THINK Together

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THINK Together Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
105 Reviews
2.7
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Randy Barth
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The organization is truly making a difference in the lives of the students in the communities they serve (in 9 reviews)

  • Great learning experience while working with kids (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Think Together expects program leaders to lead as if they are experienced teachers but I'm not a teacher (in 23 reviews)

  • Change program operations rules constantly without input from Site Coordinators (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not a bad job if you are good with kids

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sub Program Leader in Victorville, CA
    Current Employee - Sub Program Leader in Victorville, CA

    I have been working at THINK Together part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It will give you experience working with kids and look good on a resume if you are going into a related field.

    Cons

    Training isn't all that great or prepares you for handling the kids. No shadowing or supervision in the field either. The job is real just a stepping stone or a filler job till you can move on to something better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need more training on the job, instead of 2 days of just sitting around talking about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Idea, Bad Implementation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Leader in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Program Leader in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at THINK Together part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the kids are wonderful and you walk away feeling like you've made a difference in their lives. Sometimes the only place they can be kids is after school and Think provides that for them. The staff at my site are also great and very accepting of questions.

    Cons

    Where do I start? The lack of organization makes it so that Program Leaders are just thrust into the classroom without guidance or support. I did not properly know how to manage my classroom and things got out of hand fast. Also because Think dissuades leaders from properly punishing chlidren (ie. sending them to the office, making them sit out of physical activity, etc.) the kids take advantage of this and get out of hand. What's the use of having "academic enrichment" when they've already been sitting in the classroom for seven hours?? Let them run around, draw, talk to their friends and just be kids. This could be a great opportunity for kids if only implemented correctly.

    My SC was nice but very aloof and unhelpful in some circumstances. I felt that having over 20 kids in the classroom (state limit is 20:1 ratio, how are they getting away with this?) was too overwhelming at times and that I needed less kids so that they could enjoy themselves. Really? 24 kids in a class? Come one, you can do better Think.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for incoming PL's to shadow and observe a classroom BEFORE they get their own. All that training in the beginning amounted to nothing because it's the practice that counts, NOT the fluffy stuff at training. You are not paid enough as PL's to handle this, please consider paying more or allowing more hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    PLEASE READ THIS RANDY BARTH! Your company is causing lots of health issues!

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

    I have been working at THINK Together

    Pros

    Some of the relationships you build with your coworkers, getting a chance to change students lives and make a difference, resume builder, GM Fernando truly cares about his people!

    Cons

    Where do I start....? Yes it is so bad working for THINK Together. So I have been with THINK Together for over 4 years and have been a Program Leader and Site Coordinator. Here are my concerns.
    1) QAC's spend way too much time micromanaging SC's and creating colorful little checklist to keep track of everything under the stars in moon instead of coming out to support with sites who are down staff or need support. (Glad someone still have time to create those types of things since your guys pay and status was unaffected.)
    2) The expectation is to keep ADA good and have at least 100 students enrolled however can not provide you with staff to support those numbers. Which cause student to adult ratio to be 35:1 instead of what the state says we should be at which is 20:1. My concern with this would of course be safety. If PLs have too many students this makes us more likely to have accidents. When SCs take a class to help with ratio we can't assist with accidents, answer phones, speak with parents , assist with behavior or check absent list to be sure that everyone is where they should be. QAC's are spread too thin.
    3) SC's were taken off of salary and placed on hourly to "save money" this was not presented as a option and was kind of just forced on us without THINKing about how stressful this would be for the Site Coordinators and their workload. Our job descriptions have NOT changed all they have done was added more to our plates. They simply just changed the wording.
    4) SC hours have went from 8 hours to 7.5 hours to agin "save money" they have made it to where we get no overtime. We are still required to do the same workload with less hours! Wth oh and they are promising that we keep benefits but we can't trust them. Come next year when open enrollment comes they will drop the bomb on use that they want to "save money" by not offering benefits! All of this sound illegal .
    5) When voicing your concerns you are deemed as weak and a complaint that can not handle your job. No it is not that! We are just overworked, unappreciated and overwhelmed. I so stressed that I need to seek professional help to keep me level headed until I am able to quit and move on with my life.
    6) and maybe QAC's should put US on work plans based on what THEY see during these site visits that should be occurring on a normal basis instead of having us drive way to the hub office. We are not being paid enough mileage to go to the hub so may times and to go shopping for sites. Let me not forget regionals and meetings .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1)Get QAC's some support
    2)Train PL's more now that you cut our hours. We don't have much time for on site trainings now due to admin being cut.
    3) Value our hard work.
    4) rethink our work load duties ASAP!
    5) send support out for sites that are understaffed with a large number of students !
    6) start showing that you CARE by coming out to sites to see concerns

