Boys Town Reviews

Updated June 16, 2015
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Boys Town President & National Executive Director The Rev. Steven E. Boes
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  1. Treated like a resident

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Youth Care Worker in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Youth Care Worker in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Boys Town (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    -working with kids
    -two weeks worth of paid training
    -benefits are good.
    -free meals when you are on shift.

    Cons

    -hours. Hired to work second shift, then constantly put on first shift. Then told that this should be my number one priority.
    -management talks to you just like you are taught to talk to the residents.
    -constantly micromanaged and judge on every move.
    -no breaks during shift.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a better way to speak to employees under you. Speaking to them the same way you are speaking to the children, make us feel belittled.


  2. Foster Family Supervisor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Foster Family Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Foster Family Supervisor in Washington, DC

    I worked at Boys Town

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, set your own schedule, there are no other pros

    Cons

    Poor supervision and management, no one knows whats going on, except the social workers working with the families, but management is unsupportive


  3. Cover Ups

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boys Town

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Father Flanagan had a dream and a for housing and hrlping at-risk youth.

    Cons

    Father Flanagan's vision for at-risk youth has become distorted under its current leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Stop covering up leadership's incompetencies and substance issues.


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  5. Terrible Administration

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Direct Care in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Direct Care in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Boys Town full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Helping children that have never been given a chance to succeed in life.

    Cons

    Prideful and lording administrative staff with a lack of perspective

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on money sources and more on staff support


  6. Bad workplace

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Family Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Family Teacher in New York, NY

    I worked at Boys Town full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great training program and promises of a fulfilling work. You feel you are making a difference

    Cons

    Bad management. Neglect of workers

    Advice to Management

    Do more for your workers


  7. Helpful (1)

    ......salaries at a charity organization

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

    I have been working at Boys Town

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ...you do and have always helped children...

    Cons

    .......you should have more full time and less part-time employees.....and pay them all a wage above poverty level....

    Advice to Management

    ........management to top executives make far too much money for a non-profit...


  8. Alright

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

    I worked at Boys Town full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits, fairly consistent schedule

    Cons

    Performance reviews were unfairly conducted, no advancement if you disagreed with management on anything, no support from supervisors when dealing with difficult situations.

    Advice to Management

    It's impossible to do your job correctly and well when the administration does not back you up on procedural things when issues on why you took the actions you did come into question. It is difficult enough to work the particular population of youth without being afraid for your job if a situation could arise and the way you were taught to handle things is not supported by the administration.


  9. I had three different directors, and all were the same.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Boys Town full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The youth, benefits from the start.

    Cons

    Management management management. I'm not a disgruntled employee who was fired and just complaining to complain. I am a current employee going on three years who has done well within the organization. I stay for the kids and the experience. Directors and managers are beyond rigid. The entire model revolves around positive reinforcement, empathy and praise. The two programs I've worked in couldn't be worse about those three things. The model isn't made to be rigid; it only works if each employee is allowed to be themselves while teaching, verses being a robot that the kids don't respect. Problem is, management is never there to actually observe...they rely on looking at your teaching interactions on paper and go off ratios. They have absolutely no skills when it comes to using positive reinforcement with their employees either. They only give feedback when it's something you're doing wrong. I'll stop here because I could go forever...oh and pay is NOT GOOD.

    Advice to Management

    Act like you actually care if we were to stay or go and listen and accept our feedback for once. Also, pay is awful for the hours and stress involved.


  10. Management needs a change

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boys Town

    Pros

    Touching the lives of the youth, coworkers, and good learning experience. Benefits right off the start. Orientation was very thorough.

    Cons

    Pay, little opportunity for growth, management is rigid and encouraged punitive teaching. Experience very dependent on home you were placed in.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the low-man with more respect. We teach these kids social skills that much of the management lack themselves. Punitive teaching is encouraged by many administrators. Don't have a heart for the kids cuz your leaders will make you feel like you're too soft if you do. They make it all about the numbers and don't care how much you really impact the youth's behavior. They would rather all staff were robots. Pay it's awful for the stress involved. At least make some sort of incentive to stay and then you wouldn't have such high turn-over.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Humility needs to start at the top

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boys Town full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, helping families and children in need, working to fulfill Father Flanagan's legacy, the opportunity to work with like-minded people, rewarding, ability to see benefits of your work.

    Cons

    The structure at Boys Town is very rigid and does not allow for career development. I have witnessed employees who did not meet the qualifications of a position get promoted based on the fact they were a good friend of someone in senior management. There is hardly any accountability for managers and they (the ones I have been in contact with) take full advantage of this. As another review mentioned, I have also seen supervisors and directors become extremely defensive when an issue is brought up (instead of being open to talking about it and being solution-focused). In my time here, it seems as though the management takes the easy way out and tries to cover up problems instead of fixing them.

    Advice to Management

    Humility and accountability needs to start at the top. Focus on the kids instead of the "business" of Boys Town.



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