Location: Omaha, NE
I want to start off by saying I here people talk about travel agencies and their recruiters, and in all fairness I am not going to say it is the agency itself, as this is my first travel assignment ever. I will go so far as to say that I believe that one's experience is based on the experience they had with the recruiter and not so much with the agency itself. My situation started off really bad from the testing and the drug test. I asked several times if I had to be tested at the site and was told no each time but there was a test. Each facility I believe will give a basic competency exam. Then they have me such a low stipend for housing that I asked them to find it for me because I couldn't find anything for the price they were giving me and even with that it was a disaster. I had to stay in this nasty extended stay and eventually wound up paying ant additional $202. out of pocket for a decent hotel stay.
Then my pay was not right, I was suppose to be on a med surg floor and when I got to the floor it was a step down and they told me I needed to speak to the manager myself.
Then they only have me $100 a month for food. I couldn't eat breakfast lunch and dinner from mac Donald's for that amount of money.
I called my travel coordinator at the facility I was working at and found out that the Aureus was pocketing money I should have received. My contract was extended and of course I did not stay.
My recruiter was bad I am not sure if it was the agency itself, but the thing is as you change states you also change recruiters. I am not sticking around to have the same experience with a different recruiter, I will just have to switch to another agency all together. I am rating them one star because that's the lowest I can go.
If you chose the agency make sure it is based on a recommendation from someone who had the recruiter you are will be using and that the experience was a good one.
Great company to work for
Worked under Aureus for 3 years straight now. They have always taken care of me every step of the way, with my housing needs/wants, time off requests, paperwork. I could not be happier with them. Account reps are very personable and helpful with any questions I've had. Recommend them highly.
They are the worst company- out for themselves - do not have the nurses back- would not work for them if they were the last travel company on earth. Stay away from Richard as a recruiter- does not care about you the traveler. We as nurses need recruiters and companies that will stand up for us and have our backs!!!!
COMPANY DOES WHAT THEY CAN TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE WHICH IS WHAT WE ARE ALL HERE TO DO BUT THEY DO IT TO THE POINT THE NURSE DOES NOT PROSPER. HOUSING DEPT NEEDS HELP. WILL NOT PROVIDE INTERNET OR TV. BEEN TRAVELING SINCE 2007, USED THIS COMPANY ONCE AND WILL NEVER AGAIN.
BEWARE!!!! This is the most dishonest company I have ever dealt with. I have been a medical traveler for years and will never work with them again. They will cheat, lie, and steal to make a buck and they do not care about the worker at all. This is a high class prostitution ring so please do not get sucked in. The recruiters are the most shady characters who will do anything to get you to sign on the dotted line. DO NOT FALL FOR IT!!!!
This company is inconsistent and dishonest. They constantly fail to compare your resume and travel desires and experience level to the contracts they are trying to fill. therefore causing you to constantly tell them whether or not you want a job in Nebraska or if you are qualified (the job requires 5 years of experience and you only have 3, for example). AKA, you are doing their job for them. I had various times when my recruiter asked me to manipulate the truth or flat out lie to my managers or landlord for housing. If they are asking me to lie, how often are they lying to me? Their insurance is awful too, don't bother. You switch recruiters every state you travel to, so even if you find the exception within the business of crooks, don't get too excited because it will only be for a brief period of time and who knows who you will get the next time. My friends who went to California had a nightmare with their recruiter.
Depends on your recruiter
One recruiter for Portland, OR was great. Next recruiter for California job was bad. She lied to me. California Hospital told me they had cancelled the contract. My recruiter told me they did not. Hospital did not orient me & then turned around and said I was incompetent with their EMR. Of course I was since I had no orientation. My 2 days of orientation were with nurses who did not even work in the same dept, nor do the same job & did not show me anything. They grumbled why were they stuck with me. They never reimbursed me for travel or expenses.
I have been with this company for 8 years. Always get what is promised. Pay always correct and on time. Housing is great. Hospitals are always as presented. I would recommend them to anyone.
DO NOT USE... You have been warned
If this is the last company to work for... then I will go permanent somewhere. This was the first company I called when I was going to start traveling. I had a wing man who knew the game. He helped me with what is a good contract or what was bad. With Aureus I didn't even need his help to figure it out. They offered me $.50 less than I made as a perm employee with benefits, insurance, etc. She knew I was "new" and assumed I was stupid as well. Poor move.
The most common complaint I hear is how often nurses have been sued by this company. I have heard the stories and the first time I thought it was a fluke. Once you sign it they have you. Assignment sucks.... too bad. They will sue you for the rest of your contract if you decide to leave early.
Horrible pay packages: Is the strategy to underbid on every contract so you get the gig? Then you don't have enough to pay your employees who are actually carrying the pager and getting up at 3am... making you look good. You are part of the problem that is called "race to the bottom"
PDMI reimbursed based on your receipts submitted.
