Center for Discovery

www.centerfordiscovery.com
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Center for Discovery Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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Craig Brown, Ph.D
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  1. An Amazing Program with Amazing Staff Members!

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at Center for Discovery full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -The opportunity to play an enormous role in an individual's recovery and personal growth. -Hands on training and experience working in a residential treatment setting. -A genuine sense of fulfillment through working with adolescent in early recovery. -Supportive coworkers. -Excellent communication amongst counselors, therapists and program director. -Coworkers that genuinely care for the well being of the clients and other staff members. -Great experience running groups. -A genuine sense of enjoyment by showing up to work. -Upper management will always take the time to hear input/suggestion.

    Cons

    -Shifts can last longer than expected depending on events that take place on shift. -Starting pay could be better

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide a work place that feels safe, hospitable and nurturing. Encourage more staff members to take advantage of the trainings that take place.


  2. Not looking out for employees, or worse- CLIENTS!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counselor
    Current Employee - Counselor

    I have been working at Center for Discovery full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food You could have a supportive staff. I loved the staff at the first house I worked at, the second staff was cold and made the workday uncomfortable

    Cons

    This company does not care about their staff. Zero overtime, I have seen supervisors tell employees to clock out while they still may have over an hour of work left. I'm not entirely sure if that's legal. They are expanding nation wide but cutting support staff (diet-techs especially) and can't seem to afford to pay their employees for the time they give. Furthermore, the overall attitude of the treatment is so corporate, it doesn't feel like you're genuinely helping the clients. it's an environment that is supposed to foster authenticity in the clients seeking help, but I feel like I'm personally lying through my teeth to them. Antiquated therapy practices, doesn't even adjust the programming much for teens. I got into this field to help people, but we're just getting the ED clients reliant on supplements and barking rules at them all day. It feels fake and unethical. If you want a good resume booster going further in your career, you'll probably get a good recommendation if you can survive the stress and lack of support from the company. Otherwise, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Ask yourselves why this company was theoretically founded.. Is that still what's motivating your business?


  3. Counselor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Center for Discovery

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The real pros to this job is being able to help teenagers and run groups with them. Also they can be very flexible if you are currently in school.

    Cons

    Very hard to move up. They like outside hires more often that people who have worked there for a while. The pay isn't that great especially if you come in with a Masters Degree.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend offering employees more opportunities to move up rather than offering jobs to people outside the company. Have more confidence in the people you have already hired.


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  5. Good job, but pay and amount of work hours could be better.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Danville, CA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Danville, CA

    I have been working at Center for Discovery (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The staff is friendly and the clients are easy to work with.

    Cons

    VERY short hours (2 hr shifts) Low end pay rate for area

    Advice to Management

    Increase your hourly rates or increase the amount of hours offered and this should decrease your turnover rates and increase your retention.


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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counselor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Counselor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Center for Discovery

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    amazing company love the cause

    Cons

    benefits are only ok the company can and should do better to keep us happy

    Advice to Management

    better employee benefits company can do much more


  7. Company on the road to improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Center for Discovery full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If this company wants to keep you, they're really flexible and will find a way to keep you employed. When you end up with a supportive team, coming to work is rewarding and exciting. Depending on the timing, there are opportunities to advance within the company and to work in a variety of settings. If you work in residential, getting to eat for free helps save money and makes up for low pay. 401K plan is nice and in general improvements are being made.

    Cons

    Entry level positions pay low. Benefits are expensive through the company. Job duties can sometimes be unclear. Unprofessional employees that probably should be terminated seem to get overlooked repeatedly at times whereas solid employees are rewarded inconsistently. Any transitions (promotions, changing locations) are difficult and frustrating, plans are often made before important details have been figured out.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to hammer out details before offering promotions. Improve communication in general (some supervisors are excellent at responding with pertinent information whereas others may not respond at all or respond with information not related to the issue).


  8. Salary

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nurse in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Nurse in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Center for Discovery

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Rewarding job good work done

    Cons

    Crap pay tedious, chaotic and crazy

    Advice to Management

    Great job!!


  9. Counselor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counselor in Whittier, CA
    Current Employee - Counselor in Whittier, CA

    I have been working at Center for Discovery full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn about eating disorders and the treatment of them. The team is wonderful and I really like the location. Great team to work with and grow. A lot of room for advancement.

    Cons

    Salary to start was low. I had a conflict with one other staff member when I started, but that was resoled. Working with the clients can be sad when they do not want to recover and refuse to work in treatment.

    Advice to Management

    You are great!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Don't let a few bad apples fool you-CFD is the best in the business

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Center for Discovery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've worked at several behavioral health companies and CFD is the best in terms of its philosophy. Supportive ambitious leadership, major growth opportunities, 401K, awesome coworkers. no matter your position you have opportunities for your voice to be heard and give feedback

    Cons

    Of course working in mental health treatment especially residential can be challenging but that's anywhere; low pay for counselors but if you're getting your hours then it's not a big deal. benefits got better this year but still have a ways to go.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make staff appreciation a priority-it has gone a long way. let go of the employees that have no right being there (or in the mental health field at all); but to be fair it seems like with the size of this company its running pretty well; Dr. Brown visits each facility, has an open door policy and if you've ever heard him talk is clearly a very intelligent and humble guy.


  11. Love these kids!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counselor in Whittier, CA
    Current Employee - Counselor in Whittier, CA

    I have been working at Center for Discovery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great place to work with some great people. We work with emotionally unstable teens and help them and their families get back on track. I am a masters student and love working at CFD. I am able to gain some hours toward my internship and get paid doing it! The kids here are difficult and need a lot of support. I am learning form them every day.

    Cons

    I wish I made more money, as we all do. When I first started I had to work mostly nights and weekends. Great for when I was in school but would now like some more day shifts. Sometimes the clients parents can be rude to staff.

    Advice to Management

    Always let all staff know about openings to move up in the organization. Offer less expensive benefits package. Would be great to have even more trainings and CEU available in the future.



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