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    What a disaster!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Coordinator in West Covina, CA
    Current Employee - Site Coordinator in West Covina, CA

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

    Pros

    You get to work with children in a school setting. The teachers and staff can make your job more enjoyable.

    Cons

    Miscommunication is the worse in this computer. There were sudden changes made and employees were not taken into account.

    High turnover of staff, more specifically, program leaders. Management don't really do their job to assist others in times of need. HR always, I mean always sweeps things under the rug. I'm surprised some of the people working in the office are still there. No other company would allow supervisors to have friendships with their Site Coordinator! Or having the QAC asking their SC's to do shopping or lunch with her. There's a lot of trash talking via email between QAC's and SC's. What's the role of a QAC??? At least the one we have does nothing, but delegates responsibilities to her SC's. How can we do it all if our hours just got cut!

    At the end, you can't share your opinion without being labeled as the "complainer". No one takes your concerns or opinions. GM is new and we hope he can finally do something about this favoritism that does occur among QAC's and their SC's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please check with your SC's, you'll be surprised what type of things are going on. Make sure your QAC is where she said she is. There's not enough support out there. Dropping off materials is not considered a site visit people! Please give your employees the raise they need.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Get it Together THINK!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Leader in Azusa, CA
    Former Employee - Program Leader in Azusa, CA

    I worked at THINK Together part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with most students, teachers and staff was often fun and fulfilling. Personal growth and learning to be flexible was a plus. Friendly coworkers and generous coordinators. Field trips were always offered with pay. Off-site meeting were paid and lunch was often provided.

    Cons

    Low pay, high turnover rate, hours were constantly changed or cut to save money. People are hired and promoted based on knowing someone within THINK. Having to deal with school politics and uncooperative administrators and teachers at times. The burden of student retention was placed on the staff and classes were cancelled without warning. Staff meetings and trainings were basically time fillers with no real staff development. Lesson plans were required but rarely used. Evaluations were a joke and staff members were often told to lie. Supervisors were constantly saving face with upper management and issues were constantly swept under the rug no matter how severe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your supervisors and staff instead of constantly changing policies and procedures. Pay your staff the hours they are promised. Promoting from within is not always a good idea. Work more closely with schools.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Need to work off the clock

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

    I worked at THINK Together (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with kids is amazing. They are so talented and unique in their own way, it's hard not to care for them as if they were family. Fun to plan events for the kids. Sometimes it didn't feel like work. Got to attend school shows/ dances for free.

    Cons

    Little work hours. Not given enough time to plan lessons, write out lesson plans . Had to do it on my own time to have successful programs. Small budget for program. I had to spend from my own money a lot of times ! Little to No support from coordinators. Lots of gossip between staff. Drama with school staff . High expectations with little direction, little training, little budget, and minimal hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff. Don't take complaints personal . And don't be so tight with the budget at the end it's always "we have to spend it" why wait until the end?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's Ok. Only part-time

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at THINK Together

    Pros

    Kids. The only reason that keeps me going are the kids. Co-workers are nice and friendly and the experience helps.

