Eckerd Youth Alternatives Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Change

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Clearwater, FL

    I worked at Eckerd Youth Alternatives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    .................. i had a job

    Cons

    They change so much it makes you wonder if they are aware of the true mission. Change at times is good but when a org chart, title, department changes more than 4 times within a year do you know what your focus is or are you just guessing.

    Advice to Management

    Stability, get focused

  2. Helpful (1)

    Program Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eckerd Youth Alternatives full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with kids and changing lives

    Cons

    Long hours in residential program.

  3. Helpful (1)

    All work, fast burnout. Not for the weak of hearth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eckerd Youth Alternatives

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

    Pros

    Life long friendships and meeting others similar to yourself/coworkers

    Cons

    CONSTANT work, exhausting, not enough support from management.

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  5. Youth counselor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eckerd Youth Alternatives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The boys we work with make a lot of the negatives worth it.

    Cons

    16 hours work days often with no breaks, food is not healthy choices and are given no other choice but to eat it. 4 days on 2 days off, don't let anyone tell you anything else they are lying if thy do. Your pay amounts to $5.30 per hr and its all legal, all of it.

    Advice to Management

    Give the counselor the pay and respect they deserve, move them to hourly pay range 4 10 hr shifts shorten night watch moving them to part time, sorry night wAtch guys. This will add more counselors however it avoids burn out, aggressive staff behaviors due to over work and more time with family.

  6. It was awesome

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    Former Employee - Youth Counselor in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Youth Counselor in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Eckerd Youth Alternatives full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My supervisor, Teresa Stroud was excellent, and supportive.

    Cons

    There was no room for growth within the company

  7. Helpful (1)

    Horrible place. Poor management, poor training, lied to about hours worked.

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    Former Employee - Youth Counselor in Candor, NC
    Former Employee - Youth Counselor in Candor, NC

    I worked at Eckerd Youth Alternatives full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Making a difference in kids lives. Getting to see drastic changes in juvenile offenders.

    Cons

    I was lied to about how much I would be working. I was told they would be moving from 5 days/week to 4 days/week. Once I got there, I found out from coworkers that the management had been using that as incentive for potential employees for over a year. That's an 80-hour work week being advertised as a 64-hour week. The pay doesn't compensate for this either; as a counselor, your salary will be $23,400. The management is desperate for employees because people are quitting constantly and also because they want to increase the size of their program (getting more $$ from the state). Instead of moving to a 4-day work week, they decided to open up another group (more kids, more money).

    I was trained by an employee who was quitting after three months. Most of the time, I was expected to figure out how to manage a group of 12 male juvenile offenders on my own. I was paired with someone who was also brand new, and the most senior counselor was checked out because they, too, were quitting soon. The turnover rate is incredibly high, with most people only staying for about a year.

    You will get assaulted by the boys, but don't expect to be debriefed about it. You're expected to write up a report about the incident without any follow-up or support from supervisors. Overall, there is disorganization and vague, convoluted expectations.

    At the start of a new school semester, I was told the morning of that I would be teaching english that semester. There was no forewarning, training, or materials given ahead of time.

  8. Helpful (5)

    Needs new leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eckerd Youth Alternatives full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission, values and vision. Employees, for the most part, are extremely hard working and really care about the kids.

    Cons

    There's a constant shifting of priorities and personnel...very difficult culture for anyone with feelings or who wants a personal life after 5 pm or on weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Really live the values that are printed on paper and posted everywhere..don't just pay lip service to them.

  9. Helpful (5)

    Not a good company - too much focus on details and not enough emphasis on the overarching goals of helping kids...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL

    I have been working at Eckerd Youth Alternatives (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    coworkers, opportunity, variety, benefits, growth

    Cons

    senior management; management; decision-making, policy

    Advice to Management

    Get your stuff together... Your focus is all wrong and you're losing good people to petty rules and regulations which don't apply... Sorry but the CEO has to go...

  10. Helpful (4)

    long hours, poor pay, little appreciation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eckerd Youth Alternatives full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    having a positive impact on the lives of children; learning a lot about many different areas of social work; the health insurance was spectacular (Florida Blue)

    Cons

    poor pay (2 years and no raise?); poor upper management; high turnover; high caseloads; little support from supervisors who are also over worked; impossible demands (too many cases, too much travel, deadlines for paper work that are unrealistic if you have a life aside from this job, which unfortunately you won't)

    Advice to Management

    hire more help

  11. Helpful (3)

    Everything that appears to be great is not.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eckerd Youth Alternatives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The concept of what the mission "states" is great

    Cons

    Company does not have a clear vision, so they change structure, title, department frequently to prepare for something that never is attained because the focus drastically changes every 6 to 8 months, and sometimes daily.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management

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