Social Services (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – January 11, 2018
Working at this place is the worst and if you are considering it RUN as far away possible. There need to be a new director put in place that can actually lead the team and show true appreciation towards them. No one should be treated like a slave ever.
Some great coworkers
Underpaid and overworked, leadership needs Big Help
Substance Abuse Therapist (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – October 24, 2017
I conducted substance abuse groups in a partial hospitalization setting. Working as a team we shared material and techniques. Management was readily available to assist with patients as needed. Workplace culture is fast paced but manageable. The hardest part of the job is finding aftercare placements for continued treatment. Th most enjoyable part of the job is seeing results in the patients.
Employee (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – October 12, 2017
I've worked at Anchor for several years doing both direct care and a quasi-management role, so I've observed the changes (both positive and negative) in hospital leadership, culture, patient care, clinical safety and the overall "feel" of the hospital.
Due to the nature of the work (e.g., caring for a wide variety of patients with mental health/substance abuse needs), it's very challenging. Caring for people who are in crisis and may want to actively harm themselves or even you is definitely not easy, so nurses, social workers and mental health associates (MHAs) are tasked with a difficult job that requires vigilance, compassion, teamwork, skill, and true love for the work.
Balancing all that on day-to-day basis is hard, but speaking from my own experience, it's beyond rewarding when you actually see/help patients get better (e.g., get on the correct meds, become oriented and stable, start processing trauma in groups, learn better coping skills, etc).
Some good changes have already happened (e.g., culture is safer with more accountability) but hospital has not "arrived" yet.
Overall, very glad/encouraged to see new leadership and direct care staff with a renewed focus on upgrading the facility, teamwork, and keeping both patients and each other safe.
Quality patient care; transformed culture; new leadership and committed staff
Older facility; inter-dept. communication better but can still improve; long hours
Stressful, non-supportive workplace with great opportunities
Social Services Counselor (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – October 11, 2017
I had a lot of hope at Anchor due to the amount of opportunities available for advancement. There is also a high turnover rate, which made new jobs available quickly. However, the workplace environment was extremely stressful, non-supportive, hectic, and dangerous at times due to the nature of the individuals we served there. I experienced terrible management from the director of social services, and I feel that I would have remained at this job for far longer if this individual had not been in charge of my department. The most difficult part of the job was the stressful, fast-paced environment that allowed for very little time to make effective and appropriate treatment choices. The best part of the job was my co-workers, who I still greatly miss to this day.
Mental Health Assistant (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – October 5, 2017
The actual job and responsibilities were great but management was very poor. There was never enough support and that is important in a psychiatric setting. The management was disconnected from the staff that provided direct care.
Mental Health Assistant (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – September 18, 2017
Thay has good working culture.but the Management is judgemental, there is discrimination in anchor hospital between African America and Africans, a lot of white patients complain that their bills are higher compared to Black patients.
Assessor (Intake) (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – June 13, 2017
The job is very stressful. Sometimes no time for break. Some good co-workers. You will learn how to get precerts and learn the information needed to bill for certain levels of care. Most enjoyable part of the job is helping the patient. The hardest part of the job is managing the temperament of co-workers. You must have a tough skin
Assessment and Referral Counselor (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – May 11, 2017
Great entry level job for recent graduates learning the assessment and screening process for psychiatric and substance abuse patients. Management was well rounded and helpful in educational moments of the job.
Manager of Integrated Services (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – May 2, 2017
It appears the hospital was neglected, however there is a new Energetic CEO and things are quickly turning around. He is making necessary changes to make Anchor a better place to work and care for those in need
Mental Health environment, serving patients diagnosed with psychiatric/behavioral
Mental Health Assistant (Former Employee) – College Park, GA – March 11, 2017
As an Mental health associate at Anchor hospital I had the opportunity to observe the different states of mental health illness. The environment consist of adolescence, geriatrics, and detox patients who were all experiencing some form of psychosis. I was responsible for observing/documenting patients behavior, exercising expressive therapy, and maintaining medical records. Many days at the workplace was unpredictable and difficult, due to the environment itself. In which the patients may become violent towards staff or each other. Although training for such behavior was provided, it didn't dictate the potential escalation. However, during this experience I observed that mental health has no respect of persons. And has given another purpose for me to provide exceptional patient care.
Utilization Review Coordinator (Former Employee) – Riverdale, GA – February 1, 2017
Managment changes every 3 months They can not keep a director for that long. They have had 4 interm CEO and Directors within the last 2 years. Terrible management and Human Resource. The attitudes at this job allows for people to try to talk to you any kind of way and treat you any kind of way. Human resource gives you interviews according to if they like the way you look or act towards them, they do not even care about your credentials. They will put people with little to no experience in high acute settings. Terrible place to work seriously. Please Please Please think hard about what type of employment environement you are used to before working here. They also underpay you for the work that needs to be done. Other employees put their work off on you also. They don't staff properly for the census of patients therefore you will have to cover other's shift. They did not want to pay me for my professional licensure when I recieved it while working there. It took them 3 months to pay me for my LMSW. Not a good place to work, unless you are entry level.
Mental Health Associate (Former Employee) – College Park, GA – September 2, 2016
This could have been a good company, but I think they just care about the money. Staff is treated worse than an inmate. If no one shows up at the end of your shift, you are supposed to just stay and do another shift. They don't care and management turned over four times in four years. The experience with patients was great and it is sad that they are in such a poor work environment. Patient group therapy was the only reason I stayed as long as I did. Management needs to be reorganized and structured. Employees need better treatment.