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Country Meadows Retirement Communities Reviews

Updated May 13, 2017
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Pros
  • The residents are great, they motivate me everyday, and are the only positive I get out of this job (in 4 reviews)

  • Flexibility in scheduling, fun coworkers, good benefits (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of communication, often short staffed (in 5 reviews)

  • pay is low, mandatory weekends, (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good Place to Launch Your Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Hershey, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Hershey, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Country Meadows Retirement Communities (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun people to work with
    Good Compensation
    Relaxed Office Environment
    Ability to talk with residents

    Cons

    No clear goals or assignments
    Political gain may interfere with decisions
    You may get stuck doing odd-jobs on some days

    Advice to Management

    Communicate clear goals for interns to accomplish.

    Country Meadows Retirement Communities Response

    Jun 9, 2017 – Executive Director of Communications

    Thank you for completing your internship with Country Meadows. Hopefully one of the "odd jobs" you mention was getting to know our fantastic residents. Good luck to you in your future career! ... More


  2. "Not a good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pca in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Current Employee - Pca in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Country Meadows Retirement Communities full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None...other then the coworkers were awesome...Managers are disqualified...if you stay there long enough, whether you're or not, you get promoted...big joke

    Cons

    West Shore Executive director is mean, condescending and unqualified

    Advice to Management

    Recruit from outside with skilled personnel for management...better pay...they used to be one of the best places to work in PA...this year they lost that title after they surveyed all the employees...what a joke...

    Country Meadows Retirement Communities Response

    Jun 9, 2017 – Executive Director of Communications

    Country Meadows works hard to create a positive environment for co-workers as well as the residents we serve. We have numerous ways for co-workers to report concerns such as reporting them directly ... More


  3. "Dining Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dining Associate I, Prep Cook in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Dining Associate I, Prep Cook in Bethlehem, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Country Meadows Retirement Communities (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management can be flexible with school schedules, PTO for full-time employees, and health benefits are good.

    Cons

    Working off and on Holidays. Good luck trying to move up here, it is impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your employees up to date.

    Country Meadows Retirement Communities Response

    Jun 9, 2017 – Executive Director of Communications

    Country Meadows wants co-workers to succeed, which is why we encourage every member of our team to take advantage of the free Career Paths we offer to advance careers. With completion, co-workers can ... More


  4. "Poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PCA II in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Former Employee - PCA II in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Country Meadows Retirement Communities full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The residents are the best part, start earning PTO immediately, not much else, some great coworkers, the food is really good

    Cons

    Some of the worst management I have ever seen. They treat you very poorly, they are oblivious to what is actually going on, no respect. The pay is low for everything considered. High turnover rate. Management will tell you to do something and then write you up when you do it. There's no pleasing management, no positive feedback, no appreciation.

    Lots of negative competition between some coworkers and shifts and IF management does get involved, they have skewed ideas of what's going on and takes the side of the party that whines the loudest.

    Management stops by for 30 seconds, asks if you need help, and then moves on and is never seen again for the day but then calls you to their office to discuss you not "working" which they heard from the same previous whiny coworker. They clearly can't observe you working or not working because they aren't ever around so therefore they think those who actually do work aren't working and those that don't work are doing all the work.

    Advice to Management

    Please reevaluate your management team. They shouldn't be allowed to treat people the way they are treating people, it's just plain disrespectful. Some management retraining is in order. Please set higher standards for the quality of people you hire for management.

    Country Meadows Retirement Communities Response

    Oct 25, 2016 – Executive Director of Communications

    Our residents really are the best part of working at Country Meadows. Thank you for caring for and building relationships with them. Co-workers are encouraged to share feedback with management at ... More


  5. "Unfortunate Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lancaster, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lancaster, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Country Meadows Retirement Communities (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employee benefits, worked with my personal schedule. Freedom to express ideas with managers. Good relationships with the residents.

    Cons

    Management was terrible; very disconnected from front-line staff. Unrealistic expectations of the position and very facade oriented. Extremely high stress, high turn-over. Poor communication between managers. Unproductive meeting heavy. Managers were largely unhelpful and the company is very management heavy making directions and goals confusing.

