Horror Stories

Personal stories of former Mayo Clinic staff members circulate from time to time, but are mostly forgotten as Mayo Administration moves in quickly to fire, discredit and silence any “troublemaker” who dares object to Mayo’s version of benevolent wisdom.

31 Responses to “Horror Stories”


  1. Anonymous

    Need a GOOD Labor Att

    Very inspiring. All your patience and efforts have started to pay off. Thanks for sharing your new “toy”

  2. Anonymous

    Mayo is Evil

    “Personnel intervened to delay my termination until the “proper” documentation was in place.”

    I had a similar experience and my employment lasted a lot longer than yours. I intend to leave out the details of my situation to avoid future harassment
    from Mayo. I am posting so anyone else that has problems with management can have an idea of what to expect.

    1# They will spin doctor anything you say and ram it right back down your throat. The crimes they are guilty of they will accuse you of!

    #2 You are not allowed to have witnesses but management can call as many as they like, usually hand picked toadies advancing their careers. If you had witnesses or allies they will be threatened to remain silent and black listed if they attempt to help you.

    #3 Management will wave a stack of “evidence” against you. In my case it was a stack of paper an inch thick of discipline/ performance issues BACK DATED to the start of my employment. It was like something out of George Orwell’s 1984. They created an instant negative history. A history that I was not allowed to read, have copies of or even know what I was accused of. Not a drop of it needed my signature, “witnesses” said I refused to sign all of it. Who are these witnesses? thats a secret also. This history will be the platform they use for all of their future attacks.

    4. Any attempt to get management to respond to email, voice mail or letters will be ignored. Then they claim they were not aware of any problems. I love their line “If we had only known we could have done something, why didn’t you communicate with us?”

    5. They will decide you are mentally ill and need help. DO NOT TALK TO ANYONE THEY SEND YOU TO OR THEY ARE AFFILIATED WITH. They are building a profile for future reference. No I am not paranoid!

    6. If they don’t fire you on the spot expect random punishments until you resign. Mayo would rather force you to resign than terminate you so they don’t have to pay unemployment benefits. Expect a few suspensions without pay and the hint that this will continue until you volunteer to leave.

    7. They will attempt to provoke you into doing something stupid don’t take the bait. Resign before you go to jail and are sued into oblivion. I advise anyone having difficulty at all to plan their departure now.

    Now a message to certain people at the Mayo Clinic. I have only one prayer on my mind, your damnation.

  3. Anonymous

    The Mayo Clinic verges on the wicked. Some time ago there was a post on the Rochester Craigslist to the effect that some TV show, 60 minutes or 20/20 (I forget which – but if needed I do have a copy of the post) were doing an expose’ of the Mayo Clinic and were seeking input. Then, lo and behold – Tom Brokaw joins the board of the Mayo Foundation. I have no idea as to the veracity of the Craigslist post but it’s very interesting.

  4. Anonymous

    Mayo is a Nightmare

    When I worked at Mayo Clinic, I experienced an incessant amount of micromanaging by a supervisor who was well versed in playing the blame game and being overly critical in effort to compensate for her overall incompetency.

    My every move was monitored. Even my bathroom breaks were questioned. Leadership engaged in a management style that promoted fear and intimidation. The service values of mutual respect, teamwork, communication, innovation, integrity, etc. were abandoned in favor of promoting fear and intimidation.

    The numerous complaints to Human Resources department amounted to a waste of time. Ultimately, the HR officials align themselves with their narcissistic managers.

    It is true that they force you to resign. A few years ago, they made it known that they were looking to reduce their workforce. So, instead of paying severance or unemployment compensation, they create policies to make their employees miserable in which they are forced to resign.

    As a result of the constant micromanagement and criticism, I did call it quits. The supervisor walked around like a roaring lion seeking whom she may devour. She was divisive and indecisive…never giving credit to employees who exceeded expectations. Promotions were only granted to the ingratiable whether their job performance met the standard or not. The amount of stress and emotional abuse was incredible.

    Quitting proved to be quite liberating. I’m glad that my days at Mayo are over.

  5. Anonymous

    When I worked at Mayo Clinic, I experienced an incessant amount of micromanaging by a supervisor who was well versed in playing the blame game and being overly critical in effort to compensate for her overall incompetency.

    My every move was monitored. Even my bathroom breaks were questioned. Leadership engaged in a management style that promoted fear and intimidation. The service values of mutual respect, teamwork, communication, innovation, integrity, etc. were abandoned in favor of promoting fear and intimidation.

