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Brattleboro Retreat Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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  1. "MHW"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, union representation, supportive interdisciplinary team. Interesting, rewarding, challenging work.

    Cons

    No real cons to employment here. Be prepared for a fast paced job and keep your personal and work life separate. It can be draining, but that is to be expected, so practice good self care and you will be fine.


  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. "Brattleboro Retreat"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brattleboro, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brattleboro, VT
    Recommends
    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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  5. 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


  6. 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.


  7. "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.


  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Brattleboro Retreat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    friendly, caring staff, plenty of OT and job openings.

    Cons

    benefits are not so great. the deductible is so high that i'll never reach it in a year if I go to the ER and Dr. office visits several times.....

    Advice to Management

    The hiring process takes way to long.


  9. "Mental Health Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brattleboro Retreat part-time

    Pros

    This was an excellent position to become familiar with the mental health field. The co-workers and management were very friendly and reasonable.

    Cons

    There is not much upward mobility from this role to receive a substantial increase in pay without going to school for a different job (social worker, nurse, psychiatrist, etc.)


  10. "Mental Health Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brattleboro Retreat part-time

    Pros

    Get to see tangible changes in individuals in the unit and work with a great community of people who really want to help out

    Cons

    It is a large mental commitment that does not get reflected in the pay for the entry level work however that is that case with helping out people


  11. 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.



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