It feels good to work at a Non profit organization and help people
Team Leader for The Buffalo (Former Employee) – Red Deer, AB – 18 October 2018
I started at the bottom and worked my way up as positions above me opened up. So lots of opportunities to grow. Employer puts work/life balance as a high priority to minimize burn-outs. Different managers had different views of how things were supposed to be done. That has created some confusion among staff. Overall I learned a lot from the managers I had to work with.
Support Worker (Former Employee) – Medicine Hat, AB – 12 October 2018
Couldn't recommend this organization enough, never have I been so valued as a worker or so respected by my superiors. I did meaningful work and had an amazing work life balance, and all the support you could ask for. 10/10.
Coordinator (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 15 July 2018
So many changes occur at this agency, good it keeps you open and up to date with best practices in the mental health field. They only value a few pets they have and have a habit of firing staff at random and keeping ones that are sweet but do no work. The work culture is like no place I have ever worked and it can't be explained unless you experience it...if you dare. It looks and sounds great on paper...and I really would love to give an excellent report from my time there but...never..they attacked my confidence and made me feel as though my own opinions were always wrong. There is such potential to do great work for persons with mental health issues but this company is not the place if you want to do good work for people. Don't leave a decent job for this one.
Weak management structure, promotion of unqualified persons, not holding employees to account through coaching=poor coaching
Downtown ZERO parking, company vision is never communicated to staff, zero communication.( new staff, leaving staff, meetings, open postings never open to all).
An excellent place to work. An organization with high ethical and professional standards.
Case Manager (Current Employee) – York Region Ontario – 5 July 2018
An excellent place to work. An organization with high ethical and professional standards, managed by individuals with Positive Attitude, Warmth, Competence, and Accountability. Great team work and support. An organization that treats its employees, clients, and the wider community with respect. Freedom is allowed in decision making, developing new ideas, and personal expression.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Moncton, NB – 27 June 2018
During my contract, I have ha the opportunity to work with a number of people who are passionate about their work and giving back to the community. No role is too small and we all work together in our office to make sure all our fundraisers, programs, and events are successful. My role as an administrative assistant/receptionist has allowed me to hone my interpersonal skills, being the first line of contact in the office, as well as my organizational and clerical skills. I'm fortunate that I was able to start my career here.
Team Lead/Assistant Coordinator (Former Employee) – Grande Prairie, AB – 25 June 2018
The management here is a very poorly run operation and has no problem letting people go if you stand up for your fellow co-workers. I watched a woman on a huge power trip in charge of clients with mental health abuse her staff, lose patience and become very unprofessional with so many of the employees - after I quit so did half the staff and it was truly because of the coordinator - be cautious of this woman and beware
Respite Worker (Current Employee) – Guelph, ON – 19 June 2018
Love working here, they are all so understanding and positive and there for you when you need them. They are great to respond in timely manner as you are often working alone. Knowing you can still reach people for support while off site is wonderful. any questions and or concerns you have are always addressed right away!
Student Placement (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 11 May 2018
CMHA is very respectful and open to new members. It is very accepting and is culturally diverse. The atmosphere is pleasant to work in and the benefits are great. Even the managers are very approachable.
Data Entry Operator (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 13 March 2018
The sad truth of working in this would otherwise-be awesome organization. I was discriminated on the basis of my mental illness, with a supervisor who refuse to learn about Seasonal Affective Disorder coupled with Schizo-Affective disorder affect people, let alone her sole underling.
Leadership is the key that led to our organization's demise and inevitable dissolution, and amalgamation.
The saddest part of this scenario is that because CMHA is a federated model, and we were the provincial division, I have nowhere to turn except upwards, which affect the whole organization.
It was nice working and volunteering for 8 years except for management's poor decision's making process.
Loving and caring colleagues (early on)
Discrimination based on Mental Health related issue
COUNSELING INTERN (Former Employee) – Oshawa, ON – 23 January 2018
A typical day at work Lead seminar groups emphasizing physical and mental well-being for groups of up to 20 people. The work environment was productive as it provided a lot of great learning opportunities and skills for the field. A lot of one on one interaction with the clients was a great way to learn first-hand how to cope and deal with the ethical and moral dilemmas you might face in the field. Overall a great experience even though it could get overwhelming.
I have really enjoyed co facilitating group for youths.
VOLUNTEER (Current Employee) – Orillia, ON – 13 December 2017
Whether it was running groups, or meeting one on one for peer support I learned so much. The atmosphere was always positive and supportive, non-judgmental. The best part of my job was witnessing growth, supporting those who were struggling get through tough times. On the other hand sometimes people aren't ready or their mental health struggle has been to difficult and I supported the group through a loss of life.
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) – Guelph, ON – 4 December 2017
There is a lot of structural changes, and they happen often. Always something new to do and learn, has the ability to be fast paced. Over all management team is great, although they are very busy, and not always available. This allows you to think independently, be a great problem solver and work great without directive.