Air Methods Corporation

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Air Medical Services
FLIGHT PARAMEDIC (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAFebruary 29, 2016
Air Methods is the world's largest provider of air medical transport services. I have been with the company for over 5 years now, and it has largely been a good experience. The benefits package is very good; they will match 401k contributions up to 8%. The salary for medics and nurses is somewhat lower than the industry standard, which is problematic in an area as expensive as southern California. The hardest part of the job for me has been working 24 hour shifts. My preference would be to do 12 hour shifts, but this is not an option with the company. The most enjoyable part of the job is flying around the beautiful terrain of southern California. I became a paramedic to help people and that will always be the best part of the job. You get to help people through very traumatic situations and make a difference in their lives.
Pros
Lots of days off.
Cons
Unstable business environment and long hours on duty.
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Very fast paced environment
Contracts, INS Lead, Cust. Service and Collections (Former Employee) –  San Bernardino, CAApril 1, 2016
This is a very fast paced environment, which is great, you will learn so much about so many different aspects of each medical billing department. The only downside is the attitude of the managers in relations to the employees. Taking sick time, vacation time, or family emergencies is frowned upon, regardless of how much sick/vaca time you have accrued. There is mandatory overtime which is disclosed as being maybe 5 hours of overtime per week, the reality is you will be working around 50-60 hour weeks.

The best part used to be that to make up for so much mandatory overtime, there used to be a lot of department potlucks, department activities, games, and a few employee appreciation luncheons.

