Gateway Foundation

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Gateway Foundation Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
22 Reviews
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22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Accounts  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Accounts in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Gateway Foundation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Leadership was always nice to the staff

    Cons

    Patient were hard to deal with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    proper training classes are needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Mediocre at Best

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    Current Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor I
    Current Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor I

    I have been working at Gateway Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The only things that keeps me coming in every day are the clients & my coworkers. Monday-Friday, daytime schedule. This is a therapeutic community, which has proven results and is an amazing treatment model.

    Cons

    Salary, company does not pay for required counselor certifications & salary is so low that we cannot afford to pay for them ourselves, so we never move up the credentialing ladder. Constant counselor turnover. No sufficient time to complete required paperwork and documentation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise salaries, pay for credentialing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    CRABS

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gateway Foundation

    Pros

    Good benefits, easy commute, great location, easy access to various universities

    Cons

    Political, no accountability, unnecessary stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor II  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor II in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Gateway Foundation part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    the ability to make a difference

    Cons

    Wish my position was full time

  6.  

    Educational

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    Current Employee - Tean Lead  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tean Lead in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Gateway Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people, good location flexable hours

    Cons

    confusing system, reporting system was older

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good facility, various programs for different populations, residential and IOP

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    Current Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor I  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor I in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Gateway Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    offers supervision, in-services on a regular basis, will cover cost of some CEUs, we get free meals from the cafeteria

    Cons

    as common for some businesses, sometimes the money becomes the focus over the clients

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    This company has lost sight of its mission in its search for a higher ground financially.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL

    I have been working at Gateway Foundation full-time

    Pros

    There are no longer any positives for employees.

    Cons

    This company has lost sight of its humanitarian mission in its quest for a financial higher ground. Time off benefits are great on paper, but you rarely get to use them as there are always people resigning their positions leaving the remaining staff to carry an extra load. Salaries are low; raises are close to non-existent for anyone not in the administration; the administration is thankless and harsh in its dealings with employees, and benefits take a cut every year. Counselors are expected to counsel with a focus on client satisfaction surveys rather than client progress. Administrators use their power to unfairly favor some employees over others. In short, this company is narcissistic in nature, and cares more about the money coming in than its clients or its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow some ethics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Would not work for Gateway in New Jersey.

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    Former Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor I
    Former Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor I

    I worked at Gateway Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    All aspects of client care in state correctional facility, from intake assessment to discharge planning and everything in between. Support for continuing education, i.e., certification and licensure in addictions counseling. Fair time-off policies.

    Cons

    Management was underqualified, unskilled, uncaring, and program was useless to most of the inmates. 12 step recovery was not taught, only eluded to; working conditions were horrible, 100+ degree heat, no screens on windows, bugs, broken furniture, dirty, filthy building; lead paint peeling from woodwork; giant hole in the floor of dayroom where most meetings and groups were held; no physical or creative outlet for clients/inmates. No computer access, phone access, communication between social workers and program counselors. Had to work holidays even though program was not run during that time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire intelligent people who really care about their clients. Pay tuition reimbursement for university MSW program that includes LCADC. Allow staff to interact with other departments for the benefit of the client. Fully staff departments and have access to outside communication for safety of staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Diverse populaion and great staff of coworkers at Chicago West location.

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    Current Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor I  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor I in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Gateway Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The meals are included for staff :) yum

    Cons

    We often work overtime, but this is also a plus too

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting

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    Former Employee - Counselor  in  Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Counselor in Aurora, IL

    I worked at Gateway Foundation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great co-workers, probably some of the best people I have ever worked with in my department. The PTO was good when you could get it approved. I also enjoyed working with clients and seeing them improve.

    Cons

    Management had unrealistic expectations of staff, training was minimal if at all, micro-management, gossip was everywhere and you had to choose your friends wisely. At one point, a group of co-workers got in trouble for conducting a private prayer group in one of their offices. Safety and ethics were issues which ultimately lead to my decision to leave the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to control everything and trust your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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