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CDSS Reviews

Updated Jun 22, 2019

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Douglas D. Park
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  1. "It all depends on the family you work with"

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      Current Employee - In-Home Care Provider in Sacramento, CA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook

      I have been working at CDSS part-time for less than a year

      Pros

      If a family you know personally chooses you, then you can avoid most of the red tape. You can accept or turn down clients to work with, and you pretty much arrange everything through the family. If it's a great family, it's a wonderful experience. When you sign up for direct deposit, you get your paychecks promptly.

      Cons

      You have to go to an orientation and fill out paperwork, and pay for a livescan. It takes 4-6 weeks from signing up until you receive your pay stubs to fill out. So you can either wait to work until the first one comes, or you can work without getting paid for a month and then get a big paycheck for that whole period. Families might flake out on you, and there's not much you can do about it.

      CDSS2012-06-17
    • "Support your local Caregiver Union!"

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      Former Employee - In Home Caregiver in Eureka, CA

      I worked at CDSS

      Pros

      If you need income and are not a hopeless screw-up you can find work as a caregiver. If you are serious about the job there is a lot of opportunity to do some real good out there.

      Cons

      Low pay, no benefits. This was not even a legally protected occupation until last year, meaning no matter how many hours you worked you were never eligible for overtime pay. Also Caregiving is the most prone-to-injury occupation in the US, it's really easy to get burned out because the downside to there always being available work is that there is ALWAYS available work.

      Advice to Management

      Bring back the 33 hour training course offered in 2010 as soon as you can. It taught me a lot about the responsibilities of ethics inherent to this job that many of my peers that came after the class stopped just have no understanding of.

      CDSS2012-05-07
    • "very imformative"

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      Current Employee - Homecare in Santa Monica, CA

      I have been working at CDSS

      Pros

      work with people that are confident and professional

      Cons

      not enough benefits for all employees

      Advice to Management

      better oversight for employees and their benefits because the state budget is constantly coming up short every fiscal year and employers have to keep fighting for higher equality that is satisfactory and can help support and maintain a living wage for all employees that work for Ihss and employees that are apart of the union as a whole.

      CDSS2012-02-15
    • "Love it"

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      Current Employee - Care Provider in Fresno, CA
      Recommends

      I have been working at CDSS

      Pros

      Helping people who really need the help.

      Cons

      Must balance your work life with personal.

      Advice to Management

      I have no advice

      CDSS2011-06-01
    • "Helping those in need is personally rewarding."

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      Current Employee - Caregiver in Oakland, CA

      I have been working at CDSS

      Pros

      Providing help for people in need is personally rewarding. The health benefits are great. You can choose your own schedule.

      Cons

      The pay rate is low. There is no opportunity for advancement. The care recipients are often in some kind of distress, which can be challenging to deal with.

      Advice to Management

      Payroll problems arise too frequently. Delay in processing time sheets can result in interruption of health benefits, as well as paycheck delays. More administrative support seems to be needed in that area.

      CDSS2011-05-12
    • "Great for part-time work not a place for career advancement"

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      Current Employee - In Home Support Services Provider in Salinas, CA
      Recommends

      I have been working at CDSS

      Pros

      Flexible schedules. Nice people are clients. Excellent for students or Moms with kids at home who need work schedule flexibility.

      Cons

      Not an employment opportunity with advancement. Part-time type of work,

      CDSS2011-04-16
    • "Very low pay for a lot of responsibility."

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      Former Employee - Personal Care Provider in San Luis Obispo, CA
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at CDSS

      Pros

      You get to interact with your client on a very personal level. You aren't always stuck in one place dong the same thing all day. Driving around, running errands, etc, breaks the monotony of the job.

      Cons

      A very high level of personal responsibility to your client for a very low rate of pay, especially when compared to similar, privatized local jobs. Based on some client's needs, you spend most of your days and even some evenings with them. The hours aren't as flexible as you may initially be led to believe.

      Advice to Management

      Check in with your employees and clients once in a while. You may be surprised at what you learn. Half of your employees don't even show up for their assignments and some of their clients are simply splitting the employee's paychecks with them. The state is being bilked in this way more often than not.

      CDSS2011-05-19
    • "Iterative Work"

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      Former Employee - Business Technology Manager/Consultant in London, England
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at CDSS for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Work at level one desires

      Cons

      Work does not always follow on from job to job

      Advice to Management

      Keep file on who and how work completed and performed, to help select senior workers.

      CDSS2015-11-04
    • "No growth"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook

      I have been working at CDSS part-time

      Pros

      make own hours and very flexible

      Cons

      No raises and subject to cut hours due to state budget

      Advice to Management

      give reviews of workers

      CDSS2012-11-08
    • "nothing more than a paycheck."

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      Former Employee - In Home Care Worker in
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at CDSS

      Pros

      The ability to improve the quality of life for those that are disabled in some way and really have no one else outside of those individuals that work in that postition.I also received full medical and 75 on dental, don't see that too much anymore.

      Cons

      Mainly it was the lack of consideration for those people that had to put up with a stranger coming into thier homes, for good or bad reasons and leaving them with a sense of burden when they were never that to me.

      Advice to Management

      If any employee has a sense of compassion for those around them, then while they might be underappreciated and seriously underpaid, but it will make a difference in a lonely, scared or sad person's lives. I would want to be treated with respect and empathy when I am not all there.

      CDSS2012-05-07
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