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CALSTAR Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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  1. "Integrity Driven Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McClellan, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McClellan, CA

    I worked at CALSTAR full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Effective, accountable executive leadership. Emphasis on both doing things right and doing the right thing. Cohesive -- all departments/functions support the mission.

    Cons

    Nothing that likely doesn't exist in other business operations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making the right decisions, no matter how they will be received. Continue to over-communicate.


  2. "ems pilot"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CALSTAR full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    average benefits, easy to schedule time off

    Cons

    Just acquired by AMGH so lots of changes, not all good

    Advice to Management

    Tell the truth

  3. "Communications Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McClellan, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McClellan, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    This is a non-profit organization with terrific people working there. The flight crews and supporting staff genuinely care for the patients.

    Cons

    The upper management is a micro-managing cluster. They were recently bought out by a larger company so I am not sure how things will change now.


  4. "Desktop Administrator II"

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    Former Employee - Desktop Administrator II in McClellan, CA
    Former Employee - Desktop Administrator II in McClellan, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CALSTAR (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Mission, great staff, great culture

    Cons

    no longer non-profit company

    Advice to Management

    continue to communicate to everyone


  5. Helpful (1)

    "No longer the company it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McClellan, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McClellan, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CALSTAR full-time

    Pros

    In light of recent changes with the organization, there are no pros.

    Cons

    The company sold out to a for profit company, REACH Air Medical Services (for profit organization). As part of the purchase they laid off 23 administrative staff members at their headquarters in McClellan, CA. The former Executive Staff and Board of Directors sold the company to their direct competitor in the air medical industry, who happens to be a for profit company.

    Advice to Management

    You've changed the lives of 23 individuals who gave their lives to CALSTAR. I'm sure you're sleeping well.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in McClellan, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in McClellan, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The best thing about working at CALSTAR is the people.

    Cons

    A downside of working at CALSTAR is the lack of upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is invest more in all of your people, not just line employees.


  7. "Must be self motivated"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McClellan, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McClellan, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of freedom
    Casual atmosphere (dress code and attendance)
    Great employee personalities
    Flexibility in roles
    Excellent PTO and medical benefits

    Cons

    Most managers aren't management material and most of the time when they leave their next position is a few steps lower.

    Advice to Management

    Start having a probationary period and then interviewing subordinates. Because mostly you hire a bunch of managers that give great lip service and that's where their skill stops.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not a Great Time to Join"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McClellan, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McClellan, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CALSTAR full-time

    Pros

    Such an awesome mission - being even a small part of saving people's lives is a very good reason to come to work.
    Some great people - there is so much talent at CALSTAR, 95% of the people I work with are really cool.

    Cons

    All of us are terrified for our jobs and the C's & D's are doing nothing to talk us off the ledge. My manager is doing a good job, but frankly, I think management is scared too. Like the other recent review hinted at, everyone is assuming CALSTAR is being acquired, but no leader is talking. Unless you are a nurse, pilot, or base mechanic, for now, I would look for work elsewhere and definatey don't leave a stable job for one here.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the secrets and lies, the industry is too small and information travels quickly. BE CAREFUL - The current "goings on" are a distraction and a real human factors issue that can become a safety issue.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "CALSTAR Comm Spec II"

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist II in McClellan, CA
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist II in McClellan, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CALSTAR (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, fair benefits, and you are able to help people on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Ineffective management, no work-life balance, too often called in on days off, shift bids are unfair, and HR does not instill a team atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Celebrate those employees that are striving to make the company a better workplace and stop reprimanding them for excelling in their positions.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Comm Spec II"

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    Current Employee - Comm Spec II in McClellan, CA
    Current Employee - Comm Spec II in McClellan, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The flight crews are awesome. The only thing keeping people here is a paycheck though. You will have nothing to show for yourself working here. Just don't even bother

    Cons

    SHADY MANAGEMENT! Supervisors come and go as they please.....must be nice! To much favoritism, Unfair shift bids, Zero appreciation, Zero growth, Pay raises are a JOKE! HR is on managements side and when the should be about the employees.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is quit. You people suck at your job. For EMS professionals, stay away from this place. Go work for Reach or Air Methods...they are going to take over soon anyway. Management needs to invest in their current employees so they don't leave, and believe me everyone is planning on leaving soon.


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