I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time (More than a year)
+ The coworkers you'll have are genuinely good people. If you ask them for help and be sure to thank them, they'll have your back. Remember, they're definitely NOT there for the money. They're there because they're good people.
+Benefits package is literally the kind that can keep you alive. Kaiser makes all my meds affordable and the coverage allows for mental and medical appointments at $20-40 each. Cascadia also has an extra employee assistance thing that will give you FREE mental health counseling for when you're stressed out.
+Vacation even for relatively new employees is a good deal. You get like 2 days per month, PAID vacation.
+Dental, vision and 401b available. Life insurance, disability insurance too.
+If you work overtime you will get great pay, like $18-20+/hr. If you can work the 3pm-11pm shift you will definitely get more money than the others.
+Most patients are pretty decent people, and you can tell the things you do are helping make their lives better. Most people say they feel proud to work here because of that.
+You can make a difference around the office too. If something needs to change, you can bring it up at team meetings which happen every month. Then your coworkers can get on board. Example: we need a more cozy chair for the computer. Bring it up at meeting, Coworkers vote, management buys the chair. DONT give up, though. If others forget, bring it up again next month.
- So far, annual review is a joke. If you did a great job, you get NO raise.
I wish I had read the reviews here before I took the job.
During my interview, when I was asked to take this job, I was promised I'd have a chance for a raise during annual review. Sadly that turned out to be false.
-Favoritism goes unchecked. That's great for you if you are a good butt kisser. Not so great if you have a sense of honor. Kiss enough butt and you'll get the best shifts, and you'll even get off easy even when you break rules that other people would get fired for. I saw one person fall asleep on the job BOOM they got fired. Then when the butt kisser did the same thing? Nope. They are still here. Butt kissing will go a long long way.
-401bs are inferior to 401K's. You might want to invest in your retirement elsewhere.
-If you get stuck with a bad patient, it's VERY hard to get rid of them. Even if the person is rude, threatening, breaks the rules and is not responding to treatment, it takes FOREVER to convince the higher ups to put them somewhere else. The patient would have to punch someone or do something else VERY drastic. Otherwise you're stuck with them even if you're not trained to handle them.
-Managers aren't leaders. They put their work off on others and they are not taught how to talk to people, so sometimes you'll get messages from them that sound pushy and rude.
-Managers are not taught even basic employee appreciation. The company doesn't teach them how to say thank you to their good workers, and though they have the funds to give things like starbucks giftcards or bonuses, or at least bring snacks for team meetings, they never do. Also the official system tells everyone when your birthday is, but no one will ever say happy birthday. The patients get gifts and cakes for their birthdays. You get nothing. That may sound small, but over the years it adds up, trust me. You can only take it for so long when you go to work, have a list of 40 tasks to get done, do your best, then the next day you get an email to say you didn't do task #28 good enough. You do NOT get an email for any of the other 39 tasks you did a good job with. Ever.
-Family health insurance is NOT affordable. If you add another person to your health plan, you can wind up paying 25% of your monthly salary just for that.
-No raises when you work hard, even if your manager straight up says you deserve one. All you can do is pray for a company wide raise. Cost of living goes up every year. Inflation goes up 3-4% on average, your pay goes up 0%. You do the math.
Advice to Management
1. Learn how to say thank you every now and again. Would it kill you to give out a starbucks giftcard to the people who stick their neck out and give up sleep to help cover shifts? At least bring some donuts for the staff as snacks sometimes. Goodness!
2. Implement company wide traditions that make work more fun. Why not a winter holiday party? A potluck or white elephant wouldn't cost a dime. A quarterly donut day would cost just $6 for a box of Krispy Kreme. ANYTHING is better than nothing!
3. At least send a happy birthday email! Most companies do that!
4. Fix the compensation system. An employee shouldn't have to work multiple 16hour days every week just to earn a living wage. Do you realize an average safe apartment, even with just one bedroom or a studio will cost HALF their monthly paycheck? Add electricity, gas, internet, water and sewer, and that means that these people, who spend 40% of their waking life serving you, will barely be able to afford anything more than groceries.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare (Portland, OR) in August 2016.
It was straight forward and amicable. Predictable questions. Ranging from, Why do you want to work here to What interest you in this position. The interview itself was at the Firefly facility, which is working with youth. I highly recommend the site, unless there's a certain admin there when you interview.
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