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A great fit for my personality, values, and career goals

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Brooklyn, NY
Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Brooklyn, NY

I have been working at SCO Family of Services full-time

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

Pros

Across the board, anyone who works here will tell you that we do great work in the community and have a measurable positive impact on the lives of tens of thousands of NYers each year. It's easy to feel good about the contributions we make as members of this organization. I also really appreciate the autonomy I have in my current position, and the receptiveness of my colleagues and even upper management to hearing my ideas and to trying new things. I really get to be a Jill of all trades, with numerous opportunities to develop my skills in a variety of areas, as well as regular opportunities to continue learning about the ins and outs of the human services field. I see this as an exciting time to work at SCO, given the great improvements that have been made from an operations standpoint in recent years, and the positive trajectory the organization is on under the strong leadership of Executive Director Gail Nayowith and others. I truly believe that SCO's leadership is as dedicated to making SCO an even more effective nonprofit and a great place to work, as our font-line employees are dedicated to providing the best care possible to those we serve.

Cons

SCO has massive reach, which on the one hand is great, because it allows our programs to help so many across such a wide geography. On the other hand, it presents a challenge when it comes to business infrastructure and to efficient communication among all 5,000 employees. Again, this is an area in which SCO has made great strides in recent years, but it will need to continue to be an area of focus so that this progress can be built upon. While nearly everyone I've met has been friendly and helpful, things can feel a bit silo'd off by program or office location. Having such a variety of programs and locations comes with obvious benefits (hello 20 minute commute!), but creating the kind of unified culture I've experienced in previous jobs with just one central office, is a much taller order for an organization with such a geographic spread.

Advice to Management

Continue to work toward a more unified organization and cohesive culture, with more streamlined internal infrastructure and more open and efficient communications among all parts of the organization and its employees.

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  1. Low Salary & High expectations for an Agency this size !

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at SCO Family of Services full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule to suit both your professional and personal life. Good coworkers.

    Cons

    The salary by far is the lowest for an agency this size. There are NO cost of living increases, NO bonuses, NO across the board raises (6yrs and counting) or opportunities for advancement. You feel stagnant while you are there. They continue to say that there is no money but open up new programs and hire people. No money usually means a hiring freeze, that would show that the budget is strained. No tuition reimbursement unless you want to be a Caseworker. For which SCO pays their Caseworkers the lowest of all Foster Care agencies in NYC. Does not offer transit chek. Extremely High turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    If there is no money to offer permanent raises then at least give a holiday bonus check. Management does not feel the effects of the economy because they are paid well. But for the workers making 20,30 & 40k with families to feed, think about how no raises affects them. Also, the training Dept. needs to offer beneficial trainings such as CPR and maybe a defensive drivers course. It would help employees get a discount on their car insurance and teach those who drive agency vehicles better habits. A win for both!


  2. Not supportive and leak of appreciation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Worker in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Case Worker in New York, NY

    I have been working at SCO Family of Services 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

    Flexible working schedule which may work best for you and your family. Agency does provides training to employees

    Cons

    Management are clueless and passes off your work as theirs especially in emails. Lots of cover ups (main description from other agencies views SCO is good for cover ups), disrespect from management, no support to address concerns, very low pay even with experience and a degree. If you're not apart of their circle you will be treated differently and ignored. Spoken down too, creates more drama than focus on helping the consumers, only steps up when under fire from outside administration and when so put pressure on you for answers, Management only in position because of who they know not what they know. More meetings held with little to no outcome. Compared to other agencies with same job title and duties it's the LOWEST PAYING AGENCY. Seek others before applying. If management dislikes you they will find reasons to get rid of you. Management to busy having "personal relationships" with each other and little focus on consumers and families. SERIOUSLY high staff turnover and all with same concerns Management and lack of Communication. Best of luck

    Advice to Management

    For your company to stay afloat and not place your fundings in jeopardy start cleaning house from top to bottom and not just the bottom. Your problems will remain as long as you keep allowing those program managers and supervisors to continue bringing your agency down and in questioning.


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