Kennedy Krieger Institute
3.7 of 5 22 reviews
www.kennedykrieger.org Baltimore, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 11, 2014

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Kennedy Krieger Institute President Gary W. Goldstein

Gary W. Goldstein

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81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Overall Experience Horrible

    Clinical Assistant I (Former Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    Pros1.Experience is good for resume.
    2.Builds skills for hardworking and multitasking capabilities.

    Cons1. Upper Management has a lot of attitude for no reason, specially the scheduling lady; shows you a rude attitude for no reason.
    2. Unfair system, don't care about anything except there company
    3. Schedule flexibility is horrible
    4. Not understanding, write you up for dumb stuff; like being sick even with a doctors note
    5. Very very very unreasonable at times

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to favoriting, just because someone had been there a year versus 7 months doesn't mean automatically you should be nice to the person who was there longer yet a terrible employee versus the 7 month employee. Learn to be understanding, and actually think your employees are humans. Were not trash for you to use and throw away whenever you want. All the employees work really hard in the NBU. We work harder then you supervisors who sit there in the room the whole time. Also learn to assign patients to the proper size CA's. It is the dumbest thing to assign the biggest patient to a small person who will head butt them a kill them at the spot. You guys have no common sense; and sometimes knowing you have your favorite employees and give them the patients they want. JUst out of favoritism but then the ones who are not your favorite are stuck with the ridiculous huge patients.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat growth potential, and great salary.

    ConsNot a family organization, don't care about there employees.

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    Since I have a Psych degree the one-to-one care, and treatments I learned were worth it. I worked there for 3yrs.

    Clinical Assistant I (Former Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    Pros-You meet great people that will most likely become life-long friends.
    -If your into human behavior this is definitely a perfect place to gain experience with harder disorders.
    -A great place to move up in your career. (The overall hospital not the Neurobehavioral Unit).
    -Tuition reimbursement after 6 months.

    Cons-Time off is difficult depending on staffing.
    - FT you have to work all weekends. PT you have to work 1 weekend day most likely an eve shift.
    -No union due to the hospital being Non-profit, meaning your job is not secure and a rumor may get your fired so be careful.
    -Expect to be injured, and they will not compensate you until your 4th day out of work.
    -Turn over rate is high due to injury, and severity of how dangerous the job can be.
    -The recruiter looks for former graduates and college students because school is reimbursed, however you may not receive this reimbursement until after 6 months and during the interview you are told that you probably wont make it to six months because the turn-over rate is so high.
    -Employee appreciation rarely exists, so expect long hours, mandatory overtime, lots of on-calls, no weekends off, no holidays off, sometimes you will not have a break, and write-ups are very common.
    -Supervisors can be unreliable, childish, and treat employees as if they are children despite the knowledge or work ethic.
    -While training on the unit current employees are told to hide the truth behind the job as a means to not scare prospective employees off.
    -Almost every employee hates the job and expresses it while working.
    -For the amount of work and hours, the pay is just a touch over minimum wage. (And this includes the raises that were given in 2014)
    -When asking a supervisor a question expect to be redirected multiple times because no one ever knows the solution.

    Advice to Senior Management-Increase pay
    -Appreciate employees.
    -improve working conditions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hire people for their skills and not because they have family there

    CNA (Former Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsGreat Doctors and caring Physician Asst

    Consno more family working in the same job area

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet better training in dealing with truthful people not untruthful ones respect everyone no matter what title people LIE!!!!!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company, rough department

    Clinical Assistant I (Former Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsMeaningful work, good culture and management was overall very nice and helpful.

    ConsWorking in the NBU can be tough, the patients are some of the most intense...CAs are underpaid, work schedules are predetermined and inflexible with the exception that they will work around any classes you are taking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWould be helpful to find a better way to do scheduling. Have the employees actually talk to the administration rather than just submit preferences and hope for the best.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great kids, very standards and LOADS of Favortism

    Patient Care Technician (Current Employee)

    ProsKennedy has many caring staff members that really love the children. It isn't a big hospital at all so if you like to work somewhere that doesn't have a dozen rooms you will probably like it here. Staff is offered nice breaks, and tuition reimbursement is there, and very good if you are going on to pursue somehting in the nursing field.

    ConsThere is HUGE corruption in upper management. They like who they like and that's the way it is. Don't expect any major favors unless they really like you. Recently I have picked up attitudes of favortism. Once your in there you will see it, feel it, and hear it. There is lots of lazy staff members as well. As I said people are allowed to get away with things such as leaving the floor, talking and texting on cell phones at the front desk. It is almost as if the place is a complete joke sometimes and not a REAL hospital. Pay is very, very, low. I am making 13.50. I made more back in Delaware with a non-profit organization. plus if your working as a tech you should be aware hat kennedy uses a lot of resources from hopkins (Emergency room, Pharmacy, and other appointments) therefore the tech has to run back and forth through their raggedy tunnel and take patient's to appointments, or ru to pharmacy all the time. It is not a short walk either. It is annoying and kennedy needs to upgrade and stop being cheap!

    Advice to Senior ManagementPLEASE get it together and start paying attention. Stop gossiping like five year olds and start watching the people who aren't doing there job, or somewhere hiding. Provide feedback and survey's to your employees so you can really so who truly loves the organzation and who is really there to play games.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wide range of opportunities for employment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsKennedy has a job in almost every field of the professional world, and you will learn a lot no matter what department you're in.

    ConsUnfortunately there seems to be a lot of favoritism in place in many departments and you may not get the compensation you deserve.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a closer look at the management of your departments and make sure that their practices meet your requirements for excellence.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place for learning and building connections

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsA good place to build relationships with some very smart people. Excellent resources in the form of classes/libraries/study groups through Johns Hopkins University.

    ConsBeing a small Institute it is very hierarchial with alot of inside politics. Difficult to have any form of career growth. In research labs, your experience depends entirely on your PI as he/she defines the lab ethics & environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out ways to improve career growth opportunities in research labs to stem the attrition rate and improve quality of research.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work put pay lacking.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat work life balance, nice work environment, wonderful co-workers.

    ConsThe pay was below average.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI like how institute is making itself more known in the community.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people work here!

    Clinical Assistant (Current Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsKennedy Krieger Institute is a great learning experience. The employees here are caring and intelligent people who you enjoy working with. They put patient's best interest at heart. Health benefits are great, and there is free parking!

    ConsLow compensation. Depending what your job is, there may be a high turn over rate due to the nature of the job (understandably). May have politics within the department you work for, but that may be true in most work places.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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