Community Living Employee Reviews

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Fun and great place!
Developmental Service Worker (Current Employee) –  Greater Sudbury, ON15 February 2019
Community Living is a fun and great to work at! The clients are amazing and the staff is easy to work with! However, if you have small children at home it is sometimes hard to balance their schedule and your home life.
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3.0
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Average.
Systems Administrator (Former Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON14 February 2019
Community Living is a mostly fair environment. I don't have much to comment on this organization aside from roadblocks with communication when it comes to employee and employer relationships. this is such a fragile part of this organization but I feel is easily dismissed. This place on the positive has flexible for family environment at times.
Pros
Some really Awesome people work here.
Cons
Dramatic environment at times.
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3.0
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Rewarding but frustrating company to work for
Supported Independent Living Manager (Former Employee) –  Oakville, ON11 February 2019
Too many hours and no feedback unless it is negative. The hardest part of the job is the politics, back stabbing and general morale. The best part of the job are the accomplishments for the people supported and the pride they take in those.
Pros
None
Cons
Lack of positive feedback
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3.0
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good company
Developmental Support Worker (Former Employee) –  Newmarket, ON8 February 2019
a lot of unexpected emergency calls from the work place to cover
a lot of hard work with people with developmental disabilities, lack of regular staff.
Recent changes made by managers created some inconvenience and confusion for people living there
Pros
a lot of hours
Cons
unsafe work place
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2.0
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Great job upper management a zero
Support Staff (Former Employee) –  Lindsay6 February 2019
Amazing job but the management lacking any sense of caring.
Individuals supported are a pleasure to work with, too bad the high rollers upstairs didn't care!
Cons
Managers
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4.0
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Amazing field to be in realizing the opportunity presented to support amazing individuals in their everyday life.
Direct Support Professional (Current Employee) –  Orangeville, ON6 February 2019
Difficult field to be in however CLD is a better option, decent salary and pension. Always working as a team so not often working alone which. The hardest part of the job is not feeling supported by management and lack of communication amongst them and front line workers. The most enjoyable of the job is what you bring to the team through attitude, experience and common sense, and of course interaction with some amazing individuals with special abilities. As far as work place culture their are several options and departments depending on skill level, I prefer to work in residential to have the most impact on only 5 individuals as opposed to day programs and activation.
Pros
Experience of learning from those we support.
Cons
Long hours at times, challenging behaviors at times, not enough communication or support from management
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3.0
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Challenging Work
Direct Support Professional (Current Employee) –  Windsor, ON3 February 2019
Your entire experience will be dependent on the support coordinator and manager of the home you work at. The work is challenging and the people we support are amazing, however there is constantly short staffing and extremely stressful situations arise without the necessary support required for a positive work life balance and the desire to stay with the organization.
The work required is different in each home with some people just needing help making breakfast and then you hang out for the rest of the shift while other homes need constant help which you are running to satisfy all of the needs. There needs to be more staff in a lot of the homes to decrease the number of stress leaves staff take.
If the person after you calls in sick and the shift can't be filled then you are stuck to complete the shift - having kids or pets at home make this challenging since your 8 hour shift could turn into a 16+ hour shift with little notice.
The entry level jobs are unionized. The support coordinator and manager jobs are interview based (sometimes seems to be friends promoting friends).
Pros
Loads of experiences which will assist your future
Cons
Long hours, inconsistent shifts, moving up in the company is difficult
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3.0
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enjoyed working with the clients, never the same day twice! Always looked forward to going into work. Certain supervisors used were not professional..
Direct Support Professional (Former Employee) –  Wellington, PE31 January 2019
The clients were the best part of the job, it really did not feel like work. When it came to certain supervisors manipulating you into coming into a midnight shift after you had already worked a 9 hour day shift and promised you would have overtime, and this never happened! Certain supervisors attempting to guilt you if you have children or family in hospital that "you" were abandoning your clients.... NOT acceptable on any "Professional" level. Extremely disappointed in the actions of the manager and HR positions!!!
