Network\Systems Administrator (Former Employee), Kokomo, IN – June 20, 2015
This was my firs job after Graduation and I learn a lot of hands on in Technology. This was a non profit company and I liked what they did for the community and would work there again if a position came open.
It is a good program , but employees are not appreciated
Direct Support Professional (Former Employee), Kokomo,IN – May 23, 2015
Pros: Most consumers you get to work with.
Cons: No good balance between work life /home life. Pay is really low for what you have to deal with.
You really get toknow your consumers and they are like family to you. The manager I had was nice , most co-workers were nice. Alot of chiefs and not enough indians if that makes sense. Sometimes you are – more... told one thing , then corrected and told its the other way. So sometimes alot of confusion and not enough communicating between coworkers on what is going on consumer care wise. The pay is terrible for all that you are expected to do you health care wise on a daily basis .you help them shower, cook their meals, do housework, clip their nails, run them where ever they need to go, take them to work, pick them up from work, pass the medicines to them, plus tons of state required paperwork at the end of your shift. You$8.25 and no expectation of a raise. Alot of turnover with the company. Consumers have all the rights , you have no rights as a employee , you will be cussed at,things thrown at you , consumers fighting among each other , among other worse things and you will have to just deal with it, alot of things happen that is wrong and nothing is done about . Alot of people quit because the stress is not worth the pay. – less
Direct Support Professional (Current Employee), Kokomo, IN – February 16, 2015
Pros: great coworkers, friendly house manager, semi-flexible work hours
Cons: no scheduled breaks, no proper training, verbal abuse from clients, no enough pay to stay full time
This company is crooked. Their turn over rate is higher than anywhere I've ever seen. The training is not done by management. They appoint another staff member to show you the ropes. Luckily, I had two – more... great staff train me. We are "trained" to pass medications to the clients, but it is really a job for a nurse. Clients have all the say. As a woker, you have NO RIGHTS. It's their word against yours. There are many things not told to you in training. You will have things happen. They include, but are not limited to, being hit, spit on, degraded, pinched, bitten, have things thrown at you, and have your life threatened. It is sometimes a daily basis thing, unless you get lucky to have laid back clients. As for management, within my group of workers, the management is great. As for higher than that, meaning those who have the cush office jobs, they couldn't care less about you. They make the good money while you put your health and safety on the line every day. As for benefits, I'd go elsewhere.
On the plus side, when the clients have good days, they are fun to be around. Either way, you connect with them and they do be come a part of your life. Mainly because it seems you live at Bona Vista due to the high number of hours you are having to work. I enjoy the work I do, I just dont like how the company operates. If you like this kind of work, feel free to apply, they are ALWAYS hiring.
Also, the pay. You start at $8.25. In the past year there was the first raise in who knows how long. You will soon realize that $8.25 is NOT going to pay the bills and is NOT worth what you deal with. – less
DSP (Current Employee), KOKOMO, IN – March 3, 2014
Cons: residential employees work every weekend, horrible pay, no breaks for 12 hour shifts, no support from any level of management...i can go on.
Don't apply to work here if you have an ounce of intelligence in your mind. You will get paid the same amount ($8.25) as you would at a fast food restaurants. There is no respect from the management here. – more... They treat us like we are a dime, a dozen. They have allowed some employees to break their policies, while others who report this validation are penalizes for doing their job correctly. Clients are not taken to the doctor when needed. Their individual rights are stepped on daily. Truth be known, the consumers should be pulled and the company should be shut down. TAKE MY ADVICE: DON'T WORK AT BONA VISTA!! Go to OPG or Indiana Mentor. They pay more and respect their employees a million times more. – less
DSP (Former Employee), Kokomo In – January 8, 2014
Pros: helping clients.
Cons: being a scapegoat, terrible management, no breaks
I worked at this company for a number of years. the management is absolutely awful. I have never met such vindictive back stabbing people in my entire life. they smile in your face and as soon as you turn – more... your back they're talking about you, cutting your hours, and making your work life miserable. they expect you to bend over backwards for them and they won't even lift a finger for you. there is no chance of advancement and no raises are ever given out. – less
Cons: poor management, uneven treatment, miminal job security, bad hours
I know a lot of people get vindictive after being terminated; however, I am not one of those. I am not the only person completely appalled by this company, and not the only person who got taken advantage – more... of and then fired. Bona Vista is a great program for developmentally disabled individuals, and it is rewarding to help these people. However, the entire company is an awful disaster. Management from the top to the bottom is disorganized and uninformed, they know next to nothing about the clients, and employees are typically treated pretty poorly, though they certainly play favorites. My personal experience, I had worked for the company for four months, only one med error for dropping a pill (yes, Direct Support Professionals are responsible for passing meds). I got promoted to full-time and was praised for my job performance; I was suspended a week later without any explanation as to why, then a week after that, I was terminated, again with no explanation. And I am far from the only one who has had an experience like to this. Bona Vista offers great services for its clients, but it truly is a terrible work environment. This shows in the number of people who quit and Bona Vista is reaching out desperately for employees because people are sharing their experiences to inform others. Would definitely not recommend working for them. – less
residental advisor (Current Employee), Kokomo, IN – April 16, 2013
I have learned a lot from this job the hardest part about this job is saying goodbye, the management on the other hand was unorganized and unfair, it was times where you felt like you were working so hard and not getting the appreciation that you deserve, but overall it was is a great place to work and if I had to do it over again I surely will.
Early Head Start- Child Development Specialist (Former Employee), Kokomo, IN – January 10, 2013
A typical day is very busy with many responsibilities to maintain. I have learned many things especially that this place will be nice to you if are politically correct, and kiss butt. My co workers were really nice and we had to be a team. Management is two faced and back stabbing.