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Ensign Group Reviews

Updated March 19, 2017
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Pros
  • They truly do demonstrate their core values in their day to day business dealings (in 13 reviews)

  • Good company with opportunity if you want it (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • EMPLOYEES FIRST" is the motto that they preach, but do NOT follow (in 8 reviews)

  • They state they are there as support but when you ask for support they tell you to take ownership as that is one of their core values (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Too big for their britches"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Wellness Director
    Former Employee - Wellness Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ensign Group full-time

    Pros

    The residents and most of floor staff were great. Which can't be credited to Ensign anyway.

    Cons

    High management turnover. Company acquired AL's in other states without ever taking time to understand how those states operate differently. Does not care about resident safety, if you have a high acuity building, you cant staff it the same as an independant living retirement community. Their answer was to take away interventions put in place to protect residents so they cant succeed and have to move out, rather than increasing staffing.

    Advice to Management

    Actually spend some time in buildings before you purchase them and see how they are running instead of buying all you can and then freaking when you realize the acuity is high. Support your community-level management.


  2. "Former nurse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ensign Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Taking care of patients daily

    Cons

    Unethical. Asked to falsify documentation.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Nurse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Abilene, TX
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Abilene, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ensign Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers. Had great nurses, CNAs and Therapist. The employees doing all the work truly care about the jobs they do and how patients are taken care of.

    Cons

    The worst job I've ever had. Do not follow their core values. Customer 2nd. The customer is last and employees are 2nd to last. All about the all MIGHTY $$$. Want you to work with skeleton crew so they can meet their budgets and Directors can hit their bonuses. Want salaried employees to work 13-14 hours a day with no compensation. Also, If you want to move up in a Director position you better be a white male and if you are Mormon you will definitely get the job regardless of your education or work background.
    Training is terrible. You better have a good base knowledge because you have no resourceful people to go to including Directors. Another core value is ownership which really stands for you are responsible if the facility fails.

    Advice to Management

    Stand by your core values like you preach. Respect your employees from the ground up. Invest in your staff and make them feel appreciated. Greed and healthcare don't mix. Beef up your benefit package. Terrible match for 401K.


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  5. "Speech language pathologist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Speech Pathologist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Speech Pathologist in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ensign Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice building. Great and knowledgeable Director of Rehab. Good benefits. Fun staff. Great patients.

    Cons

    Honestly can't think of any.

    Advice to Management

    Expand in Texas and take over the other rehab companies because you guys are the best.


  6. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Director of Nursing
    Current Employee - Director of Nursing

    I have been working at Ensign Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for with room for advancement!

    Cons

    The insurance should be better for such a large company.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Executive Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ensign Group full-time

    Pros

    The ability to have freedom, get to know your families/residents.

    Cons

    Upper management is more worried about how many heads are in the bed. They want to run on very low staffing patterns to keep cost down. They state they are there as support but when you ask for support they tell you to take ownership as that is one of their core values. If you are a man you will do very well in this company as they want you eat, sleep, breath Ensign. If you have a family that you want to see or wants to see you then I don't suggest this position.

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff. Listen to what they are telling you.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "So many egos, so little space"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ensign Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The sales pitch couldn't be better. Great upside (at least I think, never understood it), good partners (fellow Administrators in other buildings/operations), and - as long as you have a big successful facility with layers of management that can handle the day to day operations, you can take needed time off. NOT the case with a small facility where everyone wears more than one hat.

    Cons

    Ensign grew WAY too fast in 2014 & 2015...during that growth, NO ONE was available to help guide & train...in anything.

    Hiring methodology is a head scratcher. They sell you on freedom to make your own decisions...but if your decisions and choices affect the bottom line by a hundred bucks, you get 5 or 6 scathing emails from whoever you report to, loaded with bad grammar and misspellings. EVERYTHING is knee-jerk reactions.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out who your REAL best leaders are, not just the ones that make the most money or have the best clinicals. It's often times a business office manager or a great marketer. Work side by side with them for a couple weeks while concealing your identity the best you can from customers/patients. Delegate key responsibilities in the corporation less, and ONLY to those who have shown you (I'm talking to all of the C-level executives, NOT the division Presidents). Learn more about the regulations that govern operations in each state because they vary massively.


  9. "CIT Program"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - CIT
    Current Employee - CIT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    CIT program sounded like a great opportunity. Was assured that if I committed and worked at an agency an opportunity would open up for me.

    Cons

    If you are not Mormon or Caucasian your chances of succeeding in the CIT program are minimal. If you do fit that criteria you are in good shape.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and up front. No false promises and no deceit. Hire more minorities and people outside of the Mormon religion as leaders. Specifically referring to the CIT program and your ED's that run home health and hospice agencies.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Need more help"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Pay. Great pay. Great Pay.

    Cons

    Staff lacking, seriously in need of good help.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what the good ones are telling you.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "CAPLICO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large Corporation; owns many facilities; opportunities to transfer within organization

    Cons

    Staffing challenges; Micromanagement of hours/tasks. Poor morale.

    Advice to Management

    Know/trust/acknowledge staff members that get the job done; Understand that OT is sometimes necessary to complete tasks completely. Show appreciation to those that go above/beyond.



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