The only thing that kept me going was person served.
Program Coordinator (Former Employee) – Waterloo, IA – June 8, 2016
I enjoyed what I did as both a Direct Support Professional and as a Program Coordinator working directly with person served. Becoming involved with persons with disabilities and engaging them throughout the community is a rewarding experience. You are making a difference in their lives by advocating for them, sharing experiences with them, and helping them lead normal day-to-day lives. From community events, learning how to cook in the kitchen, managing a grocery list, and even gaining work-skills to join the work force....there are many different opportunities to integrate and become involved with persons served throughout the Cedar Valley.
However...the leadership and upper management in this company do not care about their employees, as they are constantly struggling to keep quality employees from walking out their front doors. Upper Management do not care about the feedback from exiting employees in order to help and improve the structure of this company. Being short-staffed, micro-managing, and holding employees to unrealistic expectations is just the tip of the iceberg in relation to what is truly wrong with this company.
I suggest working here strictly for working with the people that this company attempts to assist. Each individual has a story, a strength, and a weakness...and you are there to highlight their strengths and embrace their weaknesses, all the while advocating for them and integrating them in our community.
If you can look past the poor management and lack of appreciation for those hired, you may consider working here.
Mileage reimbursement, paid holidays off (if management)
Poor leadership, do not care about quality employees, always short-staffed