Job Corps Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Pros
  • good benefits, helping disadvantaged students pursue their career goals (in 2 reviews)

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

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

  • Staff are HEAVILY incompetent, at Edison Job corps they are worse there than any other of the 3 Job Corps Centers I've been too (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Student review.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student in Yachats, OR
    Former Employee - Student in Yachats, OR

    I worked at Job Corps full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The pro's of attending and graduating from Job Corps are numerous in variety as well as value, you'll retain and earn as much as you'd care to allow yourself to.

    Cons

    Student, staff, vocational as well as educational relationships and goals could very well be construed as entirely not worth it though I find and have found that if you put effort into something it's bound to benefit you even if, by chance, the experience is negative.

    Advice to Management

    It would behoove the management of Job Corps to ponder the fact that students may or may not be secretive of their formidable nature and mindset or at the least, the grand scale of it.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good to gain experience, not really the place to make a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edison, NJ

    I worked at Job Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    In the program there is rarely a dull moment, thanks to both staff and students, and there is always work if you like to keep busy, and every now and then there are opportunities to move up at your location, or to another one within the country.

    Cons

    Everything is numbers driven, and the students will try your patience. Also, staff members can be very cliquey, and will pass the blame on so that when DOL, or the contractor, comes around, they don't take the blame.

    Oh, and that is the biggest issue. You do not work for the Department of Labor, you work for either a contractor or sub-contractor. Meaning they aren't going to try to pay you too much, and will be all about the numbers and expect you to make sure they get them, while appeasing the students who can be very demanding.

    Advice to Management

    There is nothing management can do. As long as the program is under contractors, much less DOL, it will always be number driven. So really, outside of trying to provide more incentives to stay and deal with the constant headaches, there isn't much that can be done.


  3. Helpful (1)

    I Love the Stated Mission, but Toxic Environment is Reality

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Substitute Instructor in Palmer, AK
    Former Employee - Substitute Instructor in Palmer, AK

    I worked at Job Corps part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice campus with beautiful location in Palmer, some wonderful and caring career instructors, promising if sometimes challenging students. If you want to make an impact on a young person's life, can tune out staff issues, and work-life balance isn't an issue, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    There is no training for the job, you learn as you go and this seems to be the norm for most positions here. You are pretty much on your own. Job Corps has many different and sometimes conflicting processes that come at you all at once. This wouldn't be a problem if I felt that any balls I dropped while in my learning curve were handled fairly and with me personally, rather than "telling on me" and giving other managers the impression I was incompetent. There is no process to address complaints, you're just guilty.

    High staff turnover, frustrated students. Toxic environment because management does not know how to resolve staff conflict or micro-manages. Undermining seems to be standard (since effective conflict resolution is non-existent) so you feel like you have to watch your back. If you are a salaried employee, 40 hour weeks are the MINIMUM, and there is a pressure within the culture that is a little shaming if you balk at more. A person feels as though they can never do enough. I have not run into any lazy people at Job Corps!

    In the ratings for Culture and Values, I love the stated culture and values of helping students and making a potential impact on young people's lives! My one star rating is how I feel about what the actual culture and values have become: a culture of fear for your job because of what someone has said about you that you cannot address head-on, and the values of watching your back instead of helping the students. Sad. There are some great people and students there, just making the best of the situation. The result of the existing culture is evident campus wide in low moral and staff leaving long-term positions in droves. If you try and talk about what the problems are, you are considered being "negative".

    Advice to Management

    The tone of the culture starts at the top with you. Either the management needs to be changed (removed), or they need to understand that when no one feels safe, people begin to protect themselves and the negativity continues to spiral staff moral downward. If staff doesn't feel safe, that feeling rolls down to the students.

    There needs to be an open forum to express personal or organizational dissatisfaction or staff will grumble and undermine between themselves and eventually leave, sometimes with guns blazing. Management needs to learn how to deal with the unpleasantness of human interaction to resolve conflict. The polite undermining employee can often be the most destructive. It's much easier in the short term to kill the messenger, but long term problem still exists.

    Also, management needs to figure out the reason for high staff turnover which is impart because of the pressure to do more hours because management will not hire more people, more bricks, less straw. The staff works HARD and cares, but burnout is a real phenomenon. Your staff is STRETCHED! It has become unsustainable; and it is costing you money and eventually your job.


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  5. Gary Security training academy cadet

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer/Corrections Officer in San Marcos, TX
    Current Employee - Security Officer/Corrections Officer in San Marcos, TX

    I have been working at Job Corps full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Free food and housing, training is pretty thorough and you get to go to the firing range

    Cons

    the medical staff seem disinterested in truly helping the students

    Advice to Management

    screen employees for sincerity of helping others.


  6. Food Services

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Job Corps part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Cleaning
    Seriving food
    Working the cashiers
    storeing food
    managering

    Cons

    cooking
    cleaning
    storing food
    taking orders

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. Horrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Job Corps full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The students.
    meals $2.00
    some staff
    discounts on cell phone bill

    Cons

    unorganized
    inconsistent
    do not care about employees
    coordinators don't do their jobs
    management does not follow up


  8. Not a great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at Job Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You really feel good about helping the kids.

    Cons

    You don't work for Job Corps, but for a sub contractor. I worked for two different ones, and Education Management was the worst. They value the bottom line over results for the students, and it wears you down.


  9. ILA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ILa in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - ILa in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Job Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Working with students to help prepare them for the working environment. Teaching them to become independent, be responsible, not to gossip, how to work with ethics, etc. in an environment with all ages. How to deal with conflicts and resolutions. etc

    Cons

    Issues arrive daily that need attention. Management say follow the chain of command then not use it properly. consequences are few and far between. Co-workers can be inconsiderate. co-workers can come in and relieve in a bad mood and take it out on one and never have any reprimands.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with the chain of command and follow up. Check the co-worker out during different situations, thoroughly investigate accusations. Follow the protocol for managing employees. Treat the hard workers better than those who break all the rules.


  10. Wellness Center

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Job Corps

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The pay was excellent.
    This is an awesome program for young adults, offering many opportunities.

    Cons

    I was provided no training other than orientation. My manager was very unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training


  11. Excellent program. Very rewarding position.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions and Outreach Counselor
    Current Employee - Admissions and Outreach Counselor

    I have been working at Job Corps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Rewarding and flexible. Get to network with the community and help mentor youth. Seeing people change their lives and get on their feet is amazing!

    Cons

    Job Corps contracts out all of its positions so you technically work for a company, not the Department of Labor. Admissions staff take a lot of blame when students are not successful, which is not typically true.

    Advice to Management

    The managers, who work for the contract are more numbers driven then they should be. Numbers are important and when they are not being met they should regroup and find new outreach opportunities. New hires need to be trained and they are not. This program is amazing but depending on what contract you work for will dictate your personal experience with management.



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