Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital Employee Reviews

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Worst work environment I have ever experienced
Emergency Services Counselor (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILSeptember 4, 2019
GPH does not care about its employees. Instead, the administration only cares about filling beds so that they can continue to receive their bonus checks at the end of the month when they meet their numbers. Most children that got admitted did not meet criteria for inpatient psychiatric care, but they would lie and/or exaggerate symptoms to get payment. Most of the administration has little experience and cares only about themselves. They would not assist the units when a crisis would occur, which is concerning because the units are always short-staffed with highly aggressive and sexually inappropriate patients. The job security is non-existent as I've seen so many people come and go because administration did not like them. I witnessed other people with greats talents come and go because they immediately realized how poor the hospital is being run and how unsafe things are there. GPH pays a high rate for some positions to keep people in the roles or as a hush hush for all the corruption that goes on inside the building. The CEO was just on House Hunters International in case you want to check out how much he's making from the mental health of young ones. Look elsewhere for a job and don't be fooled by the high compensation. This hospital needs to be shut down due to its corruption and lack of professionalism.
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Best Decision of My Career
Clinical Educator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 14, 2019
For anyone looking to learn, grow, and make an invaluable impact on the lives of deserving children, Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital is where you should be. Management works tirelessly to ensure all employees are safe and supported. The Director of Clinical Services and the Director of Nursing have time and time again put others first. Invaluable experience.
Pros
Professional growth and development.
Cons
Sick Kids.
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Mental Health Specialist (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILJuly 10, 2019
Great place to work for college graduates or starting off in the mental health field. It’s a hospital setting and you get to work with patients ages 5-17. Great resume booster.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
There is no room for advancement. The hospital is fairly small, so there aren’t many positions to choose from. Also, the pay isn’t that good.
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Do Not feel safe there anymore
Mental Health Specialist (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILMay 16, 2019
From 2014 until now, I no longer feel safe, high turn over and the new staff are not qualified or trained properly to do their job. I go to work and i feel myself not wanting to be there or wanting to go. I took the job to male a difference but instead i found myself seeing the same patients. Each shifts are short now and became very stressful.
Pros
Free Lunch
Cons
No Breaks
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company does not care about employees
Mental Health Specialist (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILApril 9, 2019
you are only a body at this company their overnight crew is left to standing all night with one break safety is a all time high and the children are just $ to the company, the evening shifts don't get a chance to take breaks until its almost time to go home, mold in the laundry rooms always running out of towels and under clothes, uniforms, its a hospital but they dont keep hand sanitizer, The director of nursing need training on work ethnic, addressing staff properly, respect and humbleness if you are not in her click you don't get promotions or anything
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Pros
none
Cons
director of nursing need management training
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Terrible Culture
Clinical Educator/Mental Health Specialist (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJuly 12, 2018
I accepted a job at GPH right out of college. It was great to get a job working with my desired population. However, management shows favoritism with who gets promoted. Provides very little guidance. And does not care about the population being served. The work is hard, but enjoyable, however, expect little to no support from management.
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Productive Day at Garfield Park
Mental Health Specialist (Counselor) (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILJune 14, 2018
Co-workers are amazing but some administration can be harsh. Patiets are great as well as management . I love the diversity of the comapany all the different races. the hardest part of the job is the administration.
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Great place to work
mental health (Former Employee) –  Garfield ParkMay 25, 2018
Great leadership. Love their new focus on LGBTQ youth and victims of sex trafficking. Very supportive place to work, especially for LGBTQ people. Of course there are negative people wherever you work - important to find those at Garfield that lift you up. Upper management is committed to your success. Great pay and benefits. Great place to learn clinical mental health skills.
Pros
Free lunches!
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Garfield Park is good place to work for'
Cook (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILDecember 28, 2017
The good thing about working for Garfield Park is the kid's with special need's. My Supervisor was fair and honest. The hard part of it