Tax free wages have nothing to do with max allowed by GSA.gov. Excuse: "We don't want you to get in trouble with the IRS" BS!!! If my CPA is good with it I am too and you don't give a rat's about anyone getting in trouble.
Lie after lie after lie...
I can't tell you how many recruiting bonuses I have made by pulling people out of this firestorm. It's interesting to hear how former employees speak of the practices of Aureus. You have no souls. Eat it!
Good luck everyone. Negative stars not available
This company is awful. Please do not use them. In all my years I have never been so humiliated and left out to HANG with anyone. This company will be nice to you until they have you...the housing is awful....they lie....they do not have your best interest at heart at all. Again they are nice to you until they have you....RUN
They never told me when I flew to my assignemt as a psych nurse that I would be taking iv tests and calculations working in psych and if I missed 2 out of 20 would have to find my own way home found this from a recruiter that was there with his nure lucky I passed I worked every shift they asked the first hotel was so nasty I insisted they put me up in a better place in wcih they did do that the nicest one I had ever stayed at after my contract had completed the recruiter spoke so mean to me because the manager of the unit hated woman and told them lies on me and other older woman nures there that worked for him! The staff kept me going very nice and supportive even throwing me a fairwell party with food and gifts they were the reason I kept my wits about me now if only the staff at Aureus spoke and treated me as nice I would have resigned but never again and with theri lies and deceit I am still surprised they are around oh and the lowest pay assignemnt I ever received in traveling which is on the east cost where everything is 2x ore expensive than the midwest and I was making less than a midwest permanent nurse made at the time well fool me once shame on them fool me twice shame on me. I learned.
Good experience so far
This was my first travel assignment and I feel it went great. My recruiter was there whenever I need him and always reached out if I missed a punch on the time clock. Was always making sure that I was doing ok and that things were running smoothly. Got paid on time every week and all my travel expenses and reimbursements for Connecticut license was on first check. The insurance is ok but I am probably going to get my own. Only gripe I have at this point is they do not offer a lot of contracts in NYC, and that is where I want to head next. I am currently on my 2nd assignment with them. First was in Stamford, CT and 2nd is Harker Heights, TX. I recommend them but make sure things are in writing and spelled out.
Peanuts for pay
These people need to be out of business. Their business practices, low pay, no insurance, promises not kept, lying, slander, intimidation tactics, changed contracts. Blows my mind how they can keep in business when they are dealing with trained professionals. Where I am from, we call this chicken poop. My grading of them is less then zero. Way less, like a wind chill in 40 degree zero. Watch out for Penny, she would sell her soul to the devil for a contract and never lose a wink of sleep.
They are the worst, lie after lie, absolutely the worst. My travel experience with them was a nightmare, lost my job had to be out in 24 hours, total chaos. The job was totally not what was it was supposed to be no help from my recruiter, Aureus just lets you hang, I would agree RUN,,,,,
I thought my first assignment (was there a year) was wonderful and up until recently that is what I would report. But in reality the facility and town I was in was wonderful not Aureus.
The second assignment was a light bulb going off in my head. I read the negative reviews below and can testify to each of those situations.
I returned to the first work sight because of the facility not because of foundness of Aureus and I am so glad I did. I recently discovered they are not paying us correctly. I have a hourly wage then another amount for holiday and call-in. Well if you work over 40 hours you should get time and half, even if that is a holiday or call-in. What they are doing is not considering the call-in pay or holidays when configuring the the overtime, nor paying time and half of the call-in & holidays if your already at 40+ hours. Look at your pay stubs and notify your wage and hour for the state you worked in, I am just as soon as the assignment is over.
ps they record all conversations, so if they lie to you, ask them to pull the recording.
First Travel Contract
I had a good experience with Aureus Medical Group. They got me my first travel assignment near Las Vegas, Nevada. The housing they provided was very adequate. They came through on their promise to reimburse travel expenses. My recruiter was thorough, timely, and personable. I would have liked to stay at the hospital in which in was working a little longer.
Not too bad
Even though my contract got terminated after six months, my apt wasn't bad at all, they paid me well. They are much better than primetime nursing. Primetime nursing will lie and leave you stranded at the airport, then you have to drive between 2 to 5 hours from your destination.
I have been with this company for 2 years. I have a great Manager whose name is Irene.I really havent had to deal with anyone She paid for scubs up tp 200 for a contract that requires something I dont have-- Most places wear Navy- Went to one and they wore Teal Green and white..They paid for my ACLS and PALS recert but not CEU's. I broke down on my way to work one night and called her- She helped me get home and get a renat..I seem to be making the same as everyone else I know. The only difference is I can be cancelled 1 shift in a 2week period .other companies may or may not pay you if you get cancelled. Mot of them dont as long as your cancelled within 4 hours of start time.I do however get medical dental life and 401 with a match.and tuition college reimbursement.I Had one assignments that was nightmare and that is the hospital fault not theirs. She encouraged me and let me ent when I needed.If unsafe then report it to the state ..Been there done that..I took the housing allowance and found my own places..that was the advice I was given when I started traveling and has worked out great..ask questions during your interview. with any interview Make a list. Maybe I just lucked out with getiing her.
