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Sunrise Senior Living Overview

McLean, VA
10000+ employees
Company - Private
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Based in McLean, VA, Sunrise Senior Living provides personalized care to about 28,000 residents in more than 320 communities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Sunrise offers a full range of senior living services, including independent living, assisted ... Read more

Mission: To champion quality of life for all seniors

Sunrise team members believe real happiness and joy come from serving others. Joy in Service is not just a Sunrise Core Value; it is a guiding principle for all that we do, and a passion that’s evident in ... Read more

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Company Updates

  • Each Veterans Day (U.S.) and Remembrance Day (Canada), we recognize the millions of Americans & Canadians who have served their countries. I'm honored that Sunrise has so many veteran team members, as well as residents.

    Selflessness, commitment to a mission, and teamwork are just a few of the traits essential to military members as they serve. Our veteran team members exhibit these characteristics every day. I am privileged to work alongside them as we bring meaningful days to every Sunrise resident, including many who have also served.

    The article below on The Sunrise Blog tells the stories of a few of the many remarkable veterans who are part of the Sunrise family. Take a moment to read about team members like Nick Odle, who spent 4 years as a driver and gunner in the decorated First Regiment of Cavalry, and Juan Franco, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for over a decade in nations around the world.

    It is an honor to both work with, and serve, our veterans.

    Veterans Day and Remembrance Day: Honoring Sunrise Heroes

    November 11 marks Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada. This day is an opportunity to recognize the sacrifices and military service of the millions of Americans and Canadians who protected their countries.

  • Sunrise Senior Living CEO Chris Winkle recently sat down for an informative, wide-ranging interview with industry publication Senior Housing News as part of its Leadership Series. Chris touched on a number of topics, including how he first got involved in senior living, approach to leadership, and how Sunrise is meeting challenges and embracing the opportunities facing senior housing providers today.

    "We’ve had very little turnover. We’ve got an 'EDIT' program, which is Executive Director in Training. We’ve got a Department Coordinator In Training," says Chris. "We are always looking at things that we can do to prepare folks for the next day and the future opportunity. It’s going to be about attracting people who think about health care earlier in their progression and see if there’s a career opportunity, long-term."

    We invite you to read the full article at the link below, as you consider a future career opportunity with Sunrise.

    Chris Winkle, CEO, Sunrise Senior Living - The Senior Housing News Leadership Series

    Meet Chris Winkle, CEO of Sunrise Senior Living. A Buffalo, N.Y. native, Winkle began in the CEO role in 2014 after serving as the company's chief operating officer-a position that brought him to Sunrise in 2013. Prior to joining Sunrise, he served as CEO for MedQuest, Inc., an outpatient operator of diagnostic imaging services.

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Sunrise Senior Living – Why Work For Us?

Since we first began our journey in 1981, we have been steadfast in our mission to champion quality of life for all seniors. Sunrise now serves approximately 29,000 residents in more than 325 communities in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom.

Our team members are at the heart of the best-in-class personalized care that we provide to residents and families. In February 2018, we became the first senior living provider to be recognized by J.D. Power, the most trusted name in market research, as “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Senior Living Communities.” In September 2018, we were recognized by Great Place to Work®  and Fortune as one of the top 10 Best Workplaces for Aging Services.

If you are seeking a fulfilling career in a nurturing, ethical, and active environment, I encourage you to consider Sunrise. We offer a variety of benefit programs for eligible team members, as well as flexible scheduling, hundreds of location options, and plentiful opportunities for development and advancement. We are always seeking exceptional people with a passion for working with seniors. Above all, we seek team members who are dedicated to the mutually rewarding experience that comes from caring for others.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who takes the time to share candid, honest reviews about Sunrise on this site. We greatly value this feedback and actively apply the results in our continued efforts to make Sunrise a better place to work for every team member.

We look forward to bringing our leading care to even more Sunrise residents and families, and we hope that you’ll be a part of our continued success.


Chris Winkle


Sunrise Senior Living

From our early beginnings, Sunrise has fostered a caring, family-like atmosphere for our team members. We work together to deliver the very best care by adhering to our Team Member Credo, which directs team members to embrace diversity, encourage team spirit, and show respect for all.

We often hear from families that upon their first visit to a Sunrise community, they know it’s right because of the “feeling” they get. That feeling comes from our team members, who are dedicated to providing personalized care while being guided by our Core Values: passion, joy in service, stewardship, respect, and trust. Whether it’s joining residents in conversation or introducing visitors to the community pet, our team members make Sunrise home through countless daily interactions.  

We are committed to helping team members achieve rewarding personal and professional growth while working in our care-focused environment. We take time to celebrate our successes, while constantly looking forward to new opportunities.

