THINK Together
2.8 of 5 72 reviews
www.thinktogether.org Santa Ana, CA

THINK Together Reviews

Updated Apr 3, 2014
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2.8 72 reviews

                             

64% Approve of the CEO

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Randy Barth

(45 ratings)

45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Either the site is completely disorganized or completely unfriendly.

Program Leader (Current Employee)

I have been working at THINK Together part-time for less than a year

ProsIf you manage to land a positive site, you will enjoy the structure and direction the program offers. Anyone who enjoys working with kids will enjoy working here, except of course if you land a position at one of the many unstructured, disorganized and downright negative places to work.

ConsSupervising staff is a joke. Superiors are a joke. Most of the training is for face-value and many locations are extremely disorganized and not fun for the majority of the students. Other locations are structured but staff is very negative with the students and again - supervisors are either great at what they do or are keeping the site from flourishing positively. Unfortunate.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire supervisors and staff that not only take their job seriously but enjoy their job as well. Nothing harder than working for someone who doesn't enforce company policy at all, or working for someone who hates their job and doesn't like kids!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Hours/ Job Description completely different from interview to reality

Program Leader (Former Employee)
Santa Ana, CA

I worked at THINK Together full-time for less than a year

ProsThe only pro to working at Think Together is getting to feel a bit of fulfillment working with the kids.

ConsAs a college graduate who has had the blessing of working with several amazing companies in the past and needed this job simply as something to hold me over till I get another full time gig, this has been a miserable experience. Think Together promised me several things in the interview that were very different then reality. I was given less hours and days and was placed as a sub instead of working full time like I was told I would be several times. The pay is very low and the hours are very inconvenient if you are attempting to find a second job. Several of the supervisors are totally incompetent in their positions and are terrible leaders/ encouragers. If you are reading this review don't spend another moment considering whether or not you should apply here. The company sends out emails asking their employees to write good reviews and so you should not be fooled by any that you see.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay your staff with reasonable wages, give them better training, provide better opportunity for growth, provide more then one t shirt you have to wear each day, prepare better curriculum for the kids so they can actually learn something instead of wasting their time, make sure that checks are sent in the mail on time instead of several weeks late, don't promise one thing in an interview and then make reality something completely different.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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They asked us to give 5stars

Site Coordinator (Current Employee)
Orange, CA

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

ProsPro is basically the kids who have parents that work until 6 pm have a place to be instead of the streets

ConsMy QAC asked a bunch of us to come on the site and give 5 star reviews because the CEO is finally paying attention to what their employees actually think of the company. Basically this company is the worst place I've ever worked for. My program leaders and are very frustrated by the watch dog QAC. The Quality Assurance Coaches are intimidating and love to show up at your job to catch you on anything and everything. Our QAC asked us to come on this site and give 5 star reviews but I'm going to be honest even if they figure out who I am. There is major retaliation towards anyone who speaks up about the inequality and poor treatment of site coordinators and Program Leaders. Program quality is extremely low and incredibly high turn over rate. Seems like every month we get new program leaders because of poor work environment quality.

Do not waste your time with HR they are not with you and never will be. HR is quick to place blame on person filing complaint there are no consequences for management staff only frontline staff like site coordinators and program leaders will bare any consequences.

Every time they ask us to train our staff if a new format of doing things the next week they change their minds and ask us to do it another way. When the CEO Holds a meeting of Q & A our QAC told us that he doesn't have time for random questions all questions need to be email screened and if approved you can ask and if not approved And you voice your opinion you better believe there will be consequences.

If you are desperate and are willing to put your health, your dignity, and have lots of stress than this job will meet those needs. Otherwise I suggest another company. I myself am desperately looking for another job.

Advice to Senior ManagementI will not give 5 stars because you ask me to. I will give 5 stars if you really deserve it and believe this company is far off from 5 stars

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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THINK not all together!!!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Moreno Valley, CA

I have been working at THINK Together full-time for more than a year

ProsIn all honesty.. None none none none none none none none none none none none none none none none none... I apologize for writing "none" so many times, it has a 20 word minimum requirement :)

ConsLow salary, unethical, management driven by ulterior motives, unprofessional hub staff, medical expenses caused by excessive stress, enduring harassment and workplace bullying even from HR dept and BD.. This can really be a never ending list. This NPO and it's leaders are a joke.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to give meaningless wards that can be made on someone's MS Word 2003!!! They are extremely encouraging!!! Sarcasm.

Also implement new awards such as region with the highest turn over rate, largest number of employees bullied, or employees hospitalized/ medical conditions induced by THINK together employment.

Lastly, please stop having the CPO ask employees of varying levels to rate the company on fives and to write positive things on glassdoor. If someone really felt that way, they'll do it without a request from her. Sad.

Working here is good if your fresh out of highschool.. But then again so is a fastfood job :)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I left work irritated and annoyed everyday without a doubt

Program Leader (Former Employee)
Ontario, CA

I worked at THINK Together part-time for more than a year

Prosyou get hours for pointless trainings and meeting
its okay to show up late

Conssite coordinators are very cliquish, gossip about program leaders.
don't praise certain people.
cheap on hours
ridiculous demands of time management
expect you to do things that the site coordinator was supposed to do
cut hours without notice

Advice to Senior Managementmake sure all employees feel important
check up on SC's they slack a lot
give more hours to employees (3.5 hours is ridiculous)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I can't wait to find another job

Site Coordinator (Current Employee)
Santa Ana, CA

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

ProsParents and kids are appreciative of what you do for them. You get to meet a lot of people who genuinely care about making a difference excluding the Hub office people

ConsThis place is depressing. It's a good thing they offer health insurance because the overwhelming amount of stress will lead you to the doctors office at least once a month. The quality assurance coaches are the biggest bullies in this company. Any complaints sent to human resources will backfire. I'm currently looking for another job as is several other employees. I've worked in a lot of school based programs and by far this is one of the most immoral, disrespectful, degrading, abusive place to be. Stay away trust me!!

