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Meridian Behavioral Health United States Employee Reviews

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fair for a non profit
Recovery Coordinator (Current Employee), Sylva, NCApril 9, 2015
Pros: flexible schedules
Cons: stressful and disorganized
work life and demands are hectic to keep up with changing MH world. management is very scattered and lacks experience. they will help with becoming licensed and are supportive in this manner. not much room for advancement.
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HORRIBLE PLACE TO WORK
LPN (Former Employee), St. PaulMarch 31, 2015
Pros: plenty of overtime
Cons: no breaks, management, no care for the clients
Meridian only cares about making money and having beds filled. When clients decide they want to leave they are begged to stay for the night until their bed can be filled.
If a client needs to go to the ER, they usually get threatened to be discharged. I have seen many clients go without their psych medication for weeks.
Programming is horrible. Most of the time the groups consist of watching a movie, usually not related to chemical dependency at all. Clients complain about not receiving their treatment plan for weeks after they have admitted.
Communication is a joke. Staff gets reprimanded for being too detailed in emails and passing along information to other staff when it's necessary.
You can expect to walk into chaos pretty much every day of the week.
Tons of transportation issues. Most of the time the clients are the ones telling the staff when they have appointments they need to be at.
Management is power hungry and irrational. Decisions get made without thinking things through.
Clients get left with broken promises for activities/outings.
Expect to receive absolutely no training in regards to your job duties.
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Enjoyable, great coworkers, interesting place to learn.
Counselor Day Training Rehab (Former Employee), Gainesville, FLMarch 11, 2015
Great learning experience working with great people, teaching subjects such as social skills, communication, living and getting along with others.
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A place to feel like you make a difference
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Former Employee), Minneapolis, MNMarch 4, 2015
Pros: doing a very important job
Cons: low pay, work is added never taken away.
Because of the complicated lives of the clients and their long history of opiate abuse the work requires tremendous emotional presence. The reward is great but because the company (corporation) wishes to make money short cuts are taken and staff our not given the kind of support they need to remain emotional healthy in the position.
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Activities painting,bingo,Arts and Crafts
Chemical health tech (Former Employee), Saint Paul, MNFebruary 10, 2015
Helping others, working as a team player, staying busy, Always no that no one is difference people just have difference issues and can get better the hardest part of the job is seeing a person give up .The most rewarding part is seeing a person making it thought the end and leave with a positive out look on life.
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Worse Company To Work For In CD Field!!!!
LADC (Former Employee), St. PaulJanuary 15, 2015
Pros: none!
Cons: everything!
I worked for this company at two separate treatment centers, one outpatient and one residential. The one and only thing they care about is the bottom line. They have been trying to sell their business for over a year, and the reputation is so poor, no one will buy it. There is no where near enough support or staff to help anyone, from when I was a tech to when I was a LADC. I had 20 residential residents while I was an LADC for three months until I left. DHS has also been investigating them...
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Do not waste your time
Unknown (Former Employee), Saint Paul, MNDecember 7, 2014
Pros: quitting
Cons: everything
I work in the field of chemical dependency because I have a passion to help others. Working for Meridian took that passion from me and made me dread coming in to work. They over work you, under pay you, and leave you short staffed. Management is very poor. They see dollar signs over client care.

In the time I was there, the company made promises that they never intended to keep.

Client care is on the back burner. This is NOT treatment.

If you enjoy being lied to, belittled, and feeling like you are replaceable at any time, please apply.

If you have any compassion and want to do what is right for client care, look somewhere else. This is not the company to work for.
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Good learning environment
LPN (Current Employee), Saint Paul, MNDecember 5, 2014
productive and fun place to work and a good place to learn in the field of nursing
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Meridian should be on your top five list of "who not to work for!"
NURSE or tried to be (Former Employee), Minneapolis, MNNovember 23, 2014
Pros: staff at the individual sites try to give good care with no resources or support.
Cons: meridian cannot maintain any decent employees.
This company has no respect for it's employees and any attempt at helping patients is usually a wasted effort. If you do not like to compromise patient care and line the pockets of the CEO and shareholders you should not work here.
Have a license in this state that you want to keep in good standing? Make SURE you are not employed at Meridian.
The longer you stay the more benefits they take away and yet expect more productivity from the employees. Upper management preaches professionalism but posts pictures of themselves to the employee email that is discriminatory against certain groups of folks they pretend to treat. If you dare mention the transgression ,hope that help comes from above because you find no satisfaction from the corrupt internal structure that is Meridian. The supposed presidents, vice presidents, business development people , HR, and Directors laugh along in fear of standing up for the employees they are supposed to help feel valued so good care can be given to those entrusted to Meridian's care. This is a FOR PROFIT entity that at the least fulfills that portion of their mission.
Upper management is rewarded with perks and parties while being unqualified to run their sites because they are only concerned about filling beds regardless of whether a patient is appropriate or safe to be in Meridian's care.
WATCH Out Meridian is always hiring because employees leave, or are encouraged to leave, when they try to do their job or refuse to cross ethical boundaries. If you work for Meridian be prepared to feel undervalued, understaffed, underappreciated, unheard and unsupported, I cannot really say anything positive about the time I invested/wasted at this company.
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Poor management, not an enjoyable place to work.
LPN (Former Employee), Minneapolis, MNOctober 6, 2014
Was very good at my job, and was told later that I was only hired because they needed a "white person" as an employee.

