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Pros
  • Free meal during your daytime shift (in 5 reviews)

  • Great people, nice environment and decent work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay and overworked on all levels except upper and executive management (in 5 reviews)

  • It makes consistency a challenge, and sometimes requires upper management to be spread a bit thin (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Activity Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Active Living Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Active Living Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merrill Gardens (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, wonderful residents, great benefits.

    Cons

    Weak on boarding program. No professional development/career path

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, have an open door policies, get out of your office more.


  2. "Merrill Gardens"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Merrill Gardens part-time

    Pros

    As with most retirement communities, the resident is the best part of the experience. The benefit package for full time employees seemed reasonable and adequate. The staff appreciation and recognition bonus was a nice added benefit. Staff was friendly and team oriented. Comfortable small building in a neighborhood setting. Free meal during your daytime shift.

    Cons

    Low pay and overworked on all levels except upper and executive management. Because of the need to run a financially tight ship, the department heads weren't able to properly staff and train their team members - this often created a sense of feeling overwhelmed and unsupported.

    Advice to Management

    Strongly consider a better management / operations model. There is potential in each of your buildings to do great things - give them the time and money it takes to be successful.


  3. "Good Place To Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Merrill Gardens part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Always something fun and exciting going on! The residents and coworkers are like family.

    Cons

    Managers don't seem to take anything the employees bring to them serious. Whether it's a complaint or a suggestion nothing seems to be done.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that your staff is your team and if they feel like you're not on their side then they will not be on yours.


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  5. "Caregiver"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CNA in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - CNA in Renton, WA

    Pros

    1) Free Food !!
    2) Flexible Schedules
    3) Nice residents

    Cons

    1) The nurse and general manger expect too much from the CNA's.
    2) Favoritism
    3) Poor communication among employee's.

    Advice to Management

    My advice for the Merrill Garden at Renton Centre is to hire kind, professional, and responsible management staff that are actually willing to work ! Not just to be there, walking around.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Started out great"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Caregiver in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Caregiver in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Merrill Gardens full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits; medical, dental, vision, 401K, paid vacation and sick leave

    Cons

    Inappropriate placement of residents, no pay incentive in regards to experience- everyone starts at the same wage

    Advice to Management

    Take into account a perspective employee's experience when offering a starting wage. Also, listen to your caregivers. Take what we are saying seriously


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Corporate Office Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merrill Gardens full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    When I started this job a few years back, things were going all right. There was pros and cons. After some changes in my department, I was feeling really good about things. Then the Emeritus divestiture happened and things have started to decline from there.

    Cons

    Departments have been reduced down to a single person in most. Not having any backup is extremely stressful and even a vacation doesn't feel good knowing how much work is building up.

    Advice to Management

    A single point of failure is risky, but having more than 8 single points is a recipe for disaster.


  8. "alright"

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Merrill Gardens full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    getting to know the residents and learning more about them. the work life balance was impossible as there is no set schedule for majority of workers. Training was quick and unless you learn quickly you will not be prepared. I enjoyed my 5 years with the company but it was not a easy 5 years. I realize most of this belongs in cons but they want a 20 word minimum

    Cons

    You spend alot of time with the residents so naturally you get to know them and in some cases they become part of your family. As elderly tend to do they die and it causes stress on your mental health it is a very burn and turn environment but all in all I enjoyed my time there

    Advice to Management

    got bought out I have no words for management


  9. "Not willing"

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    Current Employee - Business Office in Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Business Office in Lynnwood, WA

    I have been working at Merrill Gardens full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People really do Care alot

    Cons

    Salary seem to be very low

    Advice to Management

    OK where I am


  10. "Over Worked - High Pressure"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merrill Gardens full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company genuinely cares about the welfare, safety and well being of residents

    Cons

    The assignment requires 2 employees assigned to the task - Outside and Inside


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Biing a nurse in assisted living"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Residents get to live as independently as possible. Most communities offer a range of activities. Meals are usually given a lot of thought as this is a high point in Residents lives.
    Staff now has to be CPR certified.

    Cons

    Most assisted living communities do not have enough staff to care for the amount of Residents that are in the building. Remember assisted living is a non-medical service, unless staff is willing to purchase on their own first aid supplies such as bandaids,Resident have to supply themselves. Assisted communities are expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Get your general managers in check. Make sure GM know whats going on with their staff.Stop telling new staff how the GM wants everyone fired does not make a good impression.



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