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Merrill Gardens Reviews

Updated October 3, 2017
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  • It makes consistency a challenge, and sometimes requires upper management to be spread a bit thin (in 4 reviews)

  • Pay sucks for the amount of work that your are required to do (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Needs improvements"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rocklin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rocklin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merrill Gardens full-time

    Pros

    The residents are awsome to be around

    Cons

    Needs improvement all the way around

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the caregivers that treat garden house residents like crap and dont do there job.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very fast paced, friendly environment

    Cons

    Disorganized, needs better management, can be overwhelming.

  3. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merrill Gardens full-time

    Pros

    Location, people, lots of free food.

    Cons

    Location, tone deaf management, loss of direction.


  4. "work is work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merrill Gardens full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, you feel welcomed in the beginning

    Cons

    understaffed, cant keep people.


  5. "Activity Director"

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    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.


  6. "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.


  7. "Good Place To Work"

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    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.

  8. "Caregiver"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Started out great"

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    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


  10. 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.


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