- Albany Medical Center10.Jul 2018
Support from management
I'm sure this differs per department. The department I was in...you might as well have been talking to the wall. Everything you ask for help for will get turned around into a blaming session and make you do it yourself. I'm not one to push responsibility on anyone else but that takes management to an all new LOW.
Everyone is always worried about what every one else is doing, and no one wants to take responsibility.
Freedom to work independently
Always looking over your shoulder, taking every opportunity to tell you you're doing something wrong.
There is always a policy that you didn't know of, until you're getting in trouble for violating that policy. And I'm not talking about obviously stupid things like drugs/alcohol. I'm talking about things like sending emails on certain days. Something really random that you'll get written up for and then you'll find out that you did it wrong...and then they'll tell you they already told you that policy. Truly mind boggling and awful.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Several "vets" of the practice whose benefits are capped and input completely disregarded, even though they've been there several years longer than the constantly changing management and have actual feedback to provide. Management always knows best.
Again, I think in other departments this may actually be a possibility, but in my department it was a joke. You will absolutely take on the work of management, making you an unofficial manager, but you will never be compensated or acknowledged for it.
Overall compensation for your work
I was lucky enough to have my salary set before AMC-but those who are starting are always started at the absolute minimum they can get away with. They want people who are dumb enough to accept 9/10 per hour.
Office / Work Environment
You would be hard pressed to find a MORE stressful environment.
My part of the building was under "asbestos removal" for over a year. There was no windows or ventilation, and were next to the kitchen and the boiler rooms/sewage. When something backed up or spilled, the whole office was consumed in the toxic fumes and there wasn't anything you could do about it.
They will ask you to work until you're dying at your desk and then ask you why you didn't get something done.
They spend the money that should be going into salaries and benefits and put it toward making everyone know they are the best.
You'll never get fired because they're desperate to keep the people they have. Usually, once people realize work is always like this, they hightail it out of there.
Absolutely it's challenging. You will be doing 6 employees responsibilities as it the internal Motto of AMC is, "make them work as hard as possible, hire the least amount of employees possible, and pay them as little as possible without attracting too much attention."
Suggestions for improvement
- It's hard to narrow it down to just a few things. The most glaring I suppose would be listening to your employees. We are the ones on the front lines, actually doing the work. Common sense would tell you we are the ones who would be able to give you feedback about how your policies are actually working. AMC...implements policies without telling you why, or even taking the time to tell you WHEN that policy will take place. Often you will find out when you're getting in trouble for not doing something correctly that they swear they already told you. Personally I would like to see the building leveled into a parking lot as I can't believe you are even allowed to treat patients the way you do....but if that isn't an option, what really needs to happen is the big people who submit the votes to changing the way everything runs, need to go down to the bottom of the food chain. GO TO THE PRACTICE. WORK IN THE BACK. FEEL THE PROBLEMS AS THEY ARE PILED ON YOU. PAY ATTENTION WHEN THE EMPLOYEES RUN OUT IN TEARS.
What I like about the company
Truly struggling to find something to write here. Oh, well I did like that the company has such a positive image. It was nice being affiliated with a company that is so valued in the community. Unfortunately it was a rude awakening upon actually working there.
What I dislike about the company
I could go on and on. The point is, if you value your sanity at all, do not work here. It is not worth it. Honestly.
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- CompanyAlbany Medical Center
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former employee