Team members follow customized learning paths designed to develop the particular skills and knowledge necessary to perform their jobs. This high-quality training and development benefits not only our team members but the residents they serve, the families they support, and the communities they lead.  

People who choose to pursue a career at Sunrise enjoy lending their caring spirit to help fulfill Sunrise’s mission to champion quality of life for all seniors. We offer residents a variety of living arrangements, amenities, services, dining options, social activities, and personalized care.

Our team members bring meaningful days to residents through several different care offerings, including:


Assisted Living

For seniors who have no need for complex medical supervision or 24-hour supervised care, yet can no longer live alone. Assisted living is the ideal solution for seniors who value their independence, yet need some help with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, and medication reminders.


Alzheimers & Memory Care

Specially designed, safe, and stimulating environments to care for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other forms of memory loss.




Independent Living

On-call assistance with a maintenance-free, service-rich environment.



Skilled Nursing

Skilled nurses provide onsite, quality clinical care.




Short-term Stays

Temporary care option offered to families who care for elderly loved ones; also an option for seniors needing extra assistance after a hospital visit or during an illness.

Sunrise Benefits

Sunrise Senior Living is an equal opportunity employer, which believes the richest rewards come from nurturing the mind, body and spirit. Our mission is to champion the quality of life for all seniors. As an employer, we strongly believe that employees on our team, or our “team members,” work to carry-out this mission every day. This mission and the Sunrise Principles of Service guide the design and goals of our Benefits and Wellness Program.

We encourage advancement at all levels.

Not only is the health and well-being of our team members important to us, their professional growth is equally critical to the overall success of our organization. Team members are encouraged to take advantage of learning opportunities through our internationally recognized program, The Learning Channel, which provides training options for career development. We also offer reimbursement on tuition for team members who choose to take degree-seeking courses to further their careers.

Sunrise Senior Living is committed to providing a rewarding workplace environment for every team member. Eligible team members have the opportunity to enroll in a wide variety of benefit programs. Sunrise also understands the physical and emotional demands of the job, and respects the need for a healthy work/life balance. By offering flexible scheduling, hundreds of location options, and advancement within, we are as dedicated to our team members as we are to our residents.

A Uniquely Caring Environment

Caring For Your Health

Comprehensive Medical and Prescription Drug Plan
Dental Plan

Vision Plan

Sunrise Healthy Living - Wellness Program

Caring For Your Career

Generous Tuition Reimbursement Program

Long-Term Service Recognition Program

Team Member Referral Program
Caring For Your Finances

Retirement Savings Plan (401k)

Health and Dependent Day Care Flexible

Spending Accounts

Life and Accident Insurance

Disability Insurance

Credit Union

Caring For Your Personal Life

Paid Vacation, Sick, Holiday and Bereavement Leave

Employee Assistance Program Available to Employees And their Families


As a Sunrise team member, you'll enjoy the benefits of working for a world-class company, while truly making a difference in the lives of our residents.

Meet Our Recruiters

Our Talent Partners are here to talk to you about opportunities at Sunrise Senior Living. Visit their profiles and connect with them one-on-one.


Lauren Hill

West Region
CA - Sunrise Villa Properties

Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition 

You may contact Lauren for information on executive director, sales, nursing, and regional leadership opportunities in the Sunrise Villa properties in CA.

Lauren joined Sunrise as a talent acquisition manager in June 2014. She has 17 years of experience in recruiting and is passionate about talking to candidates about why Sunrise is a great place to work. Lauren as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from East Carolina University, is a Recruiter Academy Certified Recruiter, and has her PHR Certification. 

Lauren can be reached via email at or via mobile phone at 703-789-4506. 

Lauren’s recruitment philosophy: "Being a recruiter is not just the act of connecting someone with a job; it's about connecting someone with the opportunity to pursue their passion. "


Kathy Doherty

Central and West Region

OH, IN, IL, MN, Southern CA, AZ

Talent Acquisition Manager

You may contact Kathy for information on executive director, director of sales, director of nursing, and regional leadership opportunities in OH, IN, IL, MN, Southern CA, and AZ.

Kathy joined Sunrise as a talent acquisition manager in April 2017.  She has over 15 years of experience in recruiting and is passionate about sharing how great it is to work at Sunrise with everyone she connects with! Kathy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Ball State and is a Certified Internet Recruiter and a Recruiter Academy Certified Recruiter. 

Kathy can be reached via email at or via mobile phone at 331-625-9241.

Kathy’s recruitment philosophy: "Recruiting offers the ability to change people’s life by connecting someone to their next career move, which contributes to the high level of care we provide our residents.”

