Clinical & Support Options has provided many opportunities for trainings.
Family Support Clinician (Current Employee) – Northampton, MA 01060 – October 11, 2018
I have grown in the time that I have been employed at CSO. The supervision and ongoing trainings have been tremendous. The environment is one of collaboration. The support staff work extremely hard to support the program staff. Advisors are approachable and supportive.
Family Support Worker (Former Employee) – Northampton, MA – September 6, 2018
For a family support worker position, the company requires a college degree yet only pays $12 an hour. I was making $12 an hour at my job during my time going to school in undergrad so this was an insult. It is very hard to live on this low salary. This job also takes a toll on your car because you'll be driving all over the place and have no choice in where they assign you to go. They do reimburse mileage but you cannot count driving time towards productivity so if you were stuck with a far case, this was a loss of time you could be billing for.
I loved my coworkers, loved my clients and had a lot of fun at this job. I had to leave when I was offered a job at a different company with higher pay.
Admin (Current Employee) – Northampton, MA – February 12, 2018
CSO has given me the flexibility I need to balance both work and family. My supervisor is the best supervisor I've ever had. She is supportive and always there when I need her. I love the work that I get to do and the people I work with. This is the most rewarding job by far that I have had the pleasure of doing.
Counselor (Former Employee) – Greenfield, MA – February 8, 2018
I received minimum to no on the job training. My coworkers refused to work cooperatively with me. Work place bullying. Constantly challenged for job placement, security, and hours. CSO Inc. is a large organization with many programs. The program I worked in appeared to be on the verge of bankruptcy.
Easy work, not physically or mentally strenuous
Horrible coworker relations, lack of micromanagement
Clinician (Current Employee) – Springfield, MA – February 7, 2018
So I started at CSO as an intern in Outpatient and I did not think I was going to stay past internship, but the relationship I had with the supervisor and all management staff, my peers and the community I was serving were all reasons to stay on. In five years I have been promoted 4 times-that sounds too good to be true, but if you commit to this agency and the mission to provide effective, client-centered care and take advantage of the multitude of trainings, free CEUs, supervisions, specialized certifications, you are sure to succeed! It is amazing that for such a large and rapidly growing agency, that upper management is incredibly visible and down to earth. Your ability to make a difference in this field is lifted up here. As an intern even, I was able to serve on a workgroup to make our site better and more trauma informed. I was passionate about a specific population, so I was supported in adapting a curriculum to start a new group. This organization is led by some incredible women at all levels of management right up to our CEO- who is the smartest, savviest leader and change agent. I could literally go on and on and on about what an amazing place to work CSO is. Most of what the poor reviews say speak more to industry issues (low pay, productivity, etc) and guess what, our CEO actively engaged in taking on the state on to address these inequities and advocate for better client care. It’s an honor to work for CSO, amongst the most compassionate managers and staff and I have learned and grown immensely.
Commitment to staff training, special certifications in evidenced based practices, free supervision and CEUs, trauma-informed at every level of agency, autonomy, ability to make a difference and feel valued
Geniune, Hard Working, and Passionate people top to bottom.
IT (Current Employee) – Greenfield, MA – February 7, 2018
I am currently employed at CSO, in a fairly integral role that allows me to see behind the scenes and on the front of lines of the CSO work force. In my almost 2 years of employment here I have worked with many different people from all of our different areas of service and in every office and program I find sincerity and passion abound. People here really care about the service they provide and support staff understand the trauma and hardships our clients experience as well as the second hand trauma our EMPLOYEES deal with, this leads to very cohesive environment that can survive almost anything because you can trust in the person next to you to do their job, so that you can do yours, and a client can get the help they need and deserve. That has been beautiful to me. In regards to specifically my position I have been allowed to grow and learn and make mistakes so that I an become a better employee in my field and this has been invaluable to me and I will always be grateful to CSO for this! I have also been blessed here to have direct and indirect supervisors or the highest quality who make me want to work harder with the amount of effort and passion they bring to work everyday.
