LPN (Former Employee) – Halifax, NS – 12 December 2017
Understaffed as with most health care organizations. Very difficult to get time off through the year let alone the summer months. Some managers are very approachable but others are not and this makes reporting a challenge.
Personal Support Worker (Current Employee) – Strathroy, ON – 23 November 2017
Under staffed, begging for you to work your day off. Mostly very good clients who are appreciative of your help. Hardest part is trying to fit everyone in to the time slot they prefer. Some are not so accommodating.
Home Support Worker (Former Employee) – Sarnia, ON – 19 September 2017
Nothing matters more to management then providing the best numbers to upper management. Clients are treated poorly at best, but those funding the program need to be given the right answers from the wrong information.
Registered Practical Nurse (Current Employee) – Niagara Falls, ON – 18 April 2017
No perks, no befits, no security. Never sure if you are going to work that day or week. No guarantees, stressful when you have bills to pay. You get capped at a certain amount of money and only make more if there is a new contract. The job never changes and there is no advancement.
great place to work. Able to arrange day to your own schedule
Registered Nurse (Current Employee) – Chatham-Kent, ON – 20 February 2017
You receive your list of pt to see daily, you call them and arrange a mutual time for your visit. lots of education available and great resources can work as many hours or days as you would like very flexible work schedule
Registered Practical Nurse (Current Employee) – London, ON – 28 October 2016
I came from a high stressed, over worked and micromanaged environment where i walked on eggshells for years and went home in tears daily. Coming to VON and meeting the staff in London was a breath of fresh air. The manager and CSAs were polite, helpful, and accomodating. Never had an issue with my pay and never felt like I was under-valued. The other nurses where helpful and willing to support each other. I truely felt apart of a team for the first time.
PSW (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 12 August 2016
VON has the potential of being a phenomenal company But they truly lack team work! And don't support their psw they don't show appreciation for them, it's bad enough when your sent to see 4 or 5 clients at once and end up being late to them all and get cussed out either by them or family! I personally never experienced any bullying but the time with them was short the people who orientated me warned me about them during orientation process told me many people get hired but the end up quiting 3 to 5 months later it was just crazy to see that I only lasted 4 to 5 months after writing a letter to management about my leaving the company! There is only one person who I tried to help me through out the way and made my runs manageable her name is ______ and I grew to respect that women. If your trying to find a job you enjoy doing VON will make you hate nursing lol so do yourself a favor only way to survive working with such a company is to literqy take control of yourself your not a slave write down every client you went to their location write down your kms record your breaks if you even have and you write down how long you stayed with the client they can screw up your pay time to time so it's best to keep your own record so if you must defend your job and your salary you can provide hard proof
Great setting full of opportunities to make a difference in the world.
Occupational Therapist (Current Employee) – Sarnia, ON – 3 August 2016
Service provision in the community is challenging. The struggle to provide quality care and balance budgets is increasingly difficult. The greatest challenge for all health care professionals is to hold the space for positive behaviour, positive Outlook and teamwork. I have worked alongside some of the most dedicated hardworking professionals at VON. I love developing my skills to be the best I can be, working with amazing teams of professionals and making a positive difference in the lives of my clients.
Ability to work with clients in their environment where you can make the greatest impact.
challenge to find ways to maximize outcomes within limited visits.
Occupational Therapist (Current Employee) – Sarnia, ON, London, ON – 3 August 2016
I have worked with the VON for almost 6 years now and started there as a new grad. I have grown immensely as a practitioner in that time given the supports and mentorship available. My team is very supportive of each other. The company has allowed me to advance in my skill sets however I choose and I'm given the freedom to complete my own scheduling provided the clients are being seen. Client-centred practice always remains the focus and is highly important in my own practice framework.
Support for advancement, mentorship, peer support, flexibility in own scheduling/autonomy, ability to work from home when appropriate
great schedual poor managment lack of supportive environment very disorganized
Registered Practical Nurse (Current Employee) – London, ON – 14 June 2016
great job for family time off almost every weekend three weeks paid vacation a year....constant change in management and lack of morale... wage freezing since 2 years ago... no appreciation for helping out....the patients are amazing, working with them in their homes kept me at this job for a 5 years....cant imagine a better way to care for patients then in their most comfortable surrounding very unique and flexable work hours.
Working for this company has been a nightmare. It started out ok, but went downhill quickly. Just so you know there are no pensions or vacation time like the ad states except for full time which you will never get a full time position working here. If you take vacation you are not paid for it as you are only part time and no health benefits either. Unless, you relinquish your "In Lieu of Benefits". There is no such thing as career advancement as a csa. Working for VON you feel like you have no life outside of your job. Management micro-manages. The training does not prepare you well enough. You get 2 weeks training and then you are just thrown into it. You will have slow days and then days where you can hardly get away from your desk. VON has filed Credit Protection twice now. They eliminated 5 provinces and are making cuts wherever they can. They don't look at what you do for your job, they only look at the numbers. There is no job stability for this employer at this point in time. They do not keep you informed of the things happening within VON. No meetings to let you know what is going on. It is all done behind your back. One day you work there and the next they call you in eliminate your position or cut your work hours.
Micro-managed, no career advancement, no job stability