Merrill Gardens Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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  1. Caregiver

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    Former Employee - CNA in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - CNA in Renton, WA

    Pros

    1) Free Food !! 2) Flexible Schedules 3) Nice residents

    Cons

    1) The nurse and general manger expect too much from the CNA's. 2) Favoritism 3) Poor communication among employee's.

    Advice to Management

    My advice for the Merrill Garden at Renton Centre is to hire kind, professional, and responsible management staff that are actually willing to work ! Not just to be there, walking around.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Started out great

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Caregiver in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Caregiver in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits; medical, dental, vision, 401K, paid vacation and sick leave

    Cons

    Inappropriate placement of residents, no pay incentive in regards to experience- everyone starts at the same wage

    Advice to Management

    Take into account a perspective employee's experience when offering a starting wage. Also, listen to your caregivers. Take what we are saying seriously


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    Corporate Office Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merrill Gardens full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    When I started this job a few years back, things were going all right. There was pros and cons. After some changes in my department, I was feeling really good about things. Then the Emeritus divestiture happened and things have started to decline from there.

    Cons

    Departments have been reduced down to a single person in most. Not having any backup is extremely stressful and even a vacation doesn't feel good knowing how much work is building up.

    Advice to Management

    A single point of failure is risky, but having more than 8 single points is a recipe for disaster.


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  5. alright

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Merrill Gardens full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    getting to know the residents and learning more about them. the work life balance was impossible as there is no set schedule for majority of workers. Training was quick and unless you learn quickly you will not be prepared. I enjoyed my 5 years with the company but it was not a easy 5 years. I realize most of this belongs in cons but they want a 20 word minimum

    Cons

    You spend alot of time with the residents so naturally you get to know them and in some cases they become part of your family. As elderly tend to do they die and it causes stress on your mental health it is a very burn and turn environment but all in all I enjoyed my time there

    Advice to Management

    got bought out I have no words for management


  6. Not willing

    Current Employee - Business Office in Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Business Office in Lynnwood, WA

    I have been working at Merrill Gardens full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People really do Care alot

    Cons

    Salary seem to be very low

    Advice to Management

    OK where I am


  7. Over Worked - High Pressure

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company genuinely cares about the welfare, safety and well being of residents

    Cons

    The assignment requires 2 employees assigned to the task - Outside and Inside


  8. Helpful (1)

    Biing a nurse in assisted living

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Residents get to live as independently as possible. Most communities offer a range of activities. Meals are usually given a lot of thought as this is a high point in Residents lives. Staff now has to be CPR certified.

    Cons

    Most assisted living communities do not have enough staff to care for the amount of Residents that are in the building. Remember assisted living is a non-medical service, unless staff is willing to purchase on their own first aid supplies such as bandaids,Resident have to supply themselves. Assisted communities are expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Get your general managers in check. Make sure GM know whats going on with their staff.Stop telling new staff how the GM wants everyone fired does not make a good impression.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Community Relations

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    Former Employee - Community Relations Director
    Former Employee - Community Relations Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merrill Gardens full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Gives awards to employees, if they go the ertra mile. Donates to the USO and other Events. Has a good Activitys program for Residents.Good Training for new hires. Has good HR people.

    Cons

    Does not work fast to get improvements in building takes to long. Does not give Vacation time compared to other companys. Does not inform residents at a timely manner for any changes in Policy. Regionals do not check Managers time and Policy changes in a timely manner. Short staffed, overworked staff.

    Advice to Management

    Get enough staff to cover so every one can get better service. Keep staff more informed on any changes. Rents go up to much for buidling that need repair.


  10. Eh, depends on how commited you are to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Caregiver in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Caregiver in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merrill Gardens full-time

    Pros

    free meal, great benefits, wonderful residents.

    Cons

    bad morale, lack of communication, starchy meals,

    Advice to Management

    Become better at communication to unify the team a little better.


  11. Helpful (1)

    challenging

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dietary Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Dietary Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Merrill Gardens full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    reward working with seniors and there families

    Cons

    no bonus and no quailty of life



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