Senior (Former Employee) – North east – 3 June 2018
The witherslack group expect a high standard of work and commitment from all of there staff in exchange for a good competitive salary and development opportunities. There are some fantastic managers, seniors and residential workers that offer the yp an extremely hight level of care despite challenges they are faced with. The homes on the north east are all outstanding which is reflected in the hard work of the teams, experience of leaders and the investments made to make environments safe and happy places for all the children.
Don't work here if your lazy or work shy/lots of paper work
Takeaway Assistant (Former Employee) – Wakefield, West Yorkshire – 15 October 2018
Appalling company to work for. The headteacher is rude arrogant and unprofessional. I was forced to resign after many months of attempting to reconcile. I went through the grievance policy but nothing was done and I was put in a very dangerous situation with a child who was attacking me, without radios or support. The management don't help anyone other than their selves , and they often only stay around 3-5 months before they're shipped out.
Do yourself a favour and avoid this company at all costs.
T.a (Former Employee) – Lancashire – 2 October 2018
AVOID AVOID AVOID. Staff are left in vulnerable situations. And potentially at risk of allegations. When addressing these issues to line managers. They dont take it seriously. Regret working for the company. They dont look after their staff when in the working environment. Expect to be hit and abused by kids. Very stressful work environment. With no support from management. Too busy going to meetings and watching staff in situations rather than guiding them and building confidence of their team.please dont take the risk with this company. They will discipline you for practically nothing and will destroy your good work record.
Stressful. No support. Left in vulnerable situations
We are incredibly sorry to hear concerns like this expressed about our company as an employer. We pride ourselves on inclusivity, employee (as well as children) safeguarding and providing a supportive working environment that encourages our people to thrive. So please rest assured that we take your feedback with the utmost seriousness. I would like to invite you to contact me directly to give me a greater understanding of the specifics of your experience so that we can potentially investigate it further. My email address is Samantha.email@example.com
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Dont do it
Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) – York, North Yorkshire – 25 September 2018
Not a good company to work for. Very clicky in management if your face fits your laughing. They look great on paper but dont deliver what they preach. Worst company i have ever worked for. Seen too many people broken then stitched up. Staff over worked and under appreciated. Too much paperwork and not enough time in the day to complete, very long days
We are continually working to develop the way we engage with our people as the business grows and your feedback is of real value to us. On behalf of Witherslack, I am sorry that you feel your experience of working here was not what it should have been and I hope we are able to help to address that retrospectively. Please contact me directly on Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Leader (Former Employee) – North East - Oakwood view – 15 June 2018
My experiences of working at WG was positive which I feel was aided by working at Oakwood View, within this home all the young people make significant progress from their starting points. This was achieved by the home operating a nurturing environment in which the staff team hold high aspirations for the young people.
There is a strong and skilled senior management team in place that places significant emphasises around practicing within a child centred approach. The senior management team competently achieve the required balance around meeting the needs of the young people and the staff team in order to achieve the very best outcomes for the home. This approach is reflective of the multiple outstanding ofsted rating the home has achieved.
Three specialist areas (residential, education and therapy) provide a team around the child approach tailored to each young person’s specific needs within an integrated provision, in which all the staff team are fully aware of their responsibilities in working towards the identified objectives.
There are high expectations placed upon the staff team in terms of the required high standards of practice which is inclusive of high volumes of paperwork. These high standards are aligned to achieving positive outcomes for the young people and are overseen by a number of governance procedures to prevent the standards from dropping below the required levels.
As there was a very strong and experienced senior management team in place which on a personal level prevented any promotional opportunities above the level I was employed at, resultingmore... in leaving the organisation to pursue my career with another organisation, otherwise I would not have considered leaving Oakwood View.less
Excellent staff salary and benefits, Good support networks, strong senior management in post
Support Worker (Former Employee) – Heighington – 26 May 2018
Copious amounts of paper work with no time to complete as you are constantly sent out with the children to make other staff lives easy. Huge blame culture with clicks. Management expecting you to stay up when on sleeps to bring files up to date. Furthest thing from a team lots of individuals and back biting.
We are sorry to hear your felt this was your experience working with us. Witherslack Group is committed to creating environments where the our teams and young people can thrive. Our Residential Support Worker roles do have an administrative element, to comply for regulatory and policy requirements. We believe in strong team work and staff development, which also creates environments for young people to achieve the best possible outcomes. This is echoed in our recent staff surveys in the North East. We actively encourage our staff to raise concerns with our management team to allow us to address any points raised.
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Its ok for the right person
Residential Support Worker (Current Employee) – Lancashire – 18 April 2018
The job was great to start with but now you defantly get the impression that it only cares about money and not to much about making sure the young people succeed in life.
We are very sorry to hear you feel like this. At Witherslack Group we pride ourselves on creating the best possible outcomes for our young people. All profit made by the Group is reinvested to ensure we provide top quality services and can open new establishments, with our young people at the centre. This is evident in young people's happiness and levels of engagement in placement, along with our "best in the sector" Ofsted ratings.
