My assessment of Ariel in Co Springs is not written because I'm disgruntled, but because this is exactly what I witnessed and no one else should be caught off guard going into this situation.
This is NOT the job for you if you are professional, smart, educated, committed, kind, fair, honest, experienced, and truly want what's best for your clients. If you want effective leadership, great training, quick answers to questions, funds for entertaining clients day in and day out, and support for any situation you might encounter then this is NOT where you want to be employed. If clients are comfortable with you and like to talk to you, this is perceived as "suspicious". If you are willing to follow reporting protocols and follow the instructions of your supervisors, then prepare to be terminated for doing so.
This IS the job for you if you have no experience, if you are willing to be a puppet, if you don't care a thing about doing what's right, if you're a thug off the street, if you don't have an ounce of professionalism in you, and if you are impatient and not compassionate regarding clients. If you are looking for an environment where you can be a bully to clients that you don't like, then this is the place for you! If you are looking for negative, foul-mouthed "leadership", if you are looking to work somewhere where you can trust no one, and if you are willing to go along and pretend that the director knows what's going on to save face for the agency then you'll love this place!
Very little training, very unorganized, horrible communication, a director and supervisors who make no effort to get the right answers when they don't know them, supervisors who aren't willing to be leaders, docs thrown your way after months on the job that you were supposed to be filling out from the beginning, and a general lack of concern for clients' lives outside of the program.
Director thinks she's the cat's meow, loves to be the center of attention, makes no effort whatsoever to get to know her clients or employees, and isn't available or visible much.
There is much effort to tout this fabulous program of theirs, but the truth is very different when seeing it from the other side. There are good things going on, but many of the clients are bored out of their minds in the vocational program because of low staff #s and poor quality of staff at times. No clear directions for clients or other staff to refer to (so that supervisor can remain the BIG GUY and feel needed and important) which equates to lots of wasted time. Cafe is cute, but clients are not the focus as they should be. Missing a huge success opportunity by keeping them in the background. Projects are seriously overpriced which means few rewards and little motivation for clients to finish projects or to put their best efforts into them.
If you question too much, are too observant, are helpful and compassionate, and give this job everything you've got then prepare yourself to be ambushed and don't think that anything is off the table in terms of reasons for termination. These people will do whatever it takes to cover up what's going on around there.