AMIkids Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
8 Reviews
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    Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMIkids full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with the kids who need help the most

    Cons

    Those who are serious about their jobs do all of the work and those who don't sit back with no consequences. Those who do actually get the job done must work overtime to accomplish this, but no overtime pay is allotted. Some management is poor, illogical, and some even undermine the very behavioral modification foundation on which many programs are based. The company overall is disorganized, and this trickles down to the apparent disorganization in every program I have seen. As a result, most often than not, the hard workers who get the job done and do it right end up leaving the company, which leaves the latter to move on up in the ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain and promote the good workers. See through the workplace drama, bureaucracy, ulterior motives, and manipulation and eliminate the nonsense... it's supposed to be all about the kids, so can't people just act like real, respectful adults towards each other?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Glass Ceiling

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor  in  Cuba, NM
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Cuba, NM

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

    Pros

    A consistent job in some rural areas.

    Cons

    Inconsistent staff leads to people being called in on days off and very little professional development opportunities available. Corporate staff (corporate office is out of Florida) is very disconnected from the campuses that are not nearby. To get on with the program, you will have to wait quite some time for a background check (takes longer than usual) and training for your individual program (usually takes 2+ weeks to complete, in the past this took less time.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at AMIkids full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working at AMIkids is for people who like to help others. There is possibilities to grow within the program you work for.

    Cons

    The hours worked and the amount of stress does not equal the pay, I went up for two positions and my salary only incremented $2.00. I went from hourly to salary. Therefore salary is not a good option to go for in this company.
    There is allot of favoritism, if you are not liked you are most likely not to succeed.
    The program I worked for, it was very disorganized, allot of fault from staff to the youth and all ED's would cover up so Corp would not know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow qualified staff to go up the ladder. Hire more qualified people. Morale needs to improve in order to keep staff satisfied (salary range is very very poor). Work towards this.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Admirable mission, not for everyone...

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    Former Employee - Treatment Department
    Former Employee - Treatment Department

    I worked at AMIkids full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You have a chance to make a difference, at least temporarily, in the lives of youthful offenders. They have great training but the reality is that you'll rarely find time to apply the skills that you learn.

    Cons

    Management tends to be a "good ole boy" system. If you are female, expect sexual harassment from staff and students. Be careful making reports or you may be subject to retribution. There are constant audits from numerous internal and external agencies. You will be expected to place your work before your family. If you are involved in sports or have a degree from select universities, you should have plenty of opportunities for advancement; otherwise, you're fighting an uphill battle. You will miss important events and holidays with your family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't run off good staff who you have put in a challenging position. Do not engage in retribution when staff reports sexual harassment. If you commit to a verbal contract, follow through on it. Intimidating staff does not motivate them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    stressful

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    Current Employee - LCC
    Current Employee - LCC

    I have been working at AMIkids full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    weekends off, decent pay, that is pretty much it

    Cons

    Staff will throw you under the bus in front of the kids to avoid blame. There is no lunch break or personal break for that matter. The hours are from noon until 8pm and the benefit package is poor. You are expected to know the entire workings of the organization when you walk in the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more professional managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great Mission

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at AMIkids

    Pros

    To help make a psoitive change in the lives of the young people.

    Cons

    Unorganized, low morale, and poor communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an enviroment that include or invite others professional opinion. Create an eviroment of trust and disban the good ole boy network.

  8.  

    Rewarding but stressful

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    Current Employee - Director of Treatment
    Current Employee - Director of Treatment

    I have been working at AMIkids

    Pros

    Many training opportunities. Work that makes a difference.

    Cons

    Promotions within the company become limited after middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to talent that may walk away when upward mobility becomes limited.

  9.  

    AMIkids

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMIkids

    Pros

    Teaching students who otherwise would not attend school is the most rewarding part of working for AMIkids. Watching them grow, both educationally and personally, is worth every moment.

    Cons

    School is year round, with no breaks other than Federal Holidays. Teachers make less than the county they work in, and work more hours. There is little incentive to keep teachers at schools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    AMIkids leaders would benefit from offering more incentives to their staff. Whether it be half a day off for employee of the month, to a simple "great job today!"

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