Temporary Contract (Former Employee) – Birmingham, West Midlands Various Sites – 2 June 2017
No day the same enjoyed seeing homes develop into care homes for children. Painting decorating putting up furniture curtain poles prepare environment within Health & Safety policies for OFSTED inspections.
Rsw (Former Employee) – Rochdale – 19 September 2018
A very challenging role with children that are difficult to manage, staff being assaulted is no surprise here almost tolerated, staff safety is compromised as well as their mental well being and they get absolutely no support. The hours are long and you are often expected to work over 72 hours per week sometimes waking nights due to behaviours, the greedy management don't care mainly because the worse the child the more money the company gets.The staff drop like flies here and its no surprise as staff are treated appallingly and are on minimum wage despite all the above. I have nothing but respect for the rsw's that do this job as they are under appreciated and not paid nearly enough. I will say you learn a lot working here and its an eye opening expereince I think private care exploits workers and the kids are cash cows for management raking it in who dont have to work with the kids themselves. Glad I am out.
Employee (Current Employee) – Birmingham – 12 March 2018
I feel very valued and appreciated within Meadows. The managers provide a lot of support and guidance, and training opportunities are plentiful. I have space to reflect on my own achievements, and given support to continue my professional development. The children are given priority and are genuinely cared about. Excellent place to work, I would recommend to everyone.
Manager (Current Employee) – Birmingham, West Midlands – 2 March 2018
Genuinely most supportive company I have ever worked with. Always someone available to talk to if you have a difficulty. Regular training opportunities. Support in dealing with difficult situations. Only the best will do is definitely the ethos of the company. Always striving to improve in what can sometimes be challenging situations.
The support is there right from management to director level.
Support, training, working environment, values and integrity
Terrible company with clique culture of extreme nature
RSW (Current Employee) – Birmingham – 20 January 2018
Absolutely terrible company with awful managers and totally incompetent senior management team, this company is all about heads on beds means money. No room for personal development unless your 'in the family'. If you love money and don't care how you earn it then this is the company for you.
Fantastic company that places children at the heart of everything they do
Therapist (Current Employee) – West Midlands – 26 October 2017
Meadows Care have been an amazing company to work for, I have enjoyed every second. Working in residential care is not easy, but incredibly rewarding! Meadows Care genuinely place children at the heart of their decisions and the work they do and I feel proud to work for them. It is rare to find a company where senior managers and directors are incredibly approachable and involved in ground level practice and decisions - they are fantastic.
The young people are great, the staff are mostly demoralised and looking to leave due to constant changes in working hours and pay. Management are forever thinking up ways to make more profit and pay you less. The wage structure is ridiculous, you are forced to bank the hours you have worked overtime for 17 weeks, then during that 17 weeks they try and claw them hours back by sending you home, so they don't have to pay you You are very much just a number in this company, you could earn more working in a supermarket stacking shelves with less stress. I'm off.
RSW (Former Employee) – North West – 21 March 2017
On reading some of the negative comments, I must comment that I thoroughly enjoyed my time at meadows care and had full support by management and fellow employees. I had good and not so good shifts. But in this line of work what do people expect? There are always negative staff in every workplace and if your not happy, or if this job is not for you, then you should move on. If you work hard, and want to develop there is a good structure in place to do this. Training is great. Unfortunately, I couldn't commit to shifts due to family circumstances, but would recommend meadows care to others.
Training, development, qualifications, great staff
Residential Support Worker (Former Employee) – Rochdale – 24 February 2017
The job itself can be very fun and each day is varied and challenging. My issue with the company is that it does not appreciate its staff. I would often not find out where i was working until the very last minute and would be thrown in to a house and be expected to support the individual without feeling competent first.
The staff are lovely! I found most people to be knowledgeable and approachable including higher management.
The young people they support can be very challenging and i did not feel as though i was trained enough before starting. In the few months i was there i often went home upset because i was frustrated at relying on others to handle situations that i felt i should have been trained to handle.
The shifts can be long and i often did not get to sleep at all while there.
Im sure for the right person, this would be a great company to work for.
Residential Support Worker (Former Employee) – Rochdale – 10 February 2017
Majority of people are great to work with and the young people are amazing, each in their own way. The company however is not run effectively or honestly, my experience is that the young people are cash cows, there is no support throughout difficult times, expected to work every hour god sends and apparently bank 43 hours per month which are to be paid every 17 weeks, however you are forced to take these back at your own inconvenience and then constantly nag to have any left paid!!! Training is great but in all honesty that is the only plus to this company. Their left hand has no idea what the right is doing!!!
Potentially a good company, excellent staff though
Senior Support Worker & Company Trainer (Former Employee) – Rochdale – 19 August 2014
Supporting 16-18 year old young people with general life skills and support, staff supervision, coaching and training. I'm a very pro-active person adn enjoyed the day to day challenges of supporting young people through stressful sitiations. I looked always for solutions rather than look at the problems. The staff I worked with enjoyed my honest approach to work & realised that work, although stressful, can be enjoyable also.
vast growing company, develop staff to progress through the company.
Senior Deputy Manager (Current Employee) – Rochdale, ENG – 9 May 2014
I work in a residential setting caring for young people, aged between 11-16 all with individual complex needs. the young people are encouraged, supported and prepared for adult life. everybody works as part of a team. Meadows is a fair and consistent company to work for.
meadows is a good place to work with lots of oportunities to progress.
residential support worker (Current Employee) – Rochdale, ENG – 14 November 2013
My typical day at work is anything can happen. I am constantly learning new things and get lots of support from my team and management. There are 6 members to a team and you have to become a family as these are the people you have to work with and trust. As a team member you are expected to do a thorough handover and offer support to your fellow team mates and the young people. The hardest part of the job is when a team does not work together well. The most enjoyable part of the job is knowing you are going to make a change in a young persons life no matter how small the change is, and its team work that has done it.
Lots of support and understanding. And training is aways updated.