- The Guidance Center12.Apr 2017
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- CompanyThe Guidance Center
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2017
The company culture was one where there was inclusiveness for few, and bullying toward many.
Expectations were varied depending on who was the supervisor and how engaged they were in following instructions from upper management. Communication was also varied and favoritism made work days difficult.
There was much gossip, lying and attempts to manipulate. WRONG for a human services work environment. Middle mgmt tried to invoke a team atmosphere by team oriented training with the professional staff, but that consisted of sharing personal information, problems, and not spending time doing the job that was supposed to be done
Yes I was trusted to work independently, though wasn't always able to follow through with expectations around paperwork.
Communication was terrible and not timely. This was somewhat fixed with the addition of daily morning mtgs to touch base with other professional and did help with daily planning
Social Services is more female dominated career, so there weren't that many men there.
There were a fair share of older workers, but more younger as they didn't pay well. I felt more appreciated for my skill and knowledge outside of my dept. At times middle mgmt would schedule time for me to talk with them and give suggestions on things to do with their clients (not something that happened in my own dept)
I had no chances of advancement as they closed my program (day treatment). I was an Occupational Therapist that worked with the chronic mentally ill, and after they closed the program there was no other position like it there. There are opportunities for professional development as they had seminars
Pay/Salary was low, benefits were basic
It was an okay environment much of the time. Ventilation and heating/cooing wasn't the best
The recycling program was a box for paper products that another business would come and shred
The company might or might not have valued work life balance, but I wasn't good at it (trying to make a dent into the tasks I never got done). Yes families are taken into consideration, mostly at the middle mgmt had their own family issues so that trickled down into understanding for others with things that came up. I created my own peer pressure into working more hours/after hours, and since I had a key to the building was able to do so
Depending on where you went and who you talked with, image was varied. Some respected The Guidance Center, some said it was lacking a great deal
My job was stable for the 6+ years I was there, until they decided to close the dept and I was laid off. Yes there was much restructuring and laying off of personnel (along with buying up buildings at the same time).
There were some issues with handicapped accessibility depending on which buildings you went to. You would think they would provide the tools and resources for people with disabilities, but often they did not...
It was mostly a safe working environment. Yes there is training as needed
It was challenging to try and get the paper work done. Challenging to integrate into a work system that had not had an OT therapist such as myself before. I was very proud of working with clients in teaching greater independence/skills. Was a total uphill battle much of the time (not only with staff but the clients as well... as OT therapy wasn't what they were used to). Clients were used to getting their SS check, going to day treatment on a daily basis and 'playing' there. OT working on assuming a sense of responsibility and working toward goals, which wasn't a priority for many. It was impt to keep trying as the program was eventually closed..... people need to have something meaningful in their lives and I hope they were able to find it
It was somewhat diverse there
At the time I was excited to start working there and help them go from a clubhouse model to day treatment model. It was like pulling teeth for most of the time I was there as the staff and clients weren't happy about the changes mgmt wanted.
I didn't like the favoritism, lack of follow through, bullying... stressful environment
working climate is poor
No leadership support
Work together as a team
There are certain advantages and disadvantages to some workers
Pay is not equal to work
Very loud, air conditioning goes off becomes too hot, computers stalls often
No time for personal life
There is nothing good said about this company only about the work that is being done for the clients
You can be fired with no warning
Yes it is a place where you feel safe
Feels good when you can get something accomplished for a client
Yes there is diversity within the company
Working with families and children