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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, MA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, MA

I worked at Germaine Lawrence

Pros

Support among colleagues is great (at least it was when I was there!), Compensation is similar to other positions in the same field. Physical work environment is pleasant and comfortable

Cons

The population of students can be really difficult to work with. Administration seemed out of touch with the needs of day to day workers. Staffing is decreased during the night which sometimes made work harder.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Spend a few days every few months taking on the role of the support staff, or at least work alongside them. See what people have to go through.

Doesn't Recommend

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    Young leadership, unsupportive culture

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    Former Employee - Residential Counselor  in  Arlington, MA
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in Arlington, MA

    I worked at Germaine Lawrence

    Pros

    Good experience working with adolescents, good training and education about mental health, good opportunity to see a wide range of emotional and behavioral disorders.

    Cons

    Young, often cliquey staff. Young inexperienced leadership at the Residential Director level. Agency is not forthcoming about job responsibilities at time of interview. Culture not supportive to staff having difficulties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire older and more experienced/educated leadership. Screen potential residential staff more carefully and be more forthcoming about job responsibilites and hours.

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    Not Worth the Battle

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, MA

    I have been working at Germaine Lawrence

    Pros

    Young staff, very flexible scheduling, lots of time off, understanding around "mental health" days

    Cons

    Exceedingly cliquey, difficult to advance, young management with no prior experience calling all the shots, taking lots of students that will never meet their treatment goals, crisis assaults without the qualified staff to handle the situations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just promote to promote - make sure your supervisors actually have the knowledge and experience to progress. Bumping up recent grads with no prior experience leads to lots of messy - and dangerous - situations.

    Doesn't Recommend
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