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Helpful (5)

Love the Campers, Unimpressed with Management

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Day Camp Employee in Haverford, PA
Current Employee - Day Camp Employee in Haverford, PA
Doesn't Recommend

I have been working at ESF Camps full-time (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 Management

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.

Other Employee Reviews for ESF Camps

  1. Helpful (1)

    Feels like high school for 20-something year olds.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lifeguard/Swim Instructor in Lawrenceville, NJ
    Former Employee - Lifeguard/Swim Instructor in Lawrenceville, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at ESF Camps (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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (3)

    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 (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 Management

    Let the counselors have a little freedom!


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