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Kindred Healthcare Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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  • No 401k match since I've been there (5yrs) (in 29 reviews)

  • Horrible Upper Management that are not true to their word (in 54 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Nurse Assistant/Senior Nurse Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Nurse Assistant in Clarksville, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Nurse Assistant in Clarksville, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They become family and people you lean on.

    Cons

    no less than any other job. It's all about perspective and a strong mortality

    Advice to Management

    Keep being the you, I needed when i started there. ♡

    Kindred Healthcare Response

    May 2, 2017 – Manager of Online Reputation

    We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. We are honored by your service.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Beware Kindred Healthcare~Corporate Environment Overshadows Patient Care"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Evening Nursing Supervisor/RN in Beverly, MA
    Former Employee - Evening Nursing Supervisor/RN in Beverly, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    IF you are a good negotiator, AND choose to have No Benefits, there is a 'Pay in Lieu of Benefits' option, which pays 15% more than regular rate. The majority of the employees below upper management level are a delightfully diverse group of wonderful, caring, and very hardworking people.

    Cons

    At this particular facility, the Upper Management was so horrendous that the Corporate Management Team had to come in for 3-4 days a week, for at least 6 months, to attempt to correct all of the MISmanagement that had been occurring for the past 2 years. The DON and the ED were both convinced to 'voluntarily' give up their positions, which should have been a good thing, but with the Regional Corporate Manager in temporary lead, a number of employees who should have been fired for documented incompetence and/or neglect/abuse were kept on, while a number who were excellent but may have been going through a rough patch in their lives, were 'let go'.
    Many of the 'rules' of this facility were in direct opposition to those in the Employee Handbook, and the shameless ignorance of Upper Management, coupled with their refusal to see outside their blinders, created an extremely stressful and frustrating environment.
    One example: an employee was given a Written Notice of excessive absences, stating that the policy was no more than 3 absences in 180 days, and that the employee had 4 absences. The actual policy stated no more than 3 absences in 90 days, while specifically noting that an absence of 2 or more days in a row counted as One Absence. When this was politely pointed out to the DON and ADON, both insisted on misinterpreting it, without looking to confirm it, and the employee was therefore unfairly penalized.
    There was also an apparently long history of 'dumping' responsibilities on unaware employees, thereby greatly increasing their workloads to an impossible level, while failing to hold those employees whose jobs did include these responsibilities accountable for them. The unaware employees were then 'disciplined' for failing to fully complete the multitude of tasks given them, while at the same time attempting to manage the job they were actually hired to do.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management must be literate, intelligent, and down-to-earth. There should be no double-talk or behind-people's-backs discussions. They must become truly honest in face-to-face communication, and discontinue their pretenses learned in their ongoing 'Management Training' classes. (All I took away from the one I attended was how to pleasantly tell employees what they want to hear, while continuing to do things the way I wanted to.)

  3. Helpful (5)

    "If you want to be a drone, this is the place to be."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Training Developer in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Training Developer in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is not acceptable. Central location.

    Cons

    The management in my particular area is completely dysfunctional. There is a disconcerting lack of integrity. The good employees leave, are chased out or let go, and the marginal ones stay. Ingratiating behavior is expected, even while management treats staff with disrespect in regard to abilities, intelligence, and desire for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Put in place an evaluation system that allows employees to evaluate their managers. Ask staff for feedback. Treat people with the respect and integrity that Kindred trumpets in its mission statement.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Eager To Please Company and was Highly Disappointed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Nursing Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Nursing Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The patients and knowing you made a difference with helping them with their quality of life

    Cons

    Lack of team work and communication HIGH EMPLOYEE TURN OVER RATES heavy work loads DEMANDING TO MUCH OF TOO FEW EMPLOYEES upper management refuses to listen to staff who are in close contact with the patients daily assuming if you don't have a degree or LPN, RN, PHD LICENSE ETC. that you are highly incapable of knowing somethings need to be adressed on investigated

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what the employees who work closely withe the residents everyday


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Money Everyday, not Integrity Everyday"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Walnut Creek, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunities in the company, they prefer to hire from within.

