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Cottage Health Reviews

Updated July 24, 2018
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Pros
  • "good benefits and flexible scheduling" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Great benefits for full time employees" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Pay is quite a bit lower than in Los Angeles area 100 miles south, but cost of living is higher due to housing" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Luckily I work night shift so I avoid the traffic" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Certified Phlebotomy Technician"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CPT I in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - CPT I in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cottage Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Good pay

    Cons

    Communication needs to be a little better for some supervisors


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Cottage Health part-time

    Pros

    Great place to volunteer if you are a pre-med or pre-nursing student. Very friendly hospital staff.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

  3. "I wish I could take back the 9 years of horror working here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Department Assistant in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Department Assistant in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cottage Health full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Scenery, weather, cheap medical insurance

    Cons

    Unethical conduct within organization, underpaid, way overworked, various discrimination and harassment the entire time from HR, Finance, Purchasing and Employee Health and Safety. HR, Directors and management fail to protect injured workers to prevent further injury. Workload is increased for injured workers as a means to get them out. They allow horrible harassment to happen. If reported to HR, nothing is done and goof luck with advancing in the company. Company fails to protect class protected individuals from harassment and discrimination.

    Advice to Management

    Get right with God because only god can fix the internals in this organization.


  4. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cottage Health part-time

    Pros

    Cottage has many wonderful programs to take good care of employees and their families. You can really make a positive difference in the world, working here.

    Cons

    There are so many improvements and new ideas being implemented that it can be hard to keep pace with current procedures.


  5. "great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cottage Health part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    one of the nicest hospitals i've worked for- latest cutting edge tech and great physicians. great benefits as well

    Cons

    i cant say anything bad about the company


  6. "MICU RN"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cottage Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The manager really cares about the RN on this unit. She gets excited when her employees accomplish goals. She makes an effort to know everyone and always has a positive, encouraging attitude.The scheduling team works really hard to try to accommodate what everyone puts in for their schedule. There is some really great teamwork on the night shift. Even on day shift people will try to help as best as they can, despite the craziness of days. Generally, the RNs here work well together.

    Cons

    Expensive area to live. I found more affordable housing that's a ~35 minute commute. Luckily I work night shift so I avoid the traffic.
    Lack of opportunity to work day shift. I've been here 2 years, still on the wait list for days for my unit. There's probably elsewhere in the hospital that has better day shift openings.

    Advice to Management

    Night shift employees are frustrated and burned out on doing nights. Even a relatively short rotation to days (6 weeks, or even less) makes a big difference in the satisfaction of your night staff.


  7. "Amazing Organization"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is an amazing organization that really goes the extra step to engage staff. As such, they are multiple winners of "Best Place to Work" and Fortunes "Great Place to Work"- top 20 in Healthcare. The company and leaders really live the mission and core values and make each person feel connected to the organizational values; a tough thing to accomplish with an organization this size. Opportunities are endless, if you put in the work, and the benefits/perks/compensation are "top notch." Leaving this organization was one of the toughest career moves I've ever had to make. Just a note...they value "Diversity." Not sure what a previous comment from a different reviewer was as I, myself, am a "minority" and I've always appreciated how the organization supports a culture of diversity.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. Cost of living is out of control, but Cottage can't really do anything about that...they already offer above market pay. They also offer housing purchase discount programs and community partnership to help lead the change in the community and also offer employee housing at far below market prices.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing...you have built an amazing organization.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Highly Unethical Crooked Company That Goes After Whistleblowers"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Department Assistant in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Department Assistant in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The most beautiful city ever, Santa Barbara

    Cons

    Management, Consistent abuse, cover ups of illegal activity in organization, goes after whisteblowers and once this has started there is little you can do to protect yourself. They destroy credible individuals!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Discontinue your highly unethical illegal tactics immediately!!! There are serious organizational issues in this place.
    Beware Santa Barbarians. The beloved Cottage Health Company that is touted as a company that does nothing but good is actually the most evil company that could possibly ever exist in Santa Barbara, CA. This is a highly unethical CROOKED company that resorts to ILLEGAL tactics to shut WHISTLEBLOWERS up!!! This company took great pleasure in abusing me for over 8.5 years (as an employee and patient) until I had a complete breakdown, but they didn't stop there. They even continued their harassment campaign once my doctor placed me on medical stress leave. I had lost 60 lbs, my confidence, my hair and my health after experiencing retaliation for reported serous racial remarks made by my co-worker. I was exposed to highly illegal unethical misconduct for 8.5 years! I left with over 1000 pages of the documentation and they have broken into my home to steal my documentation in two different locations. I even moved to LA to get away from the home break ins, cars trying to run me off the road, doctors falsifying medical reports on my behalf, cyber hacking, phone hacking on every level, ecThe director started editing all 8 of my performance reviews and was caught. I also reported malicious rumors being spread about the sole black person in the office. DEAR COTTAGE HEALTH, why did you let the sole black person in the office get picked on until she had a complete break down? Why did I have to go into the office every day fearful of what my bosses or co-workers would do to me? Why did you guys look the other way and allow this harassment? How could you COVER UP HARASSMENT and stand by a man that states that blacks and mexicans are the worst smelling people on earth? You guys are the most unethical company. How could you assign even MORE work to an INJURED worker and have your Employee Health & Safety Department tell me that they are sure I can handle the extra work load (that was contributing to my injury) and the pay that goes with it. How can a supervisor be allowed to tell me that I look like a lollipop that needs to be sucked and warmed up and get away with it? How could this man call me into his office every day and everyone knew what he was doing to me and would mock me how he would request that I entered his office every day and would close the door the sexually harass me.

    Come on Cottage, give answers as to why your ethnic black workers are mistreated. Give them a reason why no matter what role they take on, they cannot get more than a quarter raise.

    This company BROKE INTO MY HOME while I was on medical leave trying to recover from the 8.5 years of harassment. They stole over 1000 pages of documentation of 8.5 years of abuses leaving behind false less damaging documentation. They stalked me using my google account tracking and hacked all of my personal and private e-mails. They paid off a doctor and had me falsely imprisoned in a psyche ward to diagnose someone without prior mental issues as "paranoid schizophrenic" so that everything they've done to me for all of these years would be overlooked. They have emptied every dropbox account that I hold that contained the documentation of what they did to me.

    I have a permanent lifetime injury BECAUSE of this organization, and they continue to meddle in my life though I am no longer employed with the company.

    Cottage Employees: Protect yourselves. Document the abuses using an execl timeline, and just know that they wlll log on to your pc to delete these logs and you can call ISD to hear that it is an error that they cannot recover. If you have damning e-mails with abuse, PRINT them and make copies and send it to loved ones because once you need the documentation, Cottage Health will stop at nothing to get it from you. That is the truth.

    Dear Cottage Health. I am asking that you discontinue your smear campaign on my life and stop stalking me. You guys are responsible for 9 horrible years in my life and I've completely lost my health. I have been away from your environment and remain sick because of your bullying illegal tactics. I can bring everything to light and I will as I have evidence from all illegal activities that you have committed against me this year. Leave me alone.


  9. "Resource Nurse MICU"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Resource Nurse, MICU in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Resource Nurse, MICU in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Hospital is updated

    Cons

    Only ICU in town. Epic documentation is always changing. Hiring too many inexperienced new grads just because they worked in the unit as PCTs

    Advice to Management

    More positive reinforcement for your employees. Value your aging employees and don,t play favorites with younger employees. By always training your new employees in the advanced care you deprive your experienced nurses of continued advanced care.


  10. "volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Beautiful hospital, wonderful staff, great cafeteria

    Cons

    nothing that I could think of


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