KidsPeace Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
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    The administration made the job impossible.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ellsworth, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellsworth, ME

    I worked at KidsPeace full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with kids who really need guidance and compassion is extremely rewarding.

    Cons

    Compensation was terrible and there were no COL increases. Administration would schedule numerous, inconvenient and last minute meetings asking us how they could improve but would outright refuse to take any of the suggestions we gave or consider our needs seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of your workers really care about the families they are trying to help. Listen to the employees on the floor and in the classrooms, they know better than someone hundreds of miles away in a board room.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  2.  

    Caring staff

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KidsPeace

    Pros

    Caring staff , therapeutic environment

    Cons

    Low pay , no advancement a need for ongoing trainings

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    disappointed!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Mental Health Tech II  in  Orefield, PA
    Former Employee - Mental Health Tech II in Orefield, PA

    I worked at KidsPeace full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the staff I worked with were friendly and helpful for the most part.the job has the potential to rewarding.

    Cons

    poor pay,job benefits were not as advertised,there is no retirement,401k,no guaranteed raises.the staff were well meaning but very inexperienced in working with these type of clients.The physical environment was very poor,many areas need repairs.The area I was assigned do really did very little in the way of counseling or programmatic activities.we were basically care takers(and not high priced ones)our schedule was pretty much letting the youth watch tv,movies(some very inappropriate)) and playing video games.i was taken aback when I discovered that there was no policy for searching visitors,I witnessed family and other visitors bringing in knives,lighters...et al.terrible policy,or should I say lack there of.no structure or consistency in programs and activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First ,pay your line staff better,offer better benefits,,,attract experienced staff.become more therapeutic and consistent in treatment approach.emphasize a more secure and safe environment for residents and staff.Stop "warehousing" residents for the sole purpose of reaping more revenue.I.mprove the physical appearance of the facilities by making necessary repairs

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Kidspeace needs to pull it together.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KidsPeace full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Attempting to help troubled juvenile.

    Cons

    Poor working conditions-building is badly in need of maintenance-the place is poorly ventilated and the kids and staff are over heated in hot summers, and are cold in winter. The place is dirty and needs to hire someone who will get off their behind and clean. Staff often do not have the supplies they need for soap, shampoo and drinking cups. The drinking faucets are filthy and the kids spit in them yet no one cleans them. As a matter there is no cleaning schedule or things like fans, dehumidifiers, or air-conditioners. The computer system is horrible, printers don't work half the time, and the system is down more than up. This cuts into productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more staff and offer a decent wage for all the work and abuse workers take from the kids and supervisors. Get the bosses working on the units, change the way kids are dealt with when they act out. You are doing a dis-service and teaching them nothing except how to be more manipulative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A valuable and eye-opening life experience

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    Former Employee - Mental Health Tech II  in  Orefield, PA
    Former Employee - Mental Health Tech II in Orefield, PA

    I worked at KidsPeace full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I will preface this by saying that I worked as a Mental Health Technician II (Child Care Counselor II when I first began working) on a particularly "difficult" unit dealing with high acuity clients that were frequently physically violent and possessed a limited cognitive capacity.

    Working to help kids can be highly satisfying. Everyday is a new and interesting challenge that depending on where within KidsPeace you work, can entail a lot of adrenaline-pumping type situations and a great deal of emotionally touching moments.

    The unit you work on will determine what your co-workers are like, but I have to say the by-and-large the KidsPeace crew is a very diverse and interesting crew. Working in the high stress environment is made possible by the interesting and often times hilarious people you work with. The KidsPeace staff is like a social world unto itself and it's easy to get sucked in (for better or worse). I still keep in contact with many of the people I worked with during my time there.

    The benefits package is really good.

    Cons

    I will start off by saying that despite all the times I was verbally attacked, physically assaulted, and had bodily fluids / substances hurled in my direction; the clients were not the biggest "con" of this job. Upper management is WAYYYYY out of touch with the men/women on the ground and in the trenches. The pay is pretty poor for what you are asked to do and they did away with raises. I was supposed to get incremental bonuses at 6 and 12 months of working there. Despite numerous inquiries, I NEVER saw any of these supposed bonuses I was promised (and even signed and agreement for when I was hired).

