Eckerd Youth Alternatives

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Eckerd Youth Alternatives Reviews

Updated Jun 20, 2014
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2.2 22 reviews

8% Approve of the CEO

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David Dennis

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26% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    It all depends on the camp... 2 years and 2 completely different setups

    Master Counselor (Former Employee) Candor, NC

    ProsSaved up a lot of money, great perks and benefits
    One of the most rewarding jobs... "character building"
    A great opportunity if you can keep your head on straight

    ConsPoorly funded- a lot of shortcuts taken that could have been a huge liability
    Understaffed- Often was the only counselor in a group of 13 fighting kids for 5 days at a time... then only had 40 hours off
    physically demanding... sleep deprivation+breaking up fights all day+fattening food
    outdated therapeutic structure...

    Advice to Senior Managementchange... it's the only constant in life.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Needs new leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Clearwater, FL

    Proscoworkers, opportunity, variety, benefits, growth

    Conssenior management; management; decision-making, policy

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet 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...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Everything that appears to be great is not.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe concept of what the mission "states" is great

    ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementGet new management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    long hours, poor pay, little appreciation

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Proshaving 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)

    Conspoor 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 Senior Managementhire more help

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sioux City Eckerd- The worst place to work

    Coordinator (Former Employee) Sioux City, IA

    Prosthey tell you that you can set your own hours

    Consyou end up working almost every evening and every weekend, plus you are expect to drive long distances to meetings without getting paid mileage

    Advice to Senior Managementfollow through on your promises

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fed up

    Volunteers Pecking Order Leader Ahem Richard Wentworth (Former Employee) Clarkrange, TN

    ProsThe day you leave camp

    ConsAhem.... the lying abusive chiefs, program directors they condone the abuse, the few chiefs actually there to make a difference where shunned like they had the plague...its best they did shut down before another child was accidently killed due to their lack of training...

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire yourselves and help keep this place and others like it shut down

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    Culture of Fear, Constant Change and Hypocrisy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt feels good to make a difference in the lives of abused, neglected children and at-risk families. The mission and vision of the organization are awesome!

    ConsTerrible, micro-managing senior managers...worst I've ever experienced. Contract instability and low margins mean the company is very understaffed across the board...every day people are holding their breaths hoping for the best. Management doesn't care and Human Resources Department is a joke. A culture of fear and back stabbing permeates the organization, stemming largely from hot headed senior leadership who thrive on keeping everyone off balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf Eckerd upper management truly searched their souls,they'd realize they are a large part of the problems of the organization. Many of them are mismatched for the duties that are required of them and are self-serving sycophants who are collecting salaries comparable with the president of the United States.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Needs New Leadership!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people who work in the field in entry-level positions are awesome. Employees come here to work with children and make a difference. The problem is that the leadership has no idea what they are doing, which only hurts the children.

    ConsThe leadership in Clearwater is a joke. People who run non-profit organizations should not be making six figures! Youth counselors only make $20k a year and live out in the woods working 60+ hours a week. Members of the leadership team take home fat paychecks and have the option to work from home. How fair is that?

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice to senior management, aka executive leadership team: Take some time to actually visit your facilities and camps. Instead of staying in five star hotels when you visit stay in the time off house so you can see what the counselors live in.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging, but rewarding.

    Youth Counselor (Former Employee) Newport, NC

    ProsBenefits are great. Perks with the job are great. It won't ever get any tougher than it is here, so everything else is easy.

    ConsOutdated clinical practice (reality therapy - long term residential)
    Inexperienced entry level staff.
    incompetent middle level managers who spend too much time in the office - Program Directors.
    120 hour work week. 75 on - 45 on call

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease the salaries to a competitive level.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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