At Gilchrist, 81 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 427 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.37. It was published on Apr 24, 2018. 1539 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
My work has special meaning: this is not "just a job".
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
I feel I make a difference here.

What They Do

We asked Gilchrist to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

A nationally recognized, nonprofit leader in serious illness and end-of-life care, Gilchrist provides compassionate elder medical care, counseling and support to people at every stage of serious illness, so they may live life to the fullest.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Health Care
US Headquarters: Hunt Valley, Maryland, 21031 US Sites: 5
Major Locations: Columbia, Maryland, 21045; Towson, Maryland, 21204; Baltimore, Maryland, 21201 US Employees: 605
US Revenues: $50 million Worldwide Revenues: $50 million
Corporate Structure: Non-Profit Founded: 1994

Gilchrist Hospice Care - Making Connections

Perks and Programs

We asked Gilchrist to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Clinical Ladders: The program is offered to all employees. It is a wonderful opportunity for employees to engage in self-discovery, learn and participate in new situations that stretch them beyond their normal job related work. Additionally, there is a room for designing their own education and professional development. Each employee works with their manager to create a custom plan based on their goals. Activities in the plan earn different levels of points determining levels. After successful completion of the program each level of participation receives a monetary reward…Level 1 - $250, Level 2 - $500, Level 3 - $750, Level 4 - $1,000.
  • Art of Nursing Awards: This is a nursing recognition program that recognizes nursing staff, including clinical assistants, who exemplify and embody the fundamental elements of the art of nursing--science, knowledge and caring within their field. All employees are encouraged to recognize and honor a nurse colleague and nominate them for this yearly award. The winners are recognized at the annual "Art of Nursing" dinner.
  • "Caught You Caring" program: Gilchrist's Volunteer Services Department initiated this monthly award to recognize administrative staff and volunteers who are doing a great job, yet their contributions are often over looked or not publicly acknowledged in a setting where the clinical staff caring for patients are overwhelming recognized.
  • Compassionate Caregiver Award: This award is presented annually to recognize and honor outstanding healthcare professionals who display extraordinary devotion and compassion in caring for patients and families, and who make a profound difference through their unmatched dedication to compassionate and collaborative care.
  • Learning Forum: Diversity and Inclusion Learning Forums are offered throughout the year, every year, promoting the personal growth of each of our employees and our organization as a whole. These educational seminars are held monthly on topics that foster, promote and facilitate dialogue about diversity and inclusion. There is a keynote nationally recognized speaker once a year. For these sessions, topics have ranged from work/life balance, mindfulness, making work fun, and pioneers in the hospice & palliative care field.
  • Thanksgiving Turkeys: As a way to show our thanks to our employees, every Gilchrist employee receives a Thanksgiving turkey to take home and enjoy with their family and loved ones. It is our way to express our gratitude to our employees during this holiday season.
  • Gilchrist Picnic: Every summer we have a company picnic at a private swimming club open to all Gilchrist employees and their families. It is a fun filled day with lively music with a DJ, planned games and activities, and a wonderful feast. In addition there are several pools to take advantage of as well as a pond to canoe in.


75% Company-paid health coverage for employees 70% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
75% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
Gilchrist hospice aide and nurse caring for patient


25 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 25 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
10 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 10 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
10 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 25 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (25% use it)
  • Telecommute option (5% use it)
  • Job sharing (5% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (10% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Medical facilities (at some locations)
  • Onsite Amenities (Cafeteria discount, fitness classes, on site fitness and wellness center, free parking)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 55 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)10 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

$120,000 Philanthropic donations in last year Yes Recycling program


  • Our Chaplain oversees diversity and inclusion practices
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • 17 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Gilchrist music therapist with patient


Gilchrist social worker talking with patient

How to Get Hired

We asked Gilchrist for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Some key characteristics that Gilchrist looks for in prospective employees is ambition and their passion for our organization and the work we do.  Since our staff is caring for mostly elderly individuals with serious illnesses, they need to be able to provide compassionate care and support that addresses all of the patient's and families needs--whether it be medical, emotional, social or spiritual, therefore, we look for individuals who truly understand "our work."  Most of our clinical employees work virtually so potential employees also need to be confident and self-directed.  We are also looking for prospective employees with elder, lone-term or hospice care experience and certificatiion in any of these fields would be a big plus.   

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Candidates capture our attention if they have researched our organization, networked with current Gilchrist employees and express their interest and qualifications in a detailed, well-written cover letter specific for our organization. 

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Registered nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers and hospice aides. 

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Candidates can go to the Gilchrist website: to learn more about the organization and submit their applications or they can attend our jiob fairs, scheduled throughout the year. 

hiring Outlook

190 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 5% Job Growth
15 Average applicants per opening 3,639 Total job applicants
19% New hires by employee referrals 38% Openings filled by current employees
60 Recent graduates hired 7% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
15% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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