Respiratory Therapist (Former Employee) – Norfolk, VA – August 12, 2016
I worked as a Respiratory Therapist there. I've worked a lot of hospitals before and this is one of the worst paying and one of the most hostile work environments I've personally encountered. Physicians are definitely disrespectful, rude, and make you feel like your bothering them if you have a concern about a patient. Some nurses are ok but cardiac nurses are just rude, entitled, and go out of their way to make the Respiratory Therapists' work day miserable. Nursing management would probably do away with the Respiratory Dept if they could figure out a way to get away with it. Nursing actually lobbied to have Respiratory taken off the ECMO program so that nursing could try and cover it though they are already spread thin. I would recommend Sentara only to a new graduate since you can see about anything and everything you could imagine and get some experience dealing with many cutting edge technologies (and cutting edge personalities). I also found out they paid someone who started with me sign up bonus and travel money even though I did not get it, SO Always ask if you are thinking out going to work there. Not for the timid or faint of heart. However, there are some nice people working there.
Looks good on Resume. If you make it here, you can make it anywhere
Hostile, high stress, minimal raises if any, other disciplines look down on Respiratory Therapists
Fast-paced, safe working environment, with teamwork being the forefront.
Patient Transporter (Former Employee) – Virginia Beach, VA – August 3, 2016
Working for Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital has made me realize the importance of being in a team-oriented working environment. The ability to multi-task is a must, but the care given to patients is fulfilling.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Virginia Beach, VA – August 30, 2015
=Work Environment very fast paced with working for multiple =Managers, Directors, and Units. =Learned many diverse faucets of working in a hospital environment. =Co-workers were typically in a very good mood and cheerful. =Most difficult aspect of the job was having to deal with management that would request one thing and when they received it would change their mind and want the total opposite thing. =The best part of the job was the interaction with many diverse individuals.
Elizabeth City SMG office employee (Current Employee) – Elizabeth City, NC – August 27, 2015
If you are looking for a career look elsewhere. As an employee you are told there is an open door policy, but for this SMG site that is not true, you are their puppet, do more work, less pay, unless you are in the "IN" crowd with management. To move up you must lie and manipulate. Pay has never been accurate nor has management made any corrective action when brought to their attention. Management "wants to lay low on the radar!". Every dept is different but this is all in reference to SMG site in Elizabeth City. I'm looking for another company.
RN- Unit Coordinator (Current Employee) – Hampton, VA – May 19, 2016
I enjoy working for a diverse company. My work environment is high paced, caring, and rewarding. Customer Satisfaction is number one on our unit. We foster teamwork and patient and family centered care. We strive for excellence and accountability from all of our team members. The most enjoyable part of my day is a thank you from a patient and their family.
productive and very professional work place setting.
Benefits Specialist (Current Employee) – Norfolk, VA – August 23, 2015
Working for Sentara was very enjoyable. Sentara provided a professional environment along with great co-workers who always are willing to give a helping hand when needed. The management team are uplifting as well. The hardest part of the job is dealing with the occasional irate customer when there is a error in their benefits structure. The most enjoyable part of the job is making every customer feel important, confident and statisfied.
REGISTERED NURSE (Current Employee) – Norfolk, VA – July 10, 2016
Working with oncology patients bring me joy to my heart. All of my coworkers are awesome. We are each other's wingman. The manager has been working at this facility for more than 25 years. She is not judgmental and all and show equal favor to us all.
Accountant (Former Employee) – Norfolk, VA – June 12, 2016
This was by far the worst place I have ever worked. I cannot speak for the hospitals and healthcare facilities. But the corporate office was horrible. The management was narrow minded and inflexible. The corporate culture was stale and the turn over rate was very high.
Medical Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Sentara Independence – February 4, 2016
They are very strict and a lot of management are not friendly or approachable. The position that I had was too much for one person to work by themselves. The majority of staff are overworked and this should not be allowed to take place.
Patient Account Representative (Former Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – November 21, 2012
I worked at Sentara for 4 years and was truely disappointed with the lack of management skills the the higher ups have. You will never get a problem solved, they have favorites, and you are only promoted based on how much you kiss their bottom. You are never rewarded for hard work and going above and beyond. They refuse to hire more people in the department because they are so cheap but expect you to handle a 8 hospital case load with hundreds of claims coming in a day, that doesn't even count the other work that had to be done. It's really sad to see such a large company that has gained millions off of their employees but could care less about them. It's all politics and if you don't kiss bottom then this isn't the job for you.
pay is horrible, promotion is rare, and pay raises are not good
Cook (Former Employee) – Hampton, VA – May 20, 2016
i enjoyed my coworkers and the diverse environment. as well as training and benefit programs i liked working here i learned alot at this company,the most enjoyable part with all the different people i met everyday as well as building relationships with the regulars
Administrative Associate (Former Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – April 13, 2016
A typical day is when you have too much work and less employers but we always seems to get the work done. I learned that if everyone pull together it makes it light on everyone. Management could've been more better. The hardest part was trying to only do your job but because of my my devotions to my work I cant say No. The most enjoyable part was when everyone work and cut of the talking
Coworkers are great, but this company is TERRIBLE.
COTA (Former Employee) – Lifecare – January 9, 2015
The company is legally a "non-profit" but you would never know it. The company philosophy, for example, is "not to come in if you feel the least bit sick." In actuality, they tell you to come in anyway. In a management quiz, one of the correct answers is that you should lie to your employees. Sentara Lifecare, the skilled nursing facilities, have lesser benefits than Healthcare, but they do not notify you when hired. Beware! I worked in therapy, and it is all about the money!!!!! Keep that productivity up--and most therapists work off the clock regularly to achieve this goal, even working while eating lunch.
work/life balance is non existent. Company philosophy is REALLY all about profit.