Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Leesburg, Virginia – December 21, 2014
A typical day would include checking emails and phone messages, completing reports in timely fashion, answering phone calls, assist the Facility Administrator with what is asked, complete chart audits and filing, trouble shoot patient issues, arrange patient travel arrangements, complete payroll and correct time clock issues, responsible for patient intake, enter and update new/existing patient information, take inventory, place inventory orders, receive inventory and ensure organized stock room, clean artificial kidneys in a sterile environment, properly document and complete logs sheets in Reuse Room. My Facility Administrator was wonderful to work with. She had 3 clinics to run, which prohibited her from being present at my location on a daily basis. With that, I was able to oversea entire clinic with the ability to troubleshoot. While I enjoy multi-tasking, I found that going from office work to clinical work on a daily basis was the hardest part of the job. There were many enjoyable aspects of the job, which include: Positive team moral/team building, continuous education, fun and laughter with staff and patients, maintaining rapport with patients, families, physicians and hospital employees, staying busy, having multiple responsibilities, great team work throughout the region, and fun activities throughout the year. I helped open two brand new facilities and enjoyed the knowledge learned, as well as the hard work that is needed to open a dialysis facility. I enjoyed learning all aspects of the company. The more you know, the better you are at your job.
Acute Care Dialysis Nurse (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – February 23, 2017
Grand Rapids Michigan office acute care dialysis. So happy to get out of there. Management does not listen, talks over you and treats you like a child. Hours are feast or famine, either you work long hours at below market pay, or you are shorted. Lots of low census. If you get overtime or are called in to run a treatment in the middle of the night you are shorted regular scheduled hours later in the week because "we want to avoid overtime". You are responsible for your own training. Lots of pressure to work off the clock...calling hospital before you punch in to get report from floor nurse. Study at home for your training. Requirement to *memorize* policies from Davita, and each hospital you work (which of course is impossible). Stuck in isolation room in full iso gear with confused patients for 3-4 hour treatment--no bathroom breaks for you. Requirement to use your phone, but do not compensate you for this...unless you provide an accounting of costs incurred each month, and costs must meet a threshold before you get reimbursement. Strange corporate "rah rah" culture...company is cheap cheap cheap. Will do everything to save a buck.
Whatever you do avoid working for the Grand Rapids acute care office and for this company. You have been warned!!
3 day work week
pressure to work off clock, long hours or short shifts, authoritarian management
My schedule would change from day to day which resulted in less time for my family. The training was poor and I was basically left by myself after little hands on training which I didn't think was fair for the patients and myself. Communication with my supervisor was not good. While I would communicate how I felt she would be texting on her phone.
The benefits were good
lack of training and communications, scheduling was poor
Patient Care Technician (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – February 21, 2017
A typical day starts at 5am getting patients on the machine for treatment by 6am. We put on and manage three patients at a time for up to 4 hours per patient. we average 9 patients per tech per day. Working here taught me all about the dialysis process and more about renal failure. since I have worked here ( roughly a year) we have had several managerial changes which we have worked diligently to overcome. we have a very diverse work staff that all try our best to give our patients the best treatment and care possible. the hardest part of my job has been the long work hours which make it difficult to spend time with my family. what I love most about my job is my patients. they make my days better and I would like to think I make theirs better as well.
all the learning opertunities. patient interactiion.
short breaks, low wages, no room for growth, long hours, lack of management.
Patient Care Technician (Former Employee) – Yakima, WA – February 20, 2017
the hours were great because you never worked over night, first shift started at 430 am and last shift got out at 930/10pm. They provided paid training , and the pay for having no experience was great. the benefits are also a great factor of the company.