Fantastic place to work - wouldn't work anywhere else!
current employee (Current Employee) – Northampton, MA – February 7, 2018
I've been at CSO 11 years and have had a wonderful employment experience. My coworkers and supervisors have been very supportive, and make it a fun place for me to come to work every day. I wouldn't want to work anywhere else, and I am proud of the great work we do with clients. If you work here, you can expect to work with a great team who loves the work they do.
Great team, great supervisors, and lots of room for learning
Clinician (Current Employee) – Springfield, MA – February 5, 2018
I've worked at CSO for over 10 years, and have had a wonderful experience. Management invests in opportunities for training, licensure, and advancement, including regular morale events like pot lucks, "tributes" to co-workers, and other fun things. Quality of supervision is great. We have tons of on-site trainings and can get free CEU's. Regular collaboration with coworkers is a plus. It's tough work some days, but this is a great environment to do it in and you get lots of support. Tons of time off too, and a lot of flexibility in scheduling. I have always felt supported here. There has been significant investment from the agency in evidence based practices and supporting getting training in them.
Colleagues, supportive management, great office space and physical environment
Accountant (Current Employee) – Northampton, MA – February 5, 2018
Clinical and Support Options is a great place to work! The work they do in the community is really important and needed and I am proud to support the direct care staff. It’s a fast paced company that is rapidly explanding so there are lots of opportunities for advancement. The office feels more like a family, everyone is friendly and willing to help when needed. Benefits are great!
Business Analyst (Current Employee) – Northampton, MA – February 5, 2018
This is a fantastic place to work! My supervisor is extremely helpful and a great mentor. I have the ability to do what I love every day. Work life balance and self care is an incredible part of the culture here. Would recommend CSO to anyone who is interested!
AP Specilaist (Former Employee) – Northampton, MA – February 4, 2018
I worked at this company for only one month because they did not give me the opportunity to get familiar with the job. There were no procedures in place to use as a guide. I had to keep asking questions because of this. Also, I got buried with invoices because the person in charge of Purchasing and the IT department sent invoices over a month later to be processed. The company is very unorganized, and was backed up with work. I will say this though, they do have a nice benefits package to make up for low wages but those are the only perks that come with the job. Higher ups at the company can be rude and very direct. Plus, the turnover rate is extremely high.
Accounts Payable Managing Specialist (Former Employee) – Northampton, MA – January 26, 2018
I lasted on the job for a month, but while I was there, I did learned a lot about the company. They expect you to do 5 thing at one time, and are constantly cracking the whip. Management is the problem. They expect for you to be top notch when you walk through the door for pennies.They will bury you with work and give you a deadline to have it done. They do not care. I guess that's why there turnover rate is super, super high. I believe the hardest past of the job is dealing with the uppity, snobby, arrogance of some of the higher ups. I can't say that my experience at this company was a good one, but i will say I was ready to quit as soon as I started. They did me the honors by letting me go first, after word got out that I was going to quit.
Outpatient Clinician (Current Employee) – Pittsfield, MA – January 14, 2018
I love my job! Lots of autonomy for outpatient clinicians - I can set my own schedule and caseload, as well as pick up extra hours here and there doing intakes as needed. Helpful, accessible and non-overbearing supervisors. Fair compensation. The only pressure to maintain a certain level of productivity is related to keeping health insurance benefits if you choose to enroll. Yes there's paperwork, but it's within what you would expect for this type of position. I've never felt that I needed to prioritize paperwork over client care, and that's what is most important to me.
All around awesome job. I have no plans of leaving and genuinely enjoy going to work.
Psychotherapist (Former Employee) – Northampton – December 31, 2017
CSO was a rich learning opportunity for someone straight out of graduate school. I learned the ins and outs of the inner workings of a community outpatient mental health clinic. The staff turn over was too high due to low wages for employees. I enjoyed collaborating with colleagues on cases, yet did not earn a living wage despite working full time.