Also, requested to go to hospital to see my terminally ill mother, and was told that if I did, I would be fired.
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Challenging and fulfilling work.
Chemical Health Technician (Tech.) (Former Employee), Saint Paul, MNSeptember 15, 2014
Pros: direct client contact
Cons: under-staffed at times
Being a Chemical Health Technician, (TECH) is challenging and rewarding. Assisting clients with their personal needs as well as helping them navigate the CD program so they may be exposed to all the program has to offer. The real challenges came when the number of staff on hand was low. It was rewarding to see the positive change in clients as they progressed through the program.
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Great oppertunities for advancement
Employee (Current Employee), St. Paul, MNAugust 29, 2014
I have worked for Meridian Behavioral Health for 5 years, I have seen the company open up an endless amount of advancement opportunities for employees. Meridian is one of the fastest growing behavioral health organizations in the country and they will always look internally for advancement as they grow. Meridian has recently started a High Potential Academy where employees at each of the sites are chosen to be groomed for advancement! The administrative team is highly educated in the field and great to work for, the CEO is down to earth and promotes that employees contact him directly with issues or new ideas. Client care is always at the utmost importance in all of the decisions for the company, and it shows in outcomes and client satisfaction surveys. The staff are great and have a strong passion for helping not only the clients learn and grow but each other as well. My experience working here has been beyond great, and I hope for many more years with the company!
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The worst place to work
Nursing (Former Employee), Twin townApril 20, 2014
Cons: rn manager, tara
It's the worst work environment. Management is terrible and extremely unprofessional. They can not keep employees and there's a reason for that. Save yourself and do not apply!
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Company does not care about its employees, overworked and underpaid
Chemical Health Technician (Current Employee), Saint Paul, MNDecember 18, 2013
Clients are great, but it is unorganized which makes the job more stressful. They are out of compliance with HIPPA and DHS, client care is supposed to be the focus but it is poor.
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Very Poor Management. Negative. Hostile
Nurse (Former Employee), Twin Cities, MNDecember 6, 2013
Horrible place. Negative. Hostile. Crazy. DO NOT WORK HERE.
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Poor work environment
Staff member (Former Employee), Saint Paul, MNOctober 16, 2013
Pros: most co workers are great
Cons: too many to list
Management- is a joke. The director cares more about herself and bringing in money, then she does about clients or her staff. She has been seen yelling at staff members and also ignoring client care.

Living areas- the clients rooms are disgusting. Staff likes to blame this on clients, but its the facility. Rooms have bugs. There is mice that live in the eating areas and also client rooms. Ceiling is falling down in common areas. When it rains, prepare for water coming in from the ceiling.

Client care- be prepared to be talked down to, treated like a child, and be kept in treatment beyond the amount of time you need. If there is empty beds, counselors are told they cannot graduate a client so they can keep beds filled. Clients are also referred within company even if their needs are better served at another facility.

Staff- the staff can be seen bickering about each other. Techs sitting in their office playing on their cell phones. Lack of nursing. High staff turnover. Tech manager degrading clients and talking down to them. Nurse manager more concerned with herself and her looks, then client care and her nurse turn over.

Most nurses do not stay for more than 1 month due to the way they are treated. Counselor stay is typically 3-6 months. Supervisor stay is 4 months. Tech stay is typically 3-5 months.

There is no room for advancement. Be prepared for empty promises. There is no raises. Be prepared to not have days off that you have earned.
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Worked w/teen boys @ Boys Recovery Ctr
Recovery Specialist (Current Employee), Lake City, FLFebruary 3, 2013
Assist the treatment team in providing direct client care. Aids in ensuring an orderly, safe & therapeutic relationship w/clients. See resume.
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Productive Work Place.
Administrative Manager (Former Employee), Gainesville, FLJanuary 28, 2013
Pros: assistance with gas mileage.
Cons: short lunch breaks.
Check Voice Mail and e-mail. Check with Supervisor. If an assessment needs to be completed do so. If not leave to start home visists. All meetings are usually on Tuesdays at 8:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. Turn in Productivity to the Secretary. Follow daily Protocol .
To keep up with Productivity and to stay focus with all paper work and documentation.
Management was cooperative and helpful.
Co-workers were team players and fun to be with.
The hardest part of the job was trying to catch the clients at home to complete an assessment.The most enjoyable part was being able to reach our and help people that were disabled.
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Very fullfilling work environment
Store Manager (Current Employee), St Paul, MnJune 21, 2012
Pros: very fullfilling
Cons: not very good compensation
Very educational helping individuals overcome their addictions.