Job Corps Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
56 Reviews
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Pros
  • Many opportunities such as free food, housing, utilities, and occasionally clothing (in 3 reviews)

  • Great working with student population (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • There is much favoritism and policies are not always followed by upper management (in 3 reviews)

  • Veyr high turnover rate, very unprofessional, lack of resources, no support from upper management (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Homestead Job Corps is the worst kept Secret

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Homestead, FL
    Current Employee - Instructor in Homestead, FL

    I have been working at Job Corps full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Location, students and the potential to help disadvantaged youth.

    Cons

    Upper Management does not associate or care about the students. Everything is centered around meeting numbers and going up in ranking at great costs. They recently went up in ranking but at a heavy cost. Many staff have resigned and students are left attending empty rooms with no guidance or instructors. There are many falsified documents and students are completed out of the program unprepared and just to meet requirements. Staff is under constant threat from administrative staff. Administrators rely on threats and bullying to get their way. Department of Labor comes down every year and sees what's going on; they even meet with staff and express their concern, but nothing EVER gets done. SO SAD.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of the administrative building once in while and listen, really listen not just hear what your students are saying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Miserable! Like torture!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Job Corps full-time

    Pros

    What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

    Cons

    Not helping the youth. Just giving adult day care. Needs to be better accountability and communication. Teachers make or break these students' experiences. Need a higher quality of staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Completely revamp this outdated program. Raise the standards. Make Job Corps reputable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Worst job I've ever had

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Residential Advisor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Residential Advisor in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Job Corps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Vacation time is usually approved

    Cons

    Work load outweighs Compensation
    Terrible and expensive benefits package
    Trainees don't receive the proper service they deserve its all about the numbers
    Most of the staff is 30+ but they act 16
    Managers don't know their jobs and have 0 social skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    more cons than pros

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vergennes, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vergennes, VT

    I worked at Job Corps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    decent pay, okay benefits, good work schedule

    Cons

    poorly managed, a lot of people in and out. Lots of drama, relationships with students, employees doing things they shouldnt. Students act like they are in prison.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Total joke.

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    Former Employee - Student/Computer Technician in Bamberg, SC
    Former Employee - Student/Computer Technician in Bamberg, SC

    I worked at Job Corps full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    An okay place to make new friends if you aren't normally very social.

    Cons

    Faculty practically babies regular trouble-makers.I've heard this has changed since I've left,but this is for the time I attended.

    Cracks in the system allow students to make money off an already bad allowance payout.It's literally similar to some prison canteen/pay systems I've seen on TV.

    The food is terrible.The best chef our Job Corps Center had got deported.I am not kidding.I was underweight more than I've ever been there,as it boiled down to: Eat their food and run for the bathroom later,or ration your money for store trips and ration ramen/ravioli and juice.

    Not every student got the attention they needed to.My center had a pretty low population,but not enough teachers for everyone.Some students needed everything they offered (license,trade license,GED);rarely did they leave with all three.I personally had to leave without getting my license because half the time the teacher wouldn't be there.

    A lot of parents use this place to dump their troubled kids hoping they come out learning something.That never really ends well and just makes for drama at the center.

    I could honestly go on and on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more teachers for your driver's ed department.One teacher for 200 something students isn't enough.And the one there skipped.A lot.Make sure they come to teach the students! They really need this.

    I know you're cooking for a lot of people,but get cooks that can actually cook.

    Don't spout about us being responsible adults and then not treat us like adults.Actually PUNISH people who cause trouble and break rules.Big and small ones.That's how you learn.

    Educate your Post-Center people about setting students up outside of the town the center is in.Most aren't from that area and don't want to stay there,either.You need staff that knows about other counties and can find students opportunities and housing in them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Racist towards white people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Montgomery, AL
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Montgomery, AL

    I have been working at Job Corps full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    no weekends, you can buy there awful lunch for $3

    Cons

    on call nurse has to access pt over the phone ... no team work ... to many extra duties for the nursing staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Many staff members went on FMLA for mental health reasons. The contractor is very degrating and belittling.

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    Current Employee - Academics in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Academics in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Job Corps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    None at all for this center

    Cons

    The Abuse you are forced to put up with at the job site

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FInd another job where you are appreciated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    You need to be the right person

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    Former Employee - Residential Advisor in Ronan, MT
    Former Employee - Residential Advisor in Ronan, MT

    I worked at Job Corps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free education, free room and lodge

    Cons

    loss of freedom, loss of dignity, loss of free speech

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn to work with the people and the students there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    work will burn you out

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medina, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medina, NY

    I have been working at Job Corps

    Pros

    You are providing a worthwhile service. It can be rewarding. Most supervisors are good. Hourly workers salary are not bad for the area.

    Cons

    Will work you to death and burn you out. Salary personnel work long hours. There is much favoritism and policies are not always followed by upper management. Upward mobility is very selective.Moral is at an all-time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people, you may not like what they have to say but they are ones that know what is going on and they may have good ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience gave me a wake up call! We owe it to ourselves to review glass door before accepting any job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Job Corps

    Pros

    Changing individuals lives and educating the public about Job Corps. Educating and mentoring young people with options.

    Cons

    Lack of resources and training , numbers not lives ! Mental issues with students. Transition from unstructure to structure is unrealistic!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with employees and value lives! Make sure that the resources and training are available! Very disappointed!

    Doesn't Recommend

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