Brookdale Senior Living

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Brookdale Senior Living Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
450 Reviews
2.6
450 Reviews
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T. Andrew Smith
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I work with some great people and the Residents are great (in 13 reviews)

  • Feel as if I make a difference in the lives of the residents (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • This is verbalized by upper management so often, but never actually followed in truth (in 31 reviews)

  • Heavy turnover of management as well due to Work life balance out of proportion (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Was a good ride while it lasted.

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    Former Employee - Director of Dining Services in Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Director of Dining Services in Jacksonville, FL (US)

    I worked at Brookdale Senior Living full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Advancement opportunity was wonderful. Facility was great. Other associates were great. Was just a great company. Great pay benefits.

    Cons

    Had to leave company because I was not willing to relocate. No other property in area big enough for me to continue with. I want to return to the company. I spent 8 years with them. As a company I like them and believe in their mission. Property to property is where things begin to change. You can not fault the company as a whole because the property you worked for was bad. Enriching the lives of those we serve with compassion, respect, excellence and integrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful residents, horrible upper mgt from Exec Dir up to National Directors

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Brookdale Senior Living full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Taking care of the residents-it's what the work is all about! Not much else to be positive about with this company...

    Cons

    Bullying mentality from Executive Director, constant focus on predetermined themes issued from National Directors who NEVER set foot in the communities and have no clue what's actually occurring within, focus is on making money (and boy do they rake it in!) and admitting people to rooms with no concern to the effects it may have upon these residents, all the company cares about is getting the $3500-7000/month with no concern to their clients... staffing is terrible - staff works short staffed all the time and are expected to do the same amount of work with skeleton staffing (i.e. only 2 activity staff for 375 residents, 2 resident care aides taking care of 40-50+ people per shift) Company charges outrageous amounts for benefits (in excess of $450/mon for employee contribution) Managers are required to work 12-14hr days with no comp time to balance out OT done, must put up with incompetent Exec Directors who scream and yell at them and disrespect them and all the other staff; regional/national staff do nothing to eliminate the bullying behavior. Training for staff is a joke and is nonexistent; there is no regulations that oversee these communities so they can pretty much do whatever they want with no consequences. DO NOT ADMIT YOUR LOVED ONE WITHIN THESE COMMUNITIES!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regional and especially National level staff need to actually be in the trenches and work so they can eliminate the bullying and see how their national standards work (or don't work) before making blank initiatives... take care of your employees... the company needs to pay better, provide proper staffing, and actually CARE about their residents...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    AVOID AT ALL COSTS UNLESS YOU ARE DESPERATE FOR A JOB

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brentwood, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brentwood, TN (US)

    I worked at Brookdale Senior Living full-time

    Pros

    Some great people throughout the company, unfortunately they typically end up leaving

    Good location in Maryland Farms

    Talented associates

    Cons

    I will start with the least serious (at least to me) and go from there: Please note this is my experience at CORPORATE

    Compensation (well underpaid in comparison to similar jobs at other companies)

    Benefits (some of the worst out there, very expensive for a decent plan)

    Working conditions: depends upon what department you are in, and what floor you are on (4th is the worst) - drama, office politics and backstabbing, territorialism, railroading, etc. However a few departments have solid leadership and happy folks, but it is rare. There are a lot of nice people there but most end of leaving or getting fired for "causing trouble."

    Questionable hiring practices and promises regarding promotions, reviews and raises

    High turnover rate

    Low employee moral and low respect for CEO

    Few promotions or raises

    Lacks leadership. Poor managers with few people and team-building skills. Offer little support in the way career growth.

    Top-heavy with C-level execs (many legacy) making far more than they should while associates get paid next to nothing

    Failure to comply with grievance and discipline policies and procedures as laid out in their associate handbook. They justify this by claiming it is their right not to do so. Legally true, but ethically disgusting.

    You can go to the indeed job board for additional reviews. Just type in Brookdale and you will find nearly 150 of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DO. THE. RIGHT. THING. Isn't that what you preach?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience working for Brookdale has been very positive and rewarding

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    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Brookdale Senior Living full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I love the people I work with. We all work well together. We do disagree with each other from time to time but we agree to disagree and move on to the next thing.

    Cons

    Some of the negatives are low pay and poor health benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work with your staff to keep them involved and motivated. At times, there is a disconnect in communication to everyone who works for the same community.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Love working with the clients, but the management is unorganized.

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    Current Employee - Care Associate in Sugar Land, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Care Associate in Sugar Land, TX (US)

    I have been working at Brookdale Senior Living part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Residents are the best! Love helping and taking care of people. And they are very appreciative.

    Cons

    Pay is very low for the duties involved in a position. Lack of communication makes job even harder to complete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the pay worthwhile and show more appreciation to all employees. Also become more organized and correct communication problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenmore, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenmore, NY (US)

    I worked at Brookdale Senior Living (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I loved working with the residents. They deserve better.

    Cons

    Clueless management. The current crop of managers are woefully lacking. At one time, before Brookdale took over it was a wonderful place to live and work. Management team acts like they are in high school. It's embarrassing to watch. Employees are underpaid, bullied and treated very badly. For all the money that Brookdale rakes in none of it finds its way to the residents or employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sadly I think that some people just need to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not understand skilled nursing

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    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Former Employee - Supervisor

    I worked at Brookdale Senior Living full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    All the way overtime you want....but only because always short staffed

    Cons

    Poor upper mgmt, lack of caring for staff, would advice sent not to work at the Lexington, KY facility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every employee is important to make the facility run well. Open your eyes to the real needs of the staff and residents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Forced to work with sycophants on every level.

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    Former Employee - Grand High Exhalted Mystic Ruler in West Hartford, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Grand High Exhalted Mystic Ruler in West Hartford, CT (US)

    I worked at Brookdale Senior Living full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The check you get probably won't bounce because the company rakes in the dough and can cover expenses.

    Cons

    Like most senior living company's the focus is on $$$..every decision is based on $$$. do not think for a second they care one iota about there customers..THEY DONT AND NEVER WILL..They pay nothing, so only the managers and maybe the nurses can afford the benefits offered. That's millions more in there pocket. They keep hiring the same losers over and over again. Did an Executive Administrator get fired form her previous job for being a dolt? no problem brookdale will hire you and pay a dam good salary to boot!! They budget $5.25 per person per day for food. NOT 5.25 a meal, 5.25 a day. Resident pay upward of 6k per month only to et $5,25 per day dog food. If the building loses a few residents guess what? staff gets cut so service to the resident's suffers. Like they care. You get a 2% raise after cleaning diapers for a year. You can do the math what that works out to on a $9.00 an hour salary. I mean I could go on and on , but I wont bore you..just steer clear of the majority of this unregulated ( and that is the key word ) industry. Look for work in nursing homes. They are regulated by the government, pay more and are overall much better to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See you in hell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice patient's, more difficult work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brookdale Senior Living full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice patient's
    Ability to develop good working relationship's with some staff
    Generally friendly people

    Cons

    Pulled in many different directions at once -- asked to cover for the SNF, ALF's, IL's, and in-home community home health patient's, many times without notice. Generally you find your own patient's -- which makes higher productivity standards more difficult to meet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer a more cohesive training program for rehab staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    underpaid, they refuse to give overtime, and lazy coworkers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brookdale Senior Living full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The residents and a few coworkers

    Cons

    I think the benefits are not that good, we pay too much for insurance, most of the workers hide so they don't have to answer door alarms, its all about upper management and not the aides that are doing the work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider paying long term employees a higher salary, some of us are making nearly the same as a new hire is ( not fair), and hire new upper management with a backbone.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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