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is the problem. What advice can I give you? Fire yourselves? There is no way this company will survive unless the CEO steps in and cleans house.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It is what it is...way below average work environment

Site Coordinator (Former Employee)

I worked at THINK Together full-time for more than a year

ProsFamilies truly benifit from extended school day hours
Intention behind program is positive but execution is not realistic

ConsThis company tolerates all forms of harassment spewed from management towards frontline employees (coordinators and program leaders). Retaliation against anyone who files a complaint by being bullied into quitting ( myself included). Inappropriate personal relationships between QAC's and their direct subordinates. Bias HR. Hostile and negative environment is an everyday norm. High employee turn over rate. I don't understand the 5 star reviews....the company has a lot of people working Madia control in order to keep the comp at image clean..but that's just what it is "image" a mirage. Only people who work in the frontline's can tell you what it really is....a terrible company with the potential of being a great company if it weren't for the magaement team.

Advice to Senior ManagementTruly take the time to listen to your frontline people. Review any complaints from employees and conduct unbiased investigation. There is a reason why there is a high turn over rate and it's not because you hire young people who's schedule changes.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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This company is AWFUL

Site Coordinator (Current Employee)

I have been working at THINK Together full-time for more than 5 years

ProsYou are constantly reminded why you work for such and low salary and put in so many hours. At the end of the day, you dont do this job for anything but the kids.
I have nothing good to say about this company...

ConsSalary:
After being with THINK Together for over 5 years the highest raise I've received is $300... annually. Many people have a conception that the lack of raises or pay increases is due to a limitation on funding allocations by the state or funders. When in fact a site coordinators salary is not considered to be part of salary allocations, but part of program operations.

You don't get paid what your worth.

Supervisors:
The Quality Assurance Coaches all seem to be given a pedestal upon being hired. You are constantly watched, looked down on and spoken down to by the QACs regardless if they are your direct supervisor or not.

General Manager:
At the end of the day, they are only looking out for the companies name and reputation. You will be tossed around and thrown under a bus when it come between you or a school relationship.

Monthly Awards:
All BS, it seems the majority of people rewarded in this company are those you put on a happy face but are in fact awful at their job. It is extremely difficult to sit back and watch many people receive awards who are highly undeserving and who I know I've probably done more of their job for them then they've done themselves.

Favoritism:
As long as you kiss enough rear end you will pretty much et away with murder.

I could name current employees who have broken policies with no reproductions, including;
Having sexual relations with their employees for an extended period of time,
Sexual harassment against women including crude comments and inappropriate touching,
Targeting specific employees for termination,
Ill-lawful and forceful termination,
Part-time employees being ASKED to work off the clock,
Part-time and salary employees forced to spend money out of their own pocket for program supplies,
Supervisors creating a hostile work environment for those who work below them...

Appreciation:
You wont get any! You will always know what you've done wrong but will rarely be recognized when you do something right. If you accept a position with them, just know, your only doing it for the kids.

It is so sad to see a company with such a great mission have so many people with such poor morals.

Advice to Senior ManagementBring Sue Cornell Back!
She is the best thing that ever happened to THINK Together and in my opinion, the company went down the drain when she left.

Stop playing favorites and actually listen to your site coordinators. We aren't complaining if it's the truth..don't take the QACs word for it, do a TRUE investigation.

People don't say anything due to fear of retaliation... say what you want, but we all know it happens. Why would I go to HR and let them know I'm being harassed by my supervisor if I know all they will do is give them a slap on the hand and I will still have to work under them...??????? The company creates enough of a hostile work environment as it is, the last thing anyone would want to do is make it worse for themselves.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Aug 19, 2013

THINK Together does not condone sexual harassment or harassment of any kind in the workplace, nor do we ever make program leaders work off the clock. THINK Together is committed to providing a work ... More

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Do it for the kids

Program Leader (Former Employee)
Ontario, CA

I worked at THINK Together part-time for less than a year

ProsDirect Contact with students and knowing you are making an impact on them day to day with your work. A great team of co-workers.

ConsUnrealistic expectations for goals, no mentoring for new program leaders. They keep a list of when you make mistakes and put you on an improvement plan if you are not satisfying. No respect for new employees and what it takes to be an educator.

Advice to Senior ManagementA school is not a business, your supervisors crush the souls of up and coming educators.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Waste of time. Unappreciated to say the least.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Santa Ana, CA

I worked at THINK Together full-time for less than a year

ProsI met some great people! I love their mission and values to help children.

ConsI met some "not so great" people. Who you work with everyday will impact your attitude and willingness to be a part of the team. I was not so fortunate and wish I was hired for a different position, a different office, and reported to a different supervisor. A very sad experience.

Advice to Senior ManagementHumiliation, playing favorites, and name calling is unacceptable and unprofessional. Not too many of us will stick around.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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