Green Chimneys Reviews

Updated May 8, 2015
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  1. Working with troubled teen boys in a residential treatment facility.

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    Former Employee - Social Worker in Brewster, NY
    Former Employee - Social Worker in Brewster, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Green Chimneys part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was a Social Worker in the dorm for the most seriously disturbed adolescents. The staff were supportive of one another given the intensity of the job. The kids had intensive 1-1 therapy every day and as needed. There is an animal rescue-rehab center on campus where the kids had jobs. There was a wonderful wildlife center and a service dog training program that the kids participated in. It was a most enriching place for these boys. This is the best place for emotionally disturbed kids to go if they could not live at home. They learned trust and independence.

    Cons

    Some of the staff were burnt out and perhaps did not get the support they needed from thier peers. There was a lot of paperwork (computer as well).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to offer seminars and programs for staff to enrich them and give them the knowledge to be even better at their jobs.


  2. Wonderful Coworkers! Great Concept, Poorly Executed by Upper Administration

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Green Chimneys full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Green Chimneys has some of the hardest working and most talented, knowledgable, dedicated, and caring employees you will ever find. The co-workers support each other and make you feel like part of a family. The school and surrounding grounds are lovely; the educators, farm staff, clinicians, support staff and maintenance crew are the greatest; and the farm is amazing (the manager of the upper barn, Maureen D., is the best example of what Green Chimneys could be, if it were true to its mission.) The children Green Chimneys serves are the biggest perk of the job.

    Cons

    The top echelon of management lacked a working knowledge of the major aspects of the agency: Special Education; Child Behavioral/Psychological Health and Well-Being; and Animal Integrated Activities/Animal Assisted Therapy. The major executives, as well as directors from support departments (human resources and quality improvement), would implement policies, programs and procedures for the school, clinical services and farm that were often in direct conflict with best practices, research based evidence, state and/or federal mandates, and animal welfare guidelines. The lack of knowledge, combined with an unwillingness to seek feedback and current, correct information from the employees (people who were employed specifically because they had expertise, experience and training in these various areas) made working conditions difficult and stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Hire employees you trust and trust your employees.


  3. Can' trust upper management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brewster, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brewster, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Green Chimneys full-time

    Pros

    Co workers are great. i don't think the company could function without it staff., Competetive benefit package. Good first job in field to get experience or to complete degree.

    Cons

    Too many management decisions are made without understanding the problem and/or without considering consequences of the action. management doesn't really care about their staff, views them as expendable. Puts staff in many questionable circumstances then will often not back up those staff.

    Advice to Management

    You have good employees, listen to them, work with them, let them be a part of decision making. Do something to build trust with your staff.


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  5. Rewarding, but not a career

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    Current Employee - Youth Counselor in Brewster, NY
    Current Employee - Youth Counselor in Brewster, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Green Chimneys full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is rewarding working with children who have dealt with so many issues throughout their lives and helping them improve the quality of their life and life skills.

    Cons

    The pay and hours aren't good for someone who has a family and bills to pay. It is a good starting position for someone in the beginning part of their career looking for, perhaps, a stepping stone. $13.50 an hour, which I think is pretty good for this type of work, but just not really for someone with bills and a family.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Incompetent boss putting staff at risk.

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    Former Employee - N/A in Brewster, NY
    Former Employee - N/A in Brewster, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Green Chimneys full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company has a competitive pay scale. The benefits are good. The campus is really pretty. Animals are well cared for.

    Cons

    CBS director and HCBS/ MPS supervisor have a tendency to make bad choices. They are devoid of common sense. Director hired HCBS/MPS supervisor who is unqualified and unable to manage daily challenges of the dept. They are friends. HCBS supervisor frequently unprofessional and inappropriate with staff. Reliance on subordinates to get work done: CBS director does not have a clue how to get her own job done, yet knows to rely on others to cover for her. Safety concerns ignored. Staff directed to continue making visits after concerns are raised. No one will speak up for fear of reprisal. Threats have been made when issues are raised.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganization of staff to improve safety and work environment. f Increased supervision of director and HCBS staff. Interviewing staff in a manner where open communication is protected and valued.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Sanctuary is pushed but really only for a select few

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    Current Employee - Staff in Brewster, NY
    Current Employee - Staff in Brewster, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    free meal during shift, great highly qualified coworkers who are highly invested in their work

    Cons

    unqualified individuals appointed into supervisory positions. Friends of supervisors are promoted and given preference over qualified seasoned staff.Sanctuary is touted yet really only for the select few.

    Advice to Management

    Better supervision of all departments by top level staff. All departments should be centralized on campus where daily operations can be monitored. Training of new staff should be documented by both the supervisors, directors and new staff. Supervisors need to be held to the same standard as the regular employees.



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