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Directions for Living Reviews

Updated April 3, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great idea horrible pay"

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    Former Employee - Counselor
    Former Employee - Counselor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Directions for Living full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Understanding
    Make your own schedule

    Cons

    With the work required the pay is horrible. You need a masters degree and you are paid peanuts.

    Advice to Management

    Give raises, at least give a fair salary.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Case manger"

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    Former Employee - Dependency Case Manager in Largo, FL
    Former Employee - Dependency Case Manager in Largo, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Directions for Living full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Helping children and families. Coworkers are amazing. Fast paced. You will learn the ins and outs of a multitude of systems and fields - impossible to get bored.

    Cons

    Extremely high stress level. Impossible caseload. Virtually no support from higher management. Complete lack of respect for frontline workers. Set-up for failure on a daily basis. Miserable pay & benefits. Excruciating hours. Insane turnover that is blamed on workers instead of addressing the real issues. Hard to think of a more thankless job.

    Advice to Management

    Address the real issues instead of simply providing lip service.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "High stress and not enough pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Directions for Living full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to be exposed to different types of clients as a brand new therapist to develop your clinical style

    Cons

    CEO is not respected. Conflicting directions. Poor management. Clients know the staff are unhappy, which can interfere with the therapeutic process. High stress environment and not enough pay to make it worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what the agency preaches. Your staff are stretched so thin and so stressed that it can negatively effect the clients.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Compensation"

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    Former Employee - Counselor in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Counselor in Clearwater, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Directions for Living full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Supervisors are very supportive and attentive to the needs of their staff members

    Cons

    Poor compensation is offered to staff


  5. Helpful (3)

    "High stress - not just from the job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dependency Case Manager in Largo, FL
    Former Employee - Dependency Case Manager in Largo, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Directions for Living full-time

    Pros

    The children and co-workers are amazing.

    Cons

    You are completely unsupported. This position is already stressful, and the work environment and the demanding nature adds to it. It is not the supervisors, they're the best that they can be for getting screamed at continuously. The Director is a monster. It's a hostile work environment.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Therapist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Directions for Living full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated staff, great supervisor, lots of fun and motivated clients.

    Cons

    Very heavy case load, insufficient salary, not enough time in the day, unreasonable expectations. Not enough time to provide services to clients.

    Advice to Management

    Raise salaries so as to retain staff. Listen to staff requests and recommendations. Reduce case loads so clients get more attention.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Think twice"

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    Current Employee - Counselor in Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - Counselor in Clearwater, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Directions for Living full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Agency provides needed services to the community

    Cons

    Low pay, no breaks are allowed. Salaried employees are expected to work a minimum of 60 hours a week. Nepotism, no raises in five years and only deceit from the CEO. Huge turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Morale is so low and all you do is buy employees lunch for your monthly meetings. You are losing good employees and you don't care.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Dependency Case Manager-Extremely High Stress Position"

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    Former Employee - Dependency Case Manager in Largo, FL
    Former Employee - Dependency Case Manager in Largo, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Directions for Living (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dependency Case Managers at Directions gain tremendous experience in social work, but the high stress environment is only for very particular individuals.

    Cons

    Directions for Living pushes Dependency Case Managers to accomplish objectives that are unachievable, and any risks and/or situations of abuse that may result from this will ultimately become the responsibility of the Case Manager no matter the circumstances.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and retain Case Managers and decrease the amount of cases assigned to each Case Manager.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good intentions, poor management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Directions for Living full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The clients: children, adults and families are diverse and many want to better their lives. Love the clients!

    Cons

    Nepotism, unethical practices, no appreciation of or listening to employees. Made to look pretty on the outside but the reality is oppressive.

    Advice to Management

    Let the employees meet with the Board of Directors, they need to hear the realities for the clients' and employees' sake.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Learning Experience"

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    Former Employee - Family Counselor in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Family Counselor in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Directions for Living full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The best part was the coworkers and families we served. There was also a flexible schedule, which was awesome.

    Cons

    Lack of motivation and training. Management was all about productivity numbers and punitive measures. Employees efforts were not appreciated.


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