Living Skills Specialist (Current Employee) – Burlington, VT – January 17, 2018
The Howard Center cares deeply for it's employees as well as the diverse population that they provide services for. The pay is higher for social work positions than typically seen elsewhere. The benefits are generous as well.
Direct Service Worker (Former Employee) – Burlington, VT – November 27, 2017
I absolutely loved what I did at the Howard center but the management was a disaster. From being told one thing and then arriving to do it, and then they tell you “oh I forgot” or have some excuse as to how they messed up. The communication was horrible. It took my supervisor days to respond to me. He was super unprofessional. And I had several issues with him and ended up going to HR, after an on going battle to have HR to even get back to me (several phone calls, emails, etc) I advised him that I did not enjoy working with him and why I was going to HR to get things figured out, he retaliated and fired me for taking APPROVED time off due to medical reasons. Well, in the state of Vermont that is acceptable because it’s an “at will” state. So, be sure that even when you get approved time off, to make sure you’re in good terms first.
Management, poor communication, supervision had no idea what they were doing
Manager of Benefits, Payroll and HRIS (Current Employee) – Burlington, VT – September 20, 2017
Over worked, hard to get vacation time. When you do take vacation still have to work. Supervisors don't care what is on your plate for work, they will keep adding to it and expect theirs to be priority even if you have deadlines.
Clinician (Former Employee) – Burlington, VT – May 31, 2017
There are no checks and balances at this agency. Most of the workers are miserable--just look around if you are in for an interview. The pay is too low to live in Burlington in most non management positions. There are other agencies in the area that are smaller and care more for their employees well being.
Busy environment and a great leader in community support.
Health Information Specialist-Medical (Current Employee) – Burlington, VT – March 20, 2017
I have learned many administrative and people skills throughout my years. I have worked with an wide array of staff and clients and in assisting others have learned more myself. The agency is always busy and it can be a challenge to stay on top of work, but I have learned to be efficient and thoughtful in everything I do.
Great place to help the community and work with friendly people
Manager (Current Employee) – Burlington, VT – February 26, 2017
Staff at Howard Center tend to be very friendly people whose passion for helping the community is also evident in how kind they are to one another.
Maybe because everyone is so kind supervision and professional development are lacking. It seems like people are afraid to offer constructive criticism because they are afraid of hurting feelings. Wish it was a culture of more direct feedback. Salaries are below average, even for a non-profit organization--but there are good benefits, including discounts at several local businesses. And these other benefits can be the equalizer for the low pay.
PRC (Current Employee) – Burlington, VT – September 7, 2015
I have worked for Howard Center for little over 12 years. The clients and people I work with are just amazing people that have taught me so much. The benefits are great too. The nature of the work is such that the job can be dangerous at times, but is nevertheless rewarding. The only "bad" about this agency is that there are not many advancement opportunities for people or to switch from clinical to a more administrative role.
Great people, rewarding work, caring job culture and excellent benefits package.
Safety is at risk sometimes due to rare, but real, client violence.
Program Manager (Current Employee) – Burlington, VT – August 17, 2015
Howard Center does the best they can with the limited amount of resources. With tighter restrictions from the state the amount of time you get to spend with clients is decreasing. The work is very rewarding though.
First Call Clinician (Current Employee) – Burlington, VT – March 16, 2015
Great Team Environment, Qualified Staff, Opportunities for Education and Expansion of Existing Knowledge, Excellent Clinical Support, Excellent Community Relations, Excellent Level of Care for Consumers
DAY SERVICES ASSISTANT (Former Employee) – Sac City, IA – February 2, 2015
i would wait for consumers to arrive at the Harry Rasmussen Bldg. (activity bldg) have them walk laps for exercise then begin the activities such as finger painting, kickball,baseball, beanbag throw just to name a few. When it was time for them to go home the bus would arrive and we would walk them to the bus and they would leave for the day.