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Reviews for The Village For Families & Children

Review factors

Feel-Good Factor

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

Career factor

Gender Equality
1.50
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.50
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.50
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Benefits

The following benefits are offered

No flex. working hours Parking in 1 of 2 reviews Easy access to public transportation No stock or equity options 401(k) in 1 of 2 reviews No onsite daycare facility No reimbursed daycare No ability to work remotely No desirable office location No tuition assistance No Paid Parental Leave No defined contribution company match/employer 401(k) match No flexible spending account Paid time off in 2 of 2 reviews Healthcare (including vision and dental) in 2 of 2 reviews No relocation allowance No life insurance

The following perks are offered

On site cafeteria in 1 of 2 reviews Free (company provided) Meals in 1 of 2 reviews No health and wellness programs No employee discounts No vehicle allowance No employee events No dogs allowed No fitness center on site No company provided food and/or drink
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  • 06.Dec 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

The overall culture here at The Village in Hartford, CT centers around lying, dishonesty, unethical behavior, and massive cover-ups in which both management and H.R. essentially try to shield each other's unethical behavior at every opportunity. There was a lot of sneakiness and just really nasty and dirty office politics occurring here by some of this agency's top "leadership" which helped to define their overall "culture" as being one of extreme dishonesty and corruption. Vindication and retaliation for reporting any of this unethical behavior to the agency's "H.R." department was also extremely common.

Support from management

There was very little support given, and it was actually quite common for employees to go years and years without even seeing anyone from either H.R. and/or upper management to address some of the very serious ethical and operational issues here at this agency. Most of the management, in my opinion, cared very little about their workforce and their daily struggles doing this work. And so long as it wasn't them being personally attacked by aggressive or violent clients in their own programs, I really honestly felt as though upper management here at The Village in Hartford couldn't have given two flying cares when this same stuff happened to their own employees.

Teamwork

Zero. The agency is too fractured with each individual trying to achieve or accomplish their own agendas versus actually using a collaborative and team oriented approach. There were a lot of really nasty and ruthless individuals here who were clearly more focused on trying to exact revenge and settle personal vendettas as opposed to achieving team unity and harmony in an already very difficult line of work.

Freedom to work independently

Micromanagement doesn't even begin to describe how frequently grown, adult employees are essentially treated like children here at The Village! There wasn't ever any autonomy or independence afforded to employees here, since upper management seemed way too focused on micromanaging a lot of useless and trivial details which had pretty much zero impact on safety or overall program operations.

Internal Communication

Agency employees were often kept "in the dark" about very important pieces of information in which they would've needed to have known in order to effectively do their jobs. To say that the communication systems and processes here at The Village were anything but transparent would probably be a huge understatement.

Gender Equality

Some of the management hires only those of their own gender and isn't very inclusive.

Attitude towards older colleagues

There did seem to be some subtle age discrimination here in which older employees were often unfairly targeted and disciplined differently than their younger counterparts.

Career Development

Mostly, this depends on who you know, especially for internal positions. Hiring here at The Village is anything but fair, objective, or neutral. Honestly, your best chance for advancement here centers around playing stupid, silly games of office politics.

Overall compensation for your work

The pay was just average.

Office / Work Environment

Where's the zero option to choose from? LOL. The "culture" here at The Village centers more around who you know.... not what you actually know, or possess in terms of bona-fide skills and abilities. The ability to schmooze and act subservient towards your superiors here at The Village, in my opinion, was significantly more important than actually possessing the necessary skills, talents, or aptitudes to effectively do the job.

Environmental Friendliness

N/A

Work-Life Balance

Unfortunately, this too, was also really bad. The Village in Hartford, in my opinion, clearly puts profits before people, and really doesn't care how hard they work their employees to the bone. The vacation time accruals here were really crummy, and the agency pretty much expected you to work at least 8+ consecutive hours straight through without providing you as an employee any of the much needed rest or relaxation which you would've needed as a result of doing this very difficult work for so long. The Village as an agency, from what I can see, is all about results.... and really doesn't care how they go about trying to achieve those results.

Company Image

Atrocious, if you want the brutally honest truth! There have been sooooooooo many people who I've encountered out in the Greater Hartford, CT community who've all expressed some pretty horrific opinions about The Village. And now, it's quite clear to me why that may be the case. This agency, after all, doesn't treat its employees very well and tends to regard them more as tools to be used and discarded, instead of actually valuing them as human beings.

Job Security

You know, it really wasn't all that good, and I often felt like I was "walking on eggshells" the entire time that I worked for this agency, simply because I was vocal and advocated for my rights.

