Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc

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Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc Reviews

Updated July 17, 2014
Updated July 17, 2014
11 Reviews
2.4
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    I took a situation where a past employee had dropped the ball and turned it into a prosperous situation in a very short.

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    Former Employee - Health Educator/Prevention Specialist in Tarpon Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Health Educator/Prevention Specialist in Tarpon Springs, FL

    I worked at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Helping to encourage and shape the views and attitudes of today's youth is very rewarding. Presenting and teaching a class is a great way to sharpen your sales and presentation skills.

    Cons

    The pay was a bit low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was very satisfied with the management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Google current CEO for past SERIOUS domestic violence; running a safe environment, I think not.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL

    I worked at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc full-time

    Pros

    Front line staff work hard.

    Cons

    Upper management is very paranoid and controlled by gossip. Also for a Jewish agency, all of the paid holidays were Christian.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up and be professional role models that you need to be for your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Unstable work environment

    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, nice office, staff work very hard

    Cons

    No room to grow in agency, low pay for amount of work expected, employees always afraid of losing their jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees when they say that they are unhappy.

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  5.  

    Terrible Management, terrible salary, terrible culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc

    Pros

    The job itself, working with refugees

    Cons

    everything else. horrible culture, no pay or benefits, management was a mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    restructure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Case management supervisor

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Lakeland, FL
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Lakeland, FL

    I have been working at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good start to a career with non profits. Helping children and families.

    Cons

    Hard and emotionally draining, too many moving parts
    Long jours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Miscommunication trickles down from management to employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Staff is extremely protective of their work/life balance regardless if their life is affecting their work performance.

    Cons

    Everyone is fearing upper management and there is a constant need to document everything in order to keep appearances. There is a high turn-over rate within the agency which affects morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a safer environment to talk to your staff to assess the work environment of your employees. Not always the silence means that things are going well in the office. There is a lot happening that is not "documented" and morale is low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Insightful learning experience

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    Current Employee - Case Manager in Largo, FL
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Largo, FL

    I have been working at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Met some great children and co workers

    Cons

    long hours, under paid, management was very unsympathetic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a job not high school

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    good place

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    Former Employee - Youth and Family Specialist in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Youth and Family Specialist in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc

    Pros

    making a difference in the world.

    Cons

    caseload can be too much for one person and low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Everything but on-call is great.

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    Former Employee - Case Manager in Largo, FL
    Former Employee - Case Manager in Largo, FL

    I worked at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc

    Pros

    Great co-workers, the benefits were very good compared to other employers in the area; the company puts a lot of effort into employee retention. Flex time was good. They allowed some work-from-home days and were understanding about work-life balance issues.

    Pay was comparable with similar companies and the company reimbursed for milage. Health, vision, and dental benefits were good; the prescription plan offered in the health package is quite good (all prescriptions for $25, which is handy if you need the $300-a-bottle-a-month ADD meds). Vision benefits would pay for new glasses every two years.

    Although the work was stressful and unpredictable, management was very understanding and worked to mitigate stress on employees. The work was always interesting.

    Cons

    The workload was high and the on-call policy can result in a person putting in an 18-to-20 hour shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please fix the on-call problem! The stress of on-call was unbearable at times.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Survival of the Most Ruthless

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    Former Employee - Program Supervisor in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Program Supervisor in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc

    Pros

    The company is large and has been around awhile. It is easy to get in the door.

    Cons

    The company is poorly organized from the top down. There is no consistency in sharing information with employees such as new policies or practices. Most employee's do not even know all of the programs within the agency let alone the services that can be obtained for themselves or the clients they serve such as food pantries, donation rooms, FMLA, etc.. The agency is not for the "employees", there are no special events, college reimbursements, or bonuses for the workers though three years ago the CEO made headlines as being the top paid CEO as well as having received the largest bonus of CEOs in non-profits! The company has a high turnover across the board, for all staff below the CEO, COO, and CFO level. Terminations, demotions, resignations, and shifting of employees are very common. This is a company where good employees leave and desperate one attempt to hang on until they can secure something else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The most important advice I think that I could give is to insure you are hiring trust worthy and competent employees at your management levels. Micro manage for a period to insure they know what they are doing and then step back and let them run their programs while you closely monitor the output.

    Implement a safe method for the little guys to voice their concerns without fear of retaliation. Everyone needs checks and balances and this company does not provide a forum that feels safe for the worker bees to voice concerns over activities of their superiors that may be illegal, unfair, or unsafe for them, their clients, and/ or the agency. Lets face it, if you have a Director that does not even know the basic functions of a spread sheet your agency is in trouble. Your staff should be valuable based on their work abilities not because they know how to manipulate and brown nose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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