At United Methodist Retirement Communities, 79 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 226 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.87. It was published on May 15, 2018. 880 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
My work has special meaning: this is not "just a job".
People celebrate special events around here.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.

What They Do

We asked United Methodist Retirement Communities to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Building on a foundation of more than 110 years of service, United Methodist Retirement Communities promotes the wellness, dignity and independence of older adults by providing high-quality and innovative residential and supportive services.  UMRC is EAGLE accredited.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Aging Services
US Headquarters: Chelsea, Michigan, 48118 US Sites: 6
Major Locations: Chelsea, Michigan, 48118 US Employees: 451
US Revenues: $55.4 million Worldwide Revenues: $55.4 million
Corporate Structure: Non-Profit Founded: 1906

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Perks and Programs

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

  • Scholarship Program: All regular full and part time employees are eligible to apply for the UMRC Foundation Scholarship program. The program provides up to $4,000 per semester, for up to 4 semesters total per person to use toward educational, certification, or other learning opportunities. These opportunities are not limited to careers that benefit UMRC. Employees may apply for scholarship for ANY career they can think of!
  • Caregiver Pathway Program: UMRC seeks out those who may not have a career or who may be ready for a second career by paying for them to go to school! The Caregiver Pathway Program allows individuals who truly enjoy the act of caring for seniors a way to go to school, start a new career all while earning a living and have guaranteed full-time employment with benefits upon completing their certification. Since September 2017, UMRC has provided this opportunity 15 individuals in our community. UMRC also provides this opportunity to our current staff who are not caregivers!
  • Wellness Program: All employees are eligible to receive up to $200 per year for simply taking part in their own health and wellness. They simply show that they have gone to the doctor, dentist or participated in a healthy change in exercise or eating and they earn $100 every six months! In addition, UMRC provides wellness dollars of up to $240 per year for all employees to use for gym memberships, exercise classes, financial planning with individualized programs, Weight Watchers at Work, and many other wellness initiatives!
  • Seniority Recognition: Each year, UMRC invites all employees who achieve a 5 year interval of seniority by inviting them and a guest to a special dinner in the evening. At this event, all leadership and board members come to honor those who have dedicated their years of service to our residents and participants. Staff are announced one by one, with specific stories about their contributions shared by leadership staff. They are giving a letter and certificate of recognition, a pin to place on their badge (flare!). In addition, each individual recognized receives a monetary gift on their paycheck coinciding with their years of service.
  • Promoting our Mission (POM) Award: UMRC has an opportunity for staff, residents, participants and family members to recognize our staff for their dedication and behaviors that demonstrate our guiding beliefs. Staff can be nominated by using a website, filling out a postcard, or simply emailing our Human Resources team. Once nominated, a certificate is printed with the staff member's name, and the nomination as to why they are nominated is attached so that the manager of the individual can share the demonstrated behavior with the staff member. The staff member also receives a pin especially designed for the POM award program.
  • Emergency Aide Program: The UMRC Foundation provides up to $1000 for our staff who find themselves in a emergent situation that may require financial support. This program is not a loan, but rather a gift to those who service our residents and participants when they need us.
  • Referral bonus: UMRC provides a referral bonus to any employee who refers a successful candidate to us for any open position. Some positions warrant higher bonuses than others, depending on the difficulty to fill the position.
  • Holiday Ham Distribution: UMRC leaders hand out hams every year to each and every employee and contract staff member the first week of December. Staff have the opportunity to pick up their ham as leaders thank them for their service and dedication.
  • Baby Gift: UMRC sends a baby onesie and classic children's book to all employees who have or adopt a baby. The baby onesie is printed with "Future Employee of United Methodist Retirement Communities".
  • Flowers: UMRC sends flowers to all staff who have a loss of a loved one in their immediate family.


100% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 5% of salary80% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for full time 30 hours or more per week)
80% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (for full time 30 hours or more per week)
Chelsea Retirement Community - Assisted Living


28 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 14 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
10 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 5 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
23 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 12 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Telecommute option (3% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (20% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (Up to $16,000 per employee for all full and part time staff for scholarships. Up to $1000 per employee for emergency aide. All employees may purchase meals on site at all locations. Some employees, if asked to work over on their shift, receive a free meal. Dining staff, if working a full 8 hour shift, receive a meal at half off. Work out facilities are available at 3 out of 6 locations. Open to all staff. Indoor pool and hot tub available at 1 (soon to be 2) locations open to all staff. Walking track soon to be available at largest location open to all staff. Annual wellness fair and farmers market open to all locations. Verizon Wireless 18% discount for all employees for being a not-for-profit. Cutting garden available at main campus location for fresh flowers for all employees. All new employees receive a UMRC t-shirt at new hire orientation. All staff are provided with an on-site scrub sale bi-annually. They are able to buy shoes and uniforms at a discount and use payroll deduction over 4 pay periods to pay for their merchandise.. All staff at main location receive at least $40 and up to $60 per year for uniform allowance. All employees are given their birthday off as a paid holiday!)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)


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

Community and Environmental Impact

$15,000 Philanthropic donations in last year Yes Recycling program


  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • 1 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

Workforce Diversity

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Chelsea Retirement Community - Skilled Nursing

How to Get Hired

We asked United Methodist Retirement Communities 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?

UMRC seeks candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds and levels of experience to help us maintain a culture of inclusiveness.  As an orgainzation focused on our senior population we look for candidates that posess patience, compassion, attentiveness, attention to details, dependability, trustworthiness, and an interest in learning and growing from the elderly are potential great fits for our mission and overall organizational goals.

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

UMRC provides total care to our Residents and Participants, we follow the State and Federal guidelines for Skilled, Assisted, and Day program staffing.  To meet the requirements we consistently seek Certified Nurse Assistants, Direct Care Staff (unlicensed), Nurses, and Dining Services Staff.  As we continue to grow and be a leader in Senior living our needs will grow and staffing goals may change.

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

Interested candidates should visit our website at  Current opportunities are posted under the 'Employment' section of our website.

hiring Outlook

67 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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