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Bethesda Lutheran Communities Employer Reviews

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BLC: The nurse grinder
LPN (Former Employee), Littleton, CONovember 28, 2014
Pros: benefits
Cons: everything else
Terrible place for a nurse to work during my time with this company. Constant turnover of management and an ambiguous job description that would change at any given time to suit the needs of upper management. It's a shame this particular Liittleton office seemed to be pretending it was running on Christian values which couldn't have been further from – more... the truth. It's purpose to provide intensive supported living to developmentally disabled adults was a cruel joke on so many levels. Cruelest of all it lowered the standards of care to some really great folks to further its own twisted money driven agendas. Throwing nurses under the bus to take the blame for poor management decisions that threatened their licensing with the state was a common practice. – less
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In house staff very caring and respectful with clients, felt good to be there
Licensed Vocational Nurse (Former Employee), Redding, CAOctober 30, 2014
Pros: able to arrange own hours
Cons: as new employee, needing more hands on orientation with computer program
Logging in to commuter for updates entered on recent condition changes of clients
Inputting any medical/ lab reports/progress notes into commuter
Updating any incident reports.
Monitoring medication supplies
Working independently with little supervision
The hardest part of the job was learning the commuter program with small amount of assistance offered.
The – more... most enjoyable was getting it right with the commuter program – less
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Great company minus Office politics
DSP (Current Employee), Springfield, ILOctober 1, 2014
I love the individuals and the company in general but this is not the place for you if you can't stand catty attitudes from upper management for no reason and NO Holiday pay or raises.
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good
LPN (Current Employee), Littleton, COSeptember 14, 2014
good place and like the opportunity to work there. Learned additional nursing skills.
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Was a caring and supportive long term health facility for those with developmental disabilities.
LPN (Current Employee), Watertown WIAugust 26, 2014
Pros: building a strong relationship with the clients
Cons: the facility is closing and moving all the clients into community group homes.
Was a caring and supportive long term health facility for those with developmental disabilities.
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Lead Direct Support Professional (Current Employee), Cypress, TXAugust 25, 2014
Okay, for the most part. Communication and pay could be better.
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Bethesda is the worse place for a nurse..
LPN (Current Employee), Englewood, COAugust 17, 2014
My nursing friends and I worked for Bethesda for 4 years. A few years back Mark, the area director decided to try to blame the nurses for something that he did not do with the state, and even attempted to take our nursing licenses. Once we told the truth, and the state got wind of it, they came back on Mark, as trying to scape goat the nurses into something – more... Bethesda did not do...as we have gone on, one of my best nursing friends as since passed away... her husband swears due to the stress and pain Mark caused us....please stay away from this company, Mark does not care.... the love and devotion you give to the beautiful souls you are blessed to care for will always stay, but pulled right out from you in order for Mark to save himself....God bless my sweet friend, that will always stay deep in our hearts....I miss you.... ... – less
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The residents are great
Caregiver/CNA (Former Employee), Portland, ORJuly 2, 2014
The residents at this facility are great! The upper management team on the other hand are real jerks!
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a fun and rewarding work environment
Assist residents in all areas of daily living ie (Current Employee), Clovis, CAJuly 2, 2014
Pros: positive environment
Cons: no certification as a direct support professional. no holiday pay
Bethesda Lutheran Communities is a very rewarding place to work if you are fit for this job and take advantage of the true experience. I have learned many skills that may be very beneficial to for those who wish to continue in the health care field. Skills that are helpful at BLC are the ability to administer medications by following the 6 rights, the – more... ability to take blood pressure, glucose, weights and vitals. Management is helpful and willing to assist when needed.This job is only difficult if you are not interested in helping individuals to have a productive day.The most enjoyable part of the job is that you are getting paid to fulfill the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities by creating a positive environment. – less
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Great company to work for
DSP (Former Employee), Springfield, ILJune 26, 2014
I loved working for this company, however it was difficult not having to find my own coverage for time off.
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Great Experience
Direct Support Professional (Current Employee), Cypress, TXJune 22, 2014
Pros: taking patients out in the communities.
