You want to stay away from Comfort Keepers in Mason, OH! Like other office(s) mentioned, they have you pay for your own background check, while you can only expect less than 10 hours a week through them at $8.00-$8.25/hour. They will not allow you to work for another home health care agency, but please, how is one supposed to live on the very few hours Comfort Keepers dishes out? After months of being offered only 2-3 hours a week, Comfort Keepers then calls me and asks if I would be interested in another account, as client wants home health care, STNA, and/or CNA experience. By not saying anything, Comfort Keepers has no idea that I have accumulated home health care experience through another company; yet, they are snotty with me, saying I am not allowed to accumulate such experience with another company, despite them not offering me hardly any hours. Turnover rates are tremendous at Comfort Keepers, as you can see why. Do not fall for their hype about company picnics and how they appreciate their employees: Talk is cheap, just like their wages and lack of hours!
I know plenty of health care aides, who must work multiple health care agencies, due to lack of hours. Hello, we are in a very bad economy rivaling the first Great Depression of 1929-1930, as there are very long lines of Americans trying to get even $7.50/hour store jobs. Not many jobs work their hours around another job, let alone, hard to find full-time work that works around a busy college schedule. Most employers will not hire college students, since why should they, knowing millions of other people are out of work and will work any shift there is--even if the hours are less than 40 per week?! Try putting you are attending college for even a part-time store job and notice no one will call you---they'll choose the person, who can afford to live at home that will work those part-time hours at the store's or other type of company's beckon call. How are we supposed to pay our bills and put food on the table with $8.00/hour at less than 10 hours a week through Comfort Keepers? By the way, if their low pay is not enough, background check money that employees must make check out and pay to them is $45.00. You never get your money reimbursed, no matter how long you are employed by them. You also get NO time-n-half over 40 hours, either; therefore, if you w0rk 10o hours, you only receive straight $8.00/hour pay. This is legal, thanks to certain jobs being "exempt from paying overtime, " as home health care aides working through 3rd party agencies fit this description. With high gas prices, too bad: You eat up the cost, paying most of your salary toward a few hours here and there driving which ever side of town you can find those "few hours" per week. Management is also sarcastic and snotty, as I was told how I must put up with only a few hours a week, since this is their policy: They do not care that it takes over 40 hours a week just to barely survive, as their jobs do not come close to this aspect; instead, I was told that I should put up with living on a few hours a week, as so what if I cannot live or pay my bills on that! Then they have you do hours long tests, while only paying you $8.00/hour: Of course, while you are starving and cannot pay your bills, maybe this will free up enough time for their online tests?
My advice to anyone reading this: Run like heck from Comfort Keepers! O.K, so one may ask why I would pay $45.00 for my own background check. Well, the answer is simple: These types of companies greatly exploit their workers, so it ends up that if you do not pay to get a job, then they know the next person will. Very few jobs in this economy, unless you want to work part-time or temporary for $7.50/hour, lucky if you can even make $8.00/hour! As long as our jobs keep being shipped overseas, even people with college degrees are now finding themselves having to work for next to nothing these days.