Canadian Mental Health Association Reviews

Updated June 4, 2015
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  1. Administration

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Mental Health Association

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Staff are very dedicated to the mental health sector as is senior management.

    Cons

    Poor pay even for a non-profit. CEO is very controlling and can be abusive or kind depending on the day.


  2. Great work/life balance but low salary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Mental Health Association full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. 20 days of vocation time to start, plus some float days, medical and sick leave. good pension, benefit. great wellness program for staffs great people to work with.

    Cons

    low salary. location. depends on which department, not so time flexibility, no work from home


  3. Great work, great company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Mental Health Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    CMHA Middlesex works diligently to provide hope and dignity for folks coping with mental illness. The leadership is dedicated to its workers and to the persons served. Compensation is improving financially, and mental compensation has always been top notch. Coworkers and teams are cohesive and welcoming. Excellent benefits and pension plan. You can tell the quality of a company by the number of long-term employees and in this respect, CMHA Middlesex ranks quite high.

    Cons

    In order to provide as much support to the community as possible, multiple departments operate outside of the Monday to Friday, 9-5, which means some folks work shifts. A necessary factor, in my opinion. Plus, the shifts aren't that bad.

    Advice to Management

    Great work. The leadership team is working incredibly hard with limited resources and they continue to put the needs of the community before their own. While every company has little quirks and bits they would change, the leadership team is good with feedback and explaining rationale for changes.


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  5. Terrible organization

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    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Red Deer, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Red Deer, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Mental Health Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You are doing work on an important cause.

    Cons

    Search out "Canadian Mental Health Association" + "discrimination" online, you will be shocked. This organization fires employees who have mental illness and has been taken to task at the Human Rights Commission several times for this egregious behaviour. As one of the other reviews mentioned it's very autocratic in its management style, which is part of why they get in so much trouble.

    Advice to Management

    Make right with the people you've wronged and start treating people with dignity and respect. Discrimination and your bigoted beliefs are not only illegal they are archaic.


  6. This organization is struggling subsequent to merger with another Community Mental health service

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Employment Support Specialist in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Employment Support Specialist in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Mental Health Association as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some great people working there.

    Cons

    low-pay, benefits that haven't kept up with costs, very autocratic management style

    Advice to Management

    Support staff in ways that matter to them....compensation, profesional education opportunities, time off, benefits, being able to work from home.


  7. A toxic work environment tainted by prejudice, discrimination, and arrogance.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Mental Health Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are always leaving so there are always different positions to move into.

    Cons

    CMHA is constantly being hit with multiple human rights complaints for disability discrimination against people with mental illness. Between 2008 - 2013 it faced three separate complaints from employees who were terminated due to mental illness. This organization does not live (or evidently even believe) the values it espouses. The national office is silent on this issue and the regional managers responsible have not been held accountable. This organization should be shutdown for the bigotry and hypocrisy they represent.

    Advice to Management

    Follow your values, or create some new ones.


  8. Not healthy environment

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    Current Employee - Manager in Barrie, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Barrie, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Mental Health Association full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Clients have caring workers. Lots of career opportunities a employees are always leaving sadly

    Cons

    CEO is very unhealthy and terribly abusive to staff. A hostile place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Change is good


  9. A forward thinking organization with ongoing learning opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Mental Health Association full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth and personal development. Team approach utilized in workplace.

    Cons

    It's an emotional demanding job.


  10. Employment Support Specialist

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    Current Employee - Employment Support Specialist in Windsor, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Employment Support Specialist in Windsor, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Mental Health Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful company to work for. I transitioned from Technical Recruiting into this field. Flexible work schedule, and lots of hygiene factors regarding employment. Best part of the job is working with Clients and actually making a difference in people's lives. Would highly recommend anybody potentially on the fence about working with Mental Illness to get involved it is not as daunting as some would think and very rewarding.

    Cons

    Being a Business Major there isn't much room for career growth as it is a social service agency, and most growth based roles need a post secondary education in relation to this field.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Flexible Employer

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    Current Employee - Employment Support Specialist in Windsor, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Employment Support Specialist in Windsor, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Mental Health Association

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Vacation time exceeds industry standards Salary Management Flextime Professional Development

    Cons

    Not alot of mobility for non-social workers



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