Cons: no breaks
I have an overall great experience in working with this company. The Company taught me many things to further my career.
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Great, Christian non-profit organization
Human Resources Assistant and Recruiter (Current Employee), Springfield, ILJune 17, 2014
Everyone works together as a team. There is no micro-managing.
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Work well with others
Accounts Payable (Former Employee), Lenexa, KSJune 10, 2014
I am a highly motivated person and I can efficiently get the job done. I have a
Good background in customer services. I believe I can tackle any obstacle and I would be a great asset to a motivated team.
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Large Corporate Company Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Program Manager/ DSP (Former Employee), Mission Viejo, CAJune 4, 2014
Pros: helping adults with physical and mental disabilities, relationships you build w/ people you support, learning how to help people (physical help and emotional support)
Cons: co-workers lacking in professionalism, some are not diligent with people they support, sometimes house maybe short staff, lacking in community outings, care maybe sub standard in some facilities, management team maybe weak in some facilities
Bethesda Lutheran Communities has gone through some changes at the corporate level, these changes have effected the company on all levels.
I started working for BLC when it "merged" with Good Shepherd Communities in 2007, in the OC location (Mission Viejo and Lake Forest). At that time, our regional director was an older gentleman, whom I respected – more... because due to his commendable work ethics (he would eventually promote me to a Program Manager). With the restructuring, he left the company and was replaced by the regional director from northern cali. This was when the changes happened. Because she was responsible for the entire operations in Cali (when it used to be 3 RDs for cali), she was not very present, and many people took advantage of this new reality. You could imagine how things ended up. The care for the individuals we support declined. – less
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good ecperience
Home Health Aide (Former Employee), Redding CAMay 30, 2014
it was a good stepping stone experience, I worked as a home health aide while completing prerequisites for nursing school
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Great People with available hours
Care-giver (Current Employee), Littleton, ColoradoMay 28, 2014
Pros: lots of pto and great work culture.
Cons: hard to advance to higher levels, low wage increases, low hourly pay for amount of work.
A typical day at this job is being a basic care giver to the individuals that work there such as serving meds, cooking, cleaning, transporting, and sometimes changing diapers. This is not a micromanaged company! There is a lead staff that gets the paper work and documentation done for the actual manager but there are some months where you never see – more... or talk to your boss. Thats because you are working in a group home and the managers work in a office. However their pay is one of the lowest in the industry especially for the amount of high behavioral (bad) individuals they adopt in their program. Their benefits are average. The best thing about this job is people that work with you. It is easy to get days off, and vacation pay, but attendance is a must! Most days go good and easy while working at this job, too bad they don't pay more to make a better living. – less
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Program manager
Program Manager (Former Employee), Fairview, OHMay 21, 2014
I enjoyed the individuals I assisted on a day to day and the employees I worked with for years. No turnover for more than five years. Proud of that fact.
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Can be fun to work for
DSP (Current Employee), Gresham, ORMay 20, 2014
Pros: get to do fun things with people you support
Cons: never enough staff
I just want to say that there is never enough staff to work so we are always having to work double shifts and sometime triple shifts. I do however like that we get to do fun things with the people we support and we get to help them have a better life. The hardest thing about my job is not knowing what's going to happen from day to day with each person – more... we support. – less
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BAD JOB
DSP (Former Employee), YORKVILLE,ILApril 9, 2014
WORKING WITH THIS JOB WAS VERY TIME CONSUMING THEY WERE ALWAYS VERY NEEDY AND THEY DON'T PAY A LOT BUT WANT YOU TO ALWAYS DO OVER TIME BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE A LOT OF WORKERS , THEY HAVE VERY BAD MANAGEMENT THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE WORKERS IF THEY GET HURT!!!!!!!!!!
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Great company to work for with a great mission!
Program Manager (Current Employee), Fort Wayne, INMarch 26, 2014
Pros: very rewarding, independent work environment
Cons: on call 24/7
While the job can be high stress it is very rewarding and worth your time. The hardest part is getting past being on call 24/7, but seeing the changes in peoples lives is worth it.

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