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Home for Little Wanderers Reviews

Updated August 21, 2017
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Joan Wallace-Benjamin, Ph.D.
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  1. "Therapeutic Mentor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Home for Little Wanderers full-time

    Pros

    Therapeutic Mentors at the Safe At Home in Somerville receives valuable and dependable supervision that provides workers with the support needed to grow in the work. The office environment is warm and open, allowing for continuous opportunities to learn from the other providers outside of the Therapeutic Mentoring team.

    Cons

    Non-profit pay is a bit of a bummer :/


  2. "Great company with lots of care and support for employees"

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    Current Employee - Therapeutic Mentor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Therapeutic Mentor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Home for Little Wanderers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, strong clinical mindset. Opportunities to pursue clinical interests, very open and welcoming. People are kind and willing to go above and beyond.

    Cons

    Many expectations, long hours, high stress work. Used to be more supportive of staff pursuing advanced education/training, but policies have made it more difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Consider your lower level employees, and the hard work they do. Also consider giving more raises and higher salaries.

  3. "Direct Care Counselor"

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    Current Employee - Direct Care Staff in Brighton, MA
    Current Employee - Direct Care Staff in Brighton, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Home for Little Wanderers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's not too demanding. Kids are fun to work with. Management is really understanding of people who are students. Nancy is AMAZING!

    Cons

    The don't give enough credit to floor staff. Floor staff work a lot with the kids and what they say should be valued more.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to floor staff. What they say is more valuable than they give credit


  4. "The salary is too low"

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    Former Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Boston, MA

    I worked at Home for Little Wanderers full-time

    Pros

    great environment, great culture and good people

    Cons

    The salary is way too low


  5. "Being overlooked"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Home for Little Wanderers part-time

    Pros

    Making a different in a child's life

    Cons

    Not being respected for the work you do

    Advice to Management

    A little word like Thank You can empower you workers at the END of THE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  6. "Who or What is the Focus on?"

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    Current Employee - ICC in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - ICC in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Home for Little Wanderers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Direct care - working in the community
    Flexible hours
    Company gives lots of earned time

    Cons

    Seems to be all about billing and not really focused on truly helping the family.
    Extremely low pay for the amount of work that is being done.
    No contact with higher ups.

    Advice to Management

    Management is way too clique(y). Employees can't really share true feelings; fear of being targeted and being forced to quit due to hostile working environment. Management is very unprofessional.


  7. "Well Meaning"

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    Former Employee - Mental Health Clinician in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Mental Health Clinician in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Home for Little Wanderers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

  8. "Okay place to work"

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    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Home for Little Wanderers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    *Some of the coworkers are great and really care.
    *Working with some great kids who have gone through a lot.
    *The pay and benefits are decent for residential work compared to other organizations that do the same thing.
    *Programs have vans to use to transport clients instead of your own car.

    Cons

    *Some of your coworkers are awful at their jobs and really don't care.
    *Clients can verbally abuse you or threaten you and there really are not consequences, same with vandalizing program property. The program would try to have consequences but really putting a kid on restriction for only a couple days accomplishes nothing.
    *Whenever I would pay for something for the program or anything client related it takes way too long to be reimbursed, sometimes I never even got reimbursed.
    *The hours are mostly evening, which can mess up your sleep schedule.
    *Not enough consistent staff and high turnover rate.
    *Staff are never on the same page.

    Advice to Management

    *Have a system where staff are all on the same page and actually held accountable for the "rules" within the program.
    *Directors should be on site more during the evening to actually see how some of the staff are.
    *Stop playing favorites and have a more consistent and fair schedule.


  9. "Direct Care Counselor II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Home for Little Wanderers part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with the kids and their families

    Cons

    Lack of support and structure among staff


  10. "School"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Knowing that I can positively influence a child who has virtually been discarded by family and society

    Cons

    Emotionally and physically draining
    Kids are severely traumatized and act as such

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff and choose your battles


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