Mental Health Systems Reviews

Updated June 15, 2014
Updated June 15, 2014
8 Reviews

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    Mental Health Systems

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    Current Employee - Counselor  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Counselor in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Mental Health Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They care about the clients we work with. They provide great training to help in CEs. Time off

    Cons

    The pay. Not a lot of advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not going to happened they are hand picked and not always the most qualified you have to be in the end crowd.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It's an okay place to start.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mental Health Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company offers flexibility when family issues arise.

    Cons

    The company is too top heavy on the corporate side. Corporate like to micromanage and has a lot of turn over so the programs do not operate as a true non profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees for the work that you expect them to do. Many positions are highly underpaid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Engaging and demanding

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    Former Employee - Social Media Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Social Media Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Mental Health Systems as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    This was a very satisfying company to work for. Everyone here had a purpose and truly cared about what they were doing. The management I worked with were very supportive.

    Cons

    There was not enough money to pursue everything they wanted to accomplish so sometimes projects were not completed as well as they could have been. As with any nonprofit you get some people who are more there for the cause than because they were qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with the San Diego community to gain more support.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Mental Health Systems has been nothing short of an amazing company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Colton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colton, CA

    I have been working at Mental Health Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They make you feel like a valued and respected part of the team. The sense of community and respect that they show is second to none.

    Cons

    There isn't a lot of mid level positions, there are entry level and then the leap to Program Manager, then to VP are huge ones. Being in the field they are in there isn't a lot of money to be made if you aren't in a management position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, it is a joy to work for the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Passionate staff, mission driven...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mental Health Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people, promoting staff within the business, hiring peers and individuals in recovery to serve clients. Management tries to communicate with staff, but some are better than others. Great trainings offered.

    Cons

    Pay raises are limited given the gov't funding. AP department is not consistent with timely reimbursements to staff. Implementing an equity strategy for pay scales would be beneficial.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan, strategize and act. Sometimes things are more of a knee jerk reaction and not in long term best interests.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Chaotic atmosphere fed by continual crisis management.

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    Former Employee - Program Staff  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Program Staff in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Mental Health Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working for this type of non-profit provides an opportunity to help others, work as part of a team and contribute to your community.

    Cons

    Highest staff turnover (including management) that I have ever experienced. Employees appear to leave MHS because: management is unresponsive to employee concerns; staff personal safety concerns; staffing issues wherein many months pass by before vacant positions are filled; compensation which for some positions is below par; slow and cumbersome employee expense reimbursement; management priorities that change with the wind; unresolved staff/management accountability issues; self-promoting, arrogant attitude of some management staff; staff negativity and rampant low morale stemming from above issues and overall, a few "bad apples" spoiling things for the majority of employees. Although I cannot speak for all the MHS programs, this one had a particularly toxic culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every story has two sides, you should listen to both.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people and company very poor pay

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Mental Health Systems

    Pros

    MHS is very good about promoting from within. There are also may opportunities for training and community involvement.

    Cons

    The pay flat out sucks. MHS is a non-profit so supposedly can not afford to pay their staff the going market rate. A lot of senior people were promoted from within the company and were promoted too quickly and do not possess the managerial skills needed to be good, productive and consistent managers. Everyone seems to be very scared of breaking the chain of command even when it is not clear what the chain is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your people in supervisory positions to make decisions and then support the decision. It becomes ridiculous when a letter can't be grammatically corrected without asking the original writer if it is ok to correct it (the is just an example - there are daily instances of this type of micro management obvious is the entire company).

    Approves of CEO
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    Not the best experience of my life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mental Health Systems

    Pros

    helpful to clients and their needs

    Cons

    did not appreciate administrative support

    Doesn't Recommend

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