    The job leaves you highly vulnerable to liability both legally and physically. As time went on, staff cut backs due to corporate funding issues made the job infuriatingly frustrating. Staff were being put into precarious positions with clients that left them vulnerable to litigation and/or physical harm. I saw one too many co-workers in "[client's] word against yours" situations where KidsPeace left staff to hang out to dry rather rather than providing support.

    This job involves A LOT of talking with clients and persuading them into participate in treatment or talk them out of causing someone harm / running away etc. I preferred the euphemism "constructive manipulation" because that is essentially what the bulk of this job is if I'm honest. You must think on your feet and be decisive if you are to be successful here while keeping the job in perspective for what it is.

    The job is not for everyone (especially those with any type of temper) and you must be willing to adapt and leave all judgments and preconceived notions at the door each day. A great deal of your time will be spent diffusing potentially volatile situations through effective communication. That said, physical strength and/or dexterity is a MUST if you want to be considered a well-rounded staff member throughout much of KidsPeace. When the proverbial sh!t hits the fan, people who were competent physically as well as in a communicative role were invaluable in maintaining staff/client safety. On the same token, emotional stability from a staff perspective is a must for this job. Often times you will be working with clients that are trying to push your buttons or physically harm you one moment, and require you to switch gears and provide understanding and empathy the next.-- be prepared for this and leave your baggage at the door. I've seen too many good people lose there heads and let the kids get to them personally with disastrous results for both parties involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with what is actually going on on a day-to-day basis and utilize staff feedback before mandating policies that look great on paper but are disastrous in practice.

    Stop accepting raises and bonuses while denying them (as well as overtime) to the people on the front lines getting spit on, attacked, and having feces thrown at them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    good foundation how be a counselor by being given no training

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KidsPeace full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    summers off and school holidays

    Cons

    very political higher ups have no clue what it is like to be front line staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend time as ground staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    clinician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KidsPeace

    Pros

    loved the people I worked with

    Cons

    low pay, too much focus on the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to you're employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great idea but poorly executed facility

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    Former Employee - Senior Childcare Worker  in  Ellsworth, ME
    Former Employee - Senior Childcare Worker in Ellsworth, ME

    I worked at KidsPeace full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location is beautiful and staff are amazing for the most part. The potential is there for a great therapeutic environment.

    Cons

    The staff are mistreated by company and are not valued or rewarded, this thwarts any true therapeutic success for the children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the staff as you want the children to be treated, there will be a trickle down effect and the staff will stay much longer. Less money will be spent on training and the overall cost to run the facility will go down.

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

    Like a bad roller coaster ride. Almost everyone is unhappy working here and are seeking a different job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Buhl, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buhl, MN

    I have been working at KidsPeace

    Pros

    Working with the kids and free meals for staff are really the only good things about the job.

    Cons

    KidsPeace does not care about employees. That is why the turn over is so high. They micro manage and do not empower the staff. KidsPeace management does not listen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    KidsPeace should treat the employees how they would want to be treated. They have not given raises for years and rolled back wages, cut benifits, and the pension is gone! Not many reasons to work here anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    All About The Benjamins

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    Former Employee - Clinician I
    Former Employee - Clinician I

    I worked at KidsPeace

    Pros

    You work a TON of hours, so you can get your licenses and/or certifications fairly quickly. This is the #1 best thing about this company. Coworkers were generally great people.

    Cons

    Management is only concerned about the bottom line, including keeping kids in treatment who might be better served by something else. I had a lot of ethical issues with this place. Very long hours, no sympathy if you need time off. Stingy with time off if you've worked there less than 10 years. This place accepts the worst of the worst kids, so be prepared. Just before I left, mgt. cut salaries across the board - unbelieveable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize you have some good people working there who care about the kids. But guess what? The good people can find other jobs at companies that compensate them better and appreciate them. So guess who stays?

    Doesn't Recommend

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