.

    Cons

    Hazelden is focused on growing fast. Not so much on finding what is working but more focused on what is not working, while both are important.

    Advice to Management

    listen to the folks who work at Hazelden, they are your best resource for making Hazelden world class.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Disappointing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Well-known and respected brand.

    Cons

    Middle management is dysfunctional. Administrative departments (finance and human resources, specifically) are unpleasant to work with. Questionable if organization is mission-focused.


  9. Great organizaiton, mission and people!

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

    I have been working at Hazelden full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The amazing work our clinical staff does to help individuals, families and communities that struggle with addiction, a committment by the organization to be of service and continually improve and change, the merger with Betty Ford that makes Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation a true global force of hope and healing.

    Cons

    Like all organizations there are areas of great opportunity, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation does a good job of addressing these. Patient satisfaction, employee engagement, effeciencies, etc. are all being worked on!

    Advice to Management

    Be available to all employees and continue engaging in their feedback - hear their voice because they are the ones doing the hard work!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Such a Disappointment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Center City, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Center City, MN

    I worked at Hazelden

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

    Pros

    The majority of staff care about the population served.

    Cons

    There is a serious disconnect between the stated mission of Hazelden and actual practice. I moved 800 miles to specifically work at Hazelden, based on the compay's reputation. Whereas the framework for effective management is present, it is not utilized effectively. The company fails to follow the policies in place and unfortunately only pays lip service to improvement through the empowerment of staff. It appeared that long term employees were well aware of the issues, but were wise enough to stay quiet lest they be targeted. The middle management seems very protective of their fifedoms and is quick to stifle any complaint or worse, constructive criticism. It closely resembles a big dysfunctional family. One that uses passive aggression as the favored management technique. I recommend examining turnover rates for a cle as r picture of each department.

    Advice to Management

    Explore the level of fear and discomfort that most staff feel when asked for an opinion on how well their department is managed. Complete anonymity is the only possible hope for getting a true picture.


  11. Great place to work! Especially for your resume.

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

    I have been working at Hazelden

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

    Pros

    Hazelden is world famous and will open doors in many other places when and if you decide to leave. There are a lot of resources available on site, and everyone works together.

    Cons

    Employees can be overworked and under compensated. Skilled counsellors deserve a lot more than $49,000 There is a high turnover rate of employees; not because of a poor environment, but because CD counsellors deserve to be paid more for their work!

    Advice to Management

    Increase benefit packages/salaries and increase retention of employees.



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