Job Corps

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Job Corps Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
56 Reviews
2.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many opportunities such as free food, housing, utilities, and occasionally clothing (in 3 reviews)

  • Great working with student population (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • There is much favoritism and policies are not always followed by upper management (in 3 reviews)

  • Veyr high turnover rate, very unprofessional, lack of resources, no support from upper management (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Okay for my first full time job post-undergrad.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerk
    Current Employee - Clerk

    I have been working at Job Corps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The departments are small, makes you close to your coworkers. It is also a great place to work with at-risk youth.

    Cons

    Very unprofessional and stressful at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees the room to express concerns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    it was a great learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student in Moses Lake, WA
    Former Employee - Student in Moses Lake, WA

    I worked at Job Corps as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    you leave with preparation for the future.

    Cons

    it is very different because it is a school.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Homestead Job Corps is the worst kept Secret

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor in Homestead, FL
    Current Employee - Instructor in Homestead, FL

    I have been working at Job Corps full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Location, students and the potential to help disadvantaged youth.

    Cons

    Upper Management does not associate or care about the students. Everything is centered around meeting numbers and going up in ranking at great costs. They recently went up in ranking but at a heavy cost. Many staff have resigned and students are left attending empty rooms with no guidance or instructors. There are many falsified documents and students are completed out of the program unprepared and just to meet requirements. Staff is under constant threat from administrative staff. Administrators rely on threats and bullying to get their way. Department of Labor comes down every year and sees what's going on; they even meet with staff and express their concern, but nothing EVER gets done. SO SAD.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of the administrative building once in while and listen, really listen not just hear what your students are saying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Miserable! Like torture!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Job Corps full-time

    Pros

    What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

    Cons

    Not helping the youth. Just giving adult day care. Needs to be better accountability and communication. Teachers make or break these students' experiences. Need a higher quality of staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Completely revamp this outdated program. Raise the standards. Make Job Corps reputable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Interesting place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Job Corps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Helping troubled youth reach their goals and enchancing their potential to become productive individuals. At the end of the day, it feels good knowing you assisted someone in reaching their dream/goal.

    Cons

    Leadership in place on center, pay structure, inconsistency with policies, favoritism amongst employees. Some students are not interested in what the program has to offer and are only here because they were forced. It's hard trying to service someone who isn't interested in the service that you are providing or who has no motive to do better. You can't help someone who doesn't want help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create consistency on all levels, improve professionalism and work environment for both satff and students.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    it was a great opportunity to work there as a carpenter

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Carpentry in San Bernardino, CA
    Former Employee - Carpentry in San Bernardino, CA

    I worked at Job Corps full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    we'er like to talked about our future, what are our goals, how can we reach the goal, what is my next step, and family back ground culture.

    Cons

    as a carpenter every project that i had done are all challenges. such as building a chicken counter, finishing roof, walls framing with dry wall, assignment walls, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    everything are great the way they are

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Worst job I've ever had

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Residential Advisor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Residential Advisor in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Job Corps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Vacation time is usually approved

    Cons

    Work load outweighs Compensation
    Terrible and expensive benefits package
    Trainees don't receive the proper service they deserve its all about the numbers
    Most of the staff is 30+ but they act 16
    Managers don't know their jobs and have 0 social skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Great place to figure out career options!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Landscape Technician in Astoria, OR
    Former Employee - Landscape Technician in Astoria, OR

    I worked at Job Corps as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diversity, specialized hands on training, and Free!

    Cons

    Very competitive with openings so finding out you want to do something else makes things very difficult..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    more cons than pros

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vergennes, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vergennes, VT

    I worked at Job Corps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    decent pay, okay benefits, good work schedule

    Cons

    poorly managed, a lot of people in and out. Lots of drama, relationships with students, employees doing things they shouldnt. Students act like they are in prison.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Instructor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Academic Instructor in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Academic Instructor in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Job Corps full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I love the students and the mission. Most of the fellow staff is awesome. I care deeply about this job.

    Cons

    The pay isn't up to industry standards, but they are trying. Benefits are decent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please calculate instructor pay based on local school districts and adjust for 250 days vs 190 days (ie, 38k at the local district for 190 days should be $50k at Job Corps). Pay should be adjusted for graduate degrees and years of experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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