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Bethesda Lutheran Communities Employer Reviews

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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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Good Workplace
Assist individuals (Current Employee), Cypress, TXMarch 18, 2014
Pros: flexibility
Cons: benefits
Enjoyable workplace working with individuals with disabilities. .
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work
DSP (Current Employee), Portland, ORMarch 16, 2014
I love what i do its a great way to help others that need help living there daily life.
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Great job - company had no money
Regional Director of Human Resources (Former Employee), Shawnee, KSMarch 14, 2014
Pros: loved the job
Cons: lost funding
I liked my job but the home office was a little out of touch with what was happening in the regional offices. They lost their funding which caused them to also lose their compassion for the employees. I watched as they let people go that had been with them for over 15 years. They also made you take vacation if you wanted to take off a recognized holiday – more... - like Christmas. – less
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Good place to work for
CPR/AED and First Aid Instructor (Current Employee), Aurora, ILMarch 2, 2014
You should possess a lot of patience in dealing with clients with developmental disabilities.
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Direct Support Staff (Former Employee), Fort Wayne ,INFebruary 10, 2014
Pros: watching my clients become more independent and self assured in their abilities
Cons: ever changing manager who always kept changing the rules and expectations
I worked in a group home environment for 3 men with special needs ranging from Autism to Deafness and mental challenges and profound emotional and mental development. I worked sometimes with another staff member ...but most of the time I worked by myself. It was our teams responsibility to help these men improve their quality of daily life through enhancing – more... their own individual challenges designed by their behaviorist. We strove to help them become more independent and social in the community by taking them to church as well as other outings such as fairs and parks and grocery shopping as well as any others interests the clients may have had. We strove to give them a better quality of life through personal growth challenges and building their self esteem and confidence daily. We worked with them at the levels they were at...for instance helping prepare meals or clean up after meals or do their own laundry or clean their room or to learn how to tell time or know what day of the week it was or how to handle money and buy items they wanted. – less
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Bethesda Lutheran Communities
Case Manager/ Program Manager (Former Employee), Littleton,coFebruary 3, 2014
Pros: opportunity for advancement, pay
Cons: travel distance
Great place to start and learn how to work with and assist disabled individuals to maintain independence.
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Fun place to work
Direct Support Professional ( Overnight) (Current Employee), St. Louis, MOJanuary 20, 2014
Pros: excellent clients
Cons: overnight
Typical work day involves arriving overnight and providing safety and supports of clients living in the home.
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busy
Lead Direct Support Professional (Former Employee), Fort Wayne, INDecember 29, 2013
Pros: easy work environment payed good and the benefits
Cons: manager not around like she should be
Typical day for me would be very busy always doing something and taking care of individuals needs. I learned leadership skills how to manage and run a mental house and employes under my job level. Management had it's ups and downs depending on the day or how needy they would be. Co-workers were easy to get along with laid back and respectful.
Hardest – more... part of the job for me was not having my Manager ontop of her job like she was suppose to be. Most enjoyable was seeing the individuals smile and have hope! – less

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