    The numerous complaints to Human Resources department amounted to a waste of time. Ultimately, the HR officials align themselves with their narcissistic managers.

    It is true that they force you to resign. A few years ago, they made it known that they were looking to reduce their workforce. So, instead of paying severance or unemployment compensation, they create policies to make their employees miserable in which they are forced to resign.

    As a result of the constant micromanagement and criticism, I did call it quits. The supervisor walked around like a roaring lion seeking whom she may devour. She was divisive and indecisive…never giving credit to employees who exceeded expectations. Promotions were only granted to the ingratiable whether their job performance met the standard or not. The amount of stress and emotional abuse was incredible.

    Quitting proved to be quite liberating. I’m glad that my days at Mayo are over.

  6. Anonymous

    HR is a joke

    Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can confide in HR. They are not your friend. HR is management support. There is one HR administrator in particular at MCJ that abused her power. She covered for one the most inept supervisors in that entire organization. She was clearly biased in handling that debacle. Someone typed an anonymous letter listing the many faults of this totally incompetent boss and sent it to her boss. Even though I did not write the letter I was blamed for it. Once that letter was made known, the same bad supervisor began to harass me even more. If I stepped away for my scheduled break, she would go through my desk even my personal belongings. I was so stressed out day in & day out. Whenever you would bring an issue to her attention, she would reply by saying ‘You’re negative.’ She was not good at problem resolution. She would just blame you for voicing your concern. To make matters worse, HR had no regard for the way employees were treated. As long as they can make themselves look good to the public. HR will pretend to address the problem but they are really just part of the problem. Focus groups are formed but nothing results from them. Employees are still angry and disgruntled. HR believes in constructive termination. The best thing about working there is quitting. The day I left was more gratifying than any paycheck I ever got from there. Free At Last!

  7. Anonymous

    offending treatment machines. They transfer witnesses out of town or buy them off. They buy off people they can’t compromise. They make threats against your family members. They follow you with former FBI agents. They photograph your property. They go through your trash to find dirt. They call you employer and make trouble. They hire specialists in computer security and investigation to find dirt and threaten you with it. They have vast servers doing nothing but recording all phone calls “for quality control” if you believe their garbage. OH and they LIE too. They track all your computer usage. All your emails. All the emails that you are sent and all the phone calls you make. With the cameras in places you cannot find and would not believe and face recognition software they track your movements and bathroom usage. You heard right.

    And they hire consultants (like me) to make sure no one person knows how all this stuff works together to insure total control and absolute denyability….because ‘the needs of the patients come’….LAST

    The bigger the organization the bigger the fraud.

  8. Anonymous

    Her Name wasn’t Dianna, was it?

    No, they obviously have more than one incompetent manager whose name begins with a “D.”

  9. Anonymous

    Hi, I do not work at Mayo anymore but a friend who still does told me that Mayo said not to use workman’s comp but to use short term or long term disability only!!!! She said that way you get more money. I could not believe it. She is brainwashed. She acted like that was all right and I was shocked. This is at Mayo Hospital in Scottsdale,AZ. The HR is also very dangerous and not your friend from what I remember. I quit in 2005 and felt like I had left the pit of hell. I heard stories like all the managers were watching a movie comparing Bush to “Hitler” Anyway, T_GEN is a house of horrors where they do animal testing. Some nurses had found a wounded rabbit with a plastic tie around its neck, it had escaped from T-Gen. They cut the tie off and brought the poor animal to an animal sanctuary. Then I heard horror stories about the CEO of T-Gen. He was very rude to his female assistant and she transferred to another T-GEN.(This was outside of Mayo at a popular restaurant) Take care, Anonymous
    Anyway, where my friend lives, we were taking a walk through her parking lot and I saw a license plate with the word CHIMERA. it freaked me out since that Mayo clinic doc had injected sheep blood into another animal and it was a Mayo Dr. in Minnesota. It was the most e-mailed article in the world)Washington Post0 This was just over a year ago when I saw the license plate. T-Gen is located next to the Mayo CLinic at 134th Street and Shea in Scottsdale,AZ. BY for now

  10. Anonymous

    PLEASE STAND WITH ME – Mayo’s criminal and corrupt practice will stop, I do promise

    Please Help Support Me – By all medical statistics I should be dead, but God has spared me because I do have the knowledge, and skill to expose criminal behavior especially in Urology

    ——————————————————————————–
    WE can expose – I have all my records cover to cover – as I have worked in the field for years and new where and how to get the info – and yesyou are correct records are achived anytime they have issues – I have a paper in my file that state because of administrative requst. Also Mayo seems to mark records they want shared, so uless you state COVER TO COVER you ont get everything. Please stand with me and we can EXPOSE them and let people know what they are doing.

