Children's Home + Aid

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Children's Home + Aid Reviews

Updated July 20, 2014
Updated July 20, 2014
18 Reviews

2.7
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    I enjoy working for Children's Home + Aid.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - After School Instructor  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - After School Instructor in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    This company does good work. It helps bring programming to kids who are less fortunate. You get to network with other schools and share talents and ideas.

    Cons

    Most instructors hired to do programming do so as contractor. As such, one only gets paid once a month and have to take care of their own taxes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great of you could offer the availability of being hired to your contractors.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Shady practices, poor management, mistreated staff, blatant disregard for staff morale

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    Pros

    Benefits, location, some talented staff

    Cons

    Career Ladder, unfair scheduling and pay practices. No respect. Terrible communication from management, stressful atmosphere, cliques, bullying, director won't listen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff, especially their pay concerns and management policies. Use common sense, be fair. Reexamine staff attendance. Many salaried employees take advantage and do not pull their weight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be good place with people who cared about children and each other. Now it's all about the almighty $$

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    Current Employee - Case Manager  in  Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Rockford, IL

    Pros

    Some flexibility in adjusting schedule as needed

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about staff anymore. They hired a ton of executive level people but never enough front line staff. They manipulate lower levels to get the most money possible with no concern for the level of stress this can place on workers. Pay is lower than most any other agency. No room to advance in many areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GET OVER YOURSELVES AND PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FRONT LINE STAFF!!! Give up some of those $300K salaries to hire people in areas that staff are needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Different and Unique

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Caring and supportive employees
    Build your experience
    Establish lasting relationships
    Dedicated employees
    Great wellness program
    Strong client teacher relationship
    Community based programs

    Cons

    Not enough opportunity for growth and development for employees seeking higher education and career change.
    Improve communication channels within the different sites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and support employees need for improvement and career change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The hardest job you w/ ever do

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    Current Employee - Statewide Administration  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Statewide Administration in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great Social Workers helping their community despite obstacles

    Cons

    No work/life balance, no chance for upward mobility, disparity in pay, zero perks and low salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the "me" attitude of your Upper Admin Leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good at my level, not so much above me

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I have a good supervisor who allows me the flexibility I need to do my job well. The atmosphere in my office is very family oriented. The majority of the employees do quality work and do care about the children and families served.

    Cons

    Too much weight at the executive level, not enough IT support (there should be at least one IT person in each area, stop making them travel all over), not enough communication between upper management and lower levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using all sorts of consultants to come up with half-baked ideas that don't work with the day-to-day staff. Communicate upcoming projects across regions better. Take time to recognize that a lot of "average Joes" can contribute lots of small amounts instead of always looking for the biggest donors to make major donations. Stop being cheerleaders and shadow staff to see what we really do.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Poor management, no advancement potential and extreme favoritism

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    Pros

    I have met some great co-workers and have bonded with many families, I have learned a few things along the way

    Cons

    Administrators look the other way while people play the system. Breaks are inadequate. There are some teachers who have no concept of child development yet seem to run the place. Parents run the show, policies are not followed and "at-risk" or low income people should not drive luxury cars and have iphones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff and don't let a few bully the rest. People may seem qualified on paper, but in reality have no business working with defenseless babies. Your next employee might be the one to finally call DCFS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Better than most, but still not the best place to teach...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The location is good, the facility is better than most, decent benefits, small class sizes.

    Cons

    Management lacks flexibility and communication skills. Not much support, inadequate breaks and very understaffed. Management does not listen to teaching staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your staff and listen to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Granite City, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Granite City, IL

    Pros

    Management in other sections is very knoweldgeable and nice. There is many nice and helpful employees that work at Children's Home and Aid.

    Cons

    Managment has favorites with a few employees. Management says one thing one day and another thing a different day or even after a few hours when they catch you doing what they asked the first time. They forget what they said, so then you are in trouble when you are doing what they asked in the first place! There is NO training when you are hired, so you either sink or swim. The main manager makes horible comments to employees about everything - what they buy, what they bring to lunch... It is a miserable place to work and I am currently looking for something else at this time. They have already made 3 great employees so miserable they quit. When there has been important meetings or trainings their employees needed to attend, several times the managers have forgotten about them until it was too late for their employees to go. Unacceptable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge all of your employees, treat them all fairly. Make and enforce rules consistantly to all employees. Play an active role in employees jobs. Have enough backbone to stand up when people are coming to you and saying things are wrong - do something about it instead of passing the buck to someone else. Have a strong training for new employees from someone that knows how to train the person. Get rid of employees who hurt other employees by making the office a battleground of gossip and back stabbing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Children's Home + Aid is Rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Rockford, IL

    Pros

    The atmosphere at Children's Home and Aid is the most rewarding. We are like a big family here and everyone here is so friendly and helpful. There are many staff who have been working here for over 20 years and they love it. I have personally been here for 6 years and only would leave if I started my own business or won the lottery! They are so family friendly and have received awards from the United Way for being a Family Friendly Workplace.

    Cons

    The fact that it is a non-profit agency makes it difficult at times to stay within the tight budgets. Sometimes management is so loyal, they have a hard time getting rid of staff who are not good workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!!

    Recommends

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