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I've enjoyed working for CMHA and find the people who work there positive, happy and helpful. They care about the people they serve and their employees.
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Working with professionals
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Could be paid more
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Amazing place to work for and very rewarding. The management has a good way to approach employees and to help with any questions. The work is rewarding and the pay I'd decent. iI did my year placement with them and loved it. I got to learn so much and connect with clients to help them empower themselves. I recommend working here.
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Great work experience
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Low wages
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Worked there for several years worked my but off they gave my position away to another outside company and tried to demote me so I quit Middlesex division
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money is good
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racists
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This job will burn you out there’s no support and office harassment is encouraged and rewarded. Overall if you want to maintain your sanity I’d advise you not to work at a place that doesn’t value their front line workers.
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Awful company. No Advancement. No employee support, even if safety is threatened. Do not expect fair wages. Bring up concerns and expect to be ousted.
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Working with CMHA has been a good experience and I found the staff andmanagment very supportive of staff and motivated staff a great deal toward realizing their goal
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Management team tries their best, but do not have a grasp of evidence based practice or skills to manage their team. However, very kind colleagues, and overall good work-life balance. Clients are great to work with.
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Clients, Work life balance (no over-time, case load is reasonable)
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Management
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I have worked at CMHA for years now and it has been one of the worst experiences of my life. There is a sub culture of cliques and the gossiping is absolutely atrocious so always watch what you say as the work politics will DEFINITELY get around and you will be fired. They are constantly hiring because they cannot keep staff - high turnover is NOT good for a company as 'prestigious' as them. There are very few chances for progression within the company, especially in the Supportive Housing and Crisis departments. There is a hierarchy to this agency and they are not afraid to let you know. Managers are just that - they're business-like and don't understand their clientele or staff and expect your co-workers to go straight to management instead of actually telling you when they have an issue with you. It is an extremely toxic workplace. You are just a number to them and nothing more - they want full commitment from you but offer no loyalty. Furthermore, they never want to hire within the company. The permanent, full-time positions are always posted both internally and externally at the same time, which seems absolutely wrong. It logically makes sense to allow for internal applications in advance of externally posting the position. They always offer contract work, which does not provide benefits. Yes, there is a chance your contract can be extended. However, I can guarantee that you will not be hired full-time within a decent time span. Be prepared to work a lot of overnights and weekends. If you have kids, good luck - you work shift work, so you will have to have a babysitter - plus...
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Long hours, gossip, hierarchical workplace, managers do not listen or respect staff, clientele are treated poorly, policies are not followed (discharge due to drug use, etc., which is a zero tolerance policy is not upheld), willing to let clients abuse other clients, lack of professional development oportunities
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HR & Management have a biased and judgemental attitude when it comes to staff - they definitely have their favorites and try to pretend that they don't. As a result if you cozy up to them, you are likely to get farther ahead. (HR loves cat videos) The clients & staff and work are great. Lots of interesting and meaningful work with a fair rate of pay, pretty good benefits and OK vacation amount. There is alot of different depts so you should be able to move around but it's kind of hard to do. Pay your dues and start with casual or overnight shifts and you will get a better job soon enough (as long as you don't get HR or management mad!).
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Throughout my career I have focussed on the people I serve. While working in the territories, the people I served were distinct in many ways. They did not want non-Inuit people in their communities but realized that they needed more experience in dealing with the issues in their communities. That being said, in each of the communities I worked in, I went out of my way to meet the members in the communities who wanted change for their people. Although it was sometimes met with conflict, the people were receptive to change. In Igloolik, I managed to open a safe house for women and their children in the community. As expected there are few resources so finding people to help was certainly a challenge, and it took over a year to complete, but ultimately it was put together. Finding rewards is always important and seeing change in these communities was a positive outcome.
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Seeing positive changes in what appears hopeless
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Lack of resources
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When i started here this was a wonderful place, full of wonderful people, helping wonderful people. The pay was good, and so were the benefits. The agency has become toxic over the years. There is a lot of deception and secrecy in management. There is little room for advancement, and special people are awarded with special benefits. Pay is low for what we do and the raises are non existent.
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Lots of holidays
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low pay for amount of work
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The people were great to work with and the management was very helpful and understanding. I would love to work there again if the opportunity ever came up.
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Friendly staff, supervision meetings were helpful
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Not enough employees to cover the client list, so some were stressed.
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great clients and staff, not enough pay for the work. i really enjoy it but i can not support myself with this job alone. Has been working for CMHA for the last three months starting date being September 12th 2016. As a Mental Health Worker I have been in charge of many responsibilities including promoting self-reliance and independence of residents living with multiple, chronic health challenges as they work to achieve the goals in their care plans. This involves building a professional rapport with residents during their activities of daily living such as attending exercise programs, volunteer shifts and doctor appointments, as well as coaching individuals in a manner that maintains and respects the spirit, dignity, inclusivity and individuality of others
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Wonderful opportunities of advancement. Working in an interdisciplinary team where there was always something new to learn from my peers and new ways of better supporting those who we supported. Connections with other human beings who were vulnerable and it was very satisfying seeing people achieving their goals and living a meaningful life that went according to their prefences and plans.
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Great benefits, good pay, payed vacation, working and making a difference in peoples lives
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Shift work, weekends
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But it's not a sustainable position. They are underfunded, not all staff are paid well, and there is no chance at moving up unless you start in management.
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A typical day can rage from one on one counselling to administering medications to going on group outings, or working on daily life skills. Each day I learn something new about mental health, administering best social care methods and theories. I enjoy the teamwork environment and the cohesion Canadian Mental Health advocates for. The most difficult days are when a resident is going through full psychosis, suicidal tenancies and when individuals want to leave the facility permanently without being ready to do so. The most rewarding and enjoyable part of my work and job, is to see people use new positive skills that they have learned from our facility. I find it extremely gratifying to watch residents move from our home and out on there own.
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Group teamwork.
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Hours.
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I learned a lot and am ready to move on to something new. hardest part of the job....doom and gloom from clients. Best part...helping others. The good out weighs the bad, its worth it.
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