Hazelden Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
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  1. Great organizaiton, mission and people!

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great place to work! Especially for your resume.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hazelden

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Increase benefit packages/salaries and increase retention of employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. A sad decline from Twelve Step leadership to commodity treatment.

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

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

    Pros

    Good vacation policy and health insurance, opportunities for continuing education for chemical dependency professionals.

    Cons

    Hazelden has moved away from the multi-disciplinary "Minnesota Model" it pioneered. It is focused on making the most amount of money for the least amount of service. It is doing medication assisted treatment and cognitive behavioral treatment carried out by an endless supply of newly minted, low cost, inexperienced counselors from its graduate school and a rotating supply of post-doctoral fellows in the mental health clinic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-read "Hazelden-A Spiritual Odyssey" and try to recapture the way of life that built Hazelden.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Worst place to work ever. Period. Inflated reputation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Addiction COunselor in Center City, MN
    Current Employee - Addiction COunselor in Center City, MN

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

    Pros

    All white affluent client base.
    Large parking lot.
    You can date supervisors
    Used to have a good name in industry.
    Most clinicians do care about their caseload but are so overloaded they burnout.

    Cons

    Management is long in the tooth and incompetent. Clinicians in trenches get abused. Fake air by management of caring. Avg length of experience of clinician is less than a year. Turnover is around 50%
    They claim to be co-occurring friendly yet they gut the mental health department and most patients don't see mental health at all unless it's a crisis due to short staff. What staff they do have are mostly pre doc interns.
    They dismiss their best staff and keep ones who would not think outside of box or challenge a bad idea mgmt had.
    Horrible commute from Twin Cities
    I could go on but its getting depressing. Work anywhere but here. Don't say you haven't been warned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close the doors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall good company to work for

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    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
  8. Meaningful Work, Great Coworkers

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    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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 3 people found this helpful

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN

    I worked at Hazelden full-time (more than a 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

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