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Challenging yet rewarding
Special Support Assistant (Former Employee) – Lancashire – 14 January 2018
Working here provides toy with a rewarding experience that will help you acquire new skills. Certain aspects could be better but you will have figure that out for yourself.
A good company initially very personabale however changed as develoepd.
Deputy M (Former Employee) – Carn – 7 July 2017
I worked for the group for a number of years, a lead in the industry with very developed practices & approaches. Initially a very personable company however as time progressed & there were developments this disappeared & they became more focused on profit than outcomes.
Manager (Current Employee) – Kendal, Cumbria – 22 June 2017
Fantastic team of people who are truly dedicated to the work they do. The induction and then ongoing development opportunities are great and there is a high level of support. The benefits that the Group offer are amongst the best in the sector. The level of committment that colleagues show to making a difference to the life opportunities of every child and young person is amazing and whilst the work is challenging, the rewards that come from the intercation with children and young people is what it is all about.
Fantastic colleagues and great benefits. Opportunity to make a real difference.
Teacher of Science (Former Employee) – Oxfordshire – 19 May 2017
Having gone to Witherslack Group from mainstream education, I expected specialist training and resources. However the only thing concerning the management seemed to be an "outstanding" rating so that they could compete with other similar providers in the locality for the large income streams these students generated. So they were taught mainstream GCSE subjects, the only difference being that they had burly gentlemen that could hold the students still when they became frustrated, in a manner that they would be not able to in mainstream education. I would encourage people to err on the side of caution and before applying, really check out how these places operate and speak to a few different teachers/TAs. Saying that, many of the stressed out teachers and TAs did a fantastic job in extremely difficult circumstances, some going in on Sundays to meet ridiculous workloads. I was disappointed to discover that the bottom line was financial and resigned after two terms to return to mainstream teaching.
Some great kids
Management expect the Earth with little input from them.
Office staff (Current Employee) – Cumbria – 22 March 2017
The quality of care that I originally respected and was proud of in the company no longer seems to be there - the emphasis is on finance and how much money they can bring in. The quality of care and work standards seem to be the least significant aspect now of the role and staff morale is low with many staff becoming disillusioned with their working environment.
Staff who work above and beyond their grade are ignored when it comes to advancement in the company and its 'who you know' that is deemed more important with those people being put into more senior management positions or promoted without the relevant experience or qualifications.
Overall NOT a company I would recommend to anyone as an employer.
Resdiential Support Worker (Current Employee) – Lancaster – 16 December 2016
A job I enjoy that is at times very difficult, with a number of children who have complex issues. However, the feeling when a young person who has trust issues says thanks or looks happy makes the job worthwhile
Marketing Manager (Current Employee) – Cumbria – 19 August 2016
I have worked for the Witherslack Group for nearly 3 years. My experience in that time is a completely positive one and I look back now and think the decision I made to join the Group was one of the best I have ever made. They encourage development, support you to do your best work and provide you with the resources to not only do your job but try new things and learn new skills.
If you're someone who wants to work hard, deliver to high standards and work as part of a strong team I would recommend you considering Witherslack Group.
I cannot think of a negative aspect to my time in role.
Great leadership, continual expansion and development, fantastic ethos, brilliant fun.
A forward thinking child care & education, which provide child centred care
Manager (Current Employee) – Lupton – 16 August 2016
Being new to the organisation I have experienced an exceptional welcome and induction process. I was attracted to the organisation due to the fact they don't shy away from complex and difficult cases, if they feel they can really make a difference to that child fulfilling their maximum potential. The office environment, the schools and homes are all warm and welcoming environments, I am pleased to have started my career with Witherslack Group.
Residential Support Worker (Former Employee) – Lancashire – 2 January 2016
Working as part of a small team allowed me to develop positively when working with children. The requirements of this post included working effectively one to one and in small groups, being a positive role model and remaining calm and resilience in during intense periods.
Former employee (Former Employee) – Grange, Durham – 13 December 2015
Unpredictable dangerous working environment with children who have complex mental health issues. Staff are not equipped to address children's needs which limits their life choices when they leave. Poor decision making based on profit rather than outcomes for children. Expect limited support for all aspects of job role. Most staff friendly, difficult to get another job as reference policy only provides details about your name and start / finish date. No information provided about your competacy or ability in job role. Poor working environment, limited resources, and serious issues with IT make the job hard. A performance management system is designed to prevent financial gain for the employee. Also a sickness policy prevents a pay increase if you are absent for 3 days. Proceed with caution.
Being able to develop additional skills whilst covering for colleagues who left
Now on my CV and being associated with the company
Former employee (Former Employee) – Grange – 14 September 2015
The children are seen as nothing more than a money making vehicle. Children that should not be accomadated due to their specialist mental health requirments are housed and looked after by staff without the correct qualifications and adequate training. Staf are continually placed in compromising positions and hung out to dry if things go wrong. Senior positions awarded to individuals regardless if they meet the qualifying criteria on the job spec or not, the only criteria they need to meet is that of "the managers friend". For example, a deputy manager being appointed without having an NVQ level 3 in Health & Social Care which was stated as "essential" on the application form.