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Melwood Horticultural Training Center Reviews

Updated September 11, 2017
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Melwood Horticultural Training Center PRESIDENT AND CEO Carol Ann "Cari" DeSantis
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  1. "A Company That Truly Believes In Its Mission"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Every day, the work that I do helps to ensure that individuals with differing abilities have opportunities for employment and community services.

    Melwood's many departments provide inclusive opportunities for the people who are served by its programs. The work we do is varied--whether you are in leadership or part of the staff, supporting the mission at Melwood can be challenging. It can be stressful, and some days are difficult--but unlike any other organization I've ever worked for, every day here there are real reminders of why we do what we do. At the end of the day, no matter what role you have here, you've made a difference to people's lives.

    Melwood's leadership is committed to continuously improving processes, organizational structure, and corporate culture within each of its divisions. This is a company that embraces change and improvement.

    Cons

    Melwood is privately owned, but in many ways is like the government sites that we serve--there are regulations and rules that exist to protect the individuals served. Many people don't find this to be a con--but if you are someone who has trouble with following procedures, or embracing change as laws, policies, and rules change, then this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the work you've done over the past year to strengthen the infrastructure of the programs. Hiring and staffing well positions your programs for success and growth. Kudos for the corporate culture initiatives you've started. Melwood is an industry leader--the steps you are taking to make sure your employees are supported and valued are an important part of this effort.


  2. "Excellent Career Choice, Excellent Mission"

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    Current Employee - Director of Marketing & Communications in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing & Communications in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Melwood Horticultural Training Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Melwood is more than an organization that provides job opportunities and supports for people with differing abilities. Melwood is a family. It is a community of people who come together every day to fulfill a bold and giant mission. It’s also an inclusive and diverse place to work. People of ALL abilities and demographics work side by side to create a world where people with differing abilities are fully included. Moreover, there’s potential for career growth. It’s rare to see an organization develop and carry out over 95%, if not more, of its strategic plan. What’s perhaps even more rewarding is working under a President & CEO who place great emphasis on quality and value, and that shares their vision for growth and success.

    Cons

    There are no true cons to working at Melwood. My best advice would be to come prepared to do great work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue providing an inclusive atmosphere where expertise and skill-set are valued. I believe that's the glue at Melwood.

  3. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Melwood Horticultural Training Center full-time

    Pros

    great place nice coworkers assist students in the camps

    Cons

    pay benefits training not enough staff


  4. "Communication Challenges"

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

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

    Pros

    Dedicated workers at the direct care and foreman staff
    Great mission

    Cons

    Lack of transparency
    Lack of trust within Leadership
    Lack of accountability within Leadership

    Advice to Management

    Each executive has talent, but as a group they are more dysfunctional than function. Trust the staff, reduce the micromanagement and communicate more effectively


  5. "community support worker"

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    Current Employee - Community Support Worker
    Current Employee - Community Support Worker
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Melwood Horticultural Training Center part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    rewarding work working with individuals with differing abilities

    Cons

    managers fail to repond back to their employees, big lack of communication between departments

    Advice to Management

    respond snd communicate witj your employees


  6. "janitor"

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    Current Employee - Janitor/Cleaner in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Janitor/Cleaner in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Melwood Horticultural Training Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I clean real good & am also never late to work

    Cons

    the downside is the working over night part but other then that the job is okay

    Advice to Management

    is okay but it could be better


  7. "Janitors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Melwood Horticultural Training Center (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits they help with ppl with disability

    Cons

    U own ur own in there

  8. "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


  9. 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.


  10. "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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