Pros: supportive kitchen and housekeeping staff, (when they witnessed the lateral violence, they tried to help).
Cons: they don't pay you enough to put up with the lateral violence there, and management, although aware, seems willing to passively perpetuate it.
From the first hour on the job, I was warned about the extreme lateral violence of this place (Columbia House specifically). They were right. However, "aggressive personalities" did well there. Whatever you do, do not relocate for a job there, commute first so that you know what you are getting into, (and have an escape option).
From what I witnessed, the superiors seem to be very aware of the extraordinary – more... lateral violence problem there, but choose to be unaccountable, and consequently perpetuate the problem. Coworkers were blatantly abusive, and seemed to run the show.
I kept trying to give the managing nurse the benefit of the doubt that she was discerning and would eventually be professionally accountable and deal with the situation. My mistake. She proved to be unaccountable to the very end, even though she was given multiple opportunities to simply keep her word, never mind act professionally and accountably.
Nurses (and Care Aides) really do eat their young there, and they are proud of it. Coworkers there weren't just cannibalistic, they were sadistic. The nurse manager knew it was a problem and chose to stick her head in the sand.
According to Canadian Statistics, 2 out of every 3 new Nursing grads will leave Nursing before the end of their second year on the job due to lateral violence (bullying). Lateral violence is a huge contributor to the Nursing shortage that people are unaware of. This place is the perfect example of why. – less