Mental Health Center of Denver

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Mental Health Center of Denver Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
9 Reviews
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9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Residential Counselor II

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    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Mental Health Center of Denver full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company Values and mission.

    Cons

    Terrible pay for what staff actually does. Management does not back up staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better leadership, keep staff safe, promotions would be great!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    This was an amazing place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in Denver, CO

    I worked at Mental Health Center of Denver full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved the generous benefits, the friendly staff, and the rewarding job outcomes.

    Cons

    The overnight shift was challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overnight workers should be given and encouraged to take more time off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Has potential, but needs some work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Case Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Clinical Case Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Mental Health Center of Denver full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good peer relationships
    Big company
    Able to manage your own time per day
    Limited meetings

    Cons

    Management is not supportive
    Underpaid and overworked
    Unmanageable caseloads
    High turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    No clear direction from Senior Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Mental Health Center of Denver full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good time-off polices and average compensation.

    Cons

    There is an atmosphere of bullying, especially from the controller.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look at your middle managers, please ensure the have the mental maturity to hold the position and do the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Alright until you need to actually put money in the bank.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Case Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Clinical Case Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Mental Health Center of Denver full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was a great entry-level position, they hire right out of college (for a Case Management role). If you have a MSW/LPC/LCSW there is room for growth, otherwise you must be content in the same Case Management role with the same $30k paycheck.

    They provide a lot of time off, as do most public service roles. The ample time off is supposed to help combat burnout, but the supervisors don't do much to assist with burnout, so make the most of your time off!

    Cons

    Pay. I understand it is non-profit, but you are not rewarded for tenure or performance. Everyone gets the same raise each year based on standard cost increase.

    Supervisors. If you are familiar with a social work role, you know that supervision is a massively important aspect of the job. And believe me, there are some stellar supervisors, but this is not consistent throughout the corporation, so if you get placed with someone who contributes nothing to your growth, there's not much that can be done.

    Lack of recognition/underappreciation.

    Damage to your own car. You drive your own car. They reimburse at the government standard. Make sure to save some for damage! More damage was done to my car in my two years than was ever worth it. Not to mention the unsafe situations you are sometimes required to be in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge burnout. It's easy to overcome if you have the right team and mindset. You are losing great talent by letting burned out employees get so fed up that they leave the field entirely.

    Performance-based raises would be a great way to keep employees happy and feeling recognized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Beware! Upper Management takes little to no responsibility for their own actions.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fast Team Member in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Fast Team Member in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Mental Health Center of Denver full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    MHCD have a good benefits package.

    Cons

    The Controller for the organization management style includes bullying and threats to motive her people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The BOD should be aware of the bullying, back stabbing, and intimidation tactics used by their management team in the corporate office. If you are a part of the inner circle you can arrive late, talk loudly from your office about your drinking binges, and leave early. One senior manager openly speaks of her dislike for another female manager ans is know for blocking and steps toward progress. If you want to stay competitive in the 21st century you may need to consider cleaning house. The management team has been there for too many years in the same position and feel untouchable.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Important mission, fun people, positive workplace

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Case Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Clinical Case Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Mental Health Center of Denver full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Supervisors, upper management is generally supportive and understanding of co-workers
    - Good culture of wellness, positivity. No office backstabbing or drama. People willing to go out of their way to help others out.
    - Excellent work experience if you're planning to go into graduate programs for clinical psychology.
    - New Recovery Center facility is really nice.
    - Very thorough training programming.

    Cons

    - Salary is not the greatest. You could make the same doing clinical work here as you could doing secretarial work at a medical hospital.
    - Only 3 discretionary leave days during first 6 months of employment - disappointing if you were hired before the holidays.
    - Unpleasant consumers, as comes with the territory. Symptomatic adults who will occasionally yell, call you names, express extreme disappointment, etc. It helps to develop a thick skin here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mental Health for Consumers but not for Employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Mental Health Center of Denver full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some Pros are: Very important mission in the community; Fairly nice facilities; Some leaders are interested in employee development; Community consumers are very diverse and interesting people; Many regular "worker bees" are pleasant and friendly.

    Cons

    Some Cons are: Senior management is aloof; Major decisions are not transparent; Pay scale is very low even based on merit, experience, or higher education; Departments and Teams tend to be divisive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a very important organization in our local community, so keep up the mission. Don't forget that everyday workers seem to do all your work--senior managers seem to often be on extended vacations or in redundant meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Beware most of managers the work at the home office are friends and protect each other.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mental Health Center of Denver

    Pros

    Good healthcare and vacation benefits

    Cons

    The politics and backstabbing within middle management. They are eared and know to fire people to cover their own mistakes, and inability to provide proper training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO and members of the board need to carefully look middle management. MHCD could be a great company, but you have a lot of people with stignate ideas that only seem to be concern with the next potluck.

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