Children's Home + Aid

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Children's Home + Aid Reviews

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
18 Reviews

2.7
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Loved The Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    surrounded by great managers who share the same passion as you do of working with youth, women, and families. Loved how much they go out of their way to make sure they have a impact on those they interact with

    Cons

    there aren't any down sides to this company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Children's Home + Aid is Rewarding

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Rockford, IL

    Pros

    The atmosphere at Children's Home and Aid is the most rewarding. We are like a big family here and everyone here is so friendly and helpful. There are many staff who have been working here for over 20 years and they love it. I have personally been here for 6 years and only would leave if I started my own business or won the lottery! They are so family friendly and have received awards from the United Way for being a Family Friendly Workplace.

    Cons

    The fact that it is a non-profit agency makes it difficult at times to stay within the tight budgets. Sometimes management is so loyal, they have a hard time getting rid of staff who are not good workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!!

    Recommends
  3.  

    I enjoy working for Children's Home + Aid.

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    Current Employee - After School Instructor  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - After School Instructor in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    This company does good work. It helps bring programming to kids who are less fortunate. You get to network with other schools and share talents and ideas.

    Cons

    Most instructors hired to do programming do so as contractor. As such, one only gets paid once a month and have to take care of their own taxes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great of you could offer the availability of being hired to your contractors.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Reputable company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Reputable company who treats their clients like family. I was proud to work for them. Great boss, team/coworkers. Flex time so you didn't burn out. Yearly pay increases.

    Cons

    Meager pay, as with most social services jobs, at least entry level. Little room for advancement within my particular sector (foster care services). Pay increase yearly was little to nothing and other opportunities for increased pay all part of "Career ladder" with close to impossible standards. Little room for balance btw Paperwork and field work, one seemed to always suffer in order to meet standards from agency handed down by DCFS which changed pretty often.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Different and Unique

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Caring and supportive employees
    Build your experience
    Establish lasting relationships
    Dedicated employees
    Great wellness program
    Strong client teacher relationship
    Community based programs

    Cons

    Not enough opportunity for growth and development for employees seeking higher education and career change.
    Improve communication channels within the different sites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and support employees need for improvement and career change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good at my level, not so much above me

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I have a good supervisor who allows me the flexibility I need to do my job well. The atmosphere in my office is very family oriented. The majority of the employees do quality work and do care about the children and families served.

    Cons

    Too much weight at the executive level, not enough IT support (there should be at least one IT person in each area, stop making them travel all over), not enough communication between upper management and lower levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using all sorts of consultants to come up with half-baked ideas that don't work with the day-to-day staff. Communicate upcoming projects across regions better. Take time to recognize that a lot of "average Joes" can contribute lots of small amounts instead of always looking for the biggest donors to make major donations. Stop being cheerleaders and shadow staff to see what we really do.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Rewarding experience but management was a nightmare

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    Former Employee - Family Counselor/Therapist  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Family Counselor/Therapist in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Many opportunities for professional development, salary incentives when you became licensed, and working with the clients was very rewarding.
    Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Management was very unprofessional, cliquish, and non supportive. I had issues with my direct supervisor and when I went her boss to share my concerns, she ignored them and immediately took my supervisor's side without investigating my claims.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All managers/ coordinators should recieve supervisory training annually so that they can be effective leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Varied company depending on where you work

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    -The mission of children's home + aid is to support disadvantaged children and their families so being able to be a part of that is rewarding
    -They provide a lot of different kinds of services to at need families

    Cons

    -Working in a preschool that is understaffed is one of the most stressful things you can do ever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Ensure classrooms are properly staffed considering how difficult the students are and be more involved in the classrooms even if that means hiring someone to cover whatever is taking up time in the office. Not saying they should micro manage but employees appreciate helpful direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Better than most, but still not the best place to teach...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The location is good, the facility is better than most, decent benefits, small class sizes.

    Cons

    Management lacks flexibility and communication skills. Not much support, inadequate breaks and very understaffed. Management does not listen to teaching staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your staff and listen to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Shady practices, poor management, mistreated staff, blatant disregard for staff morale

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    Pros

    Benefits, location, some talented staff

    Cons

    Career Ladder, unfair scheduling and pay practices. No respect. Terrible communication from management, stressful atmosphere, cliques, bullying, director won't listen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff, especially their pay concerns and management policies. Use common sense, be fair. Reexamine staff attendance. Many salaried employees take advantage and do not pull their weight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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