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    Opportunities for advancement with little pay increase

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    Current Employee - Residential Services in Lake Villa, IL
    Current Employee - Residential Services in Lake Villa, IL

    I have been working at Allendale Association full-time


    The agency has limitless opportunities for over-time, so you can work as much as you want. They also allow residential employees to work in the educational services at the school in an equivalent position, so you can work day time hours as well. The benefits are well taken care of, but the premiums have gone up.


    You are at the mercy of DCFS as well as the clients. Depending on who you know, and how essential you are to the program, if a client lies about something you have "done", you may or may not be let go with no evidence of misbehavior. It is also a very "watch your own back" type of environment. It all depends on who you are close with and who you know. The agency has many flaws, as all residential treatment facilities do, so it's hard to say whether they are any better than any other agency. The biggest problem I have noticed overall is that employees are not compensated for the amount of stress and work that they have to deal with. The pay is the biggest con for this agency.

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    Management should take a better stance in standing by their employees. They need to make it apparent that we should all stand together as a team in order to make the company as a whole, better. When employees feel as though they are disposable and likely to be fired with any mis-steps, it is hard to create a positive work environment--which negatively affects the clients in turn.

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    Youth Care Worker Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lake Villa, IL
    Anonymous Employee in Lake Villa, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Allendale Association in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    I had a single interview where I was asked about my education and personal experiences in psychology, mental health, and working with kids, which seemed to go well despite the interviewer being somewhat overly assertive or even aggressive, until he commented that I was "too relaxed." This seemed to imply that I was naive about the job and organization (I wasn't) and that I should have been more intense and aggressive like he was.

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    • Not so much difficult as unexpected: I was shown a video clip (the first time I've ever been asked questions related to a video example) of a group of children playing basketball where two of the children proceeded to fight over the game.The interviewer paused the video and asked what I would do in that situation. After answering, he let the video continue playing and asked me questions about how the adults (clearly those employed in positions similar to the one for which I was applying) responded to the situation.   Answer Question
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Top Entry Level Employers, CollegeGrad, 2009

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Headquarters Lake Villa, IL
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1897
Type Company - Private
Industry Non-Profit
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

Allendale Association is a private, not-for-profit social service agency serving children and adolescents with moderate to profound emotional and behavioral disabilities. These youth and their families receive care and treatment through Allendale's residential treatment programs, day treatment special education schools or from our community based clinical programs and... More

Mission: Allendale Association is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to excellence and innovation in the care, education, treatment and advocacy for troubled... More

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