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McLean Hospital Reviews

Updated October 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Good place to intern, lots of opportunity to learn from a wide variety of psychology professionals (in 7 reviews)

  • Reputable hospital with great benefits (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Very low pay throughout most positions (in 13 reviews)

  • poor pay with a high responsibility load (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "assistant psychologist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    local, small, opportunity, free parking

    Cons

    low salaries, benefits have been reduced


  2. "Clinical Social Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McLean Hospital full-time

    Pros

    Excellent training and clinical experience.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than other hospitals in the region.

  3. "MHS"

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    Current Employee - Mental Health Specialist
    Current Employee - Mental Health Specialist

    I have been working at McLean Hospital part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's really rewarding work, having a name like McLean on your resume opens a lot of doors (and most people go out those doors fairly quickly), I really like most of the staff I work with, and the training really helped me feel prepared to take on the responsibilities that I needed to.

    Cons

    The pay could definitely be better, the people in payroll and some other parts of the administration have been rude to me and some of my coworkers, and some of these old buildings could use a major upgrade.

    Advice to Management

    Some of the living spaces for the patients need serious improvements and it pains me to tell them that there's nothing we can do about some of the problems. Also, you need to expand the float pool so there are less mandates and people don't feel as bad about calling out when they're sick.


  4. "Fantastic experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There are a ton of interesting talks and seminars to take advantage of. Everyone here is incredibly nice and is passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Public transportation access to the hospital is not great.


  5. "Mental Health Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McLean Hospital part-time

    Pros

    Wonderful work environment, friendly and helpful staff

    Cons

    It can be difficult to find parking


  6. "Community Residence Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Community Residence Counselor in Belmont, MA
    Former Employee - Community Residence Counselor in Belmont, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McLean Hospital (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Ability to work with some of the top doctors, psychologists, and researchers across the country. Great networking opportunity.
    -Great clinical experience - learn to facilitate and run therapeutic groups, work with patients one-on-one, assist with admissions, learn about psychopharmacology. Some units will have more specific trainings (CPI, DBT, CBT, ERP, etc.)
    -Intensive way to learn about a specific population, great hands-on experience
    -Caring staff
    -Excellent stepping stone between undergrad and grad school, or a place to get hours for licensure after school.
    -Once you're "in the door" of McLean, very easy to transfer departments.
    -Can eat for free at most of the units

    Cons

    -Very low pay
    -High responsibility
    -High liability; you are responsible for administering psychiatric meds, assessing "at risk" patients, and sometimes taking patients off unit. Lot of liability that comes with this, and essentially no training for it.
    -Have to work weekends/nights/holidays.
    -Can get "mandated" if the following shift does not show up to work
    -Lack of professionalism

    Advice to Management

    -Improve the orientation process, hospital wide and at the units. I learned essentially nothing valuable during orientation and was kind of "thrown to the wolves" when I initially started. There needs to be better training for the more challenging aspects of the job such as risk assessments and driving the van.
    -IMPROVE PROFESSIONALISM. I was horrified by some of the things I saw go on here. A staff member was caught using drugs ON THE UNIT and was not fired. On one occasion a staff member was left COMPLETELY ALONE with the patients on a shift due to understaffing. A staff member was heavily flirting with one of the patients and faced no repercussions. It is totally unprofessional and would not be acceptable at any other work place.
    -Improve your facilities! You have tons of money and the gym and dining room both suck. Buildings need a lot of renovation.


  7. "Great place to start a career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at McLean Hospital part-time

    Pros

    Amazing reputation and great resume builder

    Cons

    Administration cares little about hospital staff. They seem to more heavily focus on the support of the research staff.

  8. "Mental Health Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McLean Hospital part-time

    Pros

    good working conditions, good flexibility for part time staff, overall good quality of patient care

    Cons

    low pay and rotating hours


  9. "Enjoyable"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Belmont, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Belmont, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McLean Hospital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location and intelligent colleagues.

    Cons

    Very low pay throughout most positions.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees higher wages to keep the talent.


  10. "Great institution with some of the best mental health care, but staff are not financially compensated adequately."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McLean Hospital full-time

    Pros

    Very fulfilling to play a key role in patient treatment and to work for a leading psychiatric institution.

    Cons

    Staff are very poorly paid.

    Advice to Management

    While the institution is well above average in value and patient care, staff do not receive the same value, especially in salary.


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