Larchwood Care

Larchwood Care is a care service provider. They own and manage care homes for elderly people.

larchwoodcare.co.uk

Based on responses from 30 employees at Larchwood Care.

Bad
  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do people think Larchwood Care head office understands what's happening where they work?

    People think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    78% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 27 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

  • People feel stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Larchwood Care?

    People feel stressed here

    How we know this

    82% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 28 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Breaks aren’t paid

    Do workers at Larchwood Care get paid breaks?

    No. People don’t get paid breaks

    How we know this

    90% of people say they don’t get paid breaks

    Based on information from 30 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • People don’t get sick pay

    Do Larchwood Care pay sick pay?

    No. People don’t get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    100% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 26 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • Uninformed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Larchwood Care is doing?

    People don’t feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    77% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 26 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

Not great
  • Not easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at Larchwood Care?

    Most people find it hard to take sick leave

    How we know this

    62% of people report that it’s hard to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 21 job reviews

  • Hard to choose shifts

    Do Larchwood Care workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    62% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 26 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • People are paid below market rates

    Do Larchwood Care pay market rates?

    Most people are not paid market rates

    How we know this

    75% of people are paid below the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 24 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • People don’t get proper breaks

    Do people at Larchwood Care get proper breaks?

    Most people don’t get proper breaks

    How we know this

    73% of people report that they don’t get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 30 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • People don’t recommend their team

    Do people at Larchwood Care recommend working with their team?

    Only some people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    53% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 30 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do people get of their shift pattern at Larchwood Care?

    Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 29% of people with changing schedules report getting one week notice or less
    • 25% of people with changing schedules report getting two weeks notice
    • 11% of people with changing schedules report getting three weeks notice
    • 36% of people with changing schedules report getting four weeks notice or more

    Based on information from 28 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

  • People do unpaid extra work

    Do workers at Larchwood Care do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Sometimes. Most people do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    55% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

    Based on information from 29 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Larchwood Care?

    Most people find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    54% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 26 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Easy to change shifts

    How easy is it for Larchwood Care workers to change shifts?

    Most people find it easy to change shifts

    How we know this

    54% of people report that it’s easy to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 24 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • People enjoy their job

    Do people at Larchwood Care enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job

    How we know this

    71% of people report they enjoy their job

    Based on information from 14 job reviews

  • Enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Larchwood Care?

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    64% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 28 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • Good for parents

    Is working at Larchwood Care good if you have caring responsibilities?

    Most people say this is a good place to work if you care for a child or other relative

    How we know this

    67% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Larchwood Care managers change shifts at short notice?

    Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    68% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 28 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • People are paid enough to live on

    Do Larchwood Care pay enough to live on?

    Most people are paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    68% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 25 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living. It is currently £9.90 per hour, and £11.05 per hour in London.

    Find out more in our explainer about the Real Living Wage.

  • Opportunities to progress

    Are people given support to progress at Larchwood Care?

    Most people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 54% of people report being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 26 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • Managers are respectful

    Do people at Larchwood Care feel treated with respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    58% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 24 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

Excellent
  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do workers at Larchwood Care worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    89% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 28 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

How Larchwood Care ranks

Larchwood Care ranks joint 162nd to work for out of social care providers.

  1. 152= Emh Care and Support
    4.9
  2. 162= Larchwood Care
    4.8
  3. 162= PrimeLife
    4.8

Rankings are based on Breakroom ratings for employers with 5 or more quiz responses, accurate as of 23 May, 2022.

Pay ranges at Larchwood Care

  1. £8.72–9.75 per hour

Larchwood Care job reviews

  • Best thing

    Best things about my job is to love and care for people's live to get their independent and to see them happy again which i like and cherished most

    Worst thing

    No payment for mandatory training

    6.1

    Larchwood Care Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    The staff.

    Worst thing

    Work load and management

    4.2

    Larchwood Care Staff nurse, November 2020

Handy to know

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

29% of people with changing schedules report getting one week notice or less
25% of people with changing schedules report getting two weeks notice
11% of people with changing schedules report getting three weeks notice
36% of people with changing schedules report getting four weeks notice or more

Based on 28 Larchwood Care employees

What contracts are people on?

27%
part time
73%
full time

Based on 26 Larchwood Care employees

How are people paid?

By the hour 93% of people report they get paid by the hour

Based on 30 Larchwood Care employees

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