Manager (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – October 13, 2016
agree with what many others have posted, loved the job and working with kids but management in the place is severely lacking, should know - worked there over 20 yrs! (education, good work ethic, attitude, professionalism and dedication doesn't seem to matter much)
Laboratory Assistant (Current Employee) – Birmingham, AL – October 5, 2016
Productive with a lot of fun and laughter. We work very well together and at a fast past at times. We are a learning institute so learning new was at better patient care is a top priority. The hardest part of the job is see very ill children and the family during these hard times. This institution has taught me how to cope with different situation when the arise and to communicate more. To work with diverse people with a pleasant atmosphere.
Stressful and overall not a healthy work environment unless you have a top position within the company
Housekeeper (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – July 31, 2016
This company does not have the reputation that it portrays. Depending on what level of employment you are on. This hospital places their nurses and doctors on a pedestal but their janitors and other support staff are often overlooked and not appreciated. There is a lot of unprofessionalism, work place bullying and harassment on the job done by some of the supervisors and nurses in some of the departments. And reporting a problem to a member of management you might want to make sure you want to have another job lined up afterwards. Nurses have actually told lies and gotten people fired because they had personal issues it is definetly not the place to go if you are seeking job security.
Toxic work, environments, lack of diversity in leadership roles
medical technician (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – April 9, 2016
The work was always valuable. Employees were supportive of each other. The work was often difficult and stressful. This was especially true when work on one specimen had to be disrupted because of the arrival of another specimen that was more urgent. Sometimes mistakes were also more likely in such situations. Managers were also likely to be error prone.
Dept Director (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – January 26, 2016
I worked at Children's over 28 years when I was relieved of my job duties by Senior Administrator who wanted to go in a different direction with management What this meant - hire someone younger- less experience- less education and pay less money. My years of dedicated service meant NOTHING
lab (Former Employee) – birmingham, al – April 2, 2015
I worked here for a long time and was very young when I started. I learned everything I needed to learn to move on to bigger and better things. Children's offers great benefits and job security. If you are looking for that, than by all means apply! With that being said, that is why the pay is not so great. I believe this company uses the excuse of "great benefits" to excuse the fact that they don't pay well.
Great place to be around different professions and soak up what you need to get ahead. Also, they offer tuition reimbursement, childcare, discounts, and other things. After you milk them for what you need, move on! I had bad experiences during my milking process and will never go back there if I had the choice.
This place is all about customer service, which I can appreciate and fully understand considering they work with children, but they can take it to the extreme and seek the customers opinion/word over yours. NO BACK-UP on your end; and I was hardly ever in any bad situations. Remember that!
RN (Former Employee) – Floor nurse – February 25, 2015
I was very excited, actually ecstatic to get a position with Childrens when I became a nurse. Life long dream. I apparently built it up bigger in my head. Where to start? If you love to be highly highly micro managed, then this is the job for you my friend.. They write up nurses over every little thing. Even if you try to be the quiet one, there is so much cattiness, gossiping and pure hate between the women that work there. After you put in a notice, it doesnt matter if you have been here for years, they treat you like you never existed. They actually will do things like lock the break room door during lunch. The pay is also very low. My experience was not a good one, very disappointing. I barely got to see the kids after all the hooplah they put you through. If you love children and want a stable work environment, please think over the pros and cons of this job. I have worked at a few hospitals, this one is the least nice. Lets also mention I reached out to H.R. and was told to deal with it.
Imaging (Former Employee) – Alabama – February 2, 2015
Children's is a great place to work if you love helping children. Their compensation is lower than any surrounding Birmingham area hospital. I'm not really sure how they find managers. I know they don't like to pull from their staff. From my experience, they hire outside managers who are friends with the higher ups. It's all about who you know in this hospital. The very involved hiring process makes you think they are very picky with who they decide to hire. This is a trick to make you think that you should be happy with your very low hourly pay that they offer you.
The work day was always full and everyone literally rushed around. Most everyone was still at work after 5pm. Everyone was very knowledgeable. Management was the very worst part of the problem. If you don't like to be micro-managed constantly then do not work at Children's. I believe that a dietitian should manage dietitians and nurses manage nurses. RNs, would you like for a dietitian to be your supervisor? Probably not. We have no idea what you are doing. Best advice...get rid of the nurse that is a supervisor for the dietitians and hire a dietitian that can actually offer something to the team than micro-management. Otherwise, really good and neat place to work.
awesome hosptial, great docs, intelligent co-workers
RN NICU (Former Employee) – Birmingham AL – May 26, 2013
Sure....it's a great service. Any hospital that takes care of children is great but a hospital is a hospital. This one is no different. The fellow nurses are catty and 'cliquey' and the nurse supervisors are batty. Just know going in, this is a regular job with regular people to work with. There's no special medal or honor for working here. Thing about it before you apply here and don't do it just because of the name or just because its a job working with kids....most times you deal with the insane family member with unreal expectations.
Patient Care Technician (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – February 22, 2013
A typical day was very enlightening What I learned on the job gave me a sense of purpose that was gratifying. My co-workers and I were team players The hardest part of the job was moving on, leaving all those beautiful children behind. The most enjoyable part of the job was learning new things that would help me to better myself