RN, Meridian, ID - April 29, 2017
At first, I thought it was going to be a unique place to work. Supervisors, managers, directors, C-suite seem to truly care about the employees. There are weekly indoctrination meetings that were like "fireside" meetings in which the CEO will ALWAYS cry. I'm sure, it is his thought as emotional motivation. At first it seems like a tender caring, emotional man giving a touching talk, but then after the fourth or fifth crying episode in a row at the closing of his "leadership" talk, you realize it is just more manipulation. You exist as an employee to feed the ego of the majority share owner of this privately held company. If you are not a "member" of the predominant religion you are seen and a outsider and threat to the "culture" and push out or thrown out with the trash. The pay is very low and they have very high work quotas, more for a few that they don't like or are threatened by. Some can work from home but are required to come in at least two times per week on your own time in the middle of the day; at least one staff meeting and one Leadership Forum aka "fireside", and mandatory pot lucks to prove your engagement. There are also extra meetings and voluntary projects (MBO projects) that are anything but voluntary. You must make up the time and then some. Some employees are targeted and extra requirements/quota are required. There is VERY little chance of advancement, especially if you are not a member &/or drink 100% of the kool-aid. Very little chance. The only people who are paid a living wage are the nurses, managers, directors and of course the executives. Even the nurses wage is not market wage. The nurses make a wide range of salary, apparently depending on how much you negotiated when coming into the company. The hardest part of the job has been to hold ones tongue when I've seen the managers gang up on someone and held them to a higher quota than other "in" crowd. While they will tell you to speak up, if yo do, you will be targeted next. If you spend more time helping a patient or healthcare professional, you get into trouble as they need ever increasing productivity. They are always under staffed & training staff that leave shortly after figuring them out. The leads will nearly never be available to assist with cases. The best part of the job are the other hard working employees and developing relationship with them. There are some really great individuals who are being ground down by the "culture". A typical day of work is to log on from home early, make sure to comment on a group text every time one has to use the restroom or get a drink and if you have to go in for a meeting, you come home and work into the evening to make up the travel time and lost productivity. They will tell you what a benefit it is to work from home while the cold reality is that they do not have the computers or space (cubicles) for the nurses in the office.The nurses are salary, not hourly like they are supervisors? Curiously, there is a ton of bad mouthing "The Blues" when we are partners with them in several markets and use their networks. The bottom line, as a nurse, you have many options. The employee health insurance was bad and got worse at the start of 2017 as it was cutting into the owners profits. After all, they can't advise their clients to cut their employees benefits to save money if they don't cut their own employees benefits. If you choose Ameriben after reading this, only you are to blame. If you do go to work at Ameriben, keep your constructive criticism (or questions beyond what they feed you) to yourself. Other wise you will be outed and bullied by management.