Five Acres Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. Unit Clinician - Eagle Cottage

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    Former Employee - Unit Clinician - Eagle Cottage in Altadena, CA
    Former Employee - Unit Clinician - Eagle Cottage in Altadena, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Five Acres full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    5 Acres Residential Treatment Center offered the best possible training during my MFT internship. 5 Acres was the most ethical agency I have ever worked for and I am very proud of the work of the clinical team. Upper Management provided strong support to the MFT and MSW interns. Great pay, amazing team building, and the clients made the work so meaningful. 5 Acres raises the bar for solid integrity of an agency, valued staff, and a hard working and collaborative board of directors.

    Cons

    I honestly don't have anything to write in this section.

    Advice to Management

    A BIG THANK YOU to JoAnne, Regina, Bob, Donna, and Chanel.


  2. Great programs and services terrible management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Altadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Altadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Five Acres (More than a year)

    Pros

    The programs and services are essential to the special clients - abused, neglected, at-risk children and youth.

    Cons

    The new management is too corporate for this environment and tried to professionalize the agency by retitling all the senior management and forcing out the previous, long-term management that were the heart and soul of the agency and made it feel like a big caring family.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics and refocus on the clients without mistreating the employees.


  3. Really enjoyed working at Five Acres. With the right supervisor & department you can make a long term career here.

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Altadena, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Altadena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Five Acres full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule Awesome co-workers Competitive pay

    Cons

    Nothing is put in writing Supervisors have been known to change "policy" from one staff to the next

    Advice to Management

    Many valuable employees go unnoticed. Take time to really talk to them.


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  5. Great and knowledgable Staff to work with

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    Current Employee - Clinical in Altadena, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical in Altadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Five Acres part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, opportunity for growth, long term staff

    Cons

    Who you know makes a difference, staff turnover

    Advice to Management

    Address staff concerns to improve work environment


  6. Company that uses best practices in quality of care

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    Current Employee - Clinician in Altadena, CA
    Current Employee - Clinician in Altadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Five Acres full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Values most of their employees

    Cons

    Great company in general, but they do not value the expertise of their clinicians

    Advice to Management

    You could probably slow the high overturn in clinicians and build a better, more stable and valuable clinical foundation if you could streamline the documentation requirements and allow more time for clinicians to work with clients.


  7. Good organization that has its rough edges

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    Current Employee - Clinical Social Worker in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Social Worker in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    You have significant amounts of autonomy to get your work done as you deem appropriate and within a work schedule that you in many ways you can set for yourself.

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities for advancement in terms of supervisorial positions. For example, there hasn't been a supervisioral opening in my department for five years.

    Advice to Management

    Cut back on the productivity requirement by about ten percent. Don't micromanage from the executive levels of leadership within the agency. This happens routinely and is usually not a smart thing to do.


  8. A place where you get nothing - and you'll like it.

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Altadena, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Altadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They do terrific work in helping kids in need.

    Cons

    Benefits are so-so. Some micro-managing. Little growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more. Show respect to those below you.



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