Germaine Lawrence

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Germaine Lawrence Reviews

Updated May 11, 2014
Updated May 11, 2014
6 Reviews
2.6
6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great coworkers and a great place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Germaine Lawrence

    Pros

    Very supportive staff members. Strong team mentality.

    Cons

    Pay is pretty low.

  2.  

    The corporate culture appears positive and supportive but struggles to show its employees that they are valued.

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    Current Employee - Unit Supervisor  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Unit Supervisor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Germaine Lawrence full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great experience working with at-risk adolescents and learning about trauma informed care. Work with team members can be rewarding.

    Cons

    Work with the clients is challenging and can be gratifying. However, management does not provide a consistent, well organized environment that ensures stability in the milieu. Staffing is often a challenge and qualified employees are not readily hired for needed positions.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Success at this job is dependent on creating connections with co-workers.

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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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  5.  

    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.

  6.  

    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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    diversified.

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    Former Employee - Residential Counselor
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor

    I worked at Germaine Lawrence

    Pros

    good management
    flexible in schedule
    good team to work with
    many different offices in the US and in the world

    Cons

    it might not offer all the benefits that other companies do.

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