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  1. I worked in the Respite program, which was great and full of long-term staff who were very supportive of each other.

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    Former Employee - Respite Worker in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Respite Worker in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Jewish Child and Family Services part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    efficiency, flexibility, positive work environment, great supervision

    Cons

    can't think of anything - but I was only part-time, and worked most of my hours with clients at their homes.

  2. Avoid working in administrative services here

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    Current Employee - Administrative Services
    Current Employee - Administrative Services

    I have been working at Jewish Child and Family Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of paid-Jewish-holidays off. Pretty decent benefits package except if you want to add your spouse or children to your insurance plan--then we're talking $500 to $700 per month added to your health premium.

    Cons

    Totally agree with post on July 19, 2011. Union is a con in my opinion--wages are low and then you pay 3% of gross to the union. There really aren't any raises. Managers aren't very professional and offer little to help you develop professionally--pretty few qualities that I even find inspiring in these individuals. Very hierarchical culture that rewards sheepish, agreeable, and (sorry to say) dumb people. The IT department, the accounting department, and the software support department are all located in different buildings miles and miles apart from one another so when work issues arise that involve the coordination of these other departments, you can only manage rather superficial exchanges which never really addresses things well. In other words, it is hard to get on the same page, know and understand what the concerns are. Many of us just try to avoid contacting them with anything but the most superficial issues because deep frustration ensues. We continue in perpetual "work-arounds". Culture and management is very traditional which is more of a con in my opinion. There is a weird divide between clinical staff and administrative staff--not just at my site; other administrative services staff have confirmed this phenomena.

    Advice to Management

    Analysis and action teams that solve issues. Maybe sites should have onsite accounting, IT, and software support staff. If you aren't willing to give raises, could you at least think about how administrative staff could assume duties or projects to give them a better title which could help them in their career and build their resume for the future.

  3. Lack of support- Morale low

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jewish Child and Family Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing to pro about working at JCFS as an employee

    Cons

    Low office morale- no communication within the office. Very secretive

    Advice to Management

    Communicate

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  5. Run away

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    Former Employee - Childcare Worker in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Childcare Worker in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Jewish Child and Family Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The kids here are willing to work with you if you are willing to work with them.

    Cons

    The upper management acts like they have your best interest at heart but the first chance that they get they will blind side you. Everyone is out for themselves and the upper management here can care less about the kids that they are trying to help. They are for the money. If you aren't kind and really do not care about the kids then this is a place for you to work. Trying to do what is right and sticking your neck out for the kids there will do you no good and there is no chances for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Showing some team work and listening to what your employees have to say. Show concern for the kids that are in the homes as well and don't make the kids feel less than they are worth.

  6. IF ARE CONSIDERING THIS TERRIBLE EXCUSE FOR A PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS PLEASE RUN THE OTHER WAY!FARRRRR

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Jewish Child and Family Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    if actually care about the welfare of children who usually are ward of the state kids in group homes its a good way to try to be a positive influence. And the benefits package is pretty good but must be full time and there are stipulations

    Cons

    WHERE THE HELL DO I START! first off are completely understaffed most of the time. Dealing with the clients hands on they leave you with clients and they know that they may be difficult ! and please their crisis response is more like WWF SMACKDOWN. this place really needs to investigation on its management! I knew two a girl who left because she was tired of getting hit on by management and one who got fired because she reported harassment! wow! they don't pay enough and unless you plan on doing some heavy brown nosing you won't get on the good side of supervisors by hard work alone. They put you in terrible crisis conditions ill equipped and don't provide proper assistance. This is a real gossip oriented environment where everyone is talking about somebody or somebody is sleeping with somebody in management or one of the staff in the group homes. LOUSEY EXCUSE FOR A PROFESSIONAL . starting wage is like 13 dollars but you must have your own car and be willing to travel without notice during the day and even at night if you cover those shifts. the paperwork demand is outrageous and they believe in showing disciplinary actions for everything when a one on one sit down will suffice. THIS PLACE YOU DEFINITELY SHOULD STAY FAR AWAY FROM- IT CAN RUIN YOUR PERCEPTION OF HOPE FOR THE SYSTEM AND THE INNOCENT CHILDREN WHO HAVE TO LIVE IN IT.

    Advice to Management

    As Robert said please start all the way from the top and move down! a lot of management are not certified for their positions. ANd management please stop using your powers to ellicit sex from staff and other coworkers. Treat people with respect and actually use some of the skills you learned in the many redundant trainings we have.

  7. Lack of Support, Respect...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Jewish Child and Family Services full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent benefits package (as long as you don't have children or a spouse)

    Cons

    Extremely low salary, high expectations, understaffed, very unappreciated. And as the other reviewer stated, if you aren't Jewish, you will not go far in this agency. Management seems to encourage employees with disciplinary issues, rather than take appropriate action. Very high turn over in this agency as well. Human resources are tight knit with other management, so don't expect a favorable outcome if you have a complaint against management. And the fact that they promote people who have absolutely no business or experience to fill the roles they are given. Lack of technology upgrades.

    Advice to Management

    Start from the top and work your way down on cleaning house. Not that this would ever happen.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing place to work, Senior Management is out of touch with administrative staff.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Services in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Services in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Jewish Child and Family Services

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Only positive is benefit package.

    Cons

    Senior management allows people in management roles without training and experience in managing staff. If you're not Jewish, you won't go far.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just do Core Management trainings in order to comply with funding and accreditation requirements. Actually enforce the trainings by holding Directors accountable for their actions toward subordinate staff.

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