Pros: learning about domestic violence and sexual assault, expanding resume, `
Cons: extremely negative work environment, individual growth and ideas not accepted, the company is not looking to change at all, even in the direction of positive growth
I worked as a victims advocate at the YWCA in Harrisburg, PA. The department I worked in was highly dysfunctional. In the brief period I was employed a department of under 15 employees had 8 people either quit or be terminated on bad terms.
I filed a complaint with the YWCA's HR department and CEO, that the director of my department was discriminating – more... against victims of DV seeking shelter, based on the fact that they had a mental health diagnosis. This allegation was taken as a formal complaint but was never investigated or acted upon. The person the complaint was filed against was informed of my involvement and demanded that I either quit or be terminated based on unspecified performance issues. The YWCA claims to empower women, however they are unable to follow simply policies within the organization regarding employee confidentiality and healthy communications.
I would not recommend this company to anyone looking to settle down for a long term position. I would recommend it to someone looking to add variety to their resume, and who is not sensitive to nonconstructive criticism. – less