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This agency's administration was the absolute worst in my entire professional career. Rather than properly addressing ethical complaints from employees, the agency chose to target and scapegoat them instead for bringing these issues out into the open. Some of the administration here, a couple in particular, were extremely dishonest, unethical, and vindictive. The H.R. department at this agency was even worse, however. They basically covered for these unethical and dishonest administrators at every opportunity, simply because they were considered to be "high performers or irreplaceable to the agency's bottom line operations." (These were direct quotes said to me, by the way). My opinion of this agency's so called "H.R." department is that it was really nothing more than a system for weeding out "troublemakers" like myself, simply because I stood up for what I believed in, advocated for my rights, and called dishonest administrators on their cowardly and unethical behavior. Those are my opinions based on my experiences here, but perhaps others might have their own.

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I thought they were okay. I didn't get a lot of vacation time however. I feel it could have been more. Maybe mental health days should be added. This job is very exhausting. I did feel like the medical was a bit more expensive then what should be. I do feel like a lot more should be invested into employee benefits. There is a lot of administrative expense which I don't feel has a true purpose. That is money I feel would be better invested in the benefits. For example I think the vacation time could be a little more and increase employer funds to our HSA. Plus a pension plan would be nice.

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All the favoritism and politics. It seems like those in power pick and choose which guidelines apply and to which staff. There is a lot of political in-fighting and favoritism here. Managers - even HR appear to take things very personally when candid feedback is provided. It's almost like a knee-jerk reaction: candid feedback about many problem areas within the company is almost always met with immediate retaliation. This is certainly not a place where you are free to be yourself and express your opinions without genuine fear of retaliation. That's what gives me the most stress.

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Make the interview the only time you set foot in this place. After the interview is over, you should seek employment anywhere else but here. Hiring is politically based, performance reviews are not fair, and HR practices and oversight are awful. Looking back, working here at this company was the single worst mistake of my entire life. Please save yourself the time and aggravation.

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100% no. There is nothing done to protect staff from the allegations which the kids make. This company is a huge liability to your long term career in the field. Administration automatically believes the kids every time they make an allegation against staff. Even if the allegation is not substantiated by DCF, this company will still fire you based on hearsay alone from the kids. The company does not back or protect its staff at all. Administration disappears for months and years at a time and only comes out into the open whenever there is a problem or when you've done something wrong or when there is an allegation made by one of their kids. Other than that, you will never see HR or administration at this company spending the necessary time, effort, and energy to protect staff's physical safety and/or career reputations from unfounded allegations. Only if you've done something wrong, that's the only time you will see administration. But not to guarantee your safety. And yes, I do apologize for putting your company on blast like that. However, future applicants need to be aware of what really happens here so they don't jeopardize ruining their own careers.

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Just long enough for you to hopefully be out the door looking for a different job instead of this one. From the beginning to the end, it will take as long as 3 months sometimes longer because of all the necessary state Connecticut and DCF background checks. The steps involved are first interview, second interview, background checks as long as 2 or 3 months, and then all sorts of HIPPA, mandated reporting, and other trainings. However, the final 'step' to staying alive in this corporate jungle is not to make any waves once you're hired. There is an unspoken culture of targeting and swift retaliation here at The Village for those who don't fit in with all the other robotic and fake minions. You should definitely know that in advance before deciding to apply here.

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I left because there are thousands of petty rule.s It feels like working in the prison system. Higher up admins do not know how to motivate their workforce. They use fear tactics and threatening your continued employment to bully you into submission with their dictatorship like rules? I feel the admins here in The Village, Hartford are the worst in this industry. That was why I left this job

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First Aid, CPR, and therapeutic crisis and medication certifications is required. These are for the residential programs in The Village. Technically you are not required to possess any other teaching certifications for entry level direct care. The company doesn't have an on site school for some of their programs, except for sub acute unit which does. That program have it's own teachers. But the only thing which I don't understand really is why youths in some of The Village's other programs are allowed to remain truant from their own public school systems for days, or even weeks at a time which is actually against the law. The Village doesn't really implement or enforce a consequence system for this. To me it seems like this company might kind of being doing a greater disservice to these youth by not requiring them to attend school. And it does kind of amount to educational neglect, on part of The Village for allowing their youth to be truant from school. Because instead, they just kind of stick several groups of youth and maybe only 1 or 2 staff maximum in a room together. And then, staff are basically instructed to teach, tutor...... or even try to entertain these youth for the rest of what should have been a normal school day for them in their own public schools systems. So to me, I just kind of feel like maybe this company should be upfront about that part of the job description from the git go. (Or at least require staff to get a separate teaching credential if they are then going to be required to teach and tutor youth who are allowed to remain truant all day.)

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Every year there is a review period - unfortuanetly your relationship with your supervisor will determine if you get a fair one. I don't always feel the appriaisal process is fair or objective if they like you, you will get a good one but if they don't like you then probably not. The whole process should be scrapped from start to make it a more fair one so you can actually be judged on your performance, not your likeability

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5 sick days per year; not a very good policy; they should give you more days than just 5; maybe include mental health stress days as a new part of the benefits package

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