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Kindred Healthcare Reviews in Louisville, KY

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
336 Reviews
2.6
336 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great co workers including nurses and techs try their best (in 8 reviews)

  • The company not only preaches work life balance they live it (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Incompetent nurses were often promoted to get them away from direct patient care (in 22 reviews)

  • Upper management was not always qualified for their position or knowledgable (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    Pretty Standard Corporation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Intern in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Caring coworkers
    Competent and kind bosses
    Good perks/company bonding events

    Cons

    Seems to be little to no career advancement
    Salary on the lower end of competitive
    Not innovative
    Coworkers seem to be content at their current position with no ambition o improve the outlook of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more structured career advancement opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No merit increases. Only given to upper management executives

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None anymore. Used to be a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Overwhelming amount of work. Not enough man power.
    No merit increases
    Terrible benefits-Perks getting taken away each year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    One Star is way too many!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Implementation Services Trainer in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Implementation Services Trainer in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is absolutly nothing positive about working for this company! I would like to say something positive, but there really is nothing nice to say. even when we traveled to the different hospitals, individual sites, the employees were unhappy.

    Cons

    This company offers no personal growth, very little in compensation and way to much of throwing employees under the bus! People come into the office everyday wondering who is going to be fired next.
    The nurse to patient ratio can be obscene! One hospital it was twelve (12) patients to one (1) nurse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe you want to think about hiring qualified people in HQ??
    Maybe cut the senior management compensation and hire some more nurses??

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Impossible workload

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nurse in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Nurse in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    There are some really great nurses.

    Cons

    The bad staff out number the good. Management is very poor, so the bad staff will never be held accountable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All management needs replace

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Some great managers, but morale is low and opportunities for advancement are rare.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some excellent managers and good team players working at Kindred.

    Cons

    Many of the good people are leaving, due to lack of compensation and opportunities for advancement.
    Forced to use old technologies because they are slow to change and adapt.
    Salaried employees work long hours.
    Senior management is very detached from their workforce and concerned solely with profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on acquiring other companies and shareholder value and more on your current employees and patients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Kindred IS Position

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IS Trainer in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - IS Trainer in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary, excellent coworkers... And that's it.

    Cons

    management is not qualified. IS management yells at and degrades the staff. They constantly threaten your job since its mostly contract positions, they have no family values, no train the trainer program and very little time to learn, huge turnover rate, above all they don't treat their employees with any sort of respect and are constantly cursing at the trainers. If you accept a job here,go ahead and start looking for another one. You will quickly learn that you are just a contractor to them and not a person. I quit after a year and a half of constant unprofessional behavior by mostly IS management but also by upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your staff like the Friday trash. Cursing and yelling at your staff is not professional, and be more personable with all staff,not just the ones giving you Hilton points, Coach purses and free flights. When you tell people you have an open door policy and that there is no retaliation, mean it and keep it confidential. Investigate before you accuse, and lastly, fire yourself because there is no management there that possesses any of these qualities.

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

    Great technical people, managed by out of touch executives

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Services in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - IT Services in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    great technology, and some fantastic people performing the work

    Cons

    the company states that it values the workers, but no raises, cut bonuses, and few promotions have eroded the support staff that made the organization successful. most of the really strong technical people are actively searching for other jobs. once they leave, the weaker technical team that is left will not be able to continue the level of service required to complete the organizations tasks. Ironically, the reluctance of executive management to deal with these weaker technical team members is one of the most evident facts that the upper management is out of touch with what is really happening. dealing with the technically weaker team members (through training, or attrition) would provide more help to the rest of the team members. this would reduce stress on everyone, making the situation better, and the goals of the company would be achieved quicker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention to the people who are making you successful, and take care of them while you can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just FYI

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers and the patients',and their families are awesome. The work you do for the patients is rewarding, because they really need you,and they rely on you everyday! They are very appreciative as well!.

    Cons

    NEVER believe it when they(the powers that be) say that they have an "open-door policy"! Any employee who is courageous enough to speak out openly,and/or complain about the working conditions,or any other issues concerning the hospital, suffers the consequences with RETALIATION, in some form or another.You will suddenly become an instant TARGET for management. No matter how good you are as an employee,it will not help you in their eyes. Management sticks together,so if you are going to work there,and you want to keep your job,be prepared to put up with the poor treatment by management,and the unfriendly environment, and say nothing ,or just do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.It is not worth it to jeopardize your job and it doesn't change things anyway. (Just some good sound advice)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people FAIRLY,and also,treat people the way you would like to be treated. RETALIATION is so wrong!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Accept a contract training job here ONLY as a Last Resort!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Implementation Services Trainer in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Implementation Services Trainer in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Constant travel and variety. Weekly pay via your contract house, fun and energetic coworkers. That's where the pros end.

    Cons

    The IS travel department has way too much power. For example, if you submit your itinerary correctly so they can book you, if it's returned to you with mistakes and you don't catch them, you are blamed by management. Since you can be fired for travel mixups this is a big deal. Also, you can get fired or laid off anytime the wind blows. IS Trainers are dispensible to them and they make no apologies about it. You are constantly on pins and needles at this place. As soon as you get hired, put your resume out there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Other than firing themselves, they could stand to learn people skills and professionalism. Using foul language to your staff and calling people idiots on conference calls is trashy and does not motivate anyone to do a decent job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Be prepared to get thrown under the bus.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Respiratory Therapist in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Respiratory Therapist in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    working with the same patients everyday and forming relationships.

    Cons

    Really, if you're in Louisville, accept a job from anyone else and don't go to Kindred. That place is a factory and you'll get ran over. The people in management positions don't seem to know what's going on in that place and you don't want to be in a place where you put your licensure on the line. It is an impossible work load and 100s of alarm dings in a day. i have a friend that went to corporate recently; be prepared to be retaliated against with trumped up charges for speaking out on what goes on there! What a Christmas sentiment, right? i was really glad to get unemployment out of that place. i hope they let my friend there have it. When i was there, they didn't have a therapist supervisor on the ltac floor of the hospital but now they have one. i'm like, 'Hey, thanks for the support. Where was that kind of attention when i was there?'

    They ran really outdated equipment. They had the last produced 7200 ventilator ever made! (Circa 1992?) When i went somewhere else to find a career as a therapist, it was difficult: 'Have you ever used this ventilator?...That ventilator?...' 'No, i ran 7200s and Velas.'

    One time, i thought we were going to be on CNN. Somehow the place ran out of power and all the patients had to be 'bagged.' We are fortunate nothing bad happened to all these patients in very poor condition, with wires and tubes connected to them, in that place. i caught the place really low on 02 one time, too. Good grief. That place is a miracle.

    There was a room that the suction didn't work at either. Stuff just seemed to mess up electronically in that room, too. Of course, i told maintenance, and he stuck the little tube inside the was to test it and of course he got a good test value INSIDE THE WALL. i said, 'but the plate is fitted loosely on the wall...' 'Yeah, but i got a good value inside the wall.'
    i told him to operate the Ballard suctions in other rooms (with clear tubes for a control) and he still didn't understand. i know he was trying his best.

    i got fired. i know my credibility probably doesn't mean much. Just know that i'm telling you the truth. There are so many pitfalls in that place. You're overworked (10 to 14 patients, with up to 8 WEANS!) with outdated equipment and have to work with poor rooms (bad wall suction, bad electric) and have to pay attention to HUNDREDS of alarms. It really wears you out. And, they won't advocate for you. It will chew you up and spit you out. Please be careful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please put a resp therapist in charge. It would be cool if more upper management had a clinical background before they decide to start benchmarking and making decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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