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Bowers Ambulance Reviews

Updated June 6, 2017
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  1. "EMT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bowers Ambulance part-time

    Pros

    Fun people to work with and good overtime opportunities

    Cons

    Dispatch could use a little work.


  2. "Emt dispatch"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good ift experience. Learn your county hospitals and how ems works in California. Not too much dialysis mostly Kaiser calls good hours and overtime.

    Cons

    No longer in business bought out by another company and low Angeles county operations have been shut down. Management fell apart during last year in business .

    Advice to Management

    The higher ups should practice better judgement when choosing their managers, don't just promote based on senority do your research look at the numbers and find a manager who has proven results.

  3. "EMT/Paramedic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bowers Ambulance full-time

    Pros

    Checks won't bounce.
    Awesome lower level management.

    Cons

    -Continuously held over your off time
    -Back to Back to Back to Back calls
    -Questionable timekeeping practices
    -Seniority when it comes to selecting shifts is thrown out the door.

    Advice to Management

    Give more power to the management that has the field experience to make the place better.


  4. "Good starting EMT job"

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    Former Employee - EMT-B in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - EMT-B in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bowers Ambulance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I was able to pick up shifts and cover the AMI car and get a lot of different types of patients (depending on my location). Last I heard they still had a 9-1-1 contract, which can be fun. It's low pay for IFT, but it's still not dialysis transfers. Not too many issues with sexism, considering this is an EMS job.

    Cons

    Getting shifts covered is a nightmare. You need to be willing to drive (in your personal vehicle) to whichever hospital or station they want you out of. Shift bids are terrifying as there is always the possibility that you might end up driving far to get to your station.

    Advice to Management

    The crew chiefs are great! Most of the managers were pretty accessable when I was there. Managers need to seriously reign in the dispatchers.


  5. "Learned a lot, about patients, healthcare system, and management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Worked on the Pacific OC side. Great employees, great nurses, RT. Equipment is better updated (Not CARE or AMR status, but better than 95% of all other EMT companies out in Socal)

    Cons

    Management plays favorites, poor pay, deadend job, high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Advance pay, don't play games


  6. "Run away!"

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    Current Employee - EMT-B in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - EMT-B in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bowers Ambulance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay check will not bounce!

    Cons

    Horrible pay.
    Disregard for employees.
    Bad/old equipment.
    No down time.
    Horrible management.
    Pay! you will most likely make a living at or below the poverty level. If your lucky a $100 over.

    Advice to Management

    Those that are working in the field should be the ones running the company because you obviously have no idea what you are doing or have any due regard for your employees.
    No wonder you cant keep employees!


  7. "Complete Disregard for EMT's"

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    Former Employee - EMT in North Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - EMT in North Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Bowers Ambulance (More than a year)

    Pros

    Checks Don't Bounce
    Ok health insurance
    Pretty hard to get fired, mainly because they don't want to pay un-employment.

    Cons

    Pay is a joke
    rarely get breaks
    constantly get held over
    Dispatchers have no respect for EMT's safety and well being
    Management has no regard for employee safety either
    Shift times are poor
    Rigs are disgusting
    company just lacks integrity

    Advice to Management

    Try honesty and integrity for a change it goes a long way.

  8. "Its not worth it"

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    Current Employee - EMT in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - EMT in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bowers Ambulance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company is very stabale and unlike other comopanies in this industry its got a chance to stay above water.

    Cons

    Horrible managment. Horrible and stupid dispatchers.

    Advice to Management

    Read a book and lower your ego.


  9. "go somewhere else"

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    Current Employee - Cct-Rn in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Cct-Rn in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    stability of the company....your paycheck won't bounce!

    Cons

    incompetent management...total lack of concern for the field staff

    Advice to Management

    straighten up! please realize that your employees are valuable


  10. "Stay away."

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    Current Employee - EMT
    Current Employee - EMT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bowers Ambulance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1)Your check wont bounce.
    2)Ownd by Rural Metro (national company)
    3)No dialysis calls
    4)Rapid cct calls/ami and rare fire calls
    5)free uniforms
    6)Plenty of over time.
    7)Great field staff.
    8)online scheduling.

    Cons

    1)Dont plan on ever posting, constantly on the move.
    2)No breaks, hardly ever get to have a lunch break.
    3)Never plan on getting off on time.
    4)Dirty rigs, never get to have a rig wash.
    5)Poor dispatching.
    6)Bad pay for the amount of work.
    7)Status updates requested while your still with/waiting for a patient.
    8)Missing hours from your pay check.
    9)Paid time off vanishes over night.
    10)A few bad supervisors 2 good ones.
    11)Cleard from a call automatically and slappd with another one before your even done with a call.
    12)Lengthy paper work.
    13)Dont ever think your on your last call you could go well into 2 hours past your off time running another call.
    14)Extremly hard to get ahold of higher ups to resolve problems.
    15)Field staff are treated poorly.
    16)High turn over rate, not enough employees vs. call volume.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with dignity and respect. Understand were doing all the work. Nobody exactly understands what you do all day. Raise the wages. Gibe ud our lunch breaks and 10 minute breaks. You make us feel more like slaves than that of employeees. Better equipment needed. Better dispatching needed. Better field supervision with out the arrogance. More 911, a little higher wage as well as affordable benefits and respect.