    Cons

    The facility does not have the freedom to make its own decisions, the facility is very micro-managed. 'Everyone" knows that each facility is very unique and corporate should be able to take this into account when making decisions on how to run it. Employees, from housekeeping to management, should be heard and opinions should be taken very seriously. These are the people who are actually in the day to day running of the facility; who know what is best for the patients and staff. (Some) Corporate and (some) senior management people are very quick to point out what is wrong/ what has not been done, but very slow to commend staff on their efforts. They come in like they are god, no smiles or words of encouragement. The staff comment on this all the time, and they wonder why they are still there----and they answer their own question----they love their patients and the people they work "with".

    Advice to Management

    They really need to go and watch the video they require staff to see, Kindred Integrity Everyday. This business they are talking of, taking care of people is really just a business, and not about "taking care of people".
    What it comes down to is the $$$$$$$, why is it that your employees are unhappy? Take a good long look and listen to them. They want to do the right thing for the patients, but lack of support and supplies are not conducive to good care.
    As to the question below: I don't know that Paul Diaz knows how his corporate team is leading his centers. If he approves of their tactics, then he/they must be working for the devil as they are continuing to grow and make money without regard for their "minions", they have no heart.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "They care only of the $$$ Damn the old folk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No other jobs around. When one opens up....TAKE IT. tHE CORP PROTECTS THE CORP. You are but a warm body to them (that's if the heat works).

    Cons

    As stated in many other posts on other sites. They care about the bottom line only. They have no pblm whatsoever in lying to family and employees to get the top dollar. I have seen residents conned into moving rooms just to be able to put a "private pay" in that room.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that you are in the business of helping people. If you make a jillion bucks, then fine.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Management needs to go back to the basics and re-learn professionalism and ethics at the workplace."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Kindred is a good place to start a new career. The supervisors/charge nurses are very approachable for questions and learning. The supervisors/charge nurses are good at looking out for the welfare of their staff. They are always ready to teach and help out.

    Cons

    While the supervisors/charge nurses are wonderful, management is a different story. Concerns and needs by staffs are blatantly ignored. In fact, these concerns are met bythe usual response “well, you should feel lucky that you have a job. If you’re not happy with it, the door is wide open.” There is no confidentiality. If a staff member has done something wrong, the rest of the staffs will learn about the impending trouble and reperscussions first before the involved staff member. Threats of call-in jeopardy are always brought up even if an employee had only 2 call-ins for the last year and a half. Management are always making or changing new policies to suit their needs.

    Advice to Management

    Management need to re-learn the meaning of professionalism and ethics. Although it is understandable that the company is set on profit, this mainly depends on the quality of work that the employees put in. The quality of work, as most know, depends on how happy the employees are. How can the employees be happy when they are constantly threatened and they can’t even trust nor depend on management?

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Working there was like high school, cattiness, pettiness, cliques, talking behind people's backs, backstabbing...etc."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I made a couple great friends there.

    Cons

    Pay is too low compared to surrounding facilities.
    Management will take advantage of you as much as possible.
    The company cares too much about money and not enough about the patients.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more. Increase their compensation as deserved. Improve your health benefits and vacation packages.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Please look into the facility before you agree to be an employee. You may be shocked!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CNA in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - CNA in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wage is slightly above average in the state of Wisconsin (CNA. In comparison with similar positions)
    Decent Benefits

    Cons

    Gossip CONSTANT! so disturbing and even involved the residents
    Terrible communication between staff and management
    Unfair treatment of staff
    State deficiency =TOO many!
    Defamation of character and slander are very very common amongst staff!
    Lack of sensitivity and empathy (management and co-workers)
    Understaffed for every shift
    Dangerous working environment

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are the definition of YOU
    TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT AND DIGNITY!
    Before they ruin you


  10. Helpful (2)

    "No balance allowed for family life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Dyer, IN
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Dyer, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were okay

    Cons

    There is a tolerance by Regional leaders to allow district leaders to be demeaning and threatening to facility staff to the point that good people choose to leave. People get promoted who have serious attendance issues while those that work their a** off, get reprimanded and belittled. I gave several years of my life to a facility that allowed leaders to tear a lot of good people down and keep the mediocre and poor performers happy....especially if they are friends of administration....I wish I had the courage to send in my exit interview, but don't want to be blacklisted.....

    Advice to Management

    look at your district leaders....value good people when you have them, don't play HR games to get good people to quit, we eventually decide to leave on our own when there is no support


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