Huntercombe
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Very rewarding job seeing the young people progress This job can be challenging but you will have support of management or senior team leader on shift. Plenty training face to face and e-learning for you to complete. Breaks vary staff can leave for a break and go into staff area or outside they will be covered. Room to progress in the job key worker positions, senior positions when available. Your able to put ideas forward for the young people eg activities, outings, party’s. Team meetings every month for staff to ask questions have updates within the company or speak to management if they have any problems. Rota two weeks at time you can speak to management if needing a day of in advance. Overtime available when wanted and benefits of working over certain amount hours. Enjoyable job different each day.
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Over time
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Very unprofessional establishmentPay is shocking for what you have to do, very unsupported by management team. No breaks and scrutinised for even having a comfort break.No confidentiality as management and senior staff openly discuss workers problems / life whilst sat out the back smoking leaving the underpaid workers to deal with the challenging young people Unless your face fits it’s not a positive working environment.. how this establishment can pass an OFTED inspection is a miracle as so much is hid under a massive carpet .. Seniors pick up overtime and are paid more and they choose where they want to work putting them selfs working with the less challenging young people and offering no support to the staff .. it’s the young people that live there I feel sorry for as I certainly wouldn’t allow my family too or recommend this placement to anyone.. considering it’s specializes in Autism I am yet to see a qualified SEN staff memberThis maybe a reason why there is so many medication errors that happen The rota you are lucky to get it 3 days in advance
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If you need to somewhere to live you can move in here and work 24/7
Cons
Very poor pay for what you have to deal with
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Official response from Huntercombe
2 February 2021
I was extremely disappointed to read your comments about your experience working at Huntercombe House. It would be really helpful if you could get in touch with me so that I can better understand your concerns and the time period to which they relate. My contact details are Marlene.boyd@huntercombe.com. I really do hope you feel able to get in touch, With best wishes, Marlene Boyd, People Director, The Huntercombe Group
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Problem management but the rest is good! Good pay, good benefits, management are a joke but I think that’s the norm nowadays! Would still recommend.
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Free lunch, good hours
Cons
Long hours
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Fast paced environment Good days and bad days. New management did not like the way things were being done and removed most of areas the service users used for activities to make way for offices
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Free lunch free admission to various settings
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12 hour shifts sometimes without a break
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I found that this job was overall difficult mentally and the hour so very long. For anyone to work there they need to know how mentally draining this job is and that on your days off you will just be sleeping to recover from the actual job. Hours are 12 hours some days you will do three days of 12 hour shift so you will be exhausted by day 2. Pay isn't that great for the hours and the labour but it's a secure position
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Progress to became a nurse is available for thoughts that want it.
Cons
Long hours and stressful job.
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Smokers can have as many beaks as they like whilst mingling with the manager outside and gossiping about staff. Non smokers are crucified if they leave the unit to even go to the toilet. Very unprofessional work environment whist a lot of things are brushed under the carpet. I went on to another kids home with a few others and it's ran better. Unless you smoke don't go.
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Smokers delight
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Everything
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I always felt supported at moorpark by all levels of management especially my team leader and senior staff on shift and was made to feel part of the moorpark family by other support workers on site and if my own family circumstances were more stable I would still be working there
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Supportive team leader and management
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Long shifts and difficult to get to if you dont drive
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Paid minimum wage (same as the housekeepers) for dealing with young people with challenging behaviour (physical behaviour) whilst the smokers spend most of their day outside. Very unprofessional, things get discussed in the staff room, in the smokers area and in the managers office whilst the door is open. No support from the manager. No debriefing after incidents. Rotas only go out 2 weeks at a time, supervisions and staff meeting practically non-existant.
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If you want to work 7 days a week you can.
Cons
Low pay and long hours with no breaks unless you are a smoker.
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I worked at Oakwood as a support worker and as mentioned in another review on here the staff that have worked at Huntercombe for a long time were dreadful. They make life difficult for newbies especially those that have lots of experience. Very nasty environment and it ain't just the women. I also witnessed some shocking behaviours that seem to be the norm. Manager has absolutely no idea at all and does manage staff as there all to pally behaviour
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The residents are lovely but that's where it ends. Oakwood is small and the staff were shipped over from eldertree lodge and were absolutely awful, I witnessed some embarrassing behaviours from the old staff. The so called manager has not got a "clue" what he is doing. If your experienced watch out as the staff don't take kindly to that. It's a terrible environment for new staff I'd say don't bother.
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Friendly team. Relaxed approach to management. Central location making travel to/ from work very easy. Office amenities good. Free car- parking. Overall good experience.
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One and a half hour unpaid break for every shift that you may not know until you start work, i did not know. Long working hours often on my feet all day depending on the unit i was stationed at and unfairness to newer staff, hope things have now changed. I did not want to speak but have a moral duty to others.
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Dreadful company to work for, only in it for money, no consideration for patients or loyal staff, stay clear, too many people were taken advantage of working for this company, the chiefs up top cream off the profits whilst the workers on the ground get shafted
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Huntercombe continues to thrive for excellence. They have a very good staff development programme. They second staff to do nursing and associate nursing.
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Challenging but decent place to work in health care, not boring there is always something to do and the training is excellent. . typical day at work as they are 12hours shifts it can be a long day. .the people you work with are supportive and understanding.
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Just off the A14 around Newmarket the Head Office is a little quirky, as many people work remotely and there have been many changes in location and staffing. Lovely, caring people to work with.
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No respect promituin given to those with no qualifications and those that were qualified for jobs were brushed aside and it was given to those with no qualifications . Manager was,selfish u couldn't think fie urself and attitudes towards staff wen talkingvto them.is alomo
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I loved working at the huntercombe group formally linden house shame it had to close down? Would love to be employed by them again still miss my work so I was very happy in my work I had been there for a number of years and still miss my role
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Loved my work
Cons
Didn’t have a problem
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I wouldn't work here again, the management was shocking shifts were very unfair. If you had been there a long time and got on with management you could get what you wanted. The job involves sitting around most of the time, very boring and not a very friendly environment.
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Long hours and bad pay.
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Great company to work for, their pay structures could be better but you do get great training and development. Management are great people which is rare to find.
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Free food, good hours, great management
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My time at huntercombe was very enjoyable, the staff were super friendly and accommodating. The ward manager in particular was friendly and very approachable, nothing was too much trouble. Thanks to all for a great time spent there .
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