The worst work place culture I've experienced at any job.
Support from management
Management isn't even present half the time. In "meetings" constantly and leaves without informing the staff.
Job Coaches work together as much as they can but management is awful and there have been no team meetings since I've worked here.
Freedom to work independently
Some of the work is independent.
Awful communication even @ the program level. Managers will change which clients are assigned to you without even notifying you.
Main office/corporate in my area is completely run by women. Not a single male in the office.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Half the people here are very friendly and the other half can be extremely rude and mean.
JRI does offer to pay for part of your schooling if you work for them for a certain amount of time.
Overall compensation for your work
Extremely low pay. Good benefits (not great).
Office / Work Environment
Extremely large amounts of plastic waste on a daily basis.
Decent work life balance if you can manage to use your PTO (paid time off). It's very difficult because even after you submit a request for time off, management usually doesn't even check. When they do check half the time they decline you because someone else has already requested and if there aren't enough job coaches that means the manager/a.manager has to fill in as a job coach.
Somehow this company gets riveting reviews from the Boston Globe. Perhaps other sections of this company are much better than the one I work in.
No one wants these jobs and they can't afford to fire anyone unless you really mess up and there's no possible way they can look the other way.
We work with handicapped individuals so it's very handicapped accessible.
Poor management/high turnover rate(new employees constantly) leads to some dangerous situations.
Working with special needs adults can be challenging but it's honestly not that bad. Working with incompetent staff and management can be the challenging part.
Inclusive / Diverse
Suggestions for improvement
- Pay your employees a living wage. Hire better management (not just anyone to fill in the job so that directors get out of filling in). Hire better staff (not just someone to fill in the job so that managers get out of filling in). More oversight (this company is obviously a nonprofit so noone really cares what is happening or is ever held responsible). There is clearly a lack of leadership higher up in this company.
What I like about the company
Benefits are okay. Working with the clients is a lot of fun and fulfilling work.
What I dislike about the company
Pay is terrible. You basically make as much as a McDonalds employee. This company prides itself on social justice and doesn't even pay all it's employees a living wage. The people I work with are working two jobs and falling asleep at work because they are so tired.