Overall, I had enjoyed working for this company until management took a turn for the worst. Hopefully this company will eventually fix this issue.
Pros
Learning about all different aspects of the medical field.
Cons
management
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large company, you are a number and the only numbers that count are the ones on managements pay checks.
Field Mechanic (Current Employee) –  UtahJuly 7, 2015
Top heavy management in company, No performance raises, very small yearly raises that do not cover cost of living increases. On call duties, with heavy responsibility's. Little employee appreciation.
Pros
leave when work is completed
Cons
poor pay compensation for job responsibility.
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Productive work place and great peers within all departments.
Payroll Administrator (Former Employee) –  Centennial, COJanuary 1, 2016
A typical day at work is great, management is great, learned how to use Ulti Pro a new Payroll Software for me. Co-workers were extremely great to work with. Hardest part of job was staying late on Monday and Tuesdays of pay week, the most enjoyable part of the job was when payroll was finished and sent out to process.
Pros
Great place to work at.
Cons
Manual payroll working with and downloading spreadsheets.
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If you want to be told your female manager is treated the way she is because she's a female - perfect place for you!
Medical Aircraft Transport Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Denver, COMay 14, 2015
Great benefits and hours. Laid us off. They're not worried about pt care, they worry about the dollar. The good ol boy club is who hires people. They don't care to lay you off in a heart beat if it fits their agenda.
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Overworked
DATA INTEGRITY SPECIALIST (Current Employee) –  San Bernardino, CAMay 12, 2016
This company does not promote awards, advancement or leave room to improve your work/life. The training was brief and done via Instant Messenger. The Management was strict but did not have resources to back up the work that was being enforced.
Pros
Work from home
Cons
Long hours no time for family
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Very corporate feel
Staff Accountant (Former Employee) –  Centennial, CONovember 19, 2015
The company is run like a huge corporation. People don't get to know each other and there are no opportunities for growth. Despite being a $500MM company, we had to have pot lucks.
Pros
Financial stable
Cons
Corporate feel, no advancement opportunities
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Management lacks leadership
SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITOR (Former Employee) –  Englewood, COMay 5, 2016
The pay was pretty good but the internal audit department lacked focus and had no leadership. There's no room for advancement and management is clueless.
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Great place if the can stay open
Welder and Fabricator (Current Employee) –  Englewood, CO 80112May 2, 2016
Great work, good work environment. Fun and interesting work. I was the lead welder for seven years there and loved it. To bad they had layoffs
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Air medical profession
Flight Paramedic (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMFebruary 22, 2013
Typical day at work can be very slow and boring due to no flight requests, or it can be heavy paced and unrelenting intensity. You really just never know what you'll be walking into. Management is very fluid (lots of turnoever). Co-workers are typically very Type A personalities. Hardest part of job is dealing with the very long hours, working nights and weekends and holidays. Being exhausted from a lack of sleep and a constantly disrupted circadian rhythm is also a major drawback. The most enjoyable part of the job is the satisfaction of knowing you have helped someone during a terrible crisis. Unfortunately the compensation is not comensurate to the work.
Pros
working on a helicopter, respect from peers in the medical field.
Cons
underpaid and working long hours and holidays/weekends.
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Collector (former) "Private Insurance" Department, aka: "PINS" dpt
Billing Collector (Former Employee) –  San Bernardino, CAMarch 9, 2016
Only apply if you want to be a "yes-man/maam". the company service is legit, but the managers are utterly awful. there is no training for management, so as you can imagine, the managers have no idea of how to keep people. They focus on numbers, not people. Managers egos are out of control I was there for a few months, in that time 8 ppl from my department alone, left (including a manager) so that should tell you something :\ Management only cares about numbers, so you don't exist unless you make urself feel inferior to them and work a ridiculous amount of accounts. Some coworkers are kool, morale is depressing since management only look at numbers, no one cares about the "culture" of the office. Typical day is a grind because every time you talk to people, its about a tragedy since the company provides air ambulance service. So be prepared to clock in and deal with heartbreak :( There is little training, mostly you sink or swim. Leads are over-worked and stressed out constantly. I've learned that no matter how bad you have it, someone is going through worse, so be grateful and show compassion for all. Also, its better to leave an work environment that is "depressive" due to the lack of support/training of management, than to stay for the paycheck. Lastly, I've learned that management does not earn our loyalty, so we quit or leave as soon as an another job comes up, because management doesn't value their people. This is why the attrition is so high, and will remain that way. they see only what you do wrong, no positive reinforcement. Best part? helping someone payoff debt after  more... an accident, Worst part? dealing with a depressing workplace, incompetent managers, admitting to myself that I deserve more, because it's painful to face the truth at times. People that value themselves, won't tolerate the way this job operates, people that don't care about their self-worth, will stay. Final Note...its 2016 !!!! its all about CUSTOMER SERVICE. Managers must practice what they preach. Dont tell us to give excellent customer service to our accounts and forget that the employees are "CUSTOMERS" to management. Numbers dont make "Numbers", PEOPLE make numbers. And as such, managers should give their EMPLOYEES, the same CUSTOMER SERVICE that they want us to give to our ACCOUNTS!!! It funny to think that with technology nowadays, people can just go on a post (like this) and tell truth !! Employers can't hide their poor management tactics anymore. You would think that with a world that is more transparent, employers would get a CLUE...smh. All we can do is pray for them ! Thanks For reading, i hope this helps in your perspective about this company (especially the "PINS" dprtmt )  less
Pros
helping only 1% of the people pay off bills, meeting a few kool co-workers
Cons
managers, number driven, narrow minded, culture, changes, workloads, unreal expectations, support, micromanage
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Rewarding work but poor middle management
Captain (Former Employee) –  Walterboro, SCJuly 28, 2015
The people that work at the bases, for the most part, are very interested in providing safe and reliable medical care. Working closely with them is the high point of working for this company. The problem with the company rests in the middle management area of the business side. Middle managers rarely communicate directly with subordinates and will not back up their employees if something goes wrong. I have seen managers overlook blatant rules violations for some, but when a problem can be traced back to their inaction, they are quick to assess blame to a subordinate.
Pros
Rewarding work, great team evnironment at the base level
Cons
Poor/weak middle managers
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Manageable Workplace
Material Handling Specialist (Current Employee) –  Englewood, CONovember 20, 2012
I have a good understanding of production control. I learned how to successfully be a Material Handling Specialist. The management can be very unprofessional at times as well as some of the co-workers. I do not feel that there is a strong management leading Air Methods. The hardest part of the job is not getting the benefits you deserve after working for the company for over a year. The work place has a lot of confusion and misunderstanding due to lack of training and communication. Although the corporation has its downfalls I enjoy the work and feel that I am very good at what I do.
Pros
great hours, holidays and weekends off.
Cons
no benefits, underpaid, unprofessional people in workplace.
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Critical care
Flight Paramedic Sr (Current Employee) –  ArkansasDecember 20, 2015
Provide care, treatment, and safe transport of patients of many different backgrounds/demographics (infant to geriatric). Maintain professional standards, certifications, and best practices.
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Largest Air Medical Ambulance Company in the world.
Communications Specialist (Former Employee) –  Omaha, NEAugust 16, 2015
This is a faced paced environment where no two days are alike. As a Communication Specialist you are responsible for answering inbound calls from 911 agencies and hospitals wishing to transfer patients by air.

