College Relations Program Mgr (Current Employee) – Creve Coeur, MO – May 2, 2012
Life Skills has a very admirable philosophy in providing support to people with developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible and to be as integrated in their communities as those who are not disadvantaged.
The people who work there genuinely care for the clients we serve and are dependable and hard working.
I've enjoyed working with these teams primarily in the HR Department. I personally like having lots of varied duties to ensure I'm challenged and made to feel an integral part of the agency.
good work/life balance;
little advancement opportunities, or salary growth opportunities
Direct Care Worker (Former Employee) – Webster, MA – June 29, 2015
This was an overnight bi-vocational position in order to supplement financially my pastoral position during the day. Life Skills provides residential care for emotionally disturbed adults. My responsibilities included but not limited to supervision, direct assistance to individuals in daily routines (especially in the mourning), activity planning, and medicine distribution, personal support, team work with other staff. I never called for a shift in my four years as an employee. A rewarding position but financially limiting.
Between both bi-vocational position, I was working eight hours per week.
Great if you want to get your feet wet helping people
Community Living Instructor (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – July 22, 2015
A typical day: you will help clients learn different tasks so one day they can live on their own. Its sad because a lot of the people you will work with wont care about the clients. It would be nice if they did a better job screening hires.
mangement (Current Employee) – creve coeur – September 8, 2012
There is more than one organization named Life Skills. I don't think all of the reviews on this site are about the Life Skills in Creve Couer. As a community living instructor (basically a hands-on cna), you may enjoy your job b/c you are working with a group of individuals that require skills that you are good at using. However, as an employee responsible for staff, I can assure you that the organization's leadership is truly focused on cutting costs, raising management salaries, and tolerating outdated, ineffective practices. It's too bad that funding agencies and the state don't look closely at how this company runs itself. Lots of turnover for community living instructors due to poor communication, over-worked and uncreative coordinators and managers and mandated unexpected hours.
community living instructor (Former Employee) – mo – February 28, 2013
What the company stan for is good but unfortunately they do not uphold those values. management is terrible, the pay is terrible and there is little to no advancement. management only cares about each other they do not care about direct care and they do not respect you. Do not work for this company
the team you work with on a daily basis, u get each other through the day
Community Living Instructor (Former Employee) – Saint louis Mo – May 26, 2012
The home coordinators and upper management have no respect for the community living instructors, they treat you like you are beneath them. You will start off in a position you applied for then they will change it when they want to. Home coordinator don't take responsibility for there problems or the messes they make, so they will write up the Community Living Instructors. Client houses never have enough staff. This company has orientation every week because they do not know how to communicate or treat staff someone is always living and working else where. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU FIND WORK ELSE WHERE!!!!!!
Residential Counselor (Full-time) (Former Employee) – Clinton, MA – February 10, 2013
I liked working with the clients. activities such as take them out to socialize at the mall, walmart, target, and eat out also. I learned a lot about each individual and how important it is to love life.
Co-workers and management lacked in organization and responsibilities. There was always an issue with co-workers if they didn't do there job they blamed it on someone else without a care. The house manager was barely there she claims to give people opportunity, but it was more like take advantage of people to do her job. Not the best place.
Program Supervisor (Current Employee) – St. Louis, MO – December 30, 2013
The consumers always greet you with a smile no matter how their day is going. I have learned patience and respect for people with developmental disabilities. Honesty is the biggest key in management. My co-worker are great and enjoys their job. The hardest part of my job is trusting other people in the community to treat the clients I work with with respect. The most enjoyable part of my job is putting a smile on the clients face.
Program Supervisor (Current Employee) – MO – October 26, 2012
Get to work around 7am. Read log notes and communicate with staff. Wake consumer up make sure he gets meds. Does hygiene and daily chores. Take consumer to work and sit there till he gets off. Come home write log notes on his day.
My co-workers are hard working people that get the job done to the best of they ability.
The hardest part of my job is just dealing with consumers that have different behavior issues everyday so u never no how the day is goin to go.
The part I enjoy the most is helping the consumers achieve things in life and become better people.
Residential Specialist (Current Employee) – St. Louis, MO – September 2, 2014
A typical day is relaxed at life skills. I have learned to deal with a variety of different people. Management is ok. My coworkers are ok. The hardest part is dealing with all the different tasks that may be required. Seeing a client sucess
Community Living Manager (Current Employee) – St. Louis, MO – March 2, 2013
This position takes someone who can multi task as various challenges come up throughout the day and you tend to have to put down what you are working on to deal with something else. My team of six worked well together. We always helped each other out when we needed it. Seeing your clients excell and doing new things that you helped them become a part of is the best part of the job. The hardest part is you never turn this job off. You bring it home even when you are not on call.
Community Living Instructor (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – June 6, 2013
I would get to the customers house and then plan where to take the customer such as to the park,zoo, movies, out to dinner. I learned from this place how to communicate with people that have different mental disabilities. The hardest part of the job was trying to calm down customers that would become upset. The most enjoyable part was watching the customers smile when they where able to interact and enjoy the community.
Life Skills is a good organization to work for. Life Skills stands for a wonderful cause.
Community Living Instructor (Current Employee) – St. Louis, MO – January 5, 2013
A typical day at the life skills home I work for is, Preparing breakfast for the consumers, passing medications, washing the dishes, washing clothes, running errands, preparing lunch, give report to the next staff member coming in, we count money, count narcotics, explain any changes that may have occurred during the shift. I enjoy what I do. Helping people.
Community Living Trainer (Current Employee) – St. Louis, MO – January 26, 2013
I really enjoy the field I work in. I get to make my own schedule for majority of the time. The training is helpful for your day to day job. I work independently. Management is not always easy to communicate with due to being in the field.