I loved working in March of Dimes I still am in touch with old coworkers and still refer to things I learned about acquired brain injury several years later.
Those old coworkers, no one works there anymore. Everyone left them around the same time I left.
At the time I worked there we had managers who were outright abusive. Call you in a building that everyone knows has no reception if they can't reach you you're accused of not being at work.
I had coworkers who were picking up the same shifts I picked up, doing the exact same work. They paid them $14 an hour, they paid me $20. Because I had "more education" was the explanation they were given.
Was working in the Fee For Service program. They bill clients $50 per hour, and pay frontline staff the minimum saying the rest goes for administrative fees.
March Of Dimes say they are a not for profit, yet their fee for service program bill insurance companies out of their noses.
During my time there the Chief Financial Officer of March of Dimes was charged with fraud, we were told not to talk about it.
Had a coordinator who I was reporting to who was pushed out of their job because they developed health issues. We work in Rehab and Recovery, but when we need it ourselves you can forget about it.
There were moments of negligence happening in the building I worked at where someone died because staff were not there. Police came to investigate it and it was ruled out that there was no foul play.
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ProsExcellent training and Education on Acquired Brain Injuries
ConsManagement say that being LGBTQ+ is a lifestyle choice, they bill clients $50 an hour, pay you $14
Some of my coworkers were great, our CSL (person that dealt with health and safety was really good) but the clients, manager and overall work environment was super toxic. The clients got away with murder, the clients were often very unkind or demanding to staff, had habits that were detrimental to their health or ours, and the clients would often try to get to staff in trouble out of sheer boredom.
I had some amazing co-workers but two were infamous for trying to sow discord but were kept on despite the office knowning that they purposefully caused trouble. Honestly though not even my toxic co workers ever really had anything nice to say about their place of work. No one really seemed happy there except the office staff.
I worked part time and had very open availability but only got about 15 hours a week, if anything at all.
My manager was also friends with some higher ups and I had heard stories that her friendship with her boss meant that complaints about her werent taken seriously. I never felt safe complaining to higher ups about my manager because I was worried Id get in trouble.
Miserable, depressing, unsafe and toxic. By FAR the worst place I ever worked. Just miserable all around. Would highly recommend not working here.
Large Disconnect Between Employees and Upper Management
The clients you will work for are incredible, strong individuals and are probably a significant factor as to why people stay long-term. Coordinator and other employees for the most part build a strong sense of team/camaraderie.
Huge ever-growing disconnect between upper management and employees, something that has been even more apparent over the course of the pandemic. Coordinators are incredibly over-worked and continuously given more and more responsibility. This inevitably leads to either burn-out or a decrease in work quality. Instead of alleviating this issue upper management chooses to hire far too many managers and upper level positions and then installs a "hiring freeze" on coordinator-level positions to be "fiscally responsible".
Further con is that CEO has hired quite a number of his former friends/colleagues in high-level positions, creating kind of a old boys/girls club. Upper management knows how to talk the talk but unfortunately does little to stay in tune with the needs of entry-level employees.
Hopefully the ever-increasing employee turnover serves as some kind of wake-up call to those in power, but somehow I doubt it.
Very poor management. They treat you like cattle and as long as they have someone covering a shift they could care less how happy you are about it or if you are even able to do it. There was 0 work life balance. We were guilt tripped into taking shifts because management refused to hire more staff. If you get hired part time, you are forced to work overtime. There are no full time roles...those are given to select workers after years of working there. Being hired part time was a lie. If you get sick at work, you can forget about being able to go home sick. They wont let you and they get mad at you for it. One manager indirectly threatened me saying I wouldn't be able to become a superviser if I am the type that "gets sick". Overall this was a very degrading place to work. The workers and some supervisors were lovely but sadly have no control. The st.Cath location was a miserably run place. I did not choose to stay very long even though I loved my job very much.
ProsGood workers and nice consumers
ConsForced to work more than promised, Guilt tripped for not being able to take shifts or being sick, Unqualified and miserable manager, As well as some supervisors.
Working with challenged client is not fun but satisfaction driven.
A typical day includes:
Assists clients in their own homes with non-medical activities of daily living.
Helps to enhance the quality of life for adults with physical disabilities through recreation, leisure activities, social integration and personal support services.
Assists with mobility and personal care needs of the client, as required.
Plans and facilitates activities appropriate to the needs of adults with disabilities such as community outings and physical exercise programs.
Documents the progress the client as related to individual service plan goals.
Demonstrates efficiency, professionalism, problem solving and decision making skills in all one-on-one client management and support activities.
The hardest part of the job is the long commuting to some training and meetings.
The most enjoyable part is to provide service to the client who need it most
Proslunches provide sometimes during training and meetings.
Fantastic place to work if you're dipping your feet as a starting psw or want to work in home care with little experience. The training is very informative and they make sure you get enough training that you feel comfortable on your own to begin working.
The only con is yes the job can be a little grueling at times as you are dealing with people's declining health so that does pertain to feces, urine, skin conditions that need creams put on them, but you will be trained on how to deal with these manners in a clean sanitized manner.
At the end of the day the job is extremely rewarding and the management for Collingwood is really supportive and understanding to a lot of situations that come up. They just want honestly, etc in return.
