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 through an employee referral. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Goldie B. Floberg Center (Rockton, IL).
I filled out an application and was told that they would be in touch with me either by phone or mail. I was called in for an interview which took about 2 1/2 hours. Me and 3 other people interviewing met in a group with 5 people from the company.
They were very thorough in explaining their company, what they do, pay, and even our opportunities for growth within the company...and everything else you could imagine. When I left I couldn't possibly think of any other questions to ask because they answered them all. They told us they would be harshly honest with their answers to our questions because they respected our time and want us to know exactly what we were getting into...i thought that was pretty amazing because most places just want to get people in and don't care about them.
We did a few activities about scheduling and one with pictures. One or two of the applicants seemed like they were very nervous or didn't really care what was going on (I don't think they were hired because they weren't in my training class). I think the company purposely made the interview feel very casual but I could tell they watched everything we did and were thinking about how we were interacting with everyone. We had to take a reading test and then I got to meet with the 5 staff on my own and talk about what I was doing at the time of the interview...my job history and experience...we had to role play which was hard for me (i was SO nervous).
Then the next day they called me to schedule a time to go to one of the houses and meet the people that lived there. It was nice to see what staff actually do because I understood it better and got to meet the team leader too. They showed me what they do every day and I got to talk to the clients. I even got to help them make dinner!
I could see how people might think the interview process was "easy" because they were so straight forward and laid back. Plus they were really friendly like we already knew them but it wasn't what it seemed. I could tell they were analysing everything. I have never been in an interview like it....it was a great experience.
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