CSS (Current Employee) – Saint Louis County, MO – June 21, 2017
The employer knows how to get you. They pay you enough not to leave and does not treat you well enough to stay. A typical day is not typical ever, however the demands increase from leadership. Management has a difficult time connecting with employees and treating them like adults. The workplace culture is about a 2 out of 5 as it is very corporate and not relaxed. The hardest part of the job is remembering that the management does not really want to hear your point of view, rather they would rather talk about themselves and discriminate against younger generations. The most enjoyable part of the job is the benefits and pension.
Case Manager (Current Employee) – St. Louis, MO – April 20, 2017
Great staff and environment. Day to day activities can be draining due to the diagnoses of our clients. However, having good coworkers and supervisors make the job much more enjoyable. Company as a whole does a good job supporting staff.
Case Manager (Current Employee) – St. Louis, MO – April 13, 2017
Case Management is fast paced, rewarding, and goal-oriented. While not for the faint of heart, I enjoyed my years there. I would recommend this job to people who enjoy being active and problem solvers.
Community Support Specialist (Current Employee) – Farmington, MO – March 3, 2017
This job is good for a stepping stone for someone who is starting their career in social work. The hours are long and since you are salaried so you don't have a "typical" work day in the office. It's not uncommon to drive over 100 miles per day in your vehicle although they encourage you to try to limit your mileage to 154 miles per week. This is a challenge when you have a case load of over 30 clients throughout two counties that you are required to do home visits on a certain amount of hours per month. Management at BJC is not the most professional or dependable. You don't get the feeling that management has your best interest in mind, it's all about what is best for the corporation. The pay is not good for the amount of work that is done and hours worked.
BJC Behavioral Health is a great Community Mental Health Center
Behavioral Health Liaison Manager (Current Employee) – St. Louis, MO – January 9, 2017
Strong emphasis on best practices, accreditation, productivity. Some employees have served the organization for many years, giving it stability. Productivity versus outcomes, as is common in organizations like this, inhibit the work at times, because staff seek billable hours and are rewarded for such. Recent turnover in leadership.
Some offices have difficult working environments; space, disrepair
Case Manager (Current Employee) – St. Louis, MO – November 21, 2015
I have received an excellent career training, especially strengthening my therapeutic skills. The flexibility is good. The hardest part of my job is the quota system. The most enjoyable part of my job is helping and becoming an integral part of my client's lives.
Community Support Specialist (Social Worker) (Former Employee) – Bridgeton, MO – April 2, 2015
I helped mentally challenged people reach their goals. In short I was a social worker here. I hated it. Very tough job. Takes a certain kind of person and the instability with the company also took a toll
Professional workers who are dedicated to helping others
Clinical Supervisor - children and adult programs (Current Employee) – St. Louis, MO – December 8, 2014
As health care changes, so do non-profit organization need to change. BJC is trying to keep on the cutting edge of health care which means change is always happening. In community based operations, it is important to hire people who truly have a desire to be out there. There is a fair amount of turn-over in community mental health work especially in these troubling times. The hardest part of my job is loosing good friends/workers to other agencies.
Accounting Assistant (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – July 24, 2013
During my employment at BJC I encountered individuals that were easy to work with and those that were hard to work with. However, it was due to the client's illness' that caused those problems. My coworkers were easy to work with and they taught me so much. I enjoyed working with him and being able to help as many people as I could.
Unethical place to work, and management is horrid.
Community Support Specialist (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – October 1, 2012
A typical day at the office would be driving around clients with mental disorders and trying to assist them. This part of the job was great and was rewarding. The catch with this job is that the "HR" department tells you when you get hired that you will have anywhere from 15-20 clients. When I left, I had 28. This part is not ethical, because of the standards given to us by the state, we are suppose to see certain clients once every two weeks up to twice a week depending on there level of care. It is not achievable to meet these standards during the work week. The starting pay is 25,000 a year, and I know for social work not horrid, but if you end up working 60 hours a week trying to be ethical, the amount per hour is around 8 dollars. The management that is suppose to train you will only tear you down and not allow you to personalize your notes with actual details of a visit with a client. The management will also call clients to see how you are doing as a worker, mind you asking people with mental disorders how their social worker is doing is asking for a lie to allow them to manipulate the truth.
Great idea to help people with mental disorders, but maybe try it with a different company that has hire morals and ethical standards.