Administration and management at this facility were very difficult to please. During the time I worked here it was a very unpleasant and unfair place to work.
Support from management
Extreme lack of training and support of any kind. Frankly, I was appalled that a place that takes care of the elderly lacks such care for the employees. I really wanted to enjoy my job here, but leadership and management made it nearly impossible.
Colleagues always interacted in an honest manner, but usually too honest, constantly spewing rude comments and bashing other co workers. There was always criticism when trying to accomplish something with someone else. I am a hardworking, smart, cooperative person and it was very difficult for me to keep that attitude during my time at
Freedom to work independently
I did mostly have my say in how I ran my area, and although I was given a fair amount of work it was hard to complete with the lack of training. I had too much responsibility and very little direction.
Information that should've come from my boss I would hear days or weeks later from other employees. Very irresponsible management. I had a position that was very hard to do correctly without certain information and I was never given that information.
Office / Work Environment
When I applied at Hickory Ridge, it seemed like a very nice facility. Wrong. It might not be in the worst part of the city, but it sure is close. Yhe five minute drive between getting off of the highway and pulling into the parking lot was always very risky. One should not feel like they need a weapon in their car to drive to work. The area in the building that I worked was much nicer than other parts of the building but most of the technology that we had was very very out of date and if something was broken, there was never a real solution for how it could be fixed without going over the budget.
Working at Hickory Ridge, I had a great work- life balance, because my hours fluctuated every single day. During my interview I was promised 40 hours a week. No one ever said anything about the census. If there weren't enough residents in the nursing home, my hours would get cut. I Started working my 40 hour weeks, but soon enough, instead of leaving at 5, I started leaving at 4 and then 3 and then 2! By the end of my time there, my 30 minute commute was costing me money instead of making it.
It was a very depressing place to work because no one enjoyed their job. it was almost like a contest on who hated their job the most. I left everyday feeling exhausted just because of how emotionally drained I felt after listening to peoples hatred all day every day.
I had never had a job so unstable. I would get to work that day not knowing what time I was going to be going home, meaning I never knew how few hours I was going to be getting. My lack of hours got to the point that the company was going to take away my healthcare privileges because I was only considered part time.
There was never enough work given to me. It felt like my working hours were too long compared to how much work they gave me to do. I was never challenged.
Inclusive / Diverse
Very diverse working environment. Lots of employees of all different races and ages, but it was also a big reason of criticism.