Job Corps Reviews

Updated June 1, 2015
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Pros
  • good benefits, helping disadvantaged students pursue their career goals (in 2 reviews)

  • Many opportunities such as free food, housing, utilities, and occasionally clothing (in 3 reviews)

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

  • Staff are HEAVILY incompetent, at Edison Job corps they are worse there than any other of the 3 Job Corps Centers I've been too (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    I Love the Stated Mission, but Toxic Environment is Reality

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Substitute Instructor in Palmer, AK
    Former Employee - Substitute Instructor in Palmer, AK

    I worked at Job Corps part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice campus with beautiful location in Palmer, some wonderful and caring career instructors, promising if sometimes challenging students. If you want to make an impact on a young person's life, can tune out staff issues, and work-life balance isn't an issue, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    There is no training for the job, you learn as you go and this seems to be the norm for most positions here. You are pretty much on your own. Job Corps has many different and sometimes conflicting processes that come at you all at once. This wouldn't be a problem if I felt that any balls I dropped while in my learning curve were handled fairly and with me personally, rather than "telling on me" and giving other managers the impression I was incompetent. There is no process to address complaints, you're just guilty. High staff turnover, frustrated students. Toxic environment because management does not know how to resolve staff conflict or micro-manages. Undermining seems to be standard (since effective conflict resolution is non-existent) so you feel like you have to watch your back. If you are a salaried employee, 40 hour weeks are the MINIMUM, and there is a pressure within the culture that is a little shaming if you balk at more. A person feels as though they can never do enough. I have not run into any lazy people at Job Corps! In the ratings for Culture and Values, I love the stated culture and values of helping students and making a potential impact on young people's lives! My one star rating is how I feel about what the actual culture and values have become: a culture of fear for your job because of what someone has said about you that you cannot address head-on, and the values of watching your back instead of helping the students. Sad. There are some great people and students there, just making the best of the situation. The result of the existing culture is evident campus wide in low moral and staff leaving long-term positions in droves. If you try and talk about what the problems are, you are considered being "negative".

    Advice to Management

    The tone of the culture starts at the top with you. Either the management needs to be changed (removed), or they need to understand that when no one feels safe, people begin to protect themselves and the negativity continues to spiral staff moral downward. If staff doesn't feel safe, that feeling rolls down to the students. There needs to be an open forum to express personal or organizational dissatisfaction or staff will grumble and undermine between themselves and eventually leave, sometimes with guns blazing. Management needs to learn how to deal with the unpleasantness of human interaction to resolve conflict. The polite undermining employee can often be the most destructive. It's much easier in the short term to kill the messenger, but long term problem still exists. Also, management needs to figure out the reason for high staff turnover which is impart because of the pressure to do more hours because management will not hire more people, more bricks, less straw. The staff works HARD and cares, but burnout is a real phenomenon. Your staff is STRETCHED! It has become unsustainable; and it is costing you money and eventually your job.


  2. Wellness Center

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Job Corps

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The pay was excellent. This is an awesome program for young adults, offering many opportunities.

    Cons

    I was provided no training other than orientation. My manager was very unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training


  3. Over worked and unappreciated

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

    I worked at Job Corps

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Helping the students with their goals, seeing them grow and mature to become a active member of society.

    Cons

    Management does not support employees. Management needs to be in tune with what is going on in their departments.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should be more in tune with the Center Director


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  5. Helpful (2)

    The worst company in existence to work for. It's like working in a commune.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Security in Miami, FL

    I worked at Job Corps

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The only pleasant thing about working for this company is interacting with students

    Cons

    The administrators are extremely unprofessional. They are bully's, and it's my belief that they come to work there because of the need for power over employees. Many serious issues are swept under the rug in order to keep their contract. In their world it's not what you know, it's who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Compliance needs to show up at the facility unannounced. Administration using property as if it's their own, retaliation, people in positions they aren't qualified for, and the list goes on.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Homestead Job Corps is the worst kept Secret

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (1)

    Miserable! Like torture!

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

    I worked at Job Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


  8. Worst job I've ever had

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    None


  9. more cons than pros

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vergennes, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vergennes, VT

    I worked at Job Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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.


  10. Total joke.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Racist towards white people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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



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