This is not a team and the leadership is lacking terribly
PCT (Patient Care Technician) (Former Employee) – Syracuse, NY – February 20, 2017
Very hostile work enviornment with little to no involvement from leadership. They do not recruit for quaility, they just need a warm body in the clinic. Patient care is awful. The way the patients are spoken to is disheartening and the way they are treated is even worse. LPNs are ticking time bombs, always exploding at team mates and patients alike. The FA and CSS try to manage the clinic hiding behind a desk and computer rather then being on the floor engaging the team and promoting a productive day. No positive reinforcement from leadership at all, they focus on the negative instead of assisting eager teammates to turn weaknesses into strengths. They are leading by very poor example which has affected the delivery of adequate patient care and a horrible morale with team members. DCI and Fresenius clinics are your better choices, not only for patients but health care professionals as well.
Free coffee in break room
Leadership, lack of team work, hostile enviornment, poor patient care
Charge Nurse (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – February 19, 2017
DaVita is one of the largest kidney company. A typical day at work is from the time you walk in the clinic and until the end of the day you are very busy. The company truly try to promote a fun environment for the patients and the staff.
LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) (Former Employee) – Janesville, WI – February 18, 2017
I interviewed with a Davita in Janesville, WI. I did not feel welcome the moment I walked in the door. Its like they didn't want me there or I was wasting their time. I met with 2 managers and another person. The manager at this site was not friendly borderline rude. No one smiled. Odd. When asked what kind of hourly rate I was looking for I said 19.00 p/h. - The average LPN wage is over 21.00 p/h in janesville. The manager said "thats high." Its high if u are paying HS graduates that with no experience! I was so disappointed. I'm glad I wasn't offered a job there, it didn't seem like a good place to work. Also the manager wasn't even a nurse and she's hiring techs and nurses- come on. I've wanted to work for this company for a very longtime. Sad.
Started out wonderful, until they place the wrong people in management.
Certified Medical Assistant/Phlebotomist (Former Employee) – TN – February 18, 2017
They should get the VP in the clinics instead of the corporate offices, so they know what is going on in the facilities, and who is actually doing the work. For personal reasons I loved the company, but torwards the end it was a nightmare.
Patient Care Technician (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – February 16, 2017
My experience at Davita was a wonderful one, I always felt confident and knew exactly what I was doing due to their extensive training and knowledgeable employees that I had the opportunity to work with. The only reason I am not currently there has nothing to do with a bad employer, I was not able to take the test that the state requires to be able to keep your employment.
free parking, great manager, good pay and benefits.
pct (Former Employee) – princeton in – February 16, 2017
a typical day at work started by 345 am.. I learned how to better manage my time with doing dialysis, hardest part of the job was believing in my self and telling myself that I can do this and I enjoyed helping people and doing everything I could to help my pts.
I really enjoy working for Davita. I feel like they really care about me and my welfare. I have always enjoyed filling in at Cherry Hill and would like to work there full time. This job feels more like family than just a job. If I have an issue I feel like the higher up bosses care and listen to what I have to say. Davita is a great place to work and I have always felt appreciated.
RN Staff Nurse (Former Employee) – California – February 15, 2017
DaVita has a high turn over rate for their RNs. I used to work for them for a year and they hired like 10 nurses. By my 8th month, there were only 2 of us left. It's a different company to work for. I don't think they care enough for their nurses. I worked Acute care setting and they work us to death. We work 16-18 hours a day and then go back the next day. It's so unsafe and you hardly get any support from management. If you can work that long hrs and you don't mind the management, then you can survive working for them. This is the reason why they keep having hiring events for nurses and offering bonuses because they can't retain their nurses.
Trainings you get to travel; you can negotiate your salary; good training
Long hours; not RN friendly; difficult to get help from management
SOX Analyst (Current Employee) – El Segundo, CA – February 14, 2017
I start the day reading, answering and following up my emails. Once done I review my outstanding workload and prioritize them based on deadlines. What is challenging thou is that there are instances when I need to change the priority I set for a more urgent project and go back to my original timetable. What I have learned is that a person needs to be flexible and be ready for any changes. The hardest part of the job as most jobs is making sure that deadlines are met. This would mean working longer hours either at work or at home. But the most fulfilling part is able to deliver the project needed on time. This company is a nice place to work. Teammates are helpful and friendly while management keeps us updated on what is currently happening and direction it is going. The company gives us the opportunity to organize fun events to temporarily get away from our work