Allendale Association

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Allendale Association Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
3 Reviews
2.6
3 Reviews

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Mary Shahbazian
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  1.  

    Opportunities for advancement with little pay increase

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice Campus and Good Mission

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Support Specialist  in  Lake Villa, IL
    Current Employee - User Support Specialist in Lake Villa, IL

    I have been working at Allendale Association full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Allendale is located on 100+ acres in Lake Villa, IL. Their overall mission is a great one that helps kids and you get a part in that. There are a lot of nice people who work here and really do care about the kids they serve.

    Cons

    If you work her in a support services capacity, outside of direct care and education, then there may not be many opportunities for advancement within the organization. There can seem like a lot of red tape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees sometimes feel undervalued by management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher's Assistant
    Current Employee - Teacher's Assistant

    I have been working at Allendale Association

    Pros

    Ability to serve underprivileged youth
    Appreciate individuals from different walks of life
    Have a lot of responsibility on your shoulders (teaching, disciplining, mentoring/counseling, not to mention necessary administrative duties)

    Cons

    Stressful atmosphere/ Challenging clientel/ Compensation /Physical Restraints on youth/ Chance of physical harm for staff is very likely/ Youth can be unappreciative or ungrateful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher wages
    Security in place so staff does not need to perform physical restraints on youth
    Two teachers in the room (1 at all times to maintain efficiency and flow of educational material)

    Doesn't Recommend

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