Counselor, Hagerstown, MD - January 29, 2016
I would not go back to this company if it was the last job on Earth!!! Where do I even start, its just awful. First of all, you will be micro-managed and treated like a child by a manager who likely has less qualifications and experience than you do. The caseloads are so far out of compliance with state regs its not even funny -and they will claim its a temporary thing - but in all my years there my caseload was way over the limit most of the time. And when you can't keep up with all the paperwork for70, 80, or 90 patients Corporate tries to blame you. If your goal is to truly help someone, its unlikely to happen here because there is no way to care for the number of patients they want you to manage. Even being short staffed they continued to admit patients until the state stepped in and made them stop - because, while they claim the mission is to help, the actual goal is money. Some of the patients are really trying, but some are clearly not interested in recovery but CMG just keeps on giving them methadone. Its nearly impossible to discharge a patient even when they continue to use and refuse to participate in treatment - no accountability! On site staff are not trusted to make good decisions so almost anything you do requires approval from one or more managers several states away with no direct knowledge of your patient. Over the past several years this Corporate office has grown top heavy, so many managers and not enough counselors! So you won't only have one boss - you'll have more like 50 bosses! Not to mention the Corporate structure changes from the top down every couple years and this trickles down to you - and not in a good way! Raises are a joke and goals to earn a bonus are almost impossible to reach! No matter what you do you will be made to feel its not enough!!! This is a toxic and horrible place to work!!! Oh did I mention the hours - you will start at 5am - and don't even be a minute late because the micro managers will notice. I have worked with some really great counselors at this treatment center but no one stays for long! There are some great patients there as well and the lack of real help they are getting is heartbreaking! Do yourself a favor and just look elsewhere for a job!!!