Directions for Living

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Updated May 7, 2015
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April Lott
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  1. Child safety, family preservation, mental health therapist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Directions for Living

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The services provided by the organization changes lives. More than 150 children are united with forever families, children are kept safe and adults with persistent mental illness are served with dignity and respect. The staff are amazing and co-workers work very well together

    Cons

    Hiring psychiatrists is always difficult. As a non profit it is a challenge to provide raises year over year due to no increase in funding.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate, communicate, communicate and always remember to celebrate successes, even the small ones


  2. Some fabulous employees and much loved clients

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL

    I worked at Directions for Living full-time

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

    Pros

    Great supervisor and therapeutic staff.

    Cons

    The pay is low, unreliable guidance from administrator, too many additional tasks with insufficient training combined with ever-changing and inconsistent rules. Nepotism as an administrator hired a relative for an director position. Poor collection of revenue along with poor projections on funding lead to significant layoffs. Communications from administration or managers to employees and disappearing client appointments made us look very bad on the Internet.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff. Get involved in their likes and dissatisfactions and seek to make changes instead of giving lip-service.


  3. Child Safety case manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Largo, FL
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Largo, FL

    I have been working at Directions for Living full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    You have control of your schedule

    Cons

    The pay, The way the company indirectly expects you to work off the clock after forty hours. There is no real positive feedback given. The people who move up in the company are the ones who seem to do the worst job with the families. It is a social hierarchy.

    Advice to Management

    Place all managers back into case manager roles and monitor them closely, they will not do well under their own rules they enforce on the job.


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    A GOOD PLACE TO START A CAREER

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL

    I have been working at Directions for Living part-time

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

    Pros

    DFL is community mental health center in most populated county in Florida. You are exposed to a wide variety of patients and it is a great place to gain knowledge and experience. The staff work together and support each other and are like family.

    Cons

    The benefits for employees were cut several times in order to raise revenue including cutting one paid holiday & higher co-pays and less coverage with health insurance. The attrition rate is high-medical staff, therapists, support staff and upper management have resigned or quit. Many "non-essential" staff were fired after years of employment. The company switched from having yearly vacation days and sick days to "paid time off" or PTO. This changed harmed many that had hours of sick days because they have to use their PTO before they are allowed to use sick days. Therefore if they call in they have to use their vacation time unless they get approval from the CEO. Community mental health centers in the area are similar in that raises are rare due to limited funding.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees suggestions; you could avoid a lot of problems and retain a lot more staff.



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