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Vinfen Corporation Reviews

Updated October 1, 2017
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Pros
  • They do offer me paid sick time, but I suspect that is only because of the Paid Sicktime law that was passed in Massachusetts in the past year (in 6 reviews)

  • Vinfen offers more vacation, personal and sick time than I've seen at most human services organizations and supervisors are supportive of utilizing it (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • High turnover due to nature of the work and employees (in 9 reviews)

  • Narrow-minded senior management, low pay w/high expectations common for most positions, ethical concerns across the company (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful Experience"

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    Former Employee - Job Coach in Somerville, MA
    Former Employee - Job Coach in Somerville, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vinfen Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was amazing to work for this company. I was able to learn so much about myself from working with these individuals.

    Cons

    The pay was not great but the experiences and knowing you are making a difference really does help!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Program Director"

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    Former Employee - Program Director in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Program Director in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vinfen Corporation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    LOTS of freedom, and ability to make big changes on the ground level

    Cons

    too much freedom -Lots of time alone in the house during the day. Great for needed flexibility, terrible for young employee trying to get their career started. Managers play "politics" too much, and micromanagement is enough to drive you out.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more one on one time with the program directors, and don't always "give the grease to the squeaky wheel".

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Residential Counselor"

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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 Vinfen Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Helping people in need is always rewarding. Great experience with this population.

    Cons

    Management is awful. No guidance and borderline abusive.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Direct care workers deserve much better treatment and pay.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Non-profit lacking values or vision"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very minimal...high turnover exists for a reason, attractive to college grads w/little experience

    Cons

    Narrow-minded senior management, low pay w/high expectations common for most positions, ethical concerns across the company

    Advice to Management

    Take a long review at the company's mission...operations do not match company's values at all.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Counselor 1"

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    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vinfen Corporation part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None to speak of, pay is awful, management awful, they treat their direct care employees like garbage despite the fact that those employees are the people actually doing the what the company claims it wants to do which is I believe 'transform lives'.

    Cons

    This is a HORRIBLE company , this is the fourth human services company I have worked for and it is by far the worst. Pay is pathetic, they treat you like crap, i.e. If you are an overnight staff and you pick up an gift during the day, they will pay you the (lower) overnight rate for any and all day hours worked. Also the NEVER give raises, you get hired at $12 an hour, that means you get paid $12 an hour until you quit. Also, they have NO problem forcing you to stay for someone else's shift if they don't show up, which results in staff frequently working 16,18,20, or 24 hour shifts straight.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know if they can fix this company, years of hiring unqualified staff, keeping self-centered managers on staff for years who will literally harass competent staff until they quit just so they can protect their job, the pay itself, the fact that the house I work in right now has 3 positions open and we ran out of salt----twice. If you don't even have managers that make sure there is food in the houses they run, just close up shop, admit you failed and fold the company. If you can't afford to give your employees even a measly 10 cent raise per year, you have no business running a company.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible Pay, Terrible Benefits, and Get Treated Terribly"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Vinfen Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working here MIGHT be better than not having any income.

    Cons

    All of them. Please do not work here, you can do better!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start a career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vinfen Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overwhelmingly, the people I've worked with at Vinfen truly care about the people they serve and the work they do. They are all there to make a difference, first and foremost, and are willing to work hard and go above and beyond to get things done.

    There are a lot of opportunities for advancement and professional development. Managers want employees to find with a career with Vinfen, not just a temporary job. If you want to be in the business of helping people, this is a great place to do it.

    Cons

    Because much of Vinfen's funding comes from the government, benefits are good, but not great. They offer a pretty comprehensive menu of options, but none of said options are what I'd call inexpensive.

    High rate of turnover out in the field, but that's pretty standard for the industry. On the flip side of the coin, much of the upper management has been at Vinfen years, some for their entire career.

    Advice to Management

    Because Vinfen is such a large and wide-spread organization, it would be beneficial to devote an HR campaign/someone in upper management to promoting more camaraderie among programs far away from HQ. This could mean anything from all-staff events to giveaways to staff appreciation awards, and I know some of these things already exist on a smaller scale, but the little stuff goes a long way.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Awake Overnight Counselor"

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    Current Employee - Awake Overnight Counselor in Brookline, MA
    Current Employee - Awake Overnight Counselor in Brookline, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vinfen Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Home setting. Usually quiet shifts.

    Cons

    No pay increases when you have anniversary. Difficult to move up into another position.

    Advice to Management

    Raises will be nice. Supporting more trips for clients is needed.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Two stars"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous time off, mission is honorable, benefits are pretty good, ability to get supervision for LICSW, good training opportunities, some great people that care about their work.

    Cons

    - Most of upper management is untouchable and so set in their ways that it doesn't allot for fresh ideas and forward-thinking practices to happen. The CEO seems good, though.
    - There are actually some borderline jerks and actual jerks in power who act childish and can be controlling and egotistical. It's absolutely ridiculous.
    - You won't get a salary increase unless you move to a job that pays more or get a professional license. There are no merit increases.
    - The corporate headquarters is often completely out of touch with what is done in the field, and it feels like they just don't get it most of the time. There is very little regard for who staff are as people and the work they do; there's more of a focus on policies and sticking to whatever they come up with, even when it's not logical or possible.
    - Communication is awful from the top. Pertinent information doesn't trickle down easily, and the people you think would know the answer (managers, human resources) have often been left in the dark and know nothing until HQ sends out an email.
    - There is a lot of really old technology, and it's so slow or confusing. Some people were lucky and got iPhones but use laptops that are eons old. I don't even want to know how many hours of work time I lose waiting for things to load or unfreeze.

    Advice to Management

    Prune the top: there are managers that are toxic and so stuck in their ways that it chases people away and halts the company from being an appealing, progressive organization. Stop relying on what you think people want and ask them what would make them stay.


  10. "Slow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vinfen Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Good people
    Trains employees
    Promotion opportunities if qualified

    Cons

    So much collaboration things are slow to happen


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