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Offered regular shifts close to home

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Working for Calvary was really good, office staff were friendly even though always under the pump.They offered numerous upskilling to advance in areas of care and all for free.
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Disap[pointing management strructure and advice.

Management fails to advise staff of job description changes and salary reductions. Very disappointing. Management said they were unaware of the changes and their impact, when in fact, they did know and were too afraid to contact/inform us.

Pros

Not for profit benefits

Cons

Poor management. Poor salary
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Co-ordinators haven't any realistic idea on how to do proper scheduling/ rosters for support workers, let alone do thorough assessments for their clients. Travel time is either non existent or not enough, creating time pressures on their staff, and co-ordinators expect the same work load in less time. Holiday and sick leave is counted at an hourly rate, and a set amount of hours is allocated for each day of leave and can't be modified. The pay is disgraceful, and their finance department is a laughing stock.Any complaints from clients are often ignored, or disregarded.
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Very rewarding working to assist the elderly & their families. Friendly staff, a privilege to help our precious aged community.

Absolutely loved working with the elderly , the best friends you could ever have bringing joy to every day. Staff worked together harmoniously to do the best we could for them. Management were poor and not very understanding or empathetic at times and did not value the hard work of some employees.
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Very poor Management

One of the worst organisations I’ve ever worked for. I wouldn’t recommend to anyone unless they change their Management and Co ordinator in Tasmania.

Pros

Clients are lovely

Cons

Everything imaginable
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Was ok if you wanted to be a cleaner

Most shifts that are offered were cleaning when I was working for them. Was decent pay if you were able to do enough shifts, Most of the clients were just wonderful.

Pros

Payday

Cons

Cleaning for most of the day.
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Happy office staff. Good place to work

Very professional. Management looked after you and always had your back. Easy system they have for clients and submitting hours and payslips. Just do the right thing by them, and you'll be happy to work there for the next 10 years.
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My rural outreach office had amazing management

Much harder working in a rural outreach office of a city based company. Poor support systems and training ....city office tends to forget about rural offices and limited resources... High expectations of what they expect from rural staff
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A good place for new starter

A great place for starters to gain experience and knowledge. Good training for the support workers, but poor training for the office staff. Very low pay so there's high turnover.

Pros

Great staff

Cons

low pay
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Have to like flexibility and being on call

I worked there for 18 years nd always s felt good support from Calvary for myself and clientsMet many good people and learnt a lotMainly spoke to customer service office over the phoneOnly went to head office when doing a course

Pros

Plenty of courses to do on line Being able to choose which days to work

Cons

None
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A nice place to work

I worked as a part time staff nurse for a while . The best company i have ever worked .Lovely staffs , great management and culture. Such a great place to work with

Pros

Salary

Cons

none
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Worst company I've ever worked for. Short staffed and does not care about the resident, only money.

I worked as a clinical care coordinator at a residential facility in the Hunter. The worst company i have ever worked for. The upper management only care about making money, they do not care about staff or the residents. I did a ridiculous amount of unpaid overtime and had no support. Well known that coordinators last less than a year and are replaced. Lovely residents, terrible management and culture. Such a disappointment

Pros

Nice facility. Literaly nothing else.

Cons

Long, unpaid hours. Management only care about making money
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Experience

Working within dementia settings is a must for any Nurse experience wise. Leaning to work effectively with a multitude of behavioral patterns/personalities whilst maintaining the residents and your own dignity can be a challenge but worth the experience to be given the chance to help make those who no longer can help themselves.

Pros

Life experience

Cons

Life experience
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Calvary.

If you require experience in Aged Care then Calvary Flora McDonald in Adelaide is certainly a good grounding with consistent work available. Calvary Flora McDonald has good ongoing training that is both on and off-site. Calvary was generous enough to provide a uniform allowance that renews annually.

Pros

Consistent Work Available and a Uniform Allowance.

Cons

Low Hourly Rates.
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Apply if you like cleaning other peoples homes

The provide you with a uniform and pay for all your training which includes first aid and CPR. They also pay for your flu shot and provide salary sacrificing. They pay for travel time between clients. However, because they pay just above the award it's doesn't not amount to much. Finally, most of the shifts are domestic assistance and the shortest shift is 30 minutes.

