A great place to start....
Pros: wonderful resume dressing and experience
Cons: pay is very low, "top heavy" management
.....but not a great place to grow.
RAA is an urban, high performance EMS system that operates using a System Status Management Theory.
Richmond is a place where newer medics want to work because of the call volume and diversity of calls. Here you get anything from psychiatric calls up to multi-system traumas and ANYTHING in between. If you want experience, exposure and some moderate excitement; then this may be the place for you. If you're looking to grow, develop and progress into a management position and stake out your retirement plan for years to come, then this probably isn't for you.
As a field employee of RAA, you are just that....a field employee. You can work your bumm off day/night in and day/night out, mark up early and on-time every shift, never call out sick, and you will guarantee yourself one thing and one thing only; an "atta boy" on your yearly evaluation. There are numerous people who have been here 10+ years through the growing pains of the past and they have formed their bonds and ties. You can try to stand out and shine all you want but there are gatekeepers that will help remind you of your place in the organization. You are on the truck to one thing, go and do as you are told.
Should you happen to break out of the glass cage and be recognized as a "leader", you will be helped to understand just how much power you wield and just how fragile that power is. Your social circle will be encouraged to not contain the field providers at a close level.
It is very easy to become disgruntled here but there is a little something to be said for the streamlined operations. If they would only understand that people are not machines.