Mission: To empower and enrich the lives of all people served.
I have been working at Goldie B. Floberg Center full-time (More than a year)
There are so many great people that work at GBFC! It is a tough job, but extremely rewarding as well. It is such a great feeling knowing you are making a difference in the lives of the individuals served. You get to do fun things with the individuals as well. For example, you can take them out to eat, to a movie, or even for a day trip to Chicago! The possibilities are endless!
Some other pros are:
-There are a lot of overtime opportunities.
-There are company holiday parties
-Special recognition with company commendations, cash, gift cards, etc. just for doing a good job (I have received several starbucks gift cards for DSP appreciation day and for special recognition as well as $100 each month for about 4 months when staffing was low and they wanted to reward us just for staying!)
-The CEO is such a great guy! (I have never met a CEO at a company I have worked at before GBFC) He is so involved and very approachable. He encourages staff to come visit with him (he has treats in his office ;) ) He started out at GBFC as a Direct Support Professional as well, so he knows the ins and outs of the field.
-You get time and a half after 8 hours of a shift
-Holidays are double time!
-Paid sick days and vacation days as well as Reward days for perfect attendance
-Sometimes you are required to work overtime even if you don't want to
-If you have a hard time saying "no" it can be difficult because you tend to agree to helping people out too much by picking up shifts and becoming over worked.
-Sometimes you have only 8 hours in between shifts which makes it hard to get enough sleep
-It can be a VERY tough job if you have never worked in this field before or do not know what to expect. This does depend on the house you work at though.
-Burnout can happen (stick through it though!)
-Some clients can be aggressive/violent so it is possible to get injured on the job (this is to be expected when working in this field, however)
-Advice: do not make a decision to quit when you are overly frustrated with a situation. Take a day or 2 to calm down and see how you feel.
Advice to Management
Have a trial run with new clients. For example, have them stay for a weekend before they are officially admitted into the house to see if they are a good fit.
I applied in-person. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Goldie B. Floberg Center (Rockton, IL) in June 2013.
Walked in, talked with HR. Very casual. Low stress. Minimal paper work.
After the interview I was given an "observation" opportunity; went to a group home and watched the daily work routines, met with clients, and experienced a good idea of what the work place was like.
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