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Current Employee - Regional  in  Nash, TN
Current Employee - Regional in Nash, TN

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

Pros

Great company and officers. Grows from within. Ongoing training and development

Cons

All officers are white males. Political at times. Can be about who you know and not who the best fit is for a position.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Think about development of frontline staff. Hard to do when you are nonprofit and can only hire what you are slotted for. If you lose an employee,you have to hire to fill position. Training can only be so much before they are thrown into the role.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Youth Villages

  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Youth Villages makes a lot of money, but you won't see any of it

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    Current Employee - Teacher Counselor/Supervisor  in  Arlington, MA
    Current Employee - Teacher Counselor/Supervisor in Arlington, MA

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good experience meeting people working direct care.

    Cons

    The pay is awful. They pay the same in Massachusetts as they do in Memphis which fails to compensate the much higher cost of living. You won't move up unless you know the right people. Physically unsafe situations. Management does nothing to support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make even a small effort to retain staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Passionate work with no reward

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    Former Employee - Family Counselor
    Former Employee - Family Counselor

    I worked at Youth Villages full-time for more than a 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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