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Passionate work with no reward

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Former Employee - Family Counselor
Former Employee - Family Counselor

I worked at Youth Villages full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Counselors can generally create their own schedules. If you stay for more than a year, you probably have a lot of seniority because retention is so bad!

Cons

Between clients, paperwork, and meetings, counselors are easily working close to 80 hours per week. Although management really knows this, and knows how unrealistic it is, they deny that it is happening. Supervisors try to micromanage your schedule in an attempt to prove that the job can be done in 40 hours - but it is all a dog and pony show. There is no creative thinking in therapy. And it seems clear that the only thing the company cares about is maintaining clients for money. They do not care about employees and really don't care about success of clients. Further, employees are almost forced or coerced to give a percentage of their paycheck towards youth villages charity fund.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire counselors who have Masters degrees or Bachelors at least in a relevant field. Allow counselors more creativity in therapy. Trust and appreciate counselors more. And be honest and realistic about how many hours are being worked.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Organizations makes a lot of money, but doesn't reinvest any of it back into staffing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, good stepping stone into direct care work

    Cons

    Long hours, no breaks. Very little support from management. Lots of physically unsafe situations and many staff on workers comp due to injuries. Lots of political pull to get promoted leaves incompetent people in charge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an effort to retain the staff who have worked for over a year, whether by actual raises or basic supports to provide a possibility for success

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Money money MONEY!

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

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are fresh out of college and need a job, you can get one.
    You can work from home. The kids are great.

    Cons

    I have no idea how the In-Home staff survives. They are worked to death, they. For most at YV your life doesn't matter. Time off is available however, you work twice as hard leading up to and after you have time off. Paperwork is a nightmare,computers are archaic, no WI-FI in the office, $25 cell phone reimbursement and they want you to have your email available so a smart phone is pretty much required any idea where I can find a plan? Dress code is a joke.If you expect me to dress nicer,pay me more. Each year you are asked to give up to 3% of your salary to the company, you get a 2% raise,obviously social workers aren't good at math.
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Question authority, I know that you've had 3 jobs, one as a YV Intern, another as a YV counselor and the one you have now and that turning 30 is hard, but really, the world is not a Red Kite being flown by a Dick Clark clone. Get out more, oh yeah, you work for YV, you work 24/7.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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