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Dismas Charities Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
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    Dismas El Paso, Tx

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in El Paso, TX
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in El Paso, TX

    I have been working at Dismas Charities as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Helpful to interns, great learning experience

    Cons

    CO's and counselors needed to communicate more.

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    Do your research and then move on.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dismas Charities full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working in this field for the last three has given me rewards beyond the compensation. You go home most days feeling as if your making a difference in the communities you live and work in. The Job is never boring and the people you work with (the residents who live at these facilities) are always interesting and most have a genuine desire to change their lives for the better and you get to help with that.

    Cons

    Management has no idea of how to appreciate employees, If your one of the IN Crowd, then you can do no wrong, but if not your a body to work that's all. Never will you hear a word of things you do well, but you will certainly hear of mistakes real or imagined, Management will change schedules with no warning, they will abuse your good nature and if you go the extra mile be prepared to go the extra marathon without so much as a thank you. There is no advancement after 3 years i was given one paltry raise which in reality was more of an insult. Its a given fact that if the paper work is right nothing else matters, not who gets hurt, not what rules are broken so long as management looks good on paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attitude reflects leadership, If your staff is sullen, apathetic and unwilling to do anything beyond the scope of their daily duties, perhaps instead of looking for their problem, you should start looking at yours. Perhaps the issue is not the people who work with you its the way you work with those people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great work envoirment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dismas Charities

    Pros

    The potential for job growth if your willing to move.

    Cons

    Lack of pay increases. Worked for 3 years everytime i asked about a raise i was told eventually.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good Job, Good Employees Management is Useless

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dismas Charities full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fellow employees are knowledgeable and will work together. Decent vacation and Sick Time benefits.

    Cons

    Management is completely useless, its an environment where so long as the paperwork is correct nothing else matters. Nothing not employee retention, employee safety, or supporting employees in order to work the job as required. Unless an idea comes from management its useless and it will not work, but wait 6 months and suddenly its a great idea because management came out with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice is needed as none will be heeded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good money but poor staff and management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Resident Monitor in Lubbock, TX
    Former Employee - Resident Monitor in Lubbock, TX

    I worked at Dismas Charities part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The retirement plan is decent and they contribute to your retirement without you having to invest any of your own money.The work is repetitive and easy to catch on too once you get the hang of it.

    Cons

    Lack of management having a back bone. Employees with the same job title believe they are more than what the position is. Too much back biting and back stabbing for such a simple job. After working there for years I was still part time and never was able to get full time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the SOW and OPS manual and stop changing things to fit you. Every shift should be the exact same. There is no reason why after 6 months of working there that you shouldn't know what you are doing. its a repetitive job!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good job to gain experience in criminal justice.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Dismas Charities full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is good, you gain holiday, vacation and sick leave, part time and full time.

    Cons

    I would not recommend getting their health insurance, vet expensive and your past will drop from 113 dollars to 9.84 per hour, so choose wisely. The so called management and the director only think about themselves and are very cut throat and sneaky! Will not have your back if it will involve them losing their job, you will be gone before them!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so nasty and evil! Don't be prejudice! Do your job and let others do theirs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Completely insane management

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    Current Employee - Resident Monitor in Hattiesburg, MS
    Current Employee - Resident Monitor in Hattiesburg, MS

    I have been working at Dismas Charities part-time

    Pros

    It is extremely rewarding to participate in the reentry program. Most of the residents are very focused on long-term success.

    Cons

    The management at the Hattiesburg Center is insane. The ultra negative micro-management and refusal to recognize employees in any positive or constructive way creates an atmosphere of apathy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn some new motivation techniques, like positive recognition. Employees who feel valued and invested perform better and stay longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The pay is cool the job and management are terrible.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Dismas Charities

    Pros

    Good Pay- The job is different you meet a lot of different types of people. Work with the paroled inmates from all over the USA.

    Cons

    Management will not back them employees and they will throw you under the bus if it comes down to you or them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for directors that know what they are doing. and make sure they do not play favorites. Also make sure everybody does what they are expected and don't leave stuff for shifts that come after the job should be done.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Horrible Cut Throat Management, No Raises, No appreciation.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hell Hole Creek (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hell Hole Creek (Australia)

    I have been working at Dismas Charities full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working in the Reentry setting working to assist inmates with their transition back into society. Majority of coworkers are very helpful team players. Retirement plan.

    Cons

    Benefits especially health coverage. Management SUCKS!! Zero staff appreciation and acknowledgement which leads to low morale and production of work. Management will throw you under the nearest bus, train, or automobile in their path. Not open-minded to ideas from staff. I've never seen anyone receive a raise without a promotion. If you are not "in" then you wont be recognized or included, you will just be crapped on and considered a body to work. Training sucks if it even takes place and then you will be held accountable for being unaware of certain things. No consistency, policies and rules are constantly changing. People are constantly trying to cover themselves and do not care about the inmates or the quality of the program it is all about money fulling up beds and slitting throat every chance they get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, they don't know what that is!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Enjoyed my job and co-workers. Management is very unprofessional.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kentucky (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kentucky (Australia)

    I worked at Dismas Charities full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed assisting the residents and feeling I made a difference.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are terrible, in fact there are no benefits if you call joining a credit union a benefit. You are told you may have some money deposited into some kind of retirement account after several years??? There is no work/life balance. If you call in sick you are given the fifth degree. You do not have a life. Have you ever seen a job description telling you to empty your trash, dust your office, etc.?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe this agency was started by someone who had a heart and did want to "heal the human spirit". But the management destroys the human spirit of those they employ and the residents as well. I don't think there is any advice to give the management because they don't listen. Even the audit done by the Commonwealth of Kentucky never opened their eyes. Money in their pockets is all they care about. What would the priest who started Dismas Charities think if he could see what was going on at Dismas today? Would he agree with how this agency is being run? What would he think about how the staff are addressed, the sarcasm, the threats, your non caring attiude toward all human beings? Your turnover is ridiculous, when are you going to wake up? My question to your assistant directors and directors is what do you see when you look in the mirror, how do you sleep at night? How can you treat your staff the way you do?

    Doesn't Recommend

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