Home for Little Wanderers Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. clinician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Home for Little Wanderers full-time

    Pros

    great program director and clinical supervisor.

    Cons

    not sure how well upper management listens to employees' needs/concerns wish there were more opportunities for CEUs and trainings


  2. Mixed bag,

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    Current Employee - Clinician in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Clinician in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Home for Little Wanderers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The compensation is great as long as your willing to do the work. Great supervision and friendly environment.

    Cons

    Beginning of the job can be a little challenging (building a caseload, learning the intricacies of paperwork, etc.)


  3. Clinician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Home for Little Wanderers full-time

    Pros

    family oriented, positive work environment and some positive team experiences

    Cons

    Did not like the home visiting aspect of the work that I did. It was very draining.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more closely to your employees. They are what make the machine run.


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  5. dcc

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    Current Employee - DCC in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - DCC in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Home for Little Wanderers (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, clients, Co workers, schedule, families

    Cons

    Hiring manager let anyone through the door

    Advice to Management

    Good management for the most part


  6. Helpful (1)

    Very disorganized!

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    Former Employee - Direct Care Counselor in Plymouth, MA
    Former Employee - Direct Care Counselor in Plymouth, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great, training is decent (sometimes a little idealist and unrealistic), some staff are friendly

    Cons

    Admin seems to have a complete disregard for staff safety and well-being. The kids Know exactly how to work the system and admin just lets it happen - the kids essentially run the campus. The hours are crazy and the program is VERY understaffed. They need to hire more DCCs or at least replace those who quit or were fired. It doesn't seem like the program is actually helping many of the kids.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff and be more supportive to the ones who are sticking it out!


  7. Intern with HFLW

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great experience, clients are awesome, lots of clinical guidance in supervision

    Cons

    Clinicans very cliquey, hard to feel excepted and appreciated; Made to do a lot of menial tasks that no one else wanted to do


  8. Great agency, OK leadership

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This agency has great benefits. They care about their employees' wellbeing.

    Cons

    There is a HUGE disconnect between senior management and department staff. Some programs are struggling with their leadership but don't have anyone to turn to. Morale is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Have "skip level" meetings. Upper management should meet with department staff without the Program Director being present. Staff members are struggling and feel trapped. Morale is very low because there is no management change.


  9. Helpful (1)

    SEC could be great but leadership is AWFUL!!!

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    Former Employee - Staff in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Staff in Plymouth, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Home for Little Wanderers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Once you know the kids they can be amazing to work with (for the most part) albeit very tough as well. Can be rewarding. Not a lot of Pros at this time.

    Cons

    Leadership is nil. Kids run the campus which is dangerous. Incidents of severity are often unaddressed leading to dissatisfaction among staff. Staff and managers not on same page. Staff talk about change, what they need and are told no or ignored. Many injuries. Can be UNSAFE for staff! Campus needs an entire make-over cosmetically but more importantly with staff from the top on down. Employee bullying makes for a very unpleasant work place.

    Advice to Management

    Get a LEADER not an ADMINISTRATOR!! Listen to DCS they are the FRONT LINE! Keep them safe. Needs so much work.


  10. Can be great or horrible

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    Current Employee - Counselor in Walpole, MA
    Current Employee - Counselor in Walpole, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Home for Little Wanderers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The kids can be great and it can be really fun - I think its better than it used to be - A lot of overtime - Great benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    - Its a lot of hours - Very stressful and can be violent - Understaffed shifts - Management doesn't know what is going on in the programs

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending money on stupid things and let programs have more autonomy.


  11. good place to get experience and move on

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    Pros

    great benefits, work conditions depend on which particular program/dept you are in - they vary greately across programs, good place to gain experience working with children

    Cons

    oblivious management, very little communication across the organization, people tend to get pigeonholed in their positions and programs, management does not support advancement with a few exceptions, hr does not have a presence and will only get involved to support senior managers

    Advice to Management

    employees like seeing the big picture and know what's happening outside their programs. open lines of communications are important. agency strategy and direction is perceived as opaque. management is perceived as secretive.



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