allied health (Former Employee) – Whitby, ON – 14 June 2018
When I started at Ontario Shores, I felt proud to join an organization that spoke of being recovery oriented and committed to healthy work environment for staff. I saw high turnover rates from the start and watched people get 'walked out' for mysterious reasons every few months. I had a new manager every year- none knew the nature of my profession and did not take interest in learning. So personal and professional growth is very difficult. Communication from management tended to be negative in focus-- very little positive feedback which fostered more negative environment among staff. Workplace culture overall was quite negative. Workplace bullying/toxicity is definitely not addressed and disrespect between staff is commonplace. I often felt conflicted by treatment approaches toward patients-- not patient focused or recovery focused most of the time. It was draining. Wanting to work to help patients and feeling they weren't being treated as a whole person-- the values seemed more like signs on the wall than something that they ensured was practiced every day.
Project Coordinator (Current Employee) – Whitby, ON – 27 October 2017
i was hired on a contract basis for 8 months which was cut short 4 months in due to restructuring. Makes zero sense when my boss was offering me a contract extension for another 12 months and the money was there. I wasnt actually costing the department any $ since i was paid through a third party for my salary Management very backwards thinking
Support Staff (Former Employee) – Whitby, ON – 18 October 2017
a fairly young organization since divesting from the government in 2006. Still experiencing a lot of growing pains but has achieved great things for the clients as a direct commentary to the dedication of the front line staff
beautiful location; free access to the on-site gym
Staffing Clerk (Casual) (Current Employee) – Whitby, ON – 17 September 2017
I really enjoy working here and staffs are friendly and professional. Managers are very practical and very good on saving overtime that they have float nurses working here. I love using the free gym and I love my job.
Communications Assistant (Former Employee) – Whitby, ON – 5 August 2017
Working at Ontario Shores, Centre for Mental Health Sciences was an eye opening and fulfilling experience. Yes, the position was demanding and required multitasking and attention to detail, but the workplace environment was definitely one to remember.
Practical Nurse (Current Employee) – Whitby, ON – 2 February 2017
As a nurse it is a great place to work, obviously it has its risks, (it is a mental health facility) but it really is wonderful.
The management cares about numbers (To be far all places do.. it's healthcare). However, when compared to other facilities it is well run and stable. Patient loads are very fair.
RPN's and RN's pretty much do the same job and you wont be able to tell who is who unless you ask. The culture is great, older nurses have their cliques which can be hard to break into, but you will eventually. Lovely team, nurses don't eat their young here!
A great place!
Great team, stable, beautiful grounds, good patient ratios.
Secretary (Former Employee) – Whitby, ON – 30 August 2016
Not a good place to work!! It's all about appearance to the outside management is disorganized and couldn't care less about the employees. People get walked out or laid off often no job is secure except upper management which is overloaded. Patient care is not good as programs are cut prices go up for coffee etc. I wouldn't recommend working at ontario shores!
Secretary (Former Employee) – Whitby, ON – 6 July 2016
The team I worked with was fabulous. However don't feel the organization is managed well at the Senior management level. Programs are not well thought out. They start programs and dismantle them without giving them a chance. Every year they have staff layoffs but they continue to create more senior management levels. These actions have had serious repercussions for patients. Every year we fear losing our jobs. There is a real lack of transparency from Senior Management. They spend millions of dollars for reviews by KPMG which result in major cuts in services. It is a very toxic environment to work in. This is a time where we should be investing in the mental health of our communities but all we see is cuts in services at Ontario shores while they pad the senior management level.
Unfortunately, this organization is only interested in the window dressing (how they appear to the outside) and do not care about providing quality care.
Had to leave this organization because the work environment was too toxic. You never knew if you were going to get your pink slip.
I would never recommend this place to anyone at this time.
location on the lake
Lack of transparency and poor decisions made at the senior management level
Communications Assistant (Former Employee) – Whitby, ON – 31 March 2015
Ontario Shores had some of the most influential amazing people i have ever met working their. As a high school student having a co-op placement for a term of 6 months i really had no idea what to expect when i started working for them. The people i got to work with set me up for success. I was a valued member of the team doing anything i could do to assist them in their work.
It was extremely rewarding working at Ontario Shores. I gained confidence communicating at the information desk, helping people with any troubles they were having. I always looked forward to coming to Ontario Shores to help people.
The people i got to work with were extremely kind, supportive and interesting. If i had any questions they were always willing to answer and guide me to success and challenged me to be better.
I am so thankful for the experience and will always cherish the knowledge i have gained.
Patient Council Representative (Current Employee) – Whitby, ON – 14 January 2015
I attend monthly meetings to help patients with their wants and needs or any problems they may have. Recently we organized a prom for the patients. I enjoy working with a great bunch of people and helping out the patients.
Former Employee (Former Employee) – Whitby, ON – 27 April 2014
Ontario Shores has become very unstable over the past few years and I wouldn't recommend it as an employer on any level, even if in desperation. Management decisions are unpredictable and unjustified, shock and survivor syndrome are a way of life for many employees there. There are other jobs out there. Anything would be better on your health and career than working here. Move along....