    Thank you
    Georjean Parrish
    see my Face book and linked in – we can do this.

  11. Anonymous

    The meek are getting ready

    watch this space

  12. Anonymous

    WE NEED to SPEAK UP LOUDLY and STOP THIS.

    We are all TRUSTING people, especially of Mayo doctors, and to find DOCUMENTED & FACTUAL medical records that completely contradict everything we were verbally told to our face – is NOT acceptable.
    WHAT WOULD YOU THINK if you were told in a Mayo Clinic ER you were in an advanced stage of kidney cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes and lungs. Then see “PRESSUMED TRANSITIONAL CANCER” and only “RENAL MASS” on your medical records.
    Remember, the facts are:
    I have no left kidney and all associated parts.
    I am NOT A CANCER SURVIVOR nor do I have CANCER NOW.
    BUT, I am a SURVIVOR of Septic shock, organ and resp failure, spent 20+ days on life support/ventalator 3 months in Mayo. Then rec’d registered letter refusing to treat me as of 4/30/2010, because I ask questions and wanted to understand al that had happened to me. Well this is the only Dr we were allowed to see from Urology.
    Please excuse the background noise, and my tone. I think anyone hearing what I heard would be upset an mad. I really need to share my experience so your are NOT THE NEXT VICTIM. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE FOR ANY PATIENT TO BE TOLD – We need to speak up. Michael & Georjean Parrish
    copy and paste in browser line

  13. Anonymous

    falsified records

    I was terminated from Mayo Clinic on 07/30/2010 for what my supervisors referred to as compromised patient care, the short of it is that I would not stick a patient who requested not to be stuck and called the service to see if the patient”s line could be used, the service approved this and sent the order through. The rn who was covering this patient felt I stepped on her toes and reported me saying that she had spoken with me personally which was untrue, the rn was to busy sitting at the nurse’s station with her arms folded againist her chest and feet up on the desk to even come into the patient’s room. She filed a compliant against me and won. My supervisors said that through their “investigation” that I was at fault could have caused the patient his life ( the patient was discharged the following day) We have been told by our supervisors to always contact the service if there were any questions and even though I did what I was trained to do they did not support me or back me up, this was their way of cleaning house and I’m not the only one who has been cleaned out. Mayo says its number 1 priority is to the patients but it has come down to the almighty dollar. They will support management before the employees even though it is the employees who make them who they are, they use to be a good company to work for but now they let managment run the show, these are people who get power hungry and will violate every mayo policies and turn it against the employee so they can move up the corporate ladder. I’m shocked that the Board of Directors or even for that matter Dr. Noseworthy doesn’t take a look at the turn around status in the Lab Service area and ask why, because if they did those supervisors would be the next ones out looking for another job and collecting unemployment. When you are hired they tell you about the policies but when you get into the department those policies do not exist it is all up to the power driving supervisors. Many past employees who have left Mayo Clinic have said they are happier in their new job roles and would not go back to Mayo for anything, some of these employees have been ther 20+ years so what does this tell you? I know that I will find another job but until then I’m scared, but in the same sense I’m relieved knowing that I will not have too go back to work and wonder “will I get called into the supervisors office today” it was alot of walking on broken glass in the phlebotomy department because you never knew who the next victim would be. Be careful if you are thinking about appying here
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  14. Anonymous

    I got it to

    Same story with me to. Didn’t think to much of this site until it happened to me. I thought I was doing a great job from the feedback from patients and other staff. But as soon as the supervisor got promoted she became another person all to gether. Like she had something to proove to management. Like she had to proove she was man enough (mean enough) to fire a long term loyal employee… Makes you wonder what they teach them in supervisors classes because they come out swinging and don’t stop untill someone gets hurt. And forget talking to anyone you thought you knew and trusted! They all treat you like a leper. I think everyone knows that they can fire anyone at any time on a supervisors say so. The godless wimps deserve each other and empty days watching out for # 1. What goes around comes around.

  15. Anonymous

    Smoking

    What is the deal with Mother Mayo thinking they can tell all of their patients, visitors and staff what to do and where to do it? I have never seen a city where one employer has had it’s fingers in so many pots that affect so many people but yet they never get caught in any pies? How is that?

  16. Anonymous

    The Mayo Gets Away With it (NOT!)

