This is the most stressful environment anyone could work at. No one has respect for the DSP and they are treated like animals. Racial discrimination, harrasment,hostile environment and retaliation to the employees who speak out. There is no apreciation for the employees who take care of the residents everyday. Finger pointing, allegations that are not – more... true, investigations that never end from accusations that are always false. This place needs to be shut down and residents taken elsewhere. The management does nothing but hand down orders to the slaves they have working for them. The facility is alway short staffed and when you call management staff they do not pick up the phone. Think twice before you go work here. – less
The Bethesda administration based in Lenexa has a very corrupt administration I have ever seen. The job they are doing is really very very poor, there is alot of discrimination for the DSP's working over there. By saying this I mean you can get fired at any time they want...NOT even investigating the wrongdoing. I have work there for a long time and – more... I have seen DSP's fired without any investigation.
CHECK CHECK CHECK...Its a good company to work tho, but the administration SUCKS. – less
Direct Support Professional (Former Employee), Evansville, IN – May 4, 2013
I enjoyed working for Bethesda. The clients there are great to work with. Only downfall I had with Bethesda was my checks were always short. I could work the same amount of hours and my check would not be the same pay.
DSP (Former Employee), Lenexa KS – February 19, 2013
Pros: consumers are great for most part
Cons: management is horrible and very tight bunch.
Very political. Upper management political and together on every thing. Pay is horrible. WOrk COnditions are terrible. 8 people 1 staff. Neglect not taken care of. I hear rest of company is good but no good in Kansas. Stay away from them unless you are into politics game.
Politically charged environment lacking honesty, integrity, and character
Servant (Former Employee), Indiana – February 18, 2013
Cons: high stress, excessive o.t. on salary hours, no personal life or privacy, backbiting.
Upper manager and chief minion within embattled religious organization and coven of minions outside the organization take every management decision to great lengths of hypermicromanagement as to arbitrate everything to the last morsel. A lot of scandal between rival factions that try to recruit you to their side or into their sect of their denomination. – more... When practicing proper management and protocols, professionalism clashes with the politicking and blaming when the truth of matters prevail over their darkness and deceit of things swept under the rug. – less
Care Manager (Former Employee), Portland, OR – January 23, 2013
Pros: the people you get to learn from
Cons: when their move to new location
What I learned: Taking care of individuals with a disability you become the student if your open to Learn. I learn patience I learn that just because society labels these people dose not mean the can't because me their can.
Program Manager (Former Employee), Porterville, CA – January 9, 2013
Pros: got to give, be of service, meet people, very caring people
Cons: long hours, change of programs, lack in training
This was a great company to work for. The upper management was the best group of people I have ever worked with. I was a program manager and it was a "way-of-life. I very rewarding career. I had a staff of wonderful workers that cared about their job. Working with the handicapped - physical & mental is for me the best way to be of service in helping – more... others. – less
A rare organization founded on love and solid core values.
Area Director (Current Employee), Houston, TX – October 22, 2012
Pros: a clear commitment in treating its clientele with dignity and respect.
Cons: extremely top heavy and regimented, innovation is often stifled by excessive stagnation and corporate oversight.
Bethesda Lutheran Communities offers an environment for advancement and a unique opportunity to impact the lives of persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Due in part to the inherent conservative nature of the company innovation and creation can be stifled often causing frustration and discourse in the ranks. If one can afford to – more... invest many hours in the office putting out fires and many hours away from family then this may be the right place for you. – less
Employee (Former Employee), Littleton, CO – September 12, 2012
Pros: the individuals who are served at bethesda are great to know, brave, and strong people.
Cons: the administration in colorado are just horrible poeple to work for...
Bethesda was a great place to create relationships with the DD population. With that being said I have never been treated more worthlessly by an employer. The administration (i.e. area director, regional director, and HR department) in Colorado were, what I considered, short sighted amatuers who did not care about their employees or individuals they – more... were supposed to take care of. They seemed much more concerned with the pointless, never ending, and self endulgent leadership meetings where they would try and act like they understood the healthcare industry, when in reality, their hollow speeches made them sound ignorant and disconnected. This company will actually have you sit down and watch horrible quality VHS repsresentations of bible passages and put you on the spot in front of your peers to interperate how the passage applies to their business. Then after preaching fairness, understanding, and respect will turn around and make you work double the hours your were hired for with no flexibility or understanding. Do yourself a favor, if you are looking for a job that will treat you with respect DO NOT expose yourself to this enviroment. – less
former employee (Former Employee), Littleton, Colorado – August 7, 2012
Pros: example: free lunches, etc.
Cons: example: short breaks, healthcare, etc.
Cons: You will live to work. You will be expected to drop everything and go in and work if you are called. You will even be called while you are on vacation. ALWAYS short staffed, HUGE HUGE HUGE turnover. Management cares about money, NOT people. They do NOT have your back. Lots of pointless boring rah rah meetings. Old, bug infested buildings to work – more... in. Supposed to be a non profit but they have money out the wazoo and they are always asking for handout money.
Pros: The individuals are great. The parent group is great. Lots of great staff people. – less