Pros

paid uniform, paid training

Cons

low pay
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A good place to work

Working at Calvary was a great experience. Very professional, lots of training and e learning. Staff are great and welcoming to new staff. Sadly in most facilities, the time you get to spend quality time/care with is limited. These days its all about paperwork, but we did our best. Staff to resident ratios are always a problem in any facility.

Pros

Great staff and management

Cons

Little recognition if your one of the ones to go that extra milees
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Friendly and family orientated also professional.

Travelling between client's homes sometimes to provide personal or domestic services can be long and tedious. 90% of the job is domestic. Rewarding part of the job is meeting people of all disabilities and walks of life. The company provides their staff with up to date training by trainers who are constantly updated on information about the job. Family friendly is a number 1 priority for the company and also flexibility for their staff with a lot of members who have families to support as well.

Pros

Mostly free training and chances of promotion

Cons

Long distance travelling to clients and wear and tear on workers vehicle.
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toxic work environment

Calvary is filled with politics and bad management.a typical day at work : just work and nothing elsewhat you learned: how to get insulted and still live your lifemanagement : very poor management especially when employee is culturally diverse.workplace culture : very toxic, I am in depression because of the workplace culturethe hardest part of the job: to smile and do your jobthe most enjoyable part of the job: to get the salary

Pros

Affliction to Government

Cons

Toxic work environment
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Its not the best place to work or the worst

For an experienced Community Nurse, this job is just a walk in but the management in the organisation is shocking. They would lie to you just to get you to sign up with them as you have the skill sets they desire but once you're in don't expect them to uphold all aspects of their promise, I had to learn this the hard way.

Pros

Autonomy, many good people in the company(minus management), decent salary etc.

Cons

Poor management, poor communication system that can at times lead to negative patent outcomes, have to drive long distances in your personal car for client care, only one building in ADL CBD which leads to its own issues, No access to fleet cars to use, etc.
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Pathetic excuse for management

Management needs to improve, no compassionate is shown to new workers. The old workers are thief’s and need to pulled into line. Although outsiders have no voice sadly, it’s an ugly scene and sadly I didn’t last because of the others
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Terrible upper management and poorly organised around the board

The upper management is terrible and have no idea of what they are doing. Since the move to the new hospital all areas are understaffed. Nurses working long shifts and under continuous stress. Nurses are doing unsafe practices and overworked. Nurses are under payed and abused by executive and the doctors/surgeons are apparently even worse. Promised lots with the move but not delivered. Ordarlies are very overworked, from what I hear. Not enough people in cleaning, kitchen and supply, they have always been understaffed as bad executives don't know about organizing key components of the company. Lots are leaving or will leave soon. Lack of cleaners will get health officials to close it, some parts of the hospital are filthy due to lack of staff. A risk to patient care. Lack of supply staff will collapse the company, they have not enough staff to do the basics. They are likely the most overworked and are understaffed, same number of people as old hospital but new hospital is 5 times the size, executives/HR will not hire more even though it is critical to hospital. Many stores are leaving - other departments are hoping more stores will leave so hospital has to slow or shut and executives are forced out. Maintenance cannot keep up with condition of hospital infrastructure, with cheap components used. Contract workers are executives band aid, paying more for them over regular employees. Contract staff show little care for the company, witnessed terrible behavior, but no recourse because not hired by Calvary. Morale is very low throughout all departments but executive is blaming - 

Pros

Good middle management, Great employees on clinical side in kitchen/supply/cleaning

Cons

Terrible executive/business management, Unrealistic work expectations, extremely understaffed, overworked middle managers and employees, expensive parking, under-payed and pay discrepancies, lots of bullying and bad culture, bad organisation, lots promised but not delivered, bad people not let go
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Based on 99 reviews

Ratings by category

3.4 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.2 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.2 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.9 out of 5 stars for Management
3.2 out of 5 stars for Culture

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