KidsPeace

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KidsPeace Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Not bad at all

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KidsPeace

    Pros

    Great Hours to look foward to.

    Cons

    Diffcult to switch shifts coverting from evening into day shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work hard.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Co-Workers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KidsPeace full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My co-workers were an amazing team. I thoroughly enjoyed working with them every day. It's hard to find an organization where you enjoy what you do and also the people you work with. It felt like we were all working towards one common goal

    Cons

    As with any non-profit, money is tight and it's hard not to get increases year after year and stay motivated to stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make yourselves more available to your staff and share as much as you can. Communication is key to happy employees!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Experience in the Mental Health Field.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mental Health Technician II in Orefield, PA
    Former Employee - Mental Health Technician II in Orefield, PA

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

    Pros

    Steady scheduling, 1st or 2nd with tons of opportunity for overtime in the busy months. Rewarding at times.

    Cons

    Not enough staff on units with large groups of kids, which leaves possibility for crisis situations. Poor management. Not all staff on the same page with kid's needs. Staff left alone with dangerous kids, leading to assaults.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved with your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Love the job, not the organization!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mental Health Technician (Hospital)
    Former Employee - Mental Health Technician (Hospital)

    I worked at KidsPeace full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules (overtime always available/switching shifts is easy), 2.5x pay for holidays, occasional incentives for overtime and need-based situations (winter). Most of the staff you directly work with are supportive and entertaining which makes the job more enjoyable. Most of the kids will leave a marker on your heart, or a scar on your skin, but many of them are worth the harsh conditions because even they can teach you something even if it's how to be a better person/ better parent! Experience working in a fast paced environment, learning crisis response and time management, as well as deescalation skills. Many hard working, dedicated, compassionate, grudge-free staff, many of which have personal understanding of mental health challenges. Can be very rewarding, but eye-opening, to those entering the work force who desire to work in social services.

    Cons

    Understanding the mental health field and understanding mental health and politics are two separate arenas. Direct care staff's priority is to manage clients in crisis the best that they can with what little resources are provided. Management often brings in clients who simply do not belong in the hospital especially when compared with current clientele and staff capabilities. Male to female ratio is about 1:4 often leaving females in dangerous situations with older and highly aggressive/overly sexualized clients (Male and Female). Management does their best unfortunately by leaving direct care staff out of the logistics process often leading to lies and manipulation at the cost of current and future clients. The administration also has little regard or seemingly so, respect, for their direct care workers (as evidenced by the numerous heart felt letters, one signed by more than 50 staff, expressing deep concern for the organization/new-hire training/safety concerns). Which is unfortunate and detrimental since direct care is responsible for carrying out the mission and treatment to clients in their care. Turn over is horrendous and as with most companies, many things get swept under the rug; situations that could have been brought to attention so that staff could learn from critical mistakes in prevention for incidents occurring in the future. There is also very little presence from the administration in times of need (highly intense/dangerous situations requiring all available staff). They are very quick to tell you what you are doing wrong and to question your decisions/motives but give very little (rational) input on how to handle or make situations better. They also have no problem with slamming modules with staff intensive clients back-to-back or at the same time. They also, historically, go after staff who have opened a can of worms and expressed concern or disdain over questionably unethical procedures, or those who have suggested implementation