VITAS Healthcare Employee Reviews about "end of life"

Updated 28 Oct 2019

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Pros
  • "Helping patients and families is very rewarding(in 53 reviews)

  • "Helping people at end of life to make sure they have a peaceful experience at the end and to help the loved ones after passing(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management are completely uninvested in employee wellbeing(in 42 reviews)

  • "Need to have computer documentation for field staff sooner than next year(in 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Good place to learn about hospice care; Not a good place to stay as a professional"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VITAS Healthcare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You'll learn all about hospice care, palliative care and clinical care at the end of life. Meaningful, but hard work. Decent online training materials. Opportunities for ELNEC training. Depending on area, social workers can get supervision. They like to hire from within. Part of a national organization. The mandatory meetings are always potlucks, so you'll eat plenty. Since they are for profit, they can take on hospice patients that other hospices might reject (such as vent patients). They also have continuous care and other specialities such as RT, PT, child life specialists, etc. (specialties vary by location).

    Cons

    VITAS is a for-profit company, so know that before going in. Staff pay is generally low, although may be higher than some other hospices. Some leadership talked freely about the bonus THEY would get in cutting expenses (the corporate folks are well compensated). While they like to hire from within, oftentimes unqualified staff are put in key places. Example: HR duties for folks who have no training in HR and talk/gossip about employee info that should be confidential. Or, nurse elevated to manager who have no management or relational experience. General managers with no leadership experience or unrefined abilities. Basics of HR are not followed. In my office an employee could yell, curse and intimidate managers with no recourse (even offered other jobs to make person happy). I did not feel safe at the office. Some office employees very rude; others kind. Again, with no HR support employees could take multiple sick days (usually the same employees), show up late, wear pajamas to work, claim extra time and miles driven when not the truth, not document in a timely fashion (or at all...), and do whatever they want with no recourse. The talented and good employees often leave. Hard to see coworkers getting away with behaviors that would get them fired at any other professional organization. The place I was at was very unprofessional, although each program (office) has its own culture so other offices might be better managed. I did not feel proud to work at VITAS and was happy to leave. After my experience at VITAS, I would not recommend my family members or friends to use VITAS (or to work there more than a year or two).

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  2. "Not a company to work for"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VITAS Healthcare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Helping people at end of life to make sure they have a peaceful experience at the end and to help the loved ones after passing

    Cons

    Pay Hours Micromanaging Education staff need to understand what is happening across the country and not what is best in FL

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  3. Helpful (5)

    "Current Leadership Unprofessional"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Healthcare in Middlebury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at VITAS Healthcare full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Mission is to help patients and families through end of life care ~ values and philosophy are extraordinary

    Cons

    Leaders are always lying, management covers up local issues to hide from corporate who don’t have a clue what’s going on

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "Sales"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Sales Representative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at VITAS Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    Only that we can help others at end of life

    Cons

    1. Insensitive aggressive management 2 no resources put out to support reps 3 beyond awful pto 4 awful pay and bonus and not consistent for the ridiculous expectations 5. The reps don’t only need to manage current accounts but to succeed need to facilitate the big chain meetings without corporate support. 6 company is in violation of overtime pay on every level. There is no lunch hour. Work you to the core and expect more. 7 . Have reps do continuing ed to clinical staff for CEUs 8 This is a hit and run company that has no value for their own staff that is supposed to show empathy and care and promote tjem

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  5. Helpful (8)

    "I think the current sales model will continue with the revolving “exodus” door so if you are desperately looking .."

    2.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at VITAS Healthcare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The services are truly needed and appreciated, the interdisciplinary teams that provide end of life care can make a positive difference! Most people do not know what their care options are so they end up making decisions that unfortunately add more stress and emotional disappointment to this difficult process.

    Cons

    It’s basically a very difficult and challenging job but when operationally things are running well it can be very rewarding helping patients and families. We’ve all experienced or heard about companies where the upper management operates in tightly defended silo... put a check mark in this box. The mother ship changes direction frequently without thoughtful strategy and you do have a choice tolerate the insanity or move on!

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Hospice nurse CC"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Daytona Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at VITAS Healthcare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very rewarding being there for end of life patient's and family

    Cons

    working day shift 5 day's a week and then flipping to nights 13 hours on the weekends(every other weekend) was difficult to say the least. Benefits are Horrible Management disorganized

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "CNA/CHHA"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - CNA/CHHA in Walnut Creek, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at VITAS Healthcare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very rewarding job caring for seniors at the end of life

    Cons

    Can be a very physically demanding job, Would not recommend, poor management, very little support, high turnover, unethical employment and billing practices, differences in pay for the same position

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  8. "Experience"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at VITAS Healthcare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Vitas has incredible history in the end-of-life and hospice and the healthcare industry.

    Cons

    It is very challenging to balance and to execute patient-centered care, while maintaining a for profit model in healthcare

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  9. Helpful (6)

    "Overly condescending management"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VITAS Healthcare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Helping patients and families with end of life care. Team helps facilitate management demands. More negative aspects than positive. Need work on management.

    Cons

    Horrible idea per management Large turnover of employees Micromanaging of upper management down. Main focus is goals and numbers Negative negative negative

  10. Helpful (7)

    "There are better opportunities"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Nurse in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VITAS Healthcare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Helping terminally ill patients at the end of life. Focus on patients and families. Good coworkers in the field.

    Cons

    Unorganized disaster. Poor Management. Everything is blamed on the employees in the field when management fails. They give you no direction and then blame you when there is a mistake. High turnover. No raises. Bean counters. Work every weekend. We don't get paid holiday pay and we have to work on every holiday. They give you PTO but then won't allow you time off to use it. You lose what PTO you haven't used at the end of the year.

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