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to the concerns of the front-line staff. Don't make unrealistic expectations of service and then not put the budget in back of it.

    Country Meadows Retirement Communities Response

    Oct 24, 2016 – Executive Director of Communications

    Thank you for your time spent with our team and for sharing ideas with your managers. Working in health care is very challenging and it takes a very special person to care for others. Thank you for ... More


  6. "Registered Nurse"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Newark, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Country Meadows Retirement Communities full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, plenty of overtime available, and most workers are rarely canceled. Can have easy days where you are being paid a lot of not much stress.

    Cons

    Poor benefits, 3hrs of PTO per pay period until you have worked there 6 years! The staffing is often screwed up and they "lose" your request-off paper.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your staffing and stop trying to screw over your good employees! Many employees really like who they work with, but management makes it tough to enjoy working there.

    Country Meadows Retirement Communities Response

    Oct 24, 2016 – Executive Director of Communications

    At Country Meadows, our number one priorities are the care of our residents, and our co-workers’ health and well-being. As part of our commitment to our team, Country Meadows works hard to provide a ... More


  7. "Excellent Place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PCA I in Leaders Heights, PA
    Former Employee - PCA I in Leaders Heights, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Country Meadows Retirement Communities part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great residents and supervisors, PTO, paid holidays, continual education classes, paid training, clean environment, always have special days honoring employees for being voted best place to work, cheap employee meals.

    Cons

    high staff turnover rate, frequent short staffing, lack of communication between departments and shifts cause problems, nurses seem spread too thin.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a good communication plan/end of shift report that is continuously followed so less mistakes are made throughout the shift. Hire people who don't call off all of the time, or reprimand an employee who calls off too many times.

    Country Meadows Retirement Communities Response

    May 5, 2016 – Executive Director of Communications

    Thank you for your advice. In fact, our team is developing strategies to improve communication between co-workers, shifts and departments. If you have additional information to help our team with ... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Dining Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dining Associate in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Dining Associate in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice working with people my age and got to eat dinner on the job

    Cons

    the elders get grumpy and the cooks get mad easily

    Country Meadows Retirement Communities Response

    May 5, 2016 – Executive Director of Communications

    Thank you for your time working as part of our team. Sometimes all of us can get a bit grumpy, but hopefully you also met some of our amazing residents, and got to have lovely interactions with them ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Personal Care Associate in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Personal Care Associate in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Country Meadows Retirement Communities part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Give good perks such as PTO, Christmas presents, usually voted best place to work and they then will hold a drawing. It's a very rewarding job. They offer career paths for every position so you always have room to grow and earn a little more

    Cons

    The entire environment is very clique based stemming right from top management. Employees are divided into different positions in different buildings and witness managements behavior and then imitate. Do yourself a favor and ignore all of it and remove yourself from the situation you'll be much happier. Management is not very understanding of life changes.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to figure out a way to stop acting like a middle school clique because it rubs off on all other employees.
    As well I was a college student and denied going reserve after many years with the company. Life changes and I didn't want to give up working there all together but was forced to because the ED did not care to be understanding of my situation. I was very hurt by the fact that they would not keep me.

    Country Meadows Retirement Communities Response

    Apr 12, 2016 – Executive Director of Communications

    Thank you very much for working with our team. While it is hard work, interacting with seniors every day can be very rewarding. We are very sorry to learn that we couldn’t come to a mutually ... More


  10. "lpn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Country Meadows Retirement Communities (More than a year)

    Pros

    The residents are great, they motivate me everyday, and are the only positive I get out of this job.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low end of the scale, completely mismanaged , most of those in mgmt positions are self absorbed, and facetious. Not a job for those who want to use real nursing skills, gets boring.

    Advice to Management

    All employees are equally important to a companies day to day success, respect everyone and maybe than you wouldn't have such a high turnover rate.

    Country Meadows Retirement Communities Response

    Apr 12, 2016 – Executive Director of Communications

    Country Meadows is proud of the team we’ve put together and values every co-worker, regardless of his/her position. As part of our commitment to our team, we work hard to provide a full benefits ... More


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