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  1. "Health Information Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brattleboro, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brattleboro, VT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Brattleboro Retreat (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very caring group of people who do a lot of good, make a difference. Our department manager is the best!

    Cons

    The work can be tough and intense.


  2. "Mental Health Worker"

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    Current Employee - Mental Health Worker in Brattleboro, VT
    Current Employee - Mental Health Worker in Brattleboro, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Brattleboro Retreat full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small, independent hospital with long history in community.
    Well known and well regarded in the state.
    Several innovative programs like LGBT and young adult.
    A somewhat active union for RNs and MHWs.
    Decent paid time off.

    Cons

    Administration not always in tune with employee's needs or recommendations.
    Wide variability of skill and professionalism of staff.
    Far more mandated shifts than acceptable.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit from a wider region to attract the best employees.
    Listen to and implement suggestions from the unit floors. They know the patients best.

  3. "Challenged organization, maybe about to evolve?"

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    Current Employee - Inpatient Care Worker in Brattleboro, VT
    Current Employee - Inpatient Care Worker in Brattleboro, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Brattleboro Retreat part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    For part-time flexible work there are opportunities to earn a little better than average for the level of schooling required

    Cons

    Many challenges to grow as a whole organization. Us-and-Them mentality pervades (administrative vs patient-facing, staff vs patient) must change. Chronic scrutiny by certifying bodies, state and federal, with problems revealed and restrictions imposed, dampened morale deeply.

    Advice to Management

    Outgoing CEO rebuilt thriving business from close to the edge years ago. But new vision, whole new understanding and respect for patients and staff needed. Very timely for new CEO set to begin March 2016. Let's hope fundamental change comes.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Very "ware-house" oriented - not enough therapeutic treatment - overworked and stressed out employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brattleboro, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brattleboro, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Brattleboro Retreat full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, 5 weeks of paid leave (includes holidays and sick time). Some really wonderful, dedicated people work here. Some of the units are better to work on than others. The climate between the units vary drastically.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the dedicated people who work here do not stay long due to a "top-heavy" approach in the hospital, where management does not consider the staffs needs very much. Staff gets worked to the bone and when they are burned out they can leave. The leadership makes decisions based on what makes the most sense to them and how quickly and easily one can be replaced, hence people get thrown under the bus without blinking an eye, if it serves the managerial agenda. The place is unionized, which is a true blessing.

    Advice to Management

    Time to replace 2/3 of the managers with younger people from the outside. Most of the management has been here for 20+ years and acts accordingly. The place needs some fresh blood.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic people to work with in an institution that is a leader in the behavioral healthcare industry."

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    Current Employee - Charge MHW in Brattleboro, VT
    Current Employee - Charge MHW in Brattleboro, VT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Brattleboro Retreat full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The staff helping consumers are as professional as they come.

    Cons

    Upper management seems out of touch with the rest of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Stop, listen and learn.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Difficult job but often personally and professionally rewarding when one is able to surmount challenges"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brattleboro, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brattleboro, VT

    I worked at Brattleboro Retreat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission is important, stretches one's professional skills due to diversity of patients, most other employees are dedicated professionals and supportive colleagues, CME opportunities onsite

    Cons

    Leadership not always responsive to concerns of frontline staff, compensation needs adjustment, benefits sacrificed when financial hardship of institution arises, work area in my department was substandard and shamefully shabby

    Advice to Management

    Listen and respond to front line staff's concern about safety issues, increase employer contribution to retirement plan, do market comparison of salaries, clean up HR department and hire staff there whose experience matches the size the Retreat's employee number has become


  7. "Brattleboro Retreat"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brattleboro, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brattleboro, VT
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Brattleboro Retreat full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People were great to work with. Very supportive. In a crisis people worked as a team and knew what they should do.

    Cons

    sometimes very stressful when patients were labile.

    Advice to Management

    continue to support your employee's as well as the patients. The programs that are in place are excellent.


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