Casa Pacifica Reviews

Updated July 12, 2015
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  1. great environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front Desk and Transportation Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Front Desk and Transportation Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Casa Pacifica full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours, very good environment and great team of employees. Also, excellent employers.

    Cons

    No space to grow as an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Have better benefits.


  2. Wonderful Company!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Casa Pacifica (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture, close relationships with management

    Cons

    Lower pay than average & high employee turnover


  3. Needs work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You get to work with challenging kids. Most of the staff that work directly with the kids are awesome.

    Cons

    Many. Budget issues and a dsconnect with senior management and the needs of rest of organization. Lots of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Less focus on money, more on the kids, invest in staff too. They are the real backbone of the company.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Love working with kids, but this non-profit does not look after its employees

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Youth Development Specialist in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Youth Development Specialist in Camarillo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Casa Pacifica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with children and seeing all the programs available to families/children in crisis is wonderful. It is definitely a rewarding job in that the time and energy you devote to these kids is genuinely needed and appreciated. It is also really fun working with the kids, a lot of the job is play and going on off campus "outings" with the kids. So work some days consist of an afternoon at the beach and then ice cream before heading back to campus.

    Cons

    Lunch breaks are taken on the job so there's no time to really relax or unwind and enjoy a meal in peace. You must stay on campus for your lunch and are occasionally given one 10 minute break during a shift. This becomes stressful when shifts can last anywhere between 8-10hrs.

    Advice to Management

    I think there should be more general support for on the floor staff who spend the majority of the time with the children. It can be a very high stress job, and without some extra support can lead to burnout which might explain the high employee turnover. Offer coffee, snacks, 10-15min breaks, and maybe work on making the break rooms a little more relaxing. I think office staff take for granted the stressfulness of the job for floor staff and don't offer enough support.


  6. Fantastic place to make info a career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist in Camarillo, CA
    Current Employee - Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist in Camarillo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Casa Pacifica full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Rewarding experience and a chance to change lives. -Lackluster pay is made up for by great benefits! -Supervisors and management team are on your side. They will go up to bat for you if you are honest, and are understanding about mistakes or shortcomings. -Plenty of people in every department have been with Casa Pacifica for a long time. These people all started in direct care, and if they're willing to stay for 10+ years, you know that management is doing something right.

    Cons

    It's the mental health field, so don't expect to get rich by working here. Staff turn-over is higher on campus as opposed to community services as well, so keep that in mind.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the wonderful work, and look into ways to invest even more in you employees hoping to make their career at Casa Pacifica!


  7. Helpful (1)

    It is what it is

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Casa Pacifica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As far as agencies go, employees, leadership, etc., some of the best.

    Cons

    Little compensation, however, hired at will and exempt status, so you might be expected to work 50-80 hours on any given week and it doesn't matter. Upper/Senior management will make decisions as they please, with a focus on residential services, turning a blind eye on Community Based Services, staff, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Think before you act.


  8. Helpful (3)

    challenging position. frequently clueless and out-of-touch leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great staff team many of the kids become like family good training and benefits

    Cons

    senior leadership seemed totally disconnected with staff needs. different departments often undermined one another with kids.


  9. Helpful (4)

    A tough job, any way you look at it.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Casa Pacifica full-time

    Pros

    Working with troubled children can be very rewarding when interventions are effective. The employees have a good sense of humor. The work is never boring. The activities staff are required to participate in with the children are diverse, fun, and interesting.

    Cons

    The hours are long and overtime follows a nonstandard structure--only work over 40 hours a week is considered overtime, and 12 or 16 hour days are compensated without overtime. Breaks are rare. The youth/clients can be aggressive and very disrespectful. Communication between shifts can be inconsistent.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that floor staff are compensated more fairly; they are the backbone of the organization and in order to keep them happy, standard overtime structures and break schedules should be adhered to.



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