crack team of lawyers work for these pimps
Forms forms forms forms......and low pay
If there were a lower score I would give it... If you ever see this company's name RUN!!! It is horrible and they don't care about anything but their pockets!!! They cost me more money than I made and it was a living nightmare, roach infested apt., 1.5hrs from work, had to use bus to get there and a 0.9mile hike uphill along expressway to get to bus stop after 13 hr shifts. Regardless of if you were at work or not after 7:45 they wanted you clocked out. They knew about the housing, I rpt'd it and had to send them pics of it and was told, "it's luck of the draw" you're on an island of paradise... They lied!! It was so unsanitary and disgusting and they didn't move me for 1 month then 3 days after they moved me they cancelled my contract, housing lady on the island said, "they told me a week ago that you were leaving this week, why are you leaving"... Yeah, they plan when they will cancel you and don't tell you, then on an island 6000miles away from home and they said, "you have to find your own way home" seriously??? The 1st hospital had black mold and they knew about it, 2nd hospital had half shut down due to termites and they knew about that too. The living and transportation they had setup there was horrible, and if you wanted a car on the island to get to and from work you had to pay them 200.00/wk which was money I already didn't have... Their pay sucks too!!! I was traumatized by the contracts and I will never reccomend this company to anyone!!!
I think this webpage says it all:
I am encouraging all young nurses STAY AWAY! they have cost me money on promises. Get everything in writing and notarized. Went 400 miles anticipating a job when I called times 3 to my recruiter who finally returned the call and said the position was on hold. had already paid for the license for the non compact state.
Had me take a pharm test(I am a psych nurse) and the first 9 questons were iv questions which ARE NOT ALLOWED ON PSYCH UNITS.The manager said aureus would reimburse me but alas I am still waiting. I've seen how they treated fellow young nurses who worked at the same facility I did. 43 mile away housing/ no travel pay/ (I'm sure it ate up any profit).As a travel nurse get everything in writing. No one looks out for you, not the hospital, and not Aureus. they have a terrible reputation in their home state of Nebraska. It asks for a star rating but no room for minuses.
My very first assignment with Aureus was a living nightmare. They povided housing for me 30 miles from my facility. This means a 60-mile trip for each 12 hours shift!! My one-bedroom apartment was having an issue with bed bugs and fleas. It was suggested that I move into the apartment beside the one I was in. I refused to do so. They refused to pay for the expense of a lodge because they could not afford to pay for two different living arrangements. The landlord would not allow them to break the 3-month contact for $1200.00. So...where does that leave me???? Sleeping in the car??? the cornfield??? a park bench maybe?? They did not care...they did not communicate with me on another possible solution...nothing. I would not reccommend thiso company to Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo. All TRAVELERS BEWARE!!!
I left this company, because other traveler encouraged me to try other companies. I so regret leaving Aureus. They always put me in a wonderful apt. I in the a crap hole now. The Hospital is fine. My apt. I cannot say enough bad things about. Aureus us, time sheets were very easy. The staff was excellent and helpful. I made a huge mistake leaving this company. The staff knew what they were doing. I felt very well taken care of. I am in a contract right now, but I so want to go back to Aureus. Liz Moore RN
Don't waste your time. Constant game playing and just one lie after another. Rinky-dink...........
First and foremost if you see the name Aureus Medical Group, move on. What a mistake! Horrible communication, had more than 3 account managers who were always "out on vacation", and huge reimbursement issues. I truly wish I had not made the mistake of signing on with them. They tell you they will reimburse your parking, etc. when you call back to find out when you'll be reimbursed they say you made the information up and they would never reimburse anyone for that! No travel to assignment money, no parking/transportation to assignment money, and so much miscommunication my assignment was pushed back 3 times!!! Trying desperately to leave now!
I am currently on assignment with AureusMedical and I will never make that mistake again. It's been mistake after mistake after mistake. And miscommunication after miscommunication after miscommunication. My recruiter seemed to always give me the wrong information. I'm pretty sure this company is stealing my money. Basically to sum things up Aureus sucks!!!! It's the first time in my travels that I considered walking away from an assignment but due to fear of litigation, I am toughing it out. But best believe I will never take an assignment with Aureus again even if my life depended on it. I would like to give Aureus -5 stars but I am forced to at least give Aureus 1 star.
Working with Aureus was a test in patience and filled with miscommunication, lack of follow through and lost assignments. I have had the opportunity to work with several wonderful Locum companies over the years. My first encounter with Aureus cost me financially when they made errors and did not reinburse expenses. When they contacted me a second time, I shared my reservations and was not sure it was a good idea to give them a second try. I should of trusted my instincts. My original agent left the agency and I was told they were on vacation. The second agent was disorganized and miscommunicated information to the hospital. The third agent tried but it was too late. I would not recommend this agency at this time. They have much room for improvement.