Full Time Employee (Former Employee) – Kitchener, ON – 3 April 2018
I worked at JHS for many years and under different management. I must say, it was an absolute joy and honor to work with the original management team but sadly, since the new team came on (the ED retired and a new person replaced him) things changed drastically. The original program managers left shortly thereafter and new ones were hired. Let's just say that the vast majority of the original staff of very dedicated and respected employees of JHS have left the agency because of the working environment. It no longer is a nice place to work and is instead, full of very stressed individuals with a poor morale. The environment now is quite stressful and micromanaged and you will receive very little if any, support from management. In fact, you can expect to be visited fairly often by the management pointing out areas in which you are not being productive, etc. You should not expect to receive very much positive encouragement (at least my former colleagues and I did not receive much). You are expected to not only work your own caseload but others' as well. It is very difficult to take the lieu time you will accrue because your caseload is just that busy and management is difficult to work with in this regard. The upside is that you get really great holidays but sadly, in some situations, no one really covers your full workload while you're away so you end up coming back to an absolute mountain of work. While it is a unionized agency, for some reason, the union is not quite strong, It was with a very heavy heart that I, and many of my colleagues, left JHS because it trulymore... was an agency we once all loved.less
Residential Care Worker (Former Employee) – Saint John, NB – 2 April 2018
While most times being a residential care worker is stressful, it often can be rewarding. Its rewarding knowing that some of the clients we work with move on and are able to love independently. The job can be fun at times. Social worker appeared to be too soft hearted towards certain clients therefore they knew it and when acting out would automatically call that social worker. Disciplining in this case was very hard.
Counsellor (Former Employee) – Belleville, ON – 18 July 2016
I worked and volunteered with the John Howard Society of Belleville & District for almost 7 years. I could honestly say every day was different, you never knew from one day to the next what your day would be like. I loved working there because the diversity of people you met, there is always continuous learning, very good training and most of it on the job. Each problem or situation was unique, to the person you were seeing.
Incredible organization to work for with great staff, and good benefits.
Residential Worker (Former Employee) – Vernon, BC – 6 May 2016
A highly rewarding place to work, with a fun team of co-workers and amazing management staff. The benefits are exceptional, the pay rates are in the competitive range for the field and the work place environment is top notch.
Highly recommended place of employment.
Free meal with every shift
Occasional challenging moments that can be extremely stressful
It was great to speak to youth about my trial and tribulations.
Spokeswoman (Current Employee) – Oshawa, Ontario – 18 February 2015
I really enjoyed the fact that I got to speak to youth about my life experiences and let them learn from it hoping to influence them in the best positive way that I could. I loved my co-workers they were all kid, caring and really nice. The hardest part of my job was the long drives but it was all worth it in the end. The most enjoyable party of my job was having teenagers walk up to me after the seminar saying how much I changed their outlook on life and to know that their was other people that had been in the same situation as them and could relate to them.
Free gift bags such as juice boxes, apples and cookies.
Social Service Agency assisting people on bail and other community individuals
Assistant Counsellor (Current Employee) – Orangeville, ON – 11 September 2014
Amazing organization, my boss and co-workers were more than anybody could ask for. I wish I could stay at this job forever, however my contract ended through service Canada's paid internship and the agency does not have the funding to hire me full time. I was excited that my skills I learned in college were put to good use. The hardest part of the job is not getting attached to some amazing people. the most enjoyable part of the job is meeting amazing people and assisting them through emotional crisis.
Very social, you get to see the changes in peoples lives that you assist
Assistant Counselor (Former Employee) – Belleville, ON – 18 April 2014
A typical day at work required many skills and a lot of flexibility. I learned a lot about the criminal justice system and how to organize my work life. The management was always accessible, organized, and considerate of employees. My co-workers were wonderful to work with and always encourage an environment of safety and productivity. The hardest part of the job is hearing some of the stories that come from the people we helped. The most enjoyable part of the job is knowing you can make a difference in other's lives.