Pros: Easy to get days off, supplies provided, they do the taxes
Cons: No benefits (only healthcare full time), wage policies are not written down, unpaid side work and hours on the job
Every time I'm content to work here for the time being, something comes along to annoy me. Not being paid for cancellations, doing unpaid tasks, having to stay there while not scheduled with a client. And again not being paid. There are class action lawsuits going forward elsewhere and I can see them spreading.
This is not a client based model. I get clients already disatisfied with their previous sessions. Bad therapists, shorted on time. It's a shame they are paying monthly and have such a negative perception because therapists are either lazy or rushed. Some of us would rather cut into our breaks than short a client or push another therapist's schedule back.
We are assigned tasks here, usually once every couple of weeks. If you cannot do them quickly in between clients (and SOAP notes, bathroom, handwashing, dropping off client folder, filling out recommendations, changing linens, getting water and seeing client out), you do them during your break or after your shift. When you are not paid for that time.
Wage policies do not exist in any form, other than verbal. Sometimes. You may have to ask about getting paid for a certain situation, like a cancellation or front desk screw up. You may end up going without that money.
Treatment rooms are small and unventilated. There is heat/ac but no real airflow while you're working.
Now, for the good. Management and coworkers are usually pleasant to work with. Massage can be an isolated profession but here we take an interest in each other's welfare.
It's easy to get days off when requested ahead – more... of time, or in emergencies.
You can pretty much do whatever modality you're trained in. But not reiki. Oh God help you if you do reiki. Joking, but we are trusted to treat clients within our SOP and modalities we're best at.
The front desk booking your schedule are usually competent and care about keeping therapists booked. They are also considerate when adding breaks. We have a pretty friendly, low pressure group who get along well with the clients, too.
Treating this job as my own practice and giving my clients that level of care- I try to take this perspective and see other therapists doing the same. I enjoy massage and my regulars. The job itself is as simple or involved as you want it to be. But there is a tradeoff for this simplicity. – less