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Easy Going Fun Family oriented environment.

Former Employee - Chidcare Provider  in  Compton, CA
Former Employee - Chidcare Provider in Compton, CA

I worked at Crystal Stairs part-time for more than a year

Pros

Dealing with children and getting them to open up to try new things.

Cons

I try not to look at a downside. But I would say when a child was absent from child care.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worthy Cause... Big Disappointment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Crystal Stairs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues who have worked at the company for a long period of time are passionate about the organization's mission. The company is funded to meet the educational needs of families in need in Los Angeles. Employees are encouraged to leave on-time(mostly so they do not violate labor laws but it does benefit someone looking for work-life balance).

    Cons

    Like big corporations, management is focused on meeting the bottom line and takes shortcuts at the expense of employees and programs. High levels of nepotism and politics prevail. It was a very different place under the former CEO. Entire HR department up and left one day -- says a lot right there. One day, I had had enough and handed in my resignation.

    Paranoid leaders scared of being upstaged and losing their place in the food chain managed people with an assembly line mentality, where seats should be filled at all times, but minds should be turned off to thinking. As a result, new ideas are not received and the organization rolls along like its 1972. Values including quality and responsibility are not fostered consistently.

    With such a great need for the services they are funded to provide, it is a shame. Today's challenges need big thinkers who can deliver creative solutions. To do that, organizational and cultural changes are needed.

    There is a lack of opportunities to grow and develop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the right people for the right jobs. If you would like to be considered a corporation and secure funding from big contributors, invest in ongoing training and coaching for managers and leaders. Too many have been grandfathered into roles (along with bad habits), or hired through personal relationships, and do not have a clue about basic skills like goal-setting or people skills, never mind leading and developing people (which should be paramount for an educational organization).

    Also, if you are looking to fill roles with Master's or PhD candidates, you need to compensate candidates fairly, both financially and with work that challenges them so that they can actually contribute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work for if your just looking for a little money on the side.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crystal Stairs full-time

    Pros

    Great People, and a very relaxing environemnt to work in.

    Cons

    Gets kind of boring sometimes, and since it is a non-profit, they under pay their employees .

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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