Wheeler Clinic Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Stale leadership, high front line and middle management turnover quarter to quarter

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management
    Current Employee - Management

    I have been working at Wheeler Clinic full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous paid time off, flexibility, great opportunities for folks entering the profession, and progressive. MIS/IT is advanced and deploys updated technology regularly to staff at all levels. Structured student training platform. The clinic continues to strive to provide for the community it covers. Stable funding sources. The mission of the clinic continues to remain relevant, valid and followed. The School and half a dozen of the children's programs are excellent.

    Cons

    Executive and Senior leadership is well intended, however lacks a sense of direction, unity, execution and experience. There is disagreement amongst senior leaders and greater focus on protectionism of their respective position; leading to a sense of aloofness and general disconnect with the frontline. The senior leadership has fostered a fear based undertow for many of its vital divisions, in particular the service lines within Adult Services and a handful of lines within on the Children's Services. Many successful managers, staff and departments fail to receive the recognition they deserve while they idly sit (or continuously look for new opportunities elsewhere).

    Advice to Management

    David Berkowitz has not been the CEO for close to a decade. It is unfortunate that Glassdoor.com has not updated the true name of the current CEO, as Mr. Berkowitz was a gentlemen and a successful CEO. The current CEO has contributed a great deal and her contribution to the clinic is noteworthy. On the other hand, when a patient continues to bleed or relapse into illness, a new set of eyes can go a long way.

  2. Lack of communication, no one follows policies, underpaid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wheeler Clinic full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Being able to help all walks of life and know they can come to a non judgmental environment.

    Cons

    No one knew how to communicate as far as management high turnover rate for providers in a year.. The office had 8, no consistence. No plan for coverage. No raises, grant funded driven, lack of training. The EHR was not user friendly no proper training.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be more "boots in the ground" know what your staff is doing on a day to day basis. Not just stay in the office behind closed doors. Communicate to the whole office. Help employees with issues or concerns. Don't let them figure it out have them make a mistake and then try to dissolute an employee for somthing not being clearified.

  3. No Raises and Grant Driven Work

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

    I have been working at Wheeler Clinic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    lots of vacation time, 3 weeks during year one, 4 weeks during year two. plenty of training

    Cons

    in some areas - no ability to advance. work is grant drive- once the grant runs out you switch your focus or lose your job. They don't hire the best people for the job they just move them around.

    They are trying to stay on top of the new trends in behavioral health and primary care but they have no knowledge of health care.

    Up until July there was no ability to earn a raise no matter how hard you work. They will not give a market analysis to employees just managers. It's becoming to top heavy with managers

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more. don't rely on grants to guide your work

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  5. Fostering positive change . . . .

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Administration and Support in Plainville, CT
    Former Employee - Administration and Support in Plainville, CT

    I worked at Wheeler Clinic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Being part of a team of people dedicated to improving the lives of clients, students and the communities we live in.
    Good health and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Very lean, and resource constrained organization.
    Gov't program funding makes it very difficult to be equitable and consistent.
    Difficult work, staffing and retention risks, potential burn out.

    Advice to Management

    Clinical and direct care work is important and is the 'true' work of the clinic, but lack of focus on infrastructure, development and equitable practices will leave employees feeling overwhelmed and unsupported.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Poor Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administration and Support in Plainville, CT
    Former Employee - Administration and Support in Plainville, CT

    I worked at Wheeler Clinic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Supporting community mental health. Great benefits. Chances to learn new skills.

    Cons

    Incompetent and petty managers. Low pay. Not supportive of career advancement.

  7. Great co-workers and interesting environment

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Plainville, CT
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Plainville, CT

    I have been working at Wheeler Clinic full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great schedule
    Lots of professional development
    ability to grow within the company
    flexibility
    paid time off and sick days
    easy dress code to follow
    nice staff/management

    Cons

    every day is different
    lots of paperwork
    under staffing issues

  8. Worst Job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Direct Care Counselor in Plainville, CT
    Former Employee - Direct Care Counselor in Plainville, CT

    I worked at Wheeler Clinic

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the youth going on day trips was fun and interesting.

    Cons

    Management was awful, demeaning, and inconsiderate.

    Advice to Management

    Out with the old, get some new caring/ compassionate directors.

  9. Good starter job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wheeler Clinic

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, manager is great and flexible, benefits and paid time off are decent

    Cons

    Most staff is underpaid.

  10. Wheeler Clinic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wheeler Clinic

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Clientele population can be very rewarding to work with

    Cons

    Pay could be better; not a lot of positive reinforcement for employees

    Advice to Management

    Increase/improve incentives

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