Very stressful work and low pay to compensate for it. A typical day may include anything from helping someone through a psychiatric crisis, cleaning a toilet, managing staff, or completing a large amount of paperwork. If you like having busy days where multitasking is a MUST, then this would be a good fit. Environments are high energy, and what Advocates can squeeze out of you, they will. If you get a good supervisor, the work is still stressful, but you will feel supported throughout. Not all supervisors treat people the same though, and there is zero systematic unity throughout the agency. Get ready to learn how to do something at least 5 different ways as told to you by 5 different supervisors. Workplace culture is actually very friendly and somewhat relaxed. Time off is amazing, and taking mental health days is very much encouraged. Hardest part of the job is the unpredictability, lack of good training (you get thrown right in), and no systems in place. While Advocates is such a huge agency, you can actually feel very isolated since each program operates completely separate from the others. This would include budgets, staff, work load, client cases...etc. The most enjoyable part of the job is working with knowledgeable professionals in the field, and meeting the wonderful clients supported by advocates.
Time off, nice co-workers
Bad training, unrealistic work load, disorganized, poor communication