Center for Discovery

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Center for Discovery Reviews

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
18 Reviews
3.4
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Salary

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    Current Employee - Nurse in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Nurse in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Center for Discovery

    Pros

    Rewarding job good work done

    Cons

    Crap pay tedious, chaotic and crazy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Counselor

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    Current Employee - Counselor in Whittier, CA
    Current Employee - Counselor in Whittier, CA

    I have been working at Center for Discovery full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn about eating disorders and the treatment of them. The team is wonderful and I really like the location. Great team to work with and grow. A lot of room for advancement.

    Cons

    Salary to start was low. I had a conflict with one other staff member when I started, but that was resoled. Working with the clients can be sad when they do not want to recover and refuse to work in treatment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Love these kids!!

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    Current Employee - Counselor in Whittier, CA
    Current Employee - Counselor in Whittier, CA

    I have been working at Center for Discovery full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a great place to work with some great people. We work with emotionally unstable teens and help them and their families get back on track. I am a masters student and love working at CFD. I am able to gain some hours toward my internship and get paid doing it! The kids here are difficult and need a lot of support. I am learning form them every day.

    Cons

    I wish I made more money, as we all do. When I first started I had to work mostly nights and weekends. Great for when I was in school but would now like some more day shifts. Sometimes the clients parents can be rude to staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always let all staff know about openings to move up in the organization. Offer less expensive benefits package. Would be great to have even more trainings and CEU available in the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Don't let a few bad apples fool you-CFD is the best in the business

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Center for Discovery full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've worked at several behavioral health companies and CFD is the best in terms of its philosophy. Supportive ambitious leadership, major growth opportunities, 401K, awesome coworkers. no matter your position you have opportunities for your voice to be heard and give feedback

    Cons

    Of course working in mental health treatment especially residential can be challenging but that's anywhere; low pay for counselors but if you're getting your hours then it's not a big deal. benefits got better this year but still have a ways to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make staff appreciation a priority-it has gone a long way. let go of the employees that have no right being there (or in the mental health field at all); but to be fair it seems like with the size of this company its running pretty well; Dr. Brown visits each facility, has an open door policy and if you've ever heard him talk is clearly a very intelligent and humble guy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The best place I have ever worked!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Counsleor III in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Counsleor III in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at Center for Discovery full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of room for advancement. I have moved up in this company several times. They help me grow as a person and always give me feedback and ways to improve and grow. A company that honestly cares about the clients and staff. Great place to learn daily. Able to help people on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Can be emotionally draining. Some co-workers are negative and not professional. I see a lot of negative reviews from staff that were let go or never should have worked here. It is sad. I would like the health insurance to be a bit better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. Wish we all had the time to know each other personally. While this is a big and growing company, a senior management person always speaks to me when I text or call. Keep improving the benefits each year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love working at the Whittier house

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    Current Employee - Therapist in Whittier, CA
    Current Employee - Therapist in Whittier, CA

    I have been working at Center for Discovery full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Super laid-back work atmosphere, very tight-knit team, lots of flexibility to individualize the therapeutic work for each client.

    Lots of opportunities to grow within the company -- the company is opening up new houses all the time, and lots of people are getting promoted or getting transfers based on their career/family plans.

    Cons

    Therapists are paid pretty well here, but many of the other positions are low-paying for what they are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Clinical Outreach

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    Current Employee - Clinical Outreach
    Current Employee - Clinical Outreach

    I have been working at Center for Discovery full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful and supportive company to work for. Management is always wanting to hear new ideas and feedback from staff. Outreach position is flexible and the team is amazing!

    Cons

    Pay is comparable to other treatment facilities but could be higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening and engaging your employees, it is of great value.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great experience, emotionally tough

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Center for Discovery full-time

    Pros

    . There are a lot of supportive staff. The Facility Administrator is awesome- great to have as a boss and is a genuinely nice person. The program director is super nice and willing to talk with all the staff. The company is growing which provides lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    The work is very emotionally draining. It is extremely hard to work with adolescents- they can be disrespectful and downright hurtful. But this is to be expected when working with emotionally disturbed teenagers! The pay is comparable to other residential facilities- I wish the pay was better but that is the same for mental health care all around! If you are a good worker, you may have to pick up the slack for other employees so your shift runs smoothly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great job but not forever

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    Current Employee - Counselor
    Current Employee - Counselor

    I have been working at Center for Discovery

    Pros

    Coworkers are supportive. The difficult days are balanced by rewarding days. Immediate supervisors show that they value you as an employee. Great experience for future positions

    Cons

    Emotionally challenging job. The constructs of the company make self care time difficult to incorporate. The benefits package is surprisingly bad for a company in healthcare

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    When you are up you are up and when you are down you are down.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Primary Therapist in Whittier, CA
    Current Employee - Primary Therapist in Whittier, CA

    I have been working at Center for Discovery full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Education, Training and Supervision are free. This company has the right idea, and employees that really care. Co-workers are enjoyable. As the company expands, so do the job opportunities, which is great. Casual, flexible, supervisor is approachable. Great learning experience.

    Cons

    Communication, between team, management and so on.
    Compensation, fair but not enough compared to the amount of work.
    High Turn over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training's are great for the most part it would be nice to have CEU training that can be counted by the BBS, to ensure we are all up to date and compliant with BBS.
    Compensation could be improved to keep a more consistent team.
    Benefits (sick and vacation leave)- could be better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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