    Over the years I’ve often wondered how the Mayo gets away with it but the volume of the truth about the Mayo Clinic drumbeat out there is increasing steadily all the time. The Internet has become a great tool for the ordinary person to fight the rich, the powerful and yes, the corrupt.

    In addition to this site, here are a just a few websites who are exposing the dirty side of the Mayo Clinic’s methods:

    http://www.citypages.com/2008-05-14/…lls-young-man/

    http://www.news4jax.com/news/15808755/detail.html

    http://www.mayovictim.com

    http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2005/May/05_civ_292.htm

  17. Anonymous

    Tell me about it! Once the managers have you in the gunsight everyday you show up to work trying to do good it becomes everyday a nagging question of when you get called in to managment for the bendover and or termination.

  18. Anonymous

    Need a GOOD Labor Attorney

    If you know of a good labor attorney that has been successful against Mother Mayo, then please post it here. I’m in dire need of one, and it seems that all the Rochester attorneys are bought off or Mayo supportive.

  19. Anonymous

    Georjean Parrish Near death experience for needless surgery.

    We are all TRUSTING people, especially of doctors, and to find DOCUMENTED & FACTUAL medical records that completely contradict everything we were verbally told to our face – is NOT acceptable.
    WHAT WOULD YOU THINK if you were told in a Mayo Clinic ER you were in an advanced stage of kidney cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes and lungs. Then see “PRESSUMED TRANSITIONAL CANCER” and only “RENAL MASS” on your medical records.
    Remember, the facts are:
    I have no left kidney and all associated parts.
    I am NOT A CANCER SURVIVOR nor do I have CANCER NOW.
    BUT, I am a SURVIVOR of Septic shock, organ and resp failure, spent 20+ days on life support/ventalator 3 months in Mayo. Then rec’d registered letter refusing to treat me as of 4/30/2010, because I ask questions and wanted to understand al that had happened to me. Well this is the only Dr we were allowed to see from Urology.
    Please excuse the background noise, and my tone. I think anyone hearing what I heard would be upset an mad. I really need to share my experience so your are NOT THE NEXT VICTIM. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE FOR ANY PATIENT TO BE TOLD – We need to speak up. Michael & Georjean Parrish
    copy and paste in browser line

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-474597

    Please see my comments on FaceBook MayoClinic wall and discussion – Georjean Parrish – This will stop – we need to stand together and call the news.

  20. Anonymous

    Hinshaw and Culbertson
    333 South Seventh Street
    Suite 2000
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
    (612)333-3434

    It is very likely that they will be able to help, as long as your situation is relatively current.

    Best wishes.

  21. Anonymous

    St. Lukes Hospital Jacksonville

    Stay away from this hospital…..

  22. Anonymous

    St. Luke’s sucks!

    Absolutely! In Oct 2001 and subsequently, St. Luke’s and their Mayo side kicks treated me in a despicable manner, both ethically, morally and medically. There were a few decent people working there trying to do their best for the patients in, obviously, difficult circumstances. From the date of your post, it seems nothing has changed.

    MayoVictim

  23. Anonymous

    Mayo is one corrupt organization. I know and have read several stories that are horrific experiences of patients in their care. Please stay away, if you have serious heart conditions i suggest Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Stay away from Florida and Arizona Mayo’s in particular. I’ve heard my share of disasters there. They have a reputation for disaster.

    They even accepted a physician there over in Arizona for fellowship who provided them with false publications, a crappy resume ( I saw it and laughed), and couldn’t communicate one proper word of English.

  24. Anonymous

    I developed clinical anxiety and depression as a result of workplace bullying here. Went to employee health and was told by their Mayo physician that it sounded like bullying. HR did nothing about it and said I had to go back to my torture chamber or be fired. My anxiety peaking, because now I was “really gonna get it”. I was fired today after 9 successful years here, and 9 months in a new area. I previously had excellent reviews. It depends on the area, but don’t look to HR. Just quit before they force you into a profile. Bad Mayo for the holidays. I recorded all of my bullying but HR refuses to listen.

  25. Anonymous

    Stay away from the Mayo Clinic – they bully patients and employees and deserve to be shut down. Again, heed my warning: stay away.

  26. Anonymous

    Unfortunately, as a recently resigned former employee, I can only agree with much of what has been stated here. I began my career at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, nearly 9 years ago. I began with so much excitement and enthusiasm. My family has working ties with the founding Mayo family and my grandmother was a benefactor. I grew up with the stories of the Mayo brothers, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, and the amazing family of health care providers that evolved into the world renowned Mayo Clinic. Nine years ago, I had no reason to believe that the institution by which I had just become employed was anything but spectacular. I took a significant cut in pay, to obtain a position at Mayo with “benefits” for my family, which we lacked at the time, as I was recently widowed with young children and forced into the “breadwinner” role. Had I known then, what I know now, I’d have spent that pay cut to purchase health care coverage and continued to enjoy my previous nursing position!