Pros
Spending time helping and aiding with ADL's for clients
Cons
not worth the pay... dealing with HR and manipulation techniques!! Not Professional At All..
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5.0
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Amazing office culture
Behaviour Therapist (Current Employee) –  Milton, ON30 January 2019
I love working here. While it isn't the highest paid position in the region, I think the office culture is absolutely amazing. The team here works cohesively, and any support needed is given.
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2.0
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fun place to work
Telemarketer (Current Employee) –  Barrie, ON25 January 2019
good people to work .
one needs patients with people on the phone.
It was a good place to work.
It was a fun place to work.
phoning for donations.
The people I worked with.
Pros
free lunch
Cons
short hours
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3.0
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Great stepping stone for Social Workers
Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON16 January 2019
Get to work with great individuals, very rewarding. Not recommended if Social Work is not in your background. Used to be a long term work place choice, not so much today
Pros
rewarding
Cons
very hierarchical
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5.0
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Reception
Receptionist (Current Employee) –  Brantford, ON3 January 2019
I love working Part time as a reception at Dunn building and it keeps me out of trouble for fighting with other clients I enjoy working for community living brant it's a best way to find another job as well
Pros
meet new people
Cons
working at night is a challenge
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3.0
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Descent place
PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER (Current Employee) –  Oshawa, ON30 December 2018
Okay place to work but not consistent enough hours. Also the shifts are not consistently given and can go from a night to day to evening in one week, not easy for a single mother.
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4.0
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Good teamwork
Social Support Worker (Former Employee) –  Sarnia, ON28 December 2018
Worked with a variety of different people from multiple backgrounds. Everyone brought something different to the group. It was a family living atmosphere that provided care and extraordinary services to those who would otherwise go without.
Pros
Positive culture
Cons
Minimal hours
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3.0
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Mixed Feelings
Support Worker III (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON23 December 2018
Working for Community Living Toronto has it's pros and cons. If you love helping people this is the job for you, but it comes with a tumultuous workplace culture. You are overworked and underpaid.
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excellent customer service (Current Employee) –  Kelowna, BC20 December 2018
Good company to work for.Very flexible houres, mostly in house. Self motivated.Great surpot. I would feffinantly recomend this company to anyone that I know.
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5.0
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good place to work
Human Resources Assistant (Contract) (Current Employee) –  Oakville, ON16 December 2018
the environment is work friendly, colleagues are a cooperative, awesome place to work, could learn relevant knowledge, opportunity to explore different findings.
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Support Worker (Current Employee) –  Greater Sudbury, ON7 December 2018
Working with the clients is great i learned something new daily because of the clients. Management really need to learn how to treat good employees so that the company can be the best it can be.
Pros
clients are great to work with as well as most of the staff.
Cons
management do not know how to treat their emoyees therefore this reflects badly on the company, I feel that they allow staff to be bullies and therefore, they are also bullies
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Poorly managed, no staff support!
Part-time (Former Employee) –  Greater Sudbury, ON3 December 2018
The only positive thing I can say about working here is that working with the residents is rewarding and, mostly, enjoyable. Aside from that, I have nothing positive to add.

I have never felt so unappreciated at a job. Middle and upper management engage in severe favouritism, do not support the staff that deserve it, do not run homes with competence or consistency. Programs designed to engage staff are implemented then almost immediately abandened with no communication.

Staff are not given supports necessary to care for residents (money can take months to come in), staff are frequently stuck in double shifts (up to 16 hours , I even once got forced for 19). Stay far away unless you want to lose your passion and joy for this industry!
Pros
Residents
Cons
Long hours, lack of competent supervision, staff/coworkers
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4.0
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Productive and fun workplace
Personal Support Worker (Current Employee) –  Amherstburg, ON3 December 2018
Working at community living has been amazing to have the privilege to provide support to amazing individuals and learning many new things along the way.
Pros
Meeting great individuals
Cons
May get stuck working doubles
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