Bad things: It is a high stress work environment, mentally and physically. If you are a good worker they take advantage of that. Have strong boundaries. I have no personal life, health benefits are EXTREMELY expensive, job culture is generally negative. There is no intensive to work here, no work appreciation dinners, no Christmas parties, no staff appreciation what so ever. You must love human services.
Good things: Gives workers experience in working with this population of clients. You get really good at charting and counseling. You learn about the services that the community offers for these clients. You get the opportunity to build your people skills and communication skills.
A tragedy of epic proportions. The most toxic work environment imaginable. It's like being trapped in high school detention with maladjusted bullies and frustrated wannabe cheerleaders. People with little or no moral compass.
The only upside is helping those who are less fortunate.
While I valued my co-workers that were on the same administrative level as myself those that were higher up did not seem to care about us. The HR person at the time was unreasonable and played favorites. She seemed to make decisions inconsistently and employees were disciplined differently.
This company has great potential to positively impact the community. It's success is due to the hard working front line employees that daily go above and beyond. Upper management has a tendency to make decisions with little forethought so is reactionary. There are a lot of meetings but little communication.
Flexability on work schedule. Great co-workers
Upper management is self-absorbed and reactionary.
Very generous vacation, sick leave, personal days, salaries are midrange, advancement is difficult, communications from top to bottom is non existent. Upper management meets, makes decisionsthat affect many staff, and unfortunately don't pass the information along.
Vacation, sick leave, personal days, very accommodating around time off needs for family or whatever.
Overtime is non-existent, staff struggles to complete paperwork because of workload and meeting requirements.
I worked there for three years. I loved everything about the job the clients were amazing, and the job was easy and rewarding. The management was terrible. It was like we were back in high school, everyone wanted to be bosses favorite. My boss was horrible and down right abusive. When I left the company I asked specifically for an exit interview in person and via email but I was never granted one. Prior to leaving I had multiple meetings with HR and my boss. I didn't feel like I was supported by either. I really really really loved the job so I stayed but sometimes enough is enough. I wont ever refer anyone to work or stay in the specific program I worked in because it was just that bad. My peers agreed with me about how bad it was but ended up leaving instead of addressing the issues because they were scared of the boss and what he would do if we talked about the issues there.
My time at Centerpointe allowed me a first hand look into the world of health care in the field of addiction recovery. Not only does Centerpointe deal with the addiction but they also provide treatment that involves the mental health of the clients which is often co-occuring. As a tech I was responsible for the grunt work: security monitoring, assisting with client needs, overseeing group activities. As a Psychology major this job offered a fantastic hands on learning experience. The difficult thing about this job is finding the balance of being authoritative yet friendly with clients. Occasionally the very nature of clients problems can make it difficult to sort out issues and concerns.
I love the people I worked with and the clients we get to work with too. Management was always open to feedback and even the executives are accessible which is really cool. Even as the company grows it continues to stay in the front of trends and provide top-of-the-line services, while remaining a great mix of small company and "industry leading" organization. I was sad to have to leave, but I have referred many friends here too.
Technicians spend the majority of their time interacting with clients and logging groups. It is enjoyable to work with clients and help them make changes, but hard to see them relapse during or after leaving treatment.
Centerpointe is very laid back and an easy place to work. Probably the easiest job I have ever had. I spend most of my time with the clients or doing paperwork. I enjoy the clients I work with as well as my fellow co-workers. The supervisor I have is very nice and understanding. My supervisor is always willing to work with me for days off. The hardest part of the job is kicking clients out of the house for substance abuse issues. The most enjoyable is that you get free lunch and dinner if you are working those hours.
Free Lunch and Dinner, good supervisors, easy to get time off
Mostly only part time jobs and no benefits for part time employees
Management was very caring and supported me while I went to school. They easily accommodated for employee's in their family lives. There is much comraderie and teamwork amongst everyone making for a great work environment. There is no typical day at work. Each day fluctuates depending on client needs. I've learned to be more assertive and confident in myself. The hardest part of my job was working with and supporting someone for a long while and have them be otherwise discharged only to never see them again. The most enjoyable part of my job was being able to spend time building trusting relationships with someone and being able to share my past experiences with them and to give them some hope.