Ed Tech III/Behavioral Health Professional (Current Employee) – New Gloucester, ME – May 21, 2019
Working as a BHP in the preschool is fun and rewarding work. The kids are from culturally diverse backgrounds and the staff is friendly. I've never worked at Woodfords full time, time so I can't speak to how generous the compensation is for those employees, but I did appreciate the flexibility and opportunity for small benefits even as a short term employee.
Behavioral Health Professional (Current Employee) – Portland, ME – April 10, 2019
When I first applied to Woodfords I made sure to express that I needed to be full time, they seemed really excited to hire me but when I started working there I could barely get over 20 hours each week. I loved the work I did with consumers though, but it is extremely consuming especially since management rarely ever comes in to help or supervise. The pay sounded great at first but unless you're full time, you'll barely get by since there;s no benefits. Workplace culture is kind of like a high school setting, but still somewhat professional. I'd recommend this job to someone who has financial support from a family member or spouse but this isn't a job for someone that needs to make a living wage.
The learning center has a lot of resources, helping people every day
Lack of hours, cultural competency in the office, benefits, and communication
Administrative Support (Former Employee) – Westbrook, ME – March 9, 2019
I enjoyed working for this company. There were many opportunities to volunteer and give back to the community. They offer many employee engagement events. The company is organized and the communication is appreciated with any changes or subjects of note. I had a sense of pride working for this company and I felt that what I did on a day to day basis helped the community this company serves.
Benefits, sense of community, department outings, volunteer opportunities
Responsive Management & Collaborative, Supportive Team Environment
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Westbrook, ME – October 18, 2018
I currently work in an administrative role & enjoy it immensely. I have built great relationships with the individuals & families we serve which make long days worthwhile. My experience with management is very positive; I am able to openly share concerns & ideas knowing that my insight is valued & acted upon when possible. Additionally, as a disabled employee, I feel Woodfords has exceeded my expectations of accommodating my needs so I can feel the most comfortable & be successful in my role.
Receptive management, supportive environment
High turn over in other departments, scary budget concerns due to DHHS/MaineCare
Supervisor or Director (Former Employee) – maine – June 18, 2018
Very limited quality supervision - supervisors often have less experience and education than those they supervise. Extensive micromanagement and lack of belief in decision making and knowledge of professional level staff. Lot of lip service of staff recognition but very poor in delivery.
Residential Supervisor (Former Employee) – Portland, ME – January 4, 2018
As with all DSP work, it's rough but I felt WFS pays better than most. I loved my supervisor, he's still with the company now. CEO was amazing, got us through the economy slump after 2008 without any layoffs. Wish there were more opps for advancement. Good training. More ETO that most other places I've worked. I left to go to school, would have returned if there was a job open that matched my education and skill set at that point but there was not.
Working with adults with Intellectual Disabilities
DSP/CRMA (Former Employee) – Westbrook, ME – December 28, 2017
A lot of other agencies will pay more than Woodfords to do this. But, the other agencies have violent clients. This is not tolerated at Woodfords so it is definitely a perk to working there. The main focus needs to be enriching the lives of individuals within their own homes and out in the community. This is done through teaching them to live more independently and safely. It can be really enjoyable as long as you maintain a positive attitude!
Great clients! Little to no violent behaviors. Excellent trainings offered.
Lower pay than some other agencies, many unqualified staff
DSP (Direct Support Professional) (Former Employee) – Westbrook, ME – November 26, 2017
I enjoyed working with those in Independent Living and took extra shifts when available, and when I could, to work with those in Residential Living. The hardest part of job was not knowing what you face each day with consumers. Most enjoyable part was knowing your presence helped someone feel include and appreciated in their own efforts. Typical day was 8 hours but as long as 12 hours. I learned that we all need to feel included and appreciated for whom we are.
Somewhat flexible schedule when working with Independant consumers
Nice people that work for the company, but bring wrok home all the time
Direct Support Professional/ House Manager (Current Employee) – Gorham, ME – February 4, 2017
A typical day at work, is firstly I'm on call 24/7 so I could get a call at any point and have to go work. If not called in I arrive at the house around 8am; Greet my consumers and staff working. I make sure the overnights have followed through with their work that needed to be done. I then pass medication to my consumers. After medication I have time to plan for the day. I try and find activities for the consumers to participate in the community. Also during this time I have time to sit down with my staff to do monthly supervisions. These last about 1 hour each staff member. If I've completed my supervisions for the month I then answer emails, phone calls from providers or parents, make schedules for the following week and documentation for the state of Maine. The job is a very high turnover rate for staff so I'd say the hardest part of the job is retaining staff and getting new staff in.
BHP/ Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Westbrook, ME – January 20, 2017
Woodfords is a wonderful company to work for, they take great care of their employees. The supervisors are flexible and easy to contact when you need them. As someone who has worked both out in the field and inside the building it is easy to communicate with the individuals that need you help from.
DSP/CRMA (Current Employee) – Westbrook, ME – December 19, 2016
I really enjoy working for Woodfords Family Services, however management needs improvement along with residential staff. Many people are not a good fit for this job and are here for the paycheck. Due to lack of staffing, a lot of managers look past what the employees lack.