As a Communication Specialist you are responsible for following the approved intake process and notifying the closest most appropriate aircraft to complete patient transport.

The primary job function for a Communication Specialist is flight following aircraft on all legs of the flight to ensure that the crews complete each mission safely.
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Most demanding job
Chief Flight Nurse/Base Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZFebruary 28, 2015
Extra certs required, one patient at a time, extra training required for flight safety, compensation well below in-hospital positions.
Pros
best job
Cons
worst pay
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Unoraganized, but friendly atmosphere
Avionics Technician (Current Employee) –  Denver, COApril 12, 2012
Avionics installations on medical helicopters and all that goes with that. Very few opportunites to move up and compensation for lead positions is laughable. Co-workers are easy to get along with and very friendly. The hardest part about the job is that they do not have much organization or listen to ideas to help organize. The most enjoyable is that you work as many hours as you want low or high.
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Overall Good
CNC Operator (Current Employee) –  Englewood, COAugust 21, 2015
You arrive to work see where your machine is at and plug away at a waiting work load.

The Good: The Company is well organized and has fairly new machines most of them less than 5 years old. They pay well and allow plenty of overtime. The tooling and equipment is top notch. All programs are pulled from the same place and comes with a set-up sheet with any notes taken for the previous runs. An excellent group of employees who are actually qualified for the work they are doing.

The Bad: As with most "well oiled machines", there are a number of things that slip through the cracks. Missing dimensions on blueprint, over sites in the programming department, frequent changes in procedures from both inspections and engineering, zero stock production to reduce constant demand from the machine shop, zero scrap allowance, an unwillingness to change faults in "proven programs", more overtime than you asked for . For the most part this is easy to overlook, the only reason I'm looking for other employment opportunities is the extremely long contract period and the lack of worker befits such as health insurance or vacation/sick time while under contract. 9 months in and it is not even up for discussed yet. Covering medical, dental, and optical out of pocket for a year to a year and a half while awaiting hire is absolutely unacceptable to me.
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Don't work here.
IT tech (Former Employee) –  Englewood, COJune 17, 2014
This company is not worth the time. Poor management, no raises, revolving door with employees, Stay away from here.
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Post operative care
Flight RN (Current Employee) –  SELKIRK NYFebruary 23, 2015
A typical day of work would be to take over the care of a post operative patient that is waking up confused from a surgery that they don't remember falling asleep for. Stabilize the patient and transfer the patient to the floor or home. Educating the patient if there are specific instructions to go home with as well as basic education material for post operative care. Management team is great. Nurse manage is well rounded and knows how to handle a large group. Co workers are transient at the moment. There is quite a few travelers in the PACU at this time. Hardest part of the job is learning all the different needed equipment post operatively and learning the acronyms for the procedures/surgeries. Most enjoyable part of the job is assisting people in achieving goals so that they can go home and be comfortable.
Pros
assistance towards education, currently going for my msn
Cons
a lot of the women have only ever worked at gfh and do not know what any other facility is like.
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