    Please take note that I am speaking of only 9 years of personal experience as a Mayo Clinic employee. Others have endured much worse, for a much longer period of time! During my nine years I experienced workplace harassment/bullying from my immediate supervisor(s) and department physicians that led to incredible anxiety, depression and eventual hospitalization. At one point, I was forced to sign a form acknowledging that I had made an error 4 months prior, to which I’d never previously been told of or been questioned about… an error which would normally be addressed within days of an occurance. I now know that it never happened and other coworkers were experiencing similar disciplinary actions without cause, to force us out or thin the population of LPNs. These tactics caused what we now refer to as “the time of mass exodus”. Later, after being hospitalized and expending all FMLA, I was forced to reduce my FTE to preserve my position and sanity. At one time, I was trained into a new position for which I was to receive higher pay. When I realized that my pay had not yet been increased and that a pay raise I had noted was, in fact, only an annual standard of living wage increase, I approached HR. After a meeting with the notorious supervisor and our HR service partner (who supervisor is friends with and photographed with on Facebook), it was determined that my training module had not yet been “signed off” by my supervisor, which would have initiated my pay increase over a year prior. So, it was determined that I was competent to practice in the new role alone (without a training preceptor) for over a year, but not having a signature on a piece of paper stating that my training was in fact, complete, kept me from receiving back pay… Ok, I accepted responsibility for not following through and submitting an informal training packet, but I know that this was not an institutional standard and was handled that way due to the supervisor and HR Rep’s out of the workplace relationship. Additionally, I was forced to work for and cater to infantile and narcissistic Physicians who treated allied health staff like incompetent children. I witnessed and reported several occurances of patient safety concerns and experienced the managerial backlash for doing so, to which management went to great lengths to sweep under the rug. There was little consistency or dependability with supervisor follow through, no matter what the issue. I was belittled and felt “dumbed down”. I was forced to work under conditions that were unsafe for myself, caused me physical injury and put patients at risk. I witnessed and reported inappropriate handling of tissue specimens, errors in documentation, and unhygienic handling of equipment involved in invasive patient procedures, for which I observed no significant policy changes enforced to prevent further occurances. I eventually became so absolutely disgusted with not only my immediate department, but with the institution as a whole. I have never been happier than the day I gave resignation! Day after day of feeling that I was a patient factory line worker- gone! Day after day of witnessing suboptimal care-gone! Day after day of watching the Mayo Brother’s creation be crushed by the profit mongering leadership of today- gone! I have not yet mentioned the suboptimal care that I myself received as a post-op patient, the lack of continuity, lack of communication between department care providers, or an incidence of breech of confidentiality by another employee of my protected health information, that I complained of and was never addressed. I’m not at all surprised by others’ comments here. I’m just especially thankful that I had the opportunity to resign and choose better for myself. That I wasn’t unjustly fired as some have described, after many years of service.

  27. Anonymous

    This is absolutely amazing! This is happening to me now as a Mayo employee to the point of receiving threatening texts at home, minding my own business. Mayo will not do anything about it. It’s not only tolerated but almost seems to be rewarded. Help!!!

  28. Anonymous

    Me too!!

  29. Anonymous

    I was railroaded by the Mayo Mafia. They will look for ways to either make you want to quit or simply fire you. All the documenting in world could not have saves me. They are crooked and I look forward to the day of its reckoning.

  30. Anonymous

    This has been happening to me and some of my co-workers for years. Just called HR today and got the run a round “it’s up to supervisors discretion.” What a place

  31. Anonymous

    I can’t believe I came upon this site!! Towards the end of my six and a half years of employment at Mayo, I thought I was being paranoid or going crazy or something. I had my supervisor writing me up for every little thing and others were doing the same thing with nothing. (Things like looking at my cell phone – even though it was out of patient view and was for a few seconds to make sure my kids at home for that day hadn’t messaged me, or not being fast enough with certain tasks – even though I was just a quick as most and there were others much slower than I was.) I can’t believe the politics that goes on in such a place that supposedly is all about great patient care. Oh and just as icing on the cake MY medical record was accessed by someone who had no business being in my chart. I found out because this person mailed someone else’s records to my HOME!! I reported it and never heard anything about it again. Doesn’t give me great confidence in the level of confidentiality.