Atira Women's Resource Society Employee Reviews
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I love work at Atira . Has been joint it for 3 yers and happy to support our tenets . Got so much learn . Everything is good for me and I enjoy work for Atira Women’s society as cleaner . Recommend for those who don’t picky as dirty job and ready to help others . Very like my job as Custodian .
Work consisted of supporting women who accessed our services. There is a wide range of people who access our services in different stages of their life needing support. While there are different challenges interacting with women, it is understandable as they are overcoming their own struggles. What I found to be unacceptable is the complete lack of regard from management and the CEO. The CEO acts as though we are lackeys there to do her bidding and we are as dumb as a rock. Management is largely unsupportive and often take part in blame culture where employees in lower roles will be blamed regardless if management did not provide sufficient training or support throughout the day or during crises.
Extremely stressful, management doesn't help at all, they don't care, just ignores you when you ask for help. No mental support to staff, very disappointed. No career development in this place, staff have to do the dirtiest work, but got no respect.
Manager has favorites,does not listen,is not there when needed,seemed disinterested in issues presented to them. No career development support Rules set by atira not adhered to Shaming people No appreciation for staff going the extra mile if you re not their fav
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Atira does great work in the neighbourhoods that they serve but sometimes will ask you to do questionable tasks such as improper tax receipts and grant applications. There is a manager that gaslights her team members and you will be ignored if you report the abusive behaviour to HR or other management because of nepotism. My best advice to anyone who is looking for a job in the fundraising department is to not apply. It's not worth the hours of therapy that you will definitely need when you quit. I loved the cause and I loved my team (at one point) but the toxicity and the unsupportive management forced me to leave.
Supportive team, Good cause, good benefits
Questionable management, nepotism
I left my job with Atira because there were high turnover with the program managers, I also felt my hands were tied in how far I could help those who were asking for it. If your passion is to support others with your whole heart and help with all your ability ,you may be disappointed working here.
At the time that I left this job, there had been at least 2 unsuccessful attempts to unionize the workers here. There was a general atmosphere of distrust in the administration. Employees in coordinator roles left or simply disappeared regularly. There was a sense that the admin did not trust or support their coordinators in making appropriate decisions. People were fired for unreasonable or unknown reasons (ie last day of probation when no legal reason is needed, not showing up for a meeting after working an overnight shift and being expected to arrive early in the morning ) Preaching the empowerment of women while limiting or excluding participants who voiced strong opinions. Perhaps it had changed as the programs and services have the potential to really stand out.
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When I first joined this company I was so eager to start and see what Atira was all about. I had come from another Social Service Agency and so I had an idea of what I was getting into but I wasn't prepared for what I found. The management at some of the shelters and housing sites is abhorrent. I was used to having management that was supportive and would get there hands dirty. I've found here the management are unsupportive, lazy and disorganized. At times, I've witnessed clients being treated unprofessionally. The policies that I read at head office and at each site are outdated and don't reflect what's really happening. There is a lot of staff who are working double shifts voluntarily. At some sites there is no staff bathroom and staff do not drink the water because many say it has made them sick. Overall it has been really sad and disheartening working for an organization that has such great values on paper but doesn't practice them on principle. In writing this review I also acknowledge that there is hardworking management and frontline staff throughout this company. I am speaking to the experiences I've had in a few sites at this company that have been unfortunate.
competitive wages, worthy cause, room for growth, training oppourtunities
unprofessional management, uncomfortable work sites
The company has a great motto in addressing women who are vulnerable and being the best decision makers in their own lives; however, the management within the company is corrupt. When issues are brought up that have created a hostile and stressful environment from multiple people, they just sweep everything under the rug and don't address any problems. Did not feel supported by management when working here but the staff within the houses are great.
Vulnerable women have a place to stay
Atira is a housing society in the downtown east side .A variety of different situations and experiences were involved in the everyday work related schedule. I was a painter for the SRO's [single room occupencies ] Which house a number of mentally challenged and low income people. A large variety of people with substance abuse issues & hard to house individuals. This was an experience like no other and challenged my strength in humanity,but i felt I grew as a person and it humbled me greatly.
I've learned so much about working with the public and also working with the vulnerable sector. Atira is a place of growth and opportunity. I love that they practice feminism where women support women- that's when great things happen!
everyday is a new day going in with a fresh start and being open to anything that can go on. being supportive to coworkers and working as a team is very important. Being able to communicate and work with outside organization to educate and advocate so needs can be met.
being supportive to women and their needs
working outside my communtiy
As most support worker jobs, there are many contrasting days. If you enjoy the dynamic of handling what ever comes your way and supporting others to problem solve, this is a fantastic position for you. The culture with Atira is feminist, inclusive and anti-oppressive which is a challenge to find.
Excellent training, collaborative and dynamic environment.
Can be high stress.