Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. 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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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. A great learning experience

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. A good place to work and grow

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    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)

    Pros

    Benefits!! The cadillac of benefits.

    Cons

    Glass ceiling. No real rewards for hard work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More incentives

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Unethical and self-absorbed

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Totally unprofessional and unethical

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Follow the Kiwanis Creed - look it up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Volunteer

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Has potential, but falls short. A lot of talk by management, but not consistent follow through.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Neutral Outlook
  10. Suggestions for improvement are poorly received

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    Current Employee - Nurse RN in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Nurse RN in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

    Pros

    The benefits are good for long term employees; less so for newer employees

    Cons

    fragmentation of communication between campuses

  11. The most organized, professional and progressive place I have ever worked

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    Current Employee - Emergency Room RN in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Emergency Room RN in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, evidence based practices, shared governance. My co-workers are happy to be there and work as a team to improve our care. Excellent Dept. Manager who actually leads us on our journey towards excellence

    Cons

    1. High cost of meals in the cafeteria. 2. So many employees, it is sometimes hard to get to know other people on different units

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the "Baby Boomers" and help us stay in your workforce longer. We may need to work less days or shorter hours but our enthusiasm,knowledge and years of experience can be invaluable

    Recommends

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