ESF Camps Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    A fun filled experience surrounded by caring people

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    Current Employee - Coach  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Coach in New York, NY

    I have been working at ESF Camps part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It is a Fun atmosphere with children and educational adults interested in boosting the summer experience for all involved

    Cons

    Children. Lots and lots of children. You will come home at the end of the day mentally and physically exhausted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the employees more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great Staff, Overbearing Management

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    Former Employee - Counselor  in  Haverford, PA
    Former Employee - Counselor in Haverford, PA

    I worked at ESF Camps as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The counselors and staff are all great to work with. The camp has a lot of financial resources and offers a lot of diverse things for the kids. The kids are also a joy to work with week in and week out, and their parents usually tip well at the end of summer.

    Cons

    The pay, which as a counselor is minimum wage. For the amount of responsibility we had, the pay was essentially slave wages. You would think that a camp this expensive would pay its employees better, but you'll make as much as a McDonalds employee flipping burgers. Also, management is incredibly overbearing and as an employee you constantly fear breaking one of their over-the-top rules and getting fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so overbearing and allow the counselors and staff the freedom they need to do their job that they know how to do. Also, pay a fair wage because minimum wage is absolutely insane for the amount of work we do to bring in the company a lot of money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Feels like high school for 20-something year olds.

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard/Swim Instructor  in  Lawrenceville, NJ
    Former Employee - Lifeguard/Swim Instructor in Lawrenceville, NJ

    I worked at ESF Camps for less than a year

    Pros

    The model and values that the company is based on is great.
    Provide lifeguard/ CPR training.
    Lots opportunities for overtime.
    Very structured (which isn't really my style, but can be good for others).
    You grow really close to your staff.
    The kids are adorable.

    Cons

    Very cliquey staff.
    Middle management only promote their friends.
    Minimum wage for counselors (slightly higher for employees).
    No matter how much outside experience you have, if you are new to the camp they treat you like you have no idea what you are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The overall model model and passion is there, but there seems to be a breakdown in structure somewhere down the management line.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Love the Campers, Unimpressed with Management

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    Current Employee - Day Camp Employee  in  Haverford, PA
    Current Employee - Day Camp Employee in Haverford, PA

    I have been working at ESF Camps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Love the campers and camp parents! They are an absolute joy.

    Cons

    Management is too quick to accuse employees of breaking one of their excessive rules. Communication between management and employees, especially "Rookies," is abysmal. Camper's days are so structured that there is little time for free play and overall creativity. Pay is minimum wage for a position that requires a significant amount of preparation before, during, and after work hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should spend more time encouraging and fostering the growth of their employees as a means of improving the camp's overall product and increasing employee retention. The amount of employees that I see getting fired mid-camp every year is a negative reflection on the camp's style of employee management. Working with children is serious business, however, the employees should not be engulfed with so many rules that it is impossible to enjoy the experience in fear of repercussions.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    A reason to return

    Former Employee - Counselor  in  Newtown Square, PA
    Former Employee - Counselor in Newtown Square, PA

    I worked at ESF Camps full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nights and weekends off, fun co-workers, fun work (if you like kids), and great experience and networks if you want to be a teacher.

    Cons

    Low pay, micromanaging supervisors, and so many rules. Focus is on avoiding liability, not the kids

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the counselors have a little freedom!

  7.  

    Best Summer Camp I've Worked For

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    Current Employee - Counselor  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Counselor in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at ESF Camps part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    LOTS of activities offered, high energy from everyone, kids are very excited to be there, the directors at this camp knows how to run a camp, family flings, and literally so much more (rock wall, plays, art, engineering, photography, sports, swimming pool, quest challenges, etc. etc. etc.) If you like working with kids, this is the place to go. I've worked at a summer camp before, and it was no where near as exciting as this one.

    Cons

    Hot, hot, hot, and humid summer days spent partially (sometimes mainly) outdoors. Days can seem long and draining. OK pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management works well. I have zero complaints for any of the directors or even staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Internally disfuctional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESF Camps part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Children love the end product. Staff is fun loving and energetic

    Cons

    Management is terminally late on deliverables. Organizational culture is cult like. Repetative propoganda leads to a blind employee loyalty. Diversity is dismal at best. Owners exploit their human capital for company gain. Management is entrechened and change adverse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None! They already have wise counsel which they ingnore

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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