    Cons

    Pay is too low and expectations are way too high. It seems like there is a culture within the management and as a PL I feel like an outcast because management does not get the time to know me or others. The high turn over makes personal coaching non existing because Site Coordinators need to focus their attention again on new PLs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more support for the Program Leader. After all the are in the frontlines and PLs is what makes the foundation of the organization.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unorganized and Thrifty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time
    Current Employee - Part Time

    I have been working at THINK Together part-time

    Pros

    The kids are cute...most of the time. Weekends off.

    Cons

    The training is nothing like what you experience on a daily basis, they will tell you to do something one way today and tell you that way is COMPLETELY wrong the next day and tell you to do it differently and blame you for it. There's no such thing as a misbehaved child at this company only bad Program Leaders. The kids get away with A LOT! You do wayyy too much for the $11/hr pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set clear expectations, program leaders don't need agreements we need pay. Make career advancement something we want instead of offering a 50 cent raise for 5x more work.

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

    Being a Program Leader has helped my multitasking skills, group managing skills, and communication skills.

    Current Employee - Program Leader in Baldwin Park, CA
    Current Employee - Program Leader in Baldwin Park, CA

    I have been working at THINK Together part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    My favorite part of the day is when students rush to me to tell me something that's going on in their lives. It's a rush since I know that, because of the location of my site, I might be the only positive adult figure they can connect with on the daily.

    Cons

    The company is not for profit, so there are many issues.

    I believe their system to send substitute program leaders out to sites is awful, and they aggressively encourage those with permanent positions to not miss work. I once asked for a Wednesday off a month in advance and had the request denied for "the safety of the students"; which sounds like they either don't trust the subs they hire or they don't have enough subs to cover. But being a part time job that isn't even required to guarantee you with 18.75 hrs/week, it ought to be a little easier to ask for time off.

    I say they're not required to guarantee you a minimum amount of hours because in my experience as a PL, the moment my SC finds out my students are getting taken home early for the day and that my class size has gone from 25 to less than 15, she can send me home and split my remaining students up between my coworkers. And because my jr high kids don't have the most engaging curriculum, they always call home to get picked up early. As a result, a PL goes home early. So our pay, again, is affected by something totally out of our hands.

    The job is aimed towards college students, so as a college graduate, I often find myself wishing I could put more time in to improve the way my class goes but also knowing it would go uncompensated and more than likely unnoticed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Substitute training should be more thorough; Jr high curriculum needs improvement; minimum work hours should be fulfilled.

    I like my job. I just don't like feeling like I'm given out so many responsibilities without matching compensation.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    disappointed

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

    I worked at THINK Together part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice Vision, some very nice people . Great Co. if your looking for minimal growth opportunities

    Cons

    Management is terrible. No sense of customer service or professionalism. There are unfair work practices, and they do not provide a good training for new comers. They are a very difficult company to work for because coaching is limited, and if you need a bit of coaching they will try and get you to quit. It is sooo sad that the higher ups no longer remember what the organization represents. Company culture is bad as well, it is not a great place to work if you want to be positive person, or happy. Basically, its not what you think you would experience working for an organization that is geared toward the upward mobility of low income and lower achieving youth. Very unfortunate that this is what are youth are getting these days.
    -High TURNOVER also...wonder why?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a walk in the shoes of the lower down employees. Provide accurate training to newcomers, get rid of RUDE staff who work in the office. It's very unprofessional to have people in positions of power who do not want to be there. And even more unprofessional to have persons work there who have very negative attitudes and who are in coaching positions, but refuse to coach. ADVICE: Evaluate who you want representing your organization. As a NPO image/branding is everything right? Also, train higher ups to speak to employees like they are human and to act more professional (e.g. no eye rolling, staring down employees, yelling at employees, ignoring phone calls, not following dress code etc..). I suggest having office staff come into the field so they are reminded why they do what they do. If not, I worry that such a great Co. will go downhill quick!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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