Center for Urban Community Service (CUCS)

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    Doing great work for homeless & disadvantaged individuals & families.

    Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThey really value work/life balance and have been complimentary over successes. They utilize measures to provide great service and research to refine and innovate the human services industry. They provide direct services across NYC & work with human service agencies in developing and implementing their programs through training & consulting from coast to coast.

    ConsThey work very closely with government and that culture can easily rub off on a non-profit. The organization can be siloed and would benefit from breaking down those barriers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to be open to new ideas and think about culture because it eventually causes issues for even the most well established organizations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a bad place to start your social work career

    Social Worker I (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsTeam environment, lots of training, slow adjustment to job, friendly staff, competitive pay for entry MSW position (includes clinical supervision toward LCSW), clear career path for social workers to become supervisors and managers

    ConsDifficult for non MSWs to advance, focus on paperwork, slow computers and digital paperwork system. Little distinction between social workers and case managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStaff need new computers!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fabulous employer, competent staff, great service provision

    Administrative Director (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSenior management is highly competent, ethical, committed, and accessible. The quality of programs is top notch. Salaries are higher than other Social Service agencies and expectations are high. I had to go on medical leave due to cancer, and the care and treatment I received during this ordeal was amazing; particularly given that I'd not worked there that long. I can't recommend the agency enough.

    ConsThe downsides are really more of a downside of working in social services in general, lower pay than other fields, constantly dealing with human suffering, vicarious trauma. However, if one IS to work in the field, this is one of the best places to do so.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    so much potential, just needs better management

    (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Prosinteresting place to work, decent salary for recent MSW grads.

    Consone word, management! you are often supervised by people that are ill equipped to be in their role. not all but many either have had no training in being a supervisor or have no idea what work you do, or both. too much focus on paperwork and meeting funding requirements, not enough focus on staff development and assisting staff with managing their workload. burnout is a serious but under addressed issue here.

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat your staff well and the rest will fall into place.

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    Underpaid and little perks in comparison to other orgnanizations who provide similar services.

    Case Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThey do important work in serving the community. Programs offered to consumers are excellent.

    ConsMostly require MSW for promotions and positions, other social service-orientated degrees are not recognized (ie, education, psychology, sociology, public administration). Credentialing is awkward and previous experience in the field not recognized. Masters degree with little experience outweighed many years of experience and a bachelors and graduate studies in process. As a graduate student, little was done in assisting with my education despite policies in the handbook. No tuition assistance if degree is not MSW.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide an overhaul to agency policies. Diversify education requirements, not just MSW- especially if not directly involved in clinical service provision. Recognize that a masters degree is great but experience is better. Combining a masters degree with experience even greater yet. Have worked with individuals who do not possess real world experience in the human service nonprofit field and are given leadership positions soley because they possess a masters degree- totally inefficient. For an agency with diverse sources of funding, staff is poorly compensated. Unless of course you are a board member.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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