I have been working at Burrell Behavioral Health full-time (More than a year)
Steady, Dependable Hours - I came to this job after 15+ years in retail, so having a regular, steady schedule is fabulous. My hours are reliable and while overtime is kept to a controlled minimum, I am able to get it occasionally which is very appreciated. We have paid holiday time, and accrue vacation and sick leave at a competitive rate. Co-workers - This is probably the best part of my job. I work at Gardine, where there are only a small handful of employees, so having a crew that works well together is imperative! But even though our house crew is small, the company has a much larger crew, so whenever I've needed time off for vacation, or even the one time I had to call off for an emergency, someone has always been willing to help out with covering hours. I have not worked here for very long, but there have already been at least three occasions I can think of where someone has gotten sick or hurt, and I've watched the team pull together to help take care of things till that employee was able to come back to work. It's really great to have a reliable team where we have each other's backs. Communication - We have weekly staff meetings so that everyone is on the same page, giving a sense of solidarity that is especially important when dealing with the clients we work with. We also send out daily written logs to all of our staff so that we can keep abreast of everything that has happened every day. Opportunities for Growth - Any time a position has opened up throughout the company, it is first offered to employees who are already here. I am comfortable in my current position but feel confident that if I ever want to move up, I will be able to do so. Work Worth Doing - Working with mental health patients is a special challenge, but definitely something that is worth all the hard work our staff puts into each and every day. Appreciation - Nothing makes a job happier than feeling like you're appreciated! I've worked under two different supervisors and both have taken the time on a few occasions to just shoot me a quick email thanking me. It's a small, simple gesture that really made my day! Our coordinator recently sent a mass email thanking all of us who stepped up to fill in for a sick employee - so nice to know that when our team works together, it's noticed and appreciated!
Pay - The pay isn't great, just a little bit above minimum wage. I am not sure when/how/if raises are offered. Training - I felt REALLY unprepared the first few times I had to do something that did not happen every single night (instructed to perform a fire drill, taking a client to the hospital, etc.) but to be fair, those are things that you can't exactly get hands-on experience with in a standard evening of training! My supervisors have always taken the time to go over situations with me when needed, though, so that I would be ready for the next event!
I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Burrell Behavioral Health (Springfield, MO) in March 2015.
I was called in for an interview and was told I would get a call back regardless of whether or not they wanted to hire me. I have not gotten a call back yet, but whether or not I get offered the position, I will not accept it. The interviewer was extremely rude to me, condescending, and asked very personal questions that I was not comfortable answering. The questions were worded in a very offensive way. The interviewer asked me why I had a bachelor's degree and why I was applying to this job that required no experience, which was very offensive. Also, the interviewer never described the job duties or gave me a paper copy of the job description. I do not recommend interviewing with this company. My views are if you are being treated badly by the interviewer, you probably won't be respected as an employee.
Reasons for Declining
I haven't gotten a job offer yet, but if I do, I will decline regardless, because of how the interviewer treated me.
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