Obviously salary is something I think a lot of people wishes to be higher, but at the end of the day the wage is very fair and the benefits and pension are a really nice cherry on top.
ProsUnderstanding management, amazing team
ConsWorking every other weekend makes planning things a bit difficult
All about covering up the horrible things going on
Horrible place to work. The supervisor is useless. Stays in the office and never leaves to actually see what's happening. Never knows about any of the issues going on.
Consumers are not taken care of properly. Weekly they are not getting their medication. Broken equipment. Untrained staff. Consumers safety is regularly at risk.
When you bring up your concerns, they get swept under the rug and you're made to be the one treated as though you're making stuff up.
No staff is an understatement. Never enough staff to work properly. There is zero rehabilitation actually happening.
Universal precautions are rarely followed when it comes to soiled linen and clothing.
They are a mess but they'll do everything they can to make it appear as though they aren't...and that includes firing anyone who poses a risk to blowing the whistle.
The consumers themselves are the best part of the job!
if you like to work with cliques then this is the place for you
March of Dimes has lost sight of caring for the consumers first. They have put the almighty dollar ahead of everything.
If you don't fit in with a clique then you are ostracized and made you feel like an unproductive unwelcome part of the so-called team.
A few years ago March of Dimes quietly terminated administrative staff that had several years of service most had 10 or more years service with March of Dimes) and replaced them with lower paid staff.
It's also rumoured that the CEO receives a clothing allowance.
March of dimes used to be a good place to work for but unfortunately now they care more about the Mighty Dollar and less about their staff and consumers.
Most positions are dead-end positions with no room to grow.
I would not recommend March of Dimes to anyone who has experience, however if you're fresh out of school it's a great training opportunity for the real world.
Excellent employer. Management stands by their employees.
I have worked here as a SSA for 6 years. Treated very well, am respected and feel like I count in the organization. Well paid, excellent conflict resolution system. I like the independence of my position knowing I have management support and backup. Staff management meetings are well run and coworkers always friendly and fun. I have done very well here. The hardest part of my job is the lack of job security. I have lost 4 consumers just this year which reduced my pay to half. I don't understand how there is so little work for us here in a large town where other agencies are swamped. The most enjoyable part is I feel that I am a valuable and well compensated employee for the service and heart I put into my work each day.
ProsEmployment in my home town, well paid with travel time and good mileage compensation. Conflict resolution process is excellent.
This was a contract position for 5 weeks. I really enjoyed working there. The people were fantastic, in contact several times
I was responsible for entering the “CTS”- Case Tracking System Activity Logs - the caregiver times for payroll, using “Navision 5”, which was a new system for me, although it was much like Excel.
March of Dimes mandate is to serve the broader needs of all adults with physical disabilities. They have several homes in the Hamilton area (as well as other cities) for adults with disabilities. Their goal is to give people with disabilities independence, self-empowerment, and community involvement. Management gave excellent training and co-workers were very friendly. The hardest part was remembering the code numbers and the names of the supervisors for each home. The most enjoyable part was making a contribution, not only entering the "CTS"s but helping office staff and communicating with the out reach staff.
Questions and answers about March of Dimes Canada
How often do raises occur at March of Dimes Canada?
Asked Oct. 9, 2018
Usually in june
Answered May 21, 2020
They don't happen
Answered Nov. 25, 2019
Do part-time employees get benefits?
Asked Jan. 12, 2021
no they do not
Answered Sep. 23, 2021
Only if you work a certain amount of hours, except they won’t book you the required amount so you don’t qualify.
Answered Sep. 22, 2021
What would you suggest March of Dimes Canada management do to prevent others from leaving?
Asked Jan. 5, 2019
Listen to your employees especially when they come to you numerous times about the issues that's going on between employees. Stop ignoring staff who aren't afraid to call out nonsense going on in the office and rewarding bad behaviour from your "favourites"
Answered Apr. 21, 2021
Drop the ego. MODC succeeds on programs and clients, not on sycophantic execs. That is a lesson that somehow hasn't been learned. Your ego is poisoning waters which would be clearer without you.
Stop treating humans as if they are in a meat packing plant. Furthermore, stop seeing disabled people as if they are cracked dolls. Treat people as people, not as dogs.
Have some degree of mental health awareness, care, support. In my three years with the org, I have only seen more and more good people ground down and ignored. The new management that has come in is somehow worse for this. They genuinely couldn't care less.
Listen - at all - to the suggestions of those around you. There is a brain drain of brave, forward thinkers.
Fire the managers who came from the other charity. They are clueless. Also fire the people who cant figure out basic tech. I mean, come on! How can you be a manager in 2021 without a working understanding of modern technology?
Answered Mar. 10, 2021
How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at March of Dimes Canada? What are the steps along the way?
Asked Aug. 5, 2018
It varies but a significant number of people have been here for over 10 years, with some celebrating several decades with us. We’re always proud to recognize key milestones with our employees.
Answered Aug. 30, 2021
Answered Jun. 18, 2021
Why can’t you leave a negative review to warn potential applicants?
Asked Apr. 2, 2018
There are lots of things that are good. There's a lot of less than great stuff. Upper/senior management leaves a lot to be desired. My coworkers and clients keep me there. The company itself is meh at best.
Answered Sep. 12, 2019
Good benefits and vacation, very little room for advancement.