Fiscal Technician (Former Employee) – Tacoma, WA – May 29, 2014
High End data entry, I was in charge of 286 employee's Paychecks. Input of over time, sick leave and personal leave accruals and adjustments as needed per pay period, Prepare fiscal reports, input information of new hires into DSHS Personnel systems. Enroll new hires into the Health Care Authority system and adjust current employee's changes to HCA. Answering a high volume of calls and E-mail's, Faxing, Scanning, and Copying. Maintain and update Filling, Inventory, Mailing and Database Systems. being a Fiscal Tech 2 was very rewarding in many ways as I learned a great deal about communication, Time utilization, and Customer Service. I had approximately 15 co-workers whom I enjoyed seeing on a daily basis we, as Fiscal Tech's had a very stressful dedication to make sure our employee's payroll and leave compensations were completed accurately and by State deadlines. This at times would put high pressure in the office, but we all knew we would pull through as a team. The hardest part of being a Fiscal Tech at WSH would have been when a co-worker would call in for time off when it was close to payroll cut-off, this would cause us in the office to come together and make sure the absent person's payroll was completed before the State system locked us out. (Each FT was in charge of 250-300 employee's payroll) The most enjoyable part of my job at WSH was the feeling of accomplishment twice a month every month, knowing my employee's were happy and they knew I would do what ever it took to get the job done accurately and on time every time and they appreciated it.
The bond with my Co-workers and Employee's, Meeting new employee's, Learning new things everyday because of State changes.
Office Assistant 3 (Current Employee) – Steilacoom, WA – June 6, 2017
Terrible place to work the environment and moral has gone down hill in the last four years of me being there. Hopefully they get rid of all the upper management people who are a huge part of the problem.
Chief of Safety and Security (Current Employee) – Lakewood, WA – June 5, 2017
Western is transforming. The management team strives to connect with the staff. The hospital is rapidly advancing in their ability to manage some of the most challenging patients as they move toward recovery. This is a historic facility with terrific people who work well together.
Job has meaning, autonomy, opportunity for growth, creates and impact and makes you feel connected.
Recreation Therapist (Current Employee) – Lakewood, WA – May 31, 2017
A typical day is full of adventure with support by team members. I have inspired patients and my coworkers, to work through each day and allow them to have a better life. I have learned how to work with many people of different cultures and backgrounds. Management has worked with supervisors, to trickle down information, and make the hospital a safe place, while helping the patients meet their overall recovery. The hardest part is having to work within a limited budget. The most enjoyable part has been to work with great coworkers, and to have helped 100's of patient's work towards their recover over the years.
Mental Health Technician (Former Employee) – Lakewood, WA 98498 – May 27, 2017
While stressful at times, I truly did enjoy working for Western State Hospital. The constant interaction with patients and the fast paced work place was quite desirable. The staff was helpful and mostly friendly. I do feel like for the work we do as MHTs we deserve better pay, but I have heard they raised wages since I left.
Psychiatric Social Worker 3 (Current Employee) – Lakewood, WA – May 8, 2017
Western State Hospital is an important community resource for individuals with chronic mental illness. Majority of the workers care about the patients and take pride in their work. The great job that WSH does daily does not get reported, but only the unfortunate incidents that occur.
Food Service Worker (Former Employee) – Staunton, VA – April 12, 2017
A typical day at work is fairly relaxing. I learned how to make foods according to patient needs and run machines in sanitation. Management is very flexible and helpful. The workplace culture is very laid back and enjoyable. The hardest part of the job is lifting; some things are heavy. The most enjoyable part of the job was being P-14 and getting time off as needed.
Custodian (Former Employee) – Tacoma, WA – April 7, 2017
The most enjoyable part of the day was being able to help provide a clean and comfortable living place for residents. Some of these residents could become upset or even violent which would make the day hard. Management was okay but not great. The culture could be strained at times because union helped keep employees that did not perform full duties and others would have to pickup the work.
Registered nurse/ Staff Nurse (Former Employee) – Hopkinsville, KY – March 21, 2017
When I was hired they told me there would be security there to help us when patients got out of hand. This was a lie. during the time I was there I was attack by a patient and at that time we did not have any security. There was also another nurse attacked during that time and she was in a coma the last time I asked about her.
Administrative Secretary (Former Employee) – Hopkinsville, KY – February 23, 2017
My direct management was the best! There was now typical day-there was always something new or different to to which made the day go by fast. Workplace culture was very friendly. It was difficult adjusting to working for the government. I was not use to the thumb on you - part of the job i.e.; ordering supplies, running an errands etc. Leaving was probably the hardest part of the job. I was promised a raise and didn't receive it. Resigned because of this. I am a person of principle. If you say your going to do something then do it!