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Underpaid unorganized
Case manager (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAMay 16, 2017
The job itself can be very rewarding, but burnout happens fast without much support from upper management or incentive. The place is pretty unorganized which allows you freedom in your work but also allows for people to take advantage of the system and the clients. Management is careless with safety measures and staff training.
Pros
Great work
Cons
Management
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Great clients, terrible management and HR
Residential Counselor (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WANovember 30, 2016
Never before have I experienced such a poorly managed nonprofit. There is no upward accountability whatsoever, and managers might as well be able to get away with murder. Complaints to HR get forwarded directly to the subject of the complaint, with no attempt whatsoever at mediation.

On a more positive note it is some of the most fulfilling and worthwhile work you can do, it's just a real sad state of affairs that people are taking advantage of the need for housing. (Hint: It's not the clients.)
Pros
Pto, great clients
Cons
Pretty much everything else
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I love this place!
Residential Counselor (On-Call) (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAFebruary 29, 2016
The employees are amazing, and I learned a lot in the short time I was there. I would immediately go back if I ever return to WA
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Proud leader in homeless services
Crisis Diversion Facility Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAMarch 20, 2015
A national leader in developing services for chronically homeless adults. A pioneer in harm reduction, client-centered, recovery-oriented, housing-first services. I am proud to have been associated with DESC.
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Difficult work, but a respectful workplace.
Mobile Crisis Team Case Manager (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WANovember 15, 2014
It's difficult to work in crisis intervention, but DESC does its best to help their employees. The wages aren't the best, but it's not bad considering it's a non-for-profit organization that tries to help everyone regardless of other issues that might bar them from other places. PTO acquires fast, but that's because there are no holidays that are guaranteed off. Good for those who don't celebrate holidays like Labor Day; bad for those who hope to have Christmas and Thanksgiving off. The culture is relaxed--language, attire, even tattoos aren't an issue, as long as you're good to each other and your clients.
Pros
Culture, Pto, client-centered/harm-reduction approach, EXCELLENT (*free*) health insurance
Cons
No holidays off, lower wages
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Productive work place
Shelter Counselor (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAJune 18, 2014
deal with a lot of homeless adults. Some with mental health issues some who just feel on hard times. Co-workers are nice and easy to work with.
Pros
helping people in need
Cons
Mental health adults could be very hard to deal with at times.
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