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Spurwink Services Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
7 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great experience and rewarding work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, ME

    Pros

    Generous time off
    Flexible schedules
    Casual work environment

    Cons

    The pay is generally lower than the prevailing wage. There is very little flexibility to pay someone more for experience and education. Although the culture is changing with the new President, there has been a long history of very little accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more competitive wages with annual wage increases based on performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Safety is MY Goal

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    Former Employee - Therapeutic House Parent
    Former Employee - Therapeutic House Parent

    Pros

    Working with children who crave attention and love because they never received it is the most rewarding part.

    The training this company provides is comprehensive and two weeks long. TCI is especially useful to know. I appreciated the First Aid and CPR refresher. Benefits packages are average.

    Your peers, those that are working in direct care, are very kind and inclusive of new staff.

    Cons

    Local administration say what you need to hear, but lack follow-through. They promise advice and support, but struggle to provide it. Administration will, however, micro-manage your schedule even to the point of asking what you do on your time off. They claim, "safety is our goal" but lack the support needed when a client escalates to a crisis moment and needs to be place in a restraint. With a new client in our care, someone should have been prepared to help. It took over 25 minutes for assistance to arrive. Communication is cloudy. Rarely is every part of the team on the same page.

    The homes are full of mold. Some mold is even recovered with new linoleum or just painted over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell your employees you appreciate them. When a mistake is made, apologize instead of deflecting. Micro-management hinders employees from growing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    unprofessional

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    Former Employee - Direct Support  in  Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Direct Support in Providence, RI

    Pros

    easy work, nice coworkers, nice clients

    Cons

    dull environment for clients and unprofessional supervisors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide better management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Dedicated, loving and talented people doing great things with a difficult situation.

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    Current Employee - Agency Nurse  in  Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Agency Nurse in Portland, ME

    Pros

    Lots of education and support, Independence and positive feedback. Great opportunity to expand current role. Great benefits compared to other healthcare facilities including time off.

    Cons

    Poor inter-communication among different groups and non-competitive pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give longevity benefits; like pay increases.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    I have enjoyed working at Spurwink but the management are unappreciative of their best and longest term employees.

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    Current Employee - Direct Care
    Current Employee - Direct Care

    Pros

    Spurwink does a great job working with special needs youth and their families.

    Cons

    Spurwink pays employees who do an exceptional job, and have been employed with Spurwink for 10 years or more the same as those who just started and have no experience or do the bare minimum. Spurwink fails to meet low, reasonable expectations of their best employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The entire time that I have worked for Spurwink they have complained that they cannot keep direct care staff long term. However they have never done anything to change this. There are no good incentives to stay. If Spurwink wants long term, quality empoyees they need to appreciate their long term employees and give employees an incentive to stay. Raises and/or added benifits at 5,10 or 15 years for instance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Incredible work is accomplished here. Senior management needs to improve.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Director in Portland, ME

    Pros

    Incredible work is accomplished here. Life work a balance is possible.

    Cons

    More leadership direction is needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization would benefit if employees were on the same page.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Dysfunctional. Those who stay to work here want to work with clients.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours, supportive co-workers, pay for travel time, many place the client first - the way it should be. Solid training for someone just starting out.

    Cons

    Each year holidays and vacation days have been taken away. Inexperienced managers, departments do not talk to one another, no career growth unless you are in the "in" crowd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No more lip service. Stop providing training that will not be implemented by supervisors. Hold yourselves accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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