June 19, 2013
Vida Guidance Center is a horrible, horrible place to work. They care nothing for their clientele or their staff. I saw people hired/fired so often in my short tenure, it was soul crushing. The expectations were unrealistic to put it mildly. I was told I would be paid for a 35 hour week, but I was not told that I was expected to work an 80-100 hour week. I would put in 14-16 hour days 6 days a week and it still was not enough. I was promised a suitable space for my program that never materialized. I was relieved of my program and did not even get to say good bye or process termination with the girls in the program. I was expected to build a fully functioning program within 6 months and to be in several places at once, especially when it came to chauffeuring my supervisor between Manhattan and The Bronx. I could not do anything right for this woman. Then, she started assigning me regular cases to work on even though I had so much responsibility working with teens and creating a program that me hands were already full. I think she wanted me to quit so she could spend the money she got for my salary, from OMH, on something else. She gave my job to someone without even a bachelor's degree in violation of what OMH stipulated when they granted the money for my salary. When she didn't pay my replacement my salary, he quit in disgust, but not before yelling at the girls in the program to "SHUT UP!" whenever they said they missed me. This is a sick, sick place because it is run by a sick, sick woman.