Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled

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Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Nursing Services Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Residential RN in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Residential RN in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    All the RN's worked together; teamwork as needed most of the time.

    Cons

    Management is supportive about 50% of the time; No one asks for raises, only verbalization of doing a good job (pat on your) once in a while always helps to keep you going.

    Advice to Management

    Just ask for fairness and an appropriate amount of training time for new employees.... be sure the new employee is ready to go on their own.


  2. RN, BSN

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RN, Bsn in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - RN, Bsn in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled (More than a year)

    Pros

    very caring company, Clients were well taken care of

    Cons

    not many, client were always treated well


  3. Downhill slope these past few years

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Residential
    Former Employee - Residential
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The current CEO Mark Foley is knowledgable in the field & seems to care. Connecting with the people served is rewarding. Good training program. Flexibility.

    Cons

    This agency has gone downhill from when I first started in the 2000's. you can't call off of work, even if you are sick. Managers lack the professionalism/experience needed for the position. New policy and procedures are VERY upper management oriented, unfair to front line employees who work with individuals. No Union so you can get fired for any reason with no warning.

    Advice to Management

    Get more input from the front line employees. A lot of the rules made look good on paper but are hurting the job in the real world. Teach managers to behave like mid management.


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  5. No accountability

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Rewarding experience working with the population.

    Cons

    There is not an accountability to stick to policy and procedures. It is frustrating to work as a nurse and not have support from HR when staff do not do their jobs properly and/or safely. As nurses we work in multiple group homes so we see a wide range of things going. Good and bad. This agency strokes the direct support staff in fear of losing them but it creates an environment of anything goes. Therefore you have some very hard working staff that get walked on by the staff that know they can get away with anything.

    Advice to Management

    Implement higher standards and expectations for the safety and proper care of the individuals.


  6. Direct Support Professional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -You can't be mandated for a Shift. - Good experience working with the individuals.

    Cons

    -There's no union so you can be fired for any reason they see fit. -High employee turn-over. -High insurance planc.

    Advice to Management

    -Become more involved in the hiring and firing of lower level employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

    There are some very good things about working at CSDD and some very disappointing things as well.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are very good. Lots of PTO, 401k, medical & Dental Insurance (employee pays a portion). Some positions pay a decent wage.

    Cons

    Some Departments (such as Residential) do not do a good job of supporting and training their staff. Because of this there is constant turn over in Site Manager and Program Coordinator positions. This is not good for other staff and it is definitely not good for the individuals they provide services to. Even though the Paid Time off is good the work load for many positions is so heavy that when you do take time off you come back to such much paperwork it is just unbelievable. The agency just keeps expanding (more residential houses, more day and work programs) but it doesn't increase it's support departments (Business Office, Compliance/QA Department etc.) as it grows. Instead more and more responsibilities are just piled on these workers. It becomes very discouraging.

    Advice to Management

    The agency would benefit from holding Directors and Assistant Directors responsible for the training of their staff. When the agency grows the support departments need to grow too. It is just good business and it will prevent future problems. Look at your pay scale and consider revisions. Their are some staff that are working incredibly hard who deserve a higher wage.


  8. Not good

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DSP in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - DSP in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with the less fortunate, ample time off

    Cons

    Horrible management. Inconsistent. HR dept is terrible and throws employees under the bus.


  9. DSP Position Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Direct Support Professional
    Former Employee - Direct Support Professional
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's rewarding, good PTO, great line of work for the right kind of people for the job

    Cons

    More in it for the money than the individuals. Most houses poorly run. You as an employee are disposable. Not proper trainings once in your position. Some employees are great, others could care less. Not a good quality for this line of work.

    Advice to Management

    Be professional. Don't favor certain employees over others. Fire those who sit on their phones and treat the individuals like they aren't like everyone else. More teamwork, less attitude.


  10. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Direct Support Professional in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Direct Support Professional in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good/Decent Pay, rewarding, really cares about the individuals

    Cons

    As with any job like this, you're going to be stressed at times

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. RN, BSN, Cared for the Mentally disable, made sure there needs were being met, as well as physically, mentally,emotional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RN, Bsn in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - RN, Bsn in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was a wonderful experience

    Cons

    Not aware of what was expected of you as a part time employee

    Advice to Management

    Nurses are not totally trained



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