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Bethesda Lutheran Communities Employee Reviews

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Needs Overhauling
general (Former Employee) –  OregonNovember 24, 2016
Some employees are like gold to the customers, others are lazy and even unkind. Management is troubled. There are other companies who do this service to the deserving DD community. I would check into working for someone else if you truly want to work in this field.
Pros
some great employees and customers are deserving
Cons
unstable company that ignores problems
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not good management
LDSP/ Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Watertown, WI 53094November 21, 2016
terrible place to work. people are wonderful however management isn't trained or kind. Maybe vary from state to state. However I would recommend looking elsewhere for work. Anything else is better.
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Average
Trainer (Current Employee) –  Cypress, TXOctober 29, 2016
Average office culture. Love my personal tasks. Management needs confidence. Funds are mismanaged. Lots of fulfilling work. Needs better communication.
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Disconnected Bosses
DSP (Direct Support Professional) (Former Employee) –  Visalia, CAOctober 25, 2016
This non-profit cares more about its bottom line than the individuals it supports. There's a huge disconnect between the people working in the homes and the people working in the offices, and the people supported take the brunt of the consequences. Quality of life for the individuals becomes a budget concern and then falls by the wayside, and the employees on the front line get paid next to nothing for being cooks, maids, best friends, advocates, teachers, nurses, and whipping boys.
Pros
Free lunches
Cons
No breaks, oblivious bosses, no opportunity for advancement
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Good company with little room for advancement
Program Manager (Former Employee) –  Renton, WAOctober 18, 2016
Good company but with little room for advancement and not very competitive compensation. Good benefits and pto. Bethesda really cares for the individuals that it supports and is growing in supported living.
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Fullfilling Work Environment
Direct Support Professional (DSP) (Current Employee) –  Watertown, WIOctober 18, 2016
A place where you definitely make a difference each and every day. Working with people with disabilities doing things like housekeeping, cooking, personal cares, and outings keeps you pretty busy.
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aweful
Accounting Clerk (Current Employee) –  Cypress, TXOctober 1, 2016
very depressing. i am tired of hearing how we are going to close. we need better leadership. we also need better compensation for the work that is required.
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Great place
Caregiver (Current Employee) –  Cypress, TXSeptember 26, 2016
Awesome great staff and management they care about there people and staff. They make sure the clients and staff are taken care of they make sure no one is left out .
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Difficult place to work
Accounts Payable Associate (Current Employee) –  Watertown, WISeptember 23, 2016
The most enjoyable part of the job is the ability of the co-workers to work together and support one another. The hardest part of the job is where Management refuses to listen to the employees and actually makes their jobs more difficult.
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Horrible place to work
Caregiver (Former Employee) –  Redding, CASeptember 22, 2016
The clients are treated like garbage and the management is not efficient . Some care givers wont even change the clients and leaves them in their wet or soiled breifs.
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my location was shut down for a reason
Direct Support Professional (Former Employee) –  North Olmsted, OHJuly 29, 2016
bad management, bad coworkers that harass and gossip and bad mouth you with other coworkers that you've probably haven't met, the management would mostly only hire her friends and family, so she and they get away with a lot, and they make too many empty promises.
Pros
none
Cons
management doesn't care about you if you've working there longer than probation period
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Fun Place
Assistant Manager (Former Employee) –  Valparaiso, INJuly 7, 2016
The management is great and it is for a good cause. Loved the volunteers. Job wasn't difficult. Very good experience. There were not a lot of paid staff but it didn't affect us that much.
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Managers Suck
Direct Support Professional (Former Employee) –  Pompton Lakes, NJJune 21, 2016
Managers don't care about employees, only want someone to fill a space. Want you to work crazy hours while they sit around and do nothing. Clients were great . The field of work is awesome but this agency sucks, very unprofessional.
Pros
Good Pay, Good Hours
Cons
Management, no time for self
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Playing favorites
Direct Support Professional (Former Employee) –  Redding, CAMay 29, 2016
The owner was very bossy and not very friendly. She had her thoughts and opinions of the staff. She didn't care if you were sick or not, very rude.
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High turnover
Direct Support Professional (Former Employee) –  Appleton, WIMay 21, 2016
The best part of this job was feeling like i was at a relatives house, and never really feeling uncomfortable in the environment. The coworkers and residents were great to work around.
Overall, the management in the appleton area is absolutely awful. There is too much work for one manager to do, so the rest of the employees are left kind of stranded when it comes to things like vacation, sick days, scheduling, shift trades, meetings, learning, and communication. It really sucks because if they had two managers, or an assistant manager to help the regular manager, things would work a lot better, and not as many people would quit. The 12 hour shifts are also a dousey. It gets VERY exhausting to do this job 12 hours at a crack more than one time a week.
Theres also never really any designated breaks. If you're working alone in a house for 8-12 hours, you are completely responsible for the care of all the residents the entire time. You cant clock out to take a lunch break, because theres no one else there.
Bethesda would do a much better job keeping employees in the appleton area, if they got rid of 12 hour shifts, only did 8 hour shifts, didnt make employees work alone often, and sorted out their management position.
Pros
free lunch, great health insurance, fun work environment, 4 day work weeks
Cons
working every other weekend, 12 hour shifts, working alone, terrible management
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It's difficult work and everyone is doing the best they can
Direct Support Professional (Current Employee) –  Redding, CAMay 18, 2016
The job is demanding. These are 24-hour facilities and sometimes there are scheduling difficulties. There is turn-over and burn-out.
Pros
I get the privilege to help individuals
Cons
The fixed hours are not fixed but floating. This would be okay if there was some notice.
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Lead Direct Support Professional (Current Employee) –  Watertown, WIMarch 4, 2016
Great place to work for experience in the health field and with those was IDD. Can be very hard and tiring but is very rewarding.
Pros
free meal
Cons
tiring
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Enjoyed my employment while I was there
Northeast Regional Quality Enhancement Director (Former Employee) –  Fort Wayne, INFebruary 19, 2016
I enjoyed my time at Bethesda. Met a lot of wonderful people and had some wonderful experiences during my 10 year with this organization.
Pros
Met some wonderful people
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great place if you are in high school looking for experience
Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Minnetonka, MNFebruary 1, 2016
overall it was great work even though it was volunteer work but you learn the basics of whats required at a job site and it world look great on your resume.
Pros
great people
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So-So work environment
Direct Support Professional (Current Employee) –  Kansas City, KSJanuary 23, 2016
Great place to be, clients are amazing. Most staff are amazing. If it was not a great job i would not be here still. The clients grow on you and become your family. they miss you when you leave.
Pros
Holiday parties
Cons
No bonuses, horrible raises
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3.2
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