I worked at Home for Little Wanderers full-time (More than 3 years)
Each program can really develop a sense of camaraderie, which can lead to great friendships or poor boundaries. The work in the program I worked with specifically (POP) was very interesting and fulfilling, and there were many training opportunities. Great flexibility and control in making your own schedule, once you are good at taking initiative and organizing. Wonderful training for interns and opportunities for growth as clinicians, once you are satisfied with low/stagnant wages. Decent health benefits, poor vacation/PTO benefits for hourly/fee for service employees. Management in the program I worked for were all very nice, but sometimes out of touch with clinicians and supervisees.
Management moved slow to make changes and progress, sometimes would change rules/expectations without discussing with whole team first. The Home can do a much better job of encouraging employees to engage in self care, bringing back holiday parties is a start! Need more inter-agency team building and knowledge exchange. Way underpaid for the amount of work expected and actual time put into ridiculous amounts of required paperwork. Also the agency and program specifically need to truly commit to diversity and cultural competence instead of just saying it. Sometimes difficult to manage budget as fee for service, not salary or wage stability or security for fee for service employees.
Advice to Management
Improve inter-agency cohesion, knowledge, and team building to create stronger overall agency with actually comprehensive services. Be transparent with all clinicians and employees about funding, training opportunities, paper work, and social issues.
I applied through other source. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Home for Little Wanderers (Boston, MA) in August 2011.
Very Friendly Open and Profesional. Met with the director one on one and then with team members. Team members seemed to not really be invested in the program could have been because it was a Friday. I had concerns about diversity.
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