I worked at Hill Country Youth Ranch
Pros – Great place if you enjoy caring for and working with children.
Cons – You have no life. Your life becomes and is the "Ranch". You are considered senior staff if you make it past 3 months which includes training. The turnover is so high, there might be 7 out of 60 people, that make it past 6 months.
Advice to Senior Management – Please start comunicating better with the Direct Care Staff and houseparents.....which includes more support, recognition and acknowledgement. We are/were human beings that actually care and not just people who are/were there just to cover a shift. Most of us are/were here because of the kids not just a paycheck. Maybe if you consider this, you might just keep more people around.
2009-03-13 07:27 PDT
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I have been working at Hill Country Youth Ranch
Pros – The children are the main reason to even stay at this job. The homes that are provided are beautiful if you can fit all of your belongings in one bedroom and a small office.
Cons – As a houseparent you work 17 days on and 4 days off, this is way too long of a stretch; by the time you get days off you are so exhausted that all you do on your first day off is sleep. The ranch becomes your life and outside of that you have none. No one is really in charge so there are no rules to support what you are trying to do in parenting these children.
Advice to Senior Management – Very insensitive to the needs of your employees. If not a donor or board member, you won't give the time of day. I think if you were more approachable and got to know your staff you might keep people a little longer. You claim the organization is in a budget crunch but you're still getting raises. Share the wealth of the organization with your employees, after all they're the ones that keep the wheels turning.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2011-05-21 18:05 PDT
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