Spurwink Services Employee Reviews

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Mentally and emotionally stressful, great team work
Direct Support Professional (Current Employee) –  Cranston, RIJune 1, 2018
This job is way more than just a pay check to me, and in order for you to really enjoy doing this job, it definitely has to be more than a paycheck. If your heart isn’t in it it affects the whole atmosphere of the group home. Overall, the staff are great as well as management. This job is definitely the best place I’ve ever worked. If you have a positive attitude and outlook you can have so much fun. At times it does get dangerous because of the behaviors along with the disabilities, but if you are able to be calm and talk through situations, the outcome isn’t always bad! There’s way more good days than bad.
Pros
Paid trainings with provided lunch, company van, discounts
Cons
No breaks, paid biweekly
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Great people, great cause
Full-time Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Portland, MEMarch 2, 2018
Wonderful, caring people to work with. Flexible schedule for admin positions. Great leadership, working for a great cause you can feel good about. Relatively low stress environment.
Pros
Flexible hours, casual dress code
Cons
Pay based on government reimbursement rate rather than performance.
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Spurwink
Cultural Broker/Case Manager TCM/BHH (Current Employee) –  Lewiston, MEFebruary 13, 2018
It was an overall good experience, people were great and welcoming. You can easily compartmentalize personal life and work life, peaceful environment.
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Adult Department was awful
SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER (Former Employee) –  Portland, MEFebruary 2, 2018
taking care of people with developmental disabilities is an awesome responsibility. It is something to be taken seriously and should be done according to the guidelines set forth by our governing bodies. this is not something they do well there.
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Inept Management; lack of structure
Direct Care Worker (Current Employee) –  Portland, MENovember 2, 2017
I worked at one of the houses in the GPP area, and it is a pretty awful place to work. There is a revolving door of employees, inept management, and a prevalent drug culture with employees stealing medicine, and bringing illegal drugs into work.

The children aren't being treated responsibly. There is a lot of chaos and abuse allowed by the children.
Pros
Sympathy towards position
Cons
Bad pay, too many hours, physical abuse by clients, emotionally damaging relationships, just a bad place
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Rewarding and Exhausting
RYFS (Current Employee) –  Auburn, MEOctober 25, 2017
A great place to work. Well compensated and appreciated. Great Supervisors. Can be rewarding though long exhausting shifts. Great location and lots of activities available. Awesome staff to work with.
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Great Company however, stressful.
Residential Youth and Family Specialist (Current Employee) –  Portland, MESeptember 19, 2017
Spurwink is fast paced. The job is incredibly rewarding and you must be passionate about helping others as well as empathetic. No two days are the same or predictable. Management is helpful and nice but be prepared to be asked to fill in a lot of shifts! It really is team work and coworkers are generally nice people to work with.
Pros
Rewarding, great hours/pay
Cons
Unpredictable, stressful at times, emotionally draining
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Nice Place to work
Residential Youth and Family Specialist (Current Employee) –  Cornville, MESeptember 13, 2017
Low pay with what we deal with, Love what I do and the ability to help so many people. But there is a lot of things that staff have to deal with and a good portion of that is other staff. Some have no way of keeping there home life at home. There's a lot of favoritism. A lot of back stabbing. Even when brought up there's no help with the facts.
Pros
Fun, busy
Cons
Healthcare, Pay
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Spurwink of Maine
Teacher for Children (Former Employee) –  South Portland, MESeptember 12, 2017
I worked for the Roosevelt School in South Portland, Maine. There were manygreat developmental opportunities for teachers. I loved working here and with the population that the school served which was students from 5-16 with special needs and ED issues. The directors were great and were highly supportive of each teacher and provided a wonderful environment for both students and teachers alike.
Pros
great hours and benefits
Cons
n/a
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Learned a lot
Residential & Day Treatment Clinician (Former Employee) –  Casco, MEJune 20, 2017
First job post MSW. Good learning experience working with teens and their families. Struggled with the setting and sought other employment options. Worked with adolescents in residential and day tx setting. Provided CBT to teens.
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SQL specialist (Former Employee) –  Portland, MEJune 16, 2017
An excellent place to work! Many opportunities for training and a very supportive management staff. While the rate of pay is lower than the average, the benefits more than make up for it.
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Excellent experience
Targeted Case Manager (Former Employee) –  Portland, MEMay 31, 2017
Spurwink provided me with an excellent opportunity to work with in-need children and their families in order to improve and maintain their mental and physical health. Spurwink provided a plethora of self-care assistance opportunities, needed in the case management field.
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Inspiring non-profit agency
Residential Milieu Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Portland, MEApril 12, 2017
The agency really has an excellent therapeutic approach to the work we do and utilizes evidence-based practices in behavioral health; due to budget considerations and funding cuts at the state level, benefits and pay are not as high as we would like to offer.
Pros
Excellent treatment (feels good to work for the agency)
Cons
Health insurance is offered, but expensive and not great coverage
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Excellent mission and environment. Committed to caring.
Mental Health Services Provider (Current Employee) –  Lewiston, MEMarch 31, 2017
As a therapeutic foster parent I am delighted to be a part of this organization. It is a privilege to be a part of the team. Strong, team approach. Challenging work and very rewarding.
Pros
Excellent compensation and benefits for therapeutic couples.
Cons
Decreasing funding for human services organizations.
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Residential and Day Treatment Services for Maine Youth
Behavioral Health Clinician (Current Employee) –  Portland, MEFebruary 22, 2017
A great agency with a great mission; I receive excellent supervision and am pleased to have a close-knit team working with me.
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Very high moral, happy employees, good atmosphere.
Therapeutic Foster Parent (Current Employee) –  MaineFebruary 6, 2017
Spurwink Services takes pride in the way they treat their employees. Employees are always challenged, and are able to meet the expectations of their supervisors. At Spurwink, the employees take pride in doing their job the very best way possible, and are always striving to do better.
Pros
As a Therapeutic Couple, I got to work alongside my wife.
Cons
I live at work, and sometimes will be on the clock for 48 hrs.
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When you have a heart for clients
Training Specialist (Former Employee) –  Portland, MEJanuary 22, 2017
I enjoyed working for Spurwink. It was a fast paced job that led for me to meet many wonderful people. Non profits are hard to work for because you do not get any raises regardless of work ethics.
Pros
Relaxed business clothes atmosphere
Cons
No raises or extended benefits
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Excellent place to work
Direct Support Professional (Current Employee) –  Portland, MEDecember 10, 2016
The salary is low. It's only $10.10 per hour, but the work is NOT at all too demanding. You almost get paid just sitting and observing your clients. Recommended.
Pros
Easy job
Cons
Working with people mentally disable
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They ask a lot, give a little
Ed Tech (Former Employee) –  Portland, MEJuly 26, 2016
Very low pay, great people, most don't stay long, not a lot of support in a very intensive environment. They expect a lot of small sacrifices, but rarely is it reciprocated by b the agency. Some very hard working people work there, they just don't stay long!
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Excellent organization with lots of opportunities
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Portland, MEJune 23, 2016
I have worked at Spurwink for almost a year now, and it is by far the greatest job I have ever had. Everyone treats you with respect, and you do real good work. For such a large organization, it feels like a community. The Senior Leadership is also very helpful, and they always make time for everyone. Everyone has a voice.
Pros
Everything!
Cons
I haven't found one yet!
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