Hamilton Health Sciences
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I have worked here for years and love the area I work in now but long time to get here and the wages are not great. Get paid better other places. Just wish the pay wages where higher for the amount of time you work hard and crazy and no work life balance


benefits and pension


long hours
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Great staff, horrible management

The nurses care for each other, great team work. Management however is toxic, no support and no appreciation. So many nurses are leaving for this reason, and the corporation is extremely short on nurses, no retention.
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good place to work

great place to work, good pay and benefits, supportive management, making a difference in lives of patient's and families. would recommend trying to get a job here
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Good place to start. Trainings are provided. But scheduling is not a good deal. wage is a bit too low for the workload. Though there are lots of overtime opportunity.
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Amazing place and people to work with

Amazing place to work, culture and support all the time. Managers are great, lots of learning opportunities and multiple departments to work. Nice Organization who supports Internationally Educated Nurses.
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Overworked and underappreciated

Total disregard for the medical privacy of staff and personal decisions staff members make regarding their own bodies.They clearly didn't care for the quality of care either, since they preferred to fire experienced and qualified medical staff and remain short-staffed but "immune" from covid than to have adequate staff levels.


Plenty of hours available as well as overtime and opportunity to work in wide range of settings


Disregard to personal medical information of staff members, efforts of staff who go above and beyond are not appreciated
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Short staffed

Short staffed constantly. People never stay, it’s hard for management to keep up with the hiring process so I don’t blame them but the higher ups need to see how hard they are actually working us for such little pay


Lots of overtime available


Long hours
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Excellent place for work if you are starting your career

Learned a lot from this hospital as a starting registered nurse. they provided everything that I needed in order to start with my career. People are kind and will help you all the way.
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Good start

HHS is a good place to start working and building yourself as a nurse. The only thing i like working in HHS are the nurses, HCAs, and allied health members that i get to work with.
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Lots of opportunities

lots of area to grow and experience different specialties. lots of different online trainings you can take, if you really like change they have a float pool of nurses you can work in and go to different units everyday.
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great place to work

Hhs is a great place to work, I was a ien, was tough for me to engage in canadian health care system, but hhs helped me to learn it. I started as an extern and now working as a rn.
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Excellent place to work

This is a wonderful place to work with highly skilled staff. I enjoyed the teamwork and was proud to be part of this team. Being part of the nursing resource team really opened my eyes to the number of learning opportunities at this hospital.
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New grad

being here for a short time, if you are a new grad its a good place to start, you're able to transfer to various sites around HHS depending on your manager.


Good Team
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Horrible toxic culture

Horrible and toxic work culture. Management are selfish; they have a complete lack of respect for front line workers. Minimal support. Front line staff are burnt out, moral is low.
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Great staff & teamwork (depends on unit)

Nurses willing to help one another, including new hires. However, this depends on the unit. Short staffed on many units, like many other hospitals in Ontario during this pandemic.
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McMaster OR is a great place to work but the Organization does not value its employees

Loved working in the Operating Room at McMaster. So honestly, I'd give it a 4.5. The Paediatric OR has some excellent, positive and energetic staff and the majority of the staff (Nurses, Doctors) are great team-players with a common goal to provide great patient care and have a great day doing it. If you love the OR but aren't one for daily trauma cases, this is the place for you! Unfortunately the organization itself is very impersonal and does not recognize when its staff go above and beyond (rated 3). They are not respectful of staff members schedules (especially during the pandemic). Any (and all) vacation requests may be denied and schedules are subject to change due to "needs of the department" . They try to provide notice but if you're low on seniority you may end up not having a choice (ex. being assigned call). The Master Schedule is not followed well so it's best to just wait till 6 weeks for scheduled time to be posted before you make plans. You may choose to take on additional projects for quality improvement or personal growth but the organization is far enough removed that these things are not recognized. Also, please be mindful of the potential of redeployment with inadequate training (pandemic specific). TLDR: MUMC OR has a positive culture and is a great place to work but the organization is impersonal and does not value its employees.
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No lack of work here! For nurses, scheduling is often difficult or unaccommodating unless you have built up good seniority.

Almost always a full patient load with lots of extra work to do. Management is ok, but they are also struggling with a large workload. We are all trying to figure out how to manage our time but often seem understaffed. People are really nice.


Can transfer between sites and positions and keep seniority. As most hospitals, HOOPP is offered to health care employees.


Bedside nursing staff have long hours, short staffed and often feel powerless to change things.
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Good Workplace to work for

Its a great organization to work for; people are friendly and the environment is welcoming. Staff and management are professional and great to talk to.


Good pay, good benefits


Long hours, stressful
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With the current climate not always a great place to work.

Hardly fully staffed anymore. Morale at an all time low with the current climate. Management could do more to boost morale. Always running into supply issues ie styrofoam cups, vacutainers, IV fluids etc. Only bright thing these days are the people you work with depending on who they are.


- constant supply issues, - constant staffing problems ie 4 on nights, - at times not feeling supported by management, - not getting paid near were we should be
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Good learning environment

There is a lot of room for learning and growing as a nurse. There is always ongoing learning and new opportunities. The staff is friendly and welcoming.


Encouraging learning environment


Low staffing
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To provide excellence in health care

Good team work amongst health care professionals with a common goal to provide the best health care. Busy environment. Positive work culture. CQI implemented to allow all employees to get involved in identifying problems and create a plan to help solve them.
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Based on 222 reviews

Ratings by category

3.6 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.6 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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