Natalie White

East Region
MA, ME, MD, VA, NC, and GA

Talent Acquisition Manager

You may contact Natalie for information on executive director, sales, nursing, and regional leadership opportunities in: MA, MD, VA, NC, and GA

Natalie joined Sunrise as a talent acquisition manager in December 2012. Natalie has over 15 years of recruiting experience in various industries and has dedicated her career to matching talent with opportunity. Natalie's primary focus is on placing top talent in key leadership roles at Sunrise. Natalie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Charleston.  

Natalie can be reached via email at or via mobile phone at 571-428-5262.

Natalie’s recruitment philosophy: "Identifying the best talent available in the industry in order to support Sunrise's goal to preserve the dignity of the seniors we serve."

Juan Franco

Northeast Region and Independent Full Service Communities across the U.S.
NY, NJ, CT, PA, DE, FL, Ontario, and Quebec

Talent Acquisition Manager

You may contact Juan for information on executive director, sales, nursing, and regional leadership opportunities in NY, NJ, CT, PA, DE, FL, Ontario, and Quebec.

Juan joined the Talent Acquisition recruiting team at Sunrise in 2016, and he has over seven years of human resources and recruiting experience. Juan focuses on placing top talent in key leadership roles throughout the northeast as well as in our Independent Full Services communities across the U.S. Juan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Berkeley College in New York, NY.

Juan can be reached via email at or via mobile phone at 571-474-5637.

Juan’s recruitment philosophy: "There is talent everywhere. Matching that talent with the right opportunity is my goal."

Ty Clifton

Community Support Office

Corporate Talent Recruiter

You may contact Ty for information on all corporate level positions at our community support office in McLean, VA and throughout the United States.  

In 2016, Ty retired from the U.S. Army after 25 years of service. He then transitioned to become a recruiting professional in the hospitality industry. In May 2018, Ty joined Sunrise as a corporate talent recruiter. Ty has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree from Duquesne University, and master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College.    

Ty can be reached via email at or via mobile phone at 571-386-6519. 

Ty’s recruitment philosophy: "Recruiting is about finding the right talent for the right job at the right time in order to make the team better. "

Erin Haver

West Region
CO, KY, LA, MI, MO, NV, TN, TX, UT, WA, Northern CA, and British Columbia

Talent Acquisition Manager

You may contact Erin for information on executive director, sales, nursing and regional leadership opportunities in: CO, KY, LA, MI, MO, NV, TN, TX, UT, WA, CA (Northern), and British Columbia.

Erin joined the Human Resources recruiting team at Sunrise in 2015 and has over 10 years of human resource experience, focused mainly on recruitment. Erin places top talent in key leadership roles throughout the West Region for Sunrise. Erin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences from Penn State University and is a Recruiter Academy Certified Recruiter.

Erin can be reached via email at or via mobile phone at 571-355-2173.

Erin’s recruitment philosophy: "Finding top talent and matching them with the right opportunity."


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    I have been working at Sunrise Senior Living full-time


    Good support from management, valued company mission and goals, and great work environment.


    Excess work loads and not an ideal work schedule

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Sunrise Senior Living Photos

Sunrise Senior Living photo of: Our team was proud to accept the inaugural J.D. Power award for "Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Senior Living Communities."
Sunrise Senior Living photo of: Sunrise at Willowbrook, IL, team members celebrated a resident's 100th birthday by purchasing 100 donuts!
Sunrise Senior Living photo of: Sunrise at Siegen, LA, team members threw a "flamingle" for residents!
Sunrise Senior Living photo of: Sunrise of Raleigh, NC, celebrated summer with shaved ice.
Sunrise Senior Living photo of: Jean, a Sunrise of Poland, OH, resident, helped team member Delonte study for and pass his nursing school exam!
Sunrise Senior Living photo of: The Sunrise of Monterey, CA, maintenance coordinator helped residents decorate fancy hats for Mother's Day!
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Sunrise Senior Living Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Sunrise Senior Living (Sacramento, CA) in May 2017.


    It was a group interview. There were 6 of us, and we were asked (individual) questions based on what was written on our resume; basically it was to clarify any questions they had about it. They also gave us scenarios that we had to provide an explanation about what we would do. The interview was only about 30 minutes. At the end, I was taken back to the office and was immediately offered the job and actually shadowed someone on that same day. During their interviews, they're looking at your personality and character over everything! You have to have a personality that fits the company (fun, loving, caring, passionate, hardworking, maybe even silly, enthusiastic, and jovial).

    Interview Questions

    • What can you bring to Sunrise and our residents?   1 Answer
    • If you saw resident, who is known to be highly aggressive and requires a walker, walking down the hall with his shoes untied and is without his walker, what would you do?   2 Answers
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Sunrise Senior Living Awards & Accolades

  • Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Senior Living Communities, J.D. Power, 2018
  • No. 7, Best Workplaces for Aging Services, Great Place to Work® and Fortune, 2018

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