This organization focuses only on promoting based on college degree not experience. It is also driven by cronyism and nepotism. If you are not good friends with someone, unless you have a high level degree, they will keep you trapped under a glass ceiling. They under pay there non degree workers. Administrative workers make the same as custodians and painters make more than administrative specialists. They do not pay you commensurate with your experience.
Family First organization, diverse, and wonderful healthy living incentives
Low wages, disorganization, very few job advancement opportunities, cronyism culture
Clinician IV (Former Employee) – Gainesville, FL – August 7, 2018
I worked at Meridian at various levels, including both as line staff and management, Meridian is every bit of what we expect from a community mental health agency in Florida: underfunded with dilapidated facilities, poorly managed and abusive to employees. Meridian's philosophy was "innovation at all cost no matter how ill advised or poorly timed".
My experience as line staff was probably better overall than my experience in administration. The wages are laughable and the demands ridiculous but I was able to return home at the end of the day and leave that behind me. As a manager, I was subject to constant abuse, expected to be on call 24/7 and expected to be in multiple places at once. Needless to say, the amount of work involved was not reflected in the compensation package.
In summary, Meridian means well but ultimately fails their employees and the community they serve. Their attempts to cultivate multiple revenue streams peter out as soon as management loses interest. Because of the mistreatment of employees, they are constantly scraping the bottom of the candidate barrel, thereby ensuring a sub standard level of care. The company is largely run by the IT department at this point.
A few good people here and there, front line/sickest of the sick experience, ample PTO
Facilties are falling apart, management runs "hot and cold" re various departments and employees, ill advised investments in poorly thought out new programs, despicable treatment of employees.
Management does not care about employees. Also I have seen managers do unethical things. Discrimination and lying goes on with management . No one pays attention to your problems. The CEO should look into the veterans department. She might surprise herself.
Program Manager (Former Employee) – Gainesville, FL – May 17, 2018
A typical day focused on client services. Management was very supportive and encouraging. The workplace culture was like family. The most enjoyable part of the job was the autonomy to make decisions and learn from mistakes.
Individual and family counseling of the medicaid population for children, adolescents, and adults. Almost 10 years since I was last there so things may have changed. Worked with kids and their families at the child's home, school and in the community.
Manager (Former Employee) – Gainesville, FL – March 7, 2018
A typical day at work was communicating in person or phone call with an average of 15 staff members..Ensure all staff members are at work and if not have a contingency procedure in place so that consumers receive quality services. I learned that positive reinforcement about a job well done ultimately decreases turnover rate with the end result including, but not limited to> cost effectiveness as in on-boarding, training, monitoring performance as in typical 90 day probation period,etc. As for management, I found this area to be quite strong.. An "open door" policy; ongoing quality scheduled CEU opportunities. Upper management were approachable. Workplace culture was such that there was open communication, specific expectations. The hardest part of the job was encouraging co-workers to offer ideas, and limited office space in general. The most enjoyable part of the job was participating in round table discussions, and the staffs' treatment of consumers (i.e.laughing instead of crying, special events and taking the time to genuinely listen and help consumers versus being judgmental
Meridian will be a great place to work if they value their employees more. They constantly overwork you, give you a very big workload, with less compensation. Only how you would make decent money at this company if you are a director, VP, CEO, President. Everyone else that is just regular staff and supervisors and managers do not make much money. The compensation is nowhere near to the workload. Constantly have to take work home with you so Home and balance life is never equal. No matter what position you were in you always have to take work home with you. You’re in the office physically Monday through Friday but non-physically you’re actually working Monday through Sunday. The workload is so large for every department, every employee, every manager, and etc.... because meridian refuses to hire more employees for each department or refuses to give out increases on wages. Some staff is paid minimum wage and it’s sad. I will never recommend anyone to work permanently for Meridian. Student can come and do trainings and etc and that’s about it but never accept a formal offer. The job functions and work load is tremendous with unrealistic timelines to get it done.
A good place for entry level clinicians and case managers
Family Intervention Specialist (Current Employee) – Gainesville, FL 32608 – January 14, 2018
There seems to be more emphasis on production and costs than service to clients. The work load is heavy and the jobs require a lot of documentation. Clinicians are forced to conduct too many assessments within a day which may effect the quality of the assessment.
A very good place to begin your mental health career
productivity and numbers are a priority rather than client service
Program Director/Manager (Former Employee) – Gainesville, FL – December 26, 2017
Enjoyed the work and culture. Expectations seemed to always grow and no increase in pay. as non-profit, they seem more interested in building buildings as opposed to investing in the workforce and programs.
Culture, Small non-profit, serving Gainesville, Fl., . and surrounding counties.
Uncertainty with tenure, low pay for work done, some weakness in leadership. A tendency to demand more without giving more.
Meridian Behavioral Healthcare was a wonderful opportunity to gain experience. The manager was flexible and worked with my school schedule. Overall, a great place to work if you enjoy a fast paced environment.
Lead Psych (Former Employee) – Gainesville, FL – November 30, 2017
I enjoyed working here. I stared out as a psych. tech then became Lead Psych. Tech . The salary was good and working closely with the Nurse and Doctors inspired me to go back to school to further advance,
Meridian Behavioral Healhcare works to help those individuals struggling with mental health and susbstance abuse. MBH is a fantastic work environment for those with a passion for helping others and psychology.