Direct Service Professional (Former Employee) – Vancouver, WA – April 9, 2018
There are too many variables to explain for the work conditions that is DD client care. If you are a people person, and aren't bothered too much by lack of communication from management, this is an excellent job that typically has as many overtime hours as you want. The stars I rated this company with reflect my objectivity of the place, not my absolute personal experience. I was very successful with this job, and I enjoyed a great deal of it. But it comes at a price - it is a very demanding job that requires a lot of your time. It is unforgiving in this way, and relatively thankless in terms of the effort you put in. It can be extremely stressful mentally, this is not a very pretty industry to be in. But it does have some moments of incredible success when you see a client succeed, and know that you had a hand in it. This job is for a very particular type of person, and is a necessary job to help advocate for a class of people that society would sometimes rather forget.
DSP (Direct Support Professional) (Current Employee) – Sacramento, CA – April 5, 2018
I was hired and promised all sorts of things. Now, 7 months in, I can't trust a word that anyone on the management team says. I was "promoted", but have yet to see any evidence of that. It's been a huge run around from everyone. I will be putting in my two weeks notice as soon as I find another job.
Direct Support Professional (Current Employee) – Las Vegas, NV – March 15, 2018
I don't like the way the staff talk to some of individual also, they have a high over turn most of staff don't show up for their shift, but I will say they do care and support family.I know there is know perfect job.
If you never did this kind of workb its good training
Lead Direct Support Professional/ Peer Coach (Current Employee) – Olympia, WA – February 25, 2018
Hard work yet very rewarding, every milestone is a victory, any behavior can be a set back. Give and take is key, get to know your clients, they're amazing! They long for independence so help them achieve it by advocating for them, teaching them life skills and setting boundaries. Ensure they realize that they're so much more than their physical/mental disabilities so they can flourish!
Management is often a revolving door, the homes could use a bit more attention and working as a team is a foreign concept to some employees.
Your role is really to mentor not to babysit. If you don't have the passion for helping others, please do not apply for these types of employment. Clients are well aware of those who are clocking in and those on the clock!
My only issue is being overqualified for my current position and being passed over for positions that I'm qualified for.
Direct Support Professional (Former Employee) – Vancouver, WA – February 18, 2018
aacres in vancouver wa was such a laid back job, the person i worked for was alot of fun and it didnt feel like i was working it felt like i was having a good day with a good person. I loved my job and miss working there
DSP (Direct Support Professional) (Former Employee) – Vancouver, WA – February 9, 2018
I worked here for three years. It started off pretty good. Then one particular staff kept getting all the overtime. Other staff complained but nothing was done. Management does not know what is going on with the clients or staff half the time, and favoritism in the office runs rampant. Please stay away from this toxic company. Also some of the clients houses have unsafe living conditions IE black mold. Nothing is done to solve this, although complaints by myself and others were made.
Direct Support Professional (Former Employee) – Las Vegas, NV – January 29, 2018
You sit in hours and hours of training for BS certifications, only to be a babysitter. You don't really know anything about the individuals until you get to the house and read their program books. $9 and hour, you pay almost $300 for insurance. Barely any PTO each check. Nothing was organized. Management was later caught stealing hundreds and hundreds of dollars from individuals, and eventually got fired/quit.
Program Manager (Former Employee) – Olympia, WA – January 24, 2018
This is primarily an in home care position that takes on the management of at risk individuals whom are court ordered to be under supervision. Managed well, stressful at times, but the importance of the work overshadows much of the difficulty.
Manager (Former Employee) – United States – January 12, 2018
This company works you like a dog, then dismisses you when you try to catch your breath. If your looking for a job in caregiving, so someplace else!!! I was in upper management and was treated like garbage, nothing was good enough for aacres. Take, take, take!
Long hours, no call/no shows, emergency calls all night/weekend long. AWFUL!!!
Direct Support Professional (Former Employee) – Spokane, WA – January 3, 2018
Would never recommend. Min wage to literally be treated like garbage. Go through hours upon hours of training, multiple certifications just to be a glorified babysitter. If you need a job, sure, it's there.