is when staff would not bring the food cart's down.
Pros
free lunches
Cons
health care
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Administrative Assistant to CNO (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 3, 2017
Not enough hours due to low census
enjoyed my time there. Would work ther again.
floor staff are great admin not so much
Nothing more to add Nothing more to add.
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Work here at your own risk
Mental Health Specialist (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJune 5, 2017
This job is extremely demanding, paperwork, observations, running groups and it's in a dangerous environment. The patients may become physically & verbally aggressive. Be prepared to be spit on or abused for around $15/hr with a bachelors degree & experience! I've seen people come in the door with experience & no degree and immediately be offered a Program Specialist position which is the next line of advancement when staff have been overlooked for advancement. You cannot stand at the nursing station and you can barely sit! How will you get your progress notes done in so little time if you have a group to run? During your 30 minute break they bless you with! Be grateful because a code could be called while you're on break and with poor staff to patient ratio you could be blamed for an elopement even if you're on your break! The clinical groups don't have any groups on dealing with death, incarceration, broken families or many of the things that are really going on in the child's life.... Nurses are friends with management and bypass supervisor to text or call DON instesd of working and communicating as a team! Management is rude they come on the unit & rarely speak to you unless you're there buddy! Hospital is extremely small and they're thinking about expanding and opening another unit when they can't even handle the 44 patients they have now. If you work overnight it's every man for himself you have to do rounds, laundry, paperwork, prepare towels and clothing and vitals (which the nurse should do) leaving an entire hallway un-observed leaving patients at risk to misconduct  more... from other patients or being hit by other patients! Night nurses mainly on cell phone, disappearing to other units or in medicine room while you are in a hall left to do rounds with no coverage for the other hall way...Need more staff and need to pay at least $17/hr for MHS & $19 to Program Specialist all PS should have a degree & experience not just experience! Request time off early or else there will be a block restricting everyone else from requesting certain days off. It's hard to stay here for years without wanting to go home as soon as you step on the unit.  less
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Free lunch
Cons
Short breaks, not enough staff, violence from patients
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Security Officer (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMarch 13, 2017
Gafield Park Behavioral Hospital is an ok place to work if you are begining a career in such a field. I enjoy the friendly environment. the staff are great to work with.
Pros
Great Co-Workers
Cons
Not enough pay and no potntial for advancement
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Receptionist/Secretary (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILNovember 13, 2016
They expect a lot of you. Management sucks, they try to intimidate you by working extra hours. If you say something there is retaliation. There is no support whatsoever.
Pros
Free Lunch
Cons
Not enough work hours
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Intake and Assessment Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILSeptember 21, 2016
Learned how to multitask very well but they need to train a little better with all the different scenarios that can happen. One person is working the whole time minus 30 minutes when the next person comes in.
Pros
Free Lunches
Cons
stressful
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Provides youth with mental health screening and support
Emergency Services Counselor/Social Worker (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILFebruary 8, 2016
This is a great part time/ flex employment opportunity with 3 shifts to accommodate your time. The hardest part of the job is turning away pts because we do not have space to support them.
Pros
Free food during your shift
Cons
The food is best during the weekday.
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Terrible place to work.
Assistant to CNO (Former Employee) –  Chicago ILAugust 4, 2015
Middle management staff are very depreciating of unit staff.
Not focused on patient care.
Terrible place to work.
Very disorganized.
Pros
free lunch and parking
Cons
negative, hostile environment.
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Mental Health Specialist (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILJuly 15, 2014
Horrible culture, the employee is put last and they make you fully aware that you are disposable.
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Toxic work setting
QMHP (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILFebruary 20, 2014
Working at Garfield Park Hospital was a big career risk. It is a start up hospital with a very bad reputation. The hospital lost it's ability to accept DCFS wards within one month of being open. The hospital is not respected by it's home SASS agency. The staff turnover rate is insane. People work one day and see what the hospital is really like and never return. A previous reviewer was accurate to call the hospital a mixed bag. On one side you have passionate, qualified, dedicated, professional, and ethical workers that rightly earned their job positions. On the other side you have gossiping, unethical, unprofessional, untrained and unqualified staff members that earned their positions due to friendships with the executive team. Some co workers are supportive while others are simply waiting for you to fail. New staff members are not properly trained but expected to do their jobs perfectly by the current leadership team. The current HR leadership does not want employees to advance to follow their career goals. Be aware that if you obtain employment at the hospital you are going to be expected to remain in one position for the rest of your life (unless of course you are friends with the executive team). The hospital leadership team is extremely ignorant of culture. They currently only accept Medicaid clients but have no concept of the barriers experienced by that population. The hospital is not bi-cultural and does not staff Spanish speaking staff on all shifts. The current leadership team has the delusional belief that Spanish speaking families only arrive to hospitals from the  more... hours of 7am to 3pm.  less
Pros
Free lunches, high salary, supportive co workers, good benefits
Cons
No chance to grow, leadership, lack of diversity, toxic co workers, reputation, untrained and unethical staff, ignorant of culture, biased work practices, negative press
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Mixed Bag
Emergency Services Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILOctober 29, 2013
I really enjoyed working for this company. The people are great and the facility is fantastic, however the achilles heal of the place is the management.

It's like they opened the facility without any plan of what to do to keep the place running. In the ERD alone, we went through 3 managers in the first 6 months the place was open and the CEO's job was listed on company website shortly afterwards.

Good place for a lot of really good experience, good co-workers, and learning how to deal with hospital life.
Pros
Great Salary, good benefits, free dinner (evening shift)
Cons
Management, neighborhood is dangerous, understaffed
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