- department of mental health bryan psychiatric hospital (columbia, sc)21.Jun 2018
Company culture is oppressive! Staff feel as oppressed as the patients. Additionally, staff are not compensated appropriately which result in a high turnover rate of numerous disciplines. I do not recommend any discipline working in this oppressive, discoursging, dangerous, and stressful environment.
Support from management
Patient and staff concerns are not taken seriously. Management does not care until a crisis occurs, and then they'll get involved, but for the wrong reasons.
There's minimal job advancement. No annual raises or cost of living wage bonuses. There's minimal encouragement from upper management.
Overall compensation for your work
I wish I could rate this a zero. DMH doesn't compensate Social Workers, who are licensed with Master's Degrees, to the overwhelming amount of roles and responsibilities of the day. Counselors and Activity Therapists are not compensated to the amount of work done daily either. Many Social Workers, Counselors, and Activity Therapists live paycheck to paycheck and are forced to work second jobs to survive the cost of living.
Office / Work Environment
I wish I could rate this a zero! Work environment is unsafe-no protection for patients or staff. Security does not scan packages or search patients properly.
Too many cover ups when sharp edges weapons were found on the units.
Too many staff members stabbing each other in the back to get ahead.
DMH talk a big game about patient rehabilitation, but do not know/understand the meaning of rehabilitation.
Make a mistake and you can be easily terminated and replaced.
I wish I could rate this a zero! Security on the units are of no help. They don't touch the patients, even when patients who physically assault other patients or staff.
Suggestions for improvement
- Upper management and Supervisors who LISTEN needs significant improvement.
What I like about the company
Working with patients and watching them progress successfully throughout their hospitalization and discharge.
What I dislike about the company
There are/were numerous issues! Let's start with the communication breakdown from upper management to staff. There is/was consistent disorganization which affected staff to remain on task. As a result of the communication breakdown and consistent disorganization, staff are/were always behind before the day even started which affected staff interacting with patients (individual/group therapy sessions). Many staff members had major patient and staff concerns about work environment, patient's meals, patient's clothing, patient's phone calls to family and friends, etc, but fell on deaf ears by upper management- staff would be told, "it would be taken care of," but nothing ever happened.
The following benefits were offered to me
- Companydepartment of mental health bryan psychiatric hospital (columbia, sc)
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former employee
- PositionNot specified