Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

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Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Amazing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pct in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Pct in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone you work with is very professional. You know that all of the staff are qualified to do their jobs. Each department is like a team and family combined. I have never worked at a facility where calling in sick was a smooth process. They don't harass you or give you a hard time about it. Scheduling is pretty flexible and since most shifts are 12hrs, you only have to work 3 shifts a week to be full-time.

    Cons

    not really a con, but in order to move up ranks, you need a degree or license. ex. cna to rn

    Advice to Management

    We are not robots. 80% of the time understaffed.


  2. I have loved every minute of working for this company, so much better than any corporation I have ever worked for.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Management listens to staff, it isnt run my money hungry CEO's who only care about their bottom line.

    Cons

    Some senior staff think its okay to bully new staff, definite bullying culture.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure senior staff are aware of how they make new staff feel for asking questions or needing advice.


  3. A great learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Nursing in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Nursing in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits. Not the best, there are better in the private sector, but for this local community they were excellent. Shared governance, meaning employees have some say in how things are run. Much less tolerance of rude or prima donna MDs or managers than in the past. Beautiful area to live in, lots to do outside of work and a nice community. Great weather. No snow! Never! Brand new facility completed in 2012. Has generous reimbursement for continuing education, supports professional growth. A good general hospital with excellent doctors. 99% of the doctors are really great to work with. Lots of different floors, departments, so lots of opportunity to find which area is the right fit. Has affiliated with university for advancement to BA & MA degrees onsite and by computer.

    Cons

    Smallish town, no other hospitals to move to. VERY expensive housing. One of the most expensive places to live in the country, unless you commute 90-180 miles/day (RT), which is also expensive with little public transportation. Management in general disconnected from employees and patients, seems to care more about appearances, prestige, and survey results than reality. (Some departments are very good, others not, as far as management) Parking difficult for employees and visitors. Hospital has large amount of "extra"capital, puts it into real estate and structural changes rather than employees and the community. Seems to have delusions of grandeur, trying to compete with metro Los Angeles hospitals. Management very dollar-oriented, focus is on getting patients in and out as quickly as possible. Employees get paid time off hours based on hours worked, so any sick time really comes out of what would be vacation and holidays in the private sector, meaning there is no extra allotment for sickness. Quite a few non-professional employees are either rude or tend to ignore visitors and patients. Very few women in upper management--the glass ceiling is alive and well. Not much room for upward mobility. Hires from outside more than from within for management. Pay is quite a bit lower than in Los Angeles area 100 miles south, but cost of living is higher due to housing. Working night shift is (or was) a requirement for new hire nurses,, which is very difficult/impossible for some people, and can be physically detrimental for those who don't tolerate it well. (Most shifts are 12 hours). Nursing shifts are cancelled for "low census" (as in most hospitals), but this is something that does not occur in any other professional work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more time off. Private sector professionals get 10 vacation days (2 weeks) plus 10- 12 holidays , plus 10 sick days. Pay RNs a salary instead of hourly. Have electric shuttles between the parking structures and the hospital entrances, at shift change and during the day and evenings for visitors as well as employees. Pay more attention to critiques made by employees and the community, and make an effort to resolve the problems. Invest some money in the solutions instead of claiming that it's "impossible" to increase hiring budgets or give bigger raises. Offer financial incentives to local homeowners to rent to employees. Fewer committees. Decisions don't all have to be made by a group. Management needs to take responsibility and make management decisions sometimes. Mentor, train and promote from within, and promote more women.


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  5. RN

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

    I have been working at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    nice hospital, supportive co-workers, private patient rooms

    Cons

    working night shift with no opportunities to move to days, upper management cares more about press ganey scores than the overall satisfaction of their employees


  6. A good place to work and grow

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Unit Coordinator in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Unit Coordinator in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits!! The cadillac of benefits.

    Cons

    Glass ceiling. No real rewards for hard work

    Advice to Management

    More incentives


  7. Unethical and self-absorbed

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stationary Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Stationary Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    compensation, parking, retirement package options.

    Cons

    Management is only interested in image, not results. Nepotism and lack of leadership is rampant. Poster child for ethics 101 violations. Each year there is an employee satisfaction survey and each year workers rate management as the worst ever. There is no follow up with workers to improve the scores. Even when blatant safety code violations are pointed out to management they will not fix it. Someone will get hurt or killed and management will wonder how it happened and who to blame vs how to prevent it in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Get past the glitzy reports and talk to the workers, not managers, to find out what is really going on and how to fix it.


  8. Totally unprofessional and unethical

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stationary Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Stationary Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pay and benefits, lots of seemingly glowing reports from committees. Very bilingual - if you are fluent in English and Spanish you will go far.

    Cons

    Easily verifiable danger signs: Relatives work in same office as management; relatives of contractors work for hospital; safety policies will satisfy a cursory look, but look deep - they are not thorough enough to be effective. Watch out for egos - management gets seasick when anyone rocks the boat.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the Kiwanis Creed - look it up.


  9. Volunteer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    light work, fun interacting with patients

    Cons

    You are not really doing anything other than sitting around and working on your hw.

    Advice to Management

    There is not much since the volunteer program is very good.


  10. Quality patient care, terrible work environment. Unless you're into the whole "catty high school drama" scene.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Health professionals sincerely care about their patients and give outstanding care. Amazing benefits!

    Cons

    MANY of the employees need a huge attitude check. An overwhelming amount of employees exhibit very negative, selfish, rude, and petty behavior on a day to day basis. Makes it harder to work in an environment that tends to already be stressful enough as it is. (High volume of patients, not enough staff, etc)

    Advice to Management

    Watch carefully and disciple or threaten to discipline employees who talk negatively about each other and engage in any type of dramatic, constant complaining, catty, rude, etc behavior. That type of energy is conducive to a more stressful/negative work environment for everyone.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Has potential, but falls short. A lot of talk by management, but not consistent follow through.

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

    I worked at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital full-time (Less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Nice central location in Santa Barbara
    -Good food
    -New expansion

    Cons

    -Department wasn't motivated to keep good employees. Employee feedback seems to fall on deaf ears.
    -Pay scale is average at best.

    Advice to Management

    Be truthful and transparent.
    If you say something, back it up.



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