Pros: free lunches, building rapport with youth
Cons: work load, management, staff, loads of dishes/cleaning
In the beginning working there was great, I got to meet great staff and clients. Everyone including management were very friendly however there is alot of politics. There is also extreme amounts of paperwork to be completed. Management do not value their workers at all. I spent most of my shifts cleaning and calling the police and agencies when youth would leave the residence without permission. I was given a bogus excuse and was let go as a result of staff talking about me in a very unprofessional manner! Also, I was willing to take on a lot of shifts but there were not enough shifts given to me as management gave the majority of my shifts to workers of higher seniority.
Overall, I liked working for the company mainly to make a difference in the youths lives, we also got to eat meals with the youth and attempt to engage in positive conversations with them. Making a difference fulfilled my purpose as a youth worker there. Lastly, some staff were very friendly and supportive when I needed assistance.