Workplace Safety

This also should be a zero. There isn't any focus on employee safety, especially for those who are physically attacked or injured by dangerous clients in the programs. Regardless of whether you're physically attacked or seriously injured, upper management (who doesn't actually have to deal with these behaviors from the clients in their own programs....) will righteously forbid you from ever calling 9-1-1 and/or defending yourself. The Village in Hartford, CT essentially allows the clients in their programs to do whatever they want, however they want, and to whomever they want.... and without any consequences ever given, and/or without any recourse for affected employees. This is truly a very dangerous place to work.

Challenging Work

Challenging doesn't even begin to describe the nature of this work.....

Inclusive / Diverse

This certainly could've been better, and the overall workforce composition here at The Village really wasn't nearly as diverse as they might've thought they were. There was very little, if any, representation from certain cultural or demographic groups, for example.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Value ethics. Value people. Grow a spine and become more aware of how irreparable the damage can be to your public image when you don't operate with honesty, integrity, or ethics.... ironically, the same cliched words used in The Village's corporate motto. Nothing could be further from the truth, as far as I am concerned. This agency really doesn't appear to actually put into action some of the same "values" which they conspicuously post in their recruitment literature, or on some of the plaques hanging around their offices. So my most important suggestion for The Village in Hartford, CT would be to honestly and truly VALUE ETHICS!

What I like about the company

The only positive aspect of working here at The Village were some of the very strong relationships and friendships which I had developed with so many of my co-workers over the years. Without their help and guidance, the job here would've been 10 times more difficult and unbearable.

What I dislike about the company

There are honestly too many to list here in the space provided, so I'll just summarize my answer into 3 short phrases only: 1) lack of ethics and transparency, 2) retaliation and vindication for advocating for employee rights, and above all else: 3) the absolute worst and most unethical H.R. department which I'd ever had the unpleasant misfortune of dealing with in my entire career.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    The Village For Families & Children
  • City
    Hartford
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

Free (company provided) Meals is offered
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  • 06.Oct 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

The "culture" here..... if you'd even call it that..... is one of gossip, back-stabbing, favoritism, and awful office politics. Neither management nor H.R. inspire their employees to give their best at work. None of the policies even make sense or are practical. You can be disciplined or terminated at any time for no valid reason. The "culture" is such that you always feel like your continued employment is in serious jeopardy.

Support from management

What support? L.O.L. There isn't any. Management doesn't inspire their employees. Instead, they manipulate the policies to accomplish what they want. Or they use threats of termination or disciplinary action to essentially keep their employees in check at all times.

Teamwork

There is none. Everyone is out to selfishly fulfill their own personal agendas. No one here thinks even twice about 'throwing others under the bus' to accomplish a selfish goal.

Freedom to work independently

None. Period. Tons and tons of unnecessary micromanagement. (Especially about trivial details having zero impact on safety or basic operations). Awful.

Internal Communication

No one is direct with one another. Everyone hides behind a computer while snitching each other out rather than going directly to someone if there is ever an issue.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Sometimes there is subtle discrimination against older candidates, or even employees. Very few individuals over age 40 are ever hired here at this employer.

Career Development

Quite honestly, it isn't very good in my opinion. Unless you master the fine art of ego stroking and stupid/silly office politics here at The Village, you really don't have very much opportunity to advance your career.

Overall compensation for your work

Middle range: not the best but not the worst either.

Office / Work Environment

Toxic. Gossipy. Vindictive. Ruthless. Cut-throat. And also very unethical, in my opinion.

Work-Life Balance

Virtually non-existent, if you want to know. The programs are always short-staffed, and this employer doesn't even comply with basic employment laws by guaranteeing that their employees are entitled to meal, rest, or bathroom breaks. They only care about squeezing every microscopic ounce of work out of their employees.

Company Image

Their public image (especially as an employer) is really terrible, in my opinion. This is because of how oblivious both H.R. and management are about maintaining strong, ethical emoloyee relations.

Job Security

Management and H.R. work in tandem to target, discipline, and ultimately eliminate anyone who is vocal or speaks out against any of a number of different workplace law violations occurring here on pretty much a daily basis. From one moment to the next, you never know whether or not you'll have a job the next day.

Workplace Safety

Very unsafe overall. The employer allows their violent clients to threaten, assault, and seriously injure employees here. Zero recourse for employees, and no accountability enforced either. Upper management doesn't care one bit. After all, it doesn't directly impact their safety, only their employees' who they have very little regard for.

Challenging Work

The work was very difficult. However, it does teach you valuable problem solving types of skills.

Inclusive / Diverse

It could be more inclusive of an older age demographic, for example.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Just do the right thing for once. Start operating with a stronger moral compass. Hold everyone equally accountable, regardless of friendships or favoritism. H.R. could also probably use some serious updated 21ST century training, with regards to better understanding of basic employment laws.

What I like about the company

Just the comraderie shared by some of my direct teammates. That was really the only positive to working here.

What I dislike about the company

Favoritism, unfair enforcement of policies, morally bankrupt management and H.R., immature and clique office politics.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    The Village For Families & Children
  • City
    Hartford
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered