- The Village For Families & Children06.Dec 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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- CompanyThe Village For Families & Children
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former employee