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Melwood Horticultural Training Center Reviews

Updated March 15, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Melwood"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Some departments have great bosses and enjoy good work/life balance and appreciation for their workers. Senior management is good and approachable and are at Melwood for the mission.

    Cons

    Compensation is low: no raises in past few years. No paid maternity leave. Some departments are sweatshops with little appreciation. Very top management is distant and not accessible.

    Advice to Management

    Need more better communication up and down the line - from workers to board of directors. More career development opportunities.


  2. "Employee Keeping it Really Real"

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

    I have been working at Melwood Horticultural Training Center full-time

    Pros

    Being able to hide in plain site

    Cons

    Low pay, no training, and poor leadership


  3. "n/a"

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    Former Employee - Counselor in Fort Washington, MD
    Former Employee - Counselor in Fort Washington, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at Melwood Horticultural Training Center (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people to work with.

    Cons

    Not enough team work on the over night shift.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


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  5. "Director of Operations"

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    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Bowie, MD
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Bowie, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Melwood Horticultural Training Center (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Stable company to work for

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in upper management, stressfull environment

    Advice to Management

    Sensitivity training


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Community Support Specialist in Suitland, MD
    Former Employee - Community Support Specialist in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Melwood Horticultural Training Center (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everything except the pay rate

    Cons

    pay rate could be a lot better than what it is.

    Advice to Management

    increase pay rate to staff and you will find more caring staff.


  7. "Tough work for little pay but rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Job Coach in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Former Employee - Job Coach in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Melwood Horticultural Training Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They provide quality services for those they serve

    Cons

    Office politics create a hostile environment, and feedback is rarely given. There isn't much opportunity to grow.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Paycheck is consistently short"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Melwood Horticultural Training Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They keep you up to date on training. Monthly meetings are scheduled the last Tuesday of every month at three different times of the day, to make it convenient to attend.

    Cons

    Paychecks are consistently incorrect. Management does not allow you to talk to anyone in payroll, you have to talk to your supervisor, who happens to be the one who is submitting incorrect hours! The supervisor constantly blames the incorrect hours on how the employees are submitting their time, but that many employees with that many incorrect paychecks, are not to blame ALL THE TIME!! The supervisor refuses to take any responsibility and there is no one else in this uncaring organization who will help. We only get paid $12.00/ hour so it would be great if our paychecks could stop being short all the time.

    Advice to Management

    A correct paycheck is very important to your employees. IT'S MONEY that is needed to pay bills, etc. Help your employees and stop being dismissive and uncaring. Solve the problem instead of ignoring it.


  9. "Developmental Coach"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Melwood Horticultural Training Center full-time

    Pros

    Great Experience
    Friendly environment
    Nice Coworkers

    Cons

    The pay is the biggest thing
    You can't really grow


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Site Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Site Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Site Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Melwood Horticultural Training Center full-time

    Pros

    Easy job to do if you are happy going to a job that doesn't require a high level of performance, or if you'd like to work somewhere that you can do what you want most of the time, and get good benefits.

    Cons

    If you have any expectation of accomplishing things, if you want to excel, if you want support, or if you want consistent management, you won't get it here. No training was given on dealing with disabled workers you manage, no training on company policies, no training on supposedly required (but not really) paperwork, as a matter of fact, I was put on the job without any training or exposure to what the actual responsibilities of the job were. But then again, your knowledge and skills are probably a better way to do it anyway. The ONLY training I received was in sexual harassment. Very poorly managed company, in fact I'd say the senior management I dealt with wasn't qualified for the job description.

    Advice to Management

    Get organized and or overhaul your MO. It sure looks like there isn't one. Helter Skelter is not a management style.


  11. "Okay Volunteer experience at Melwood Recreation Center"

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    Former Employee - Office Volunteer in Nanjemoy, MD
    Former Employee - Office Volunteer in Nanjemoy, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Working at MRC gave me volunteer experience with working in an office setting, while helping me build skills.

    Cons

    The staff at MRC only paid me when I was a Jr Counselor at Melwood Rec Center in 2009.
    Also they didn't let me talk to my parents over the phone while I was away for those awful 2 weeks in 2009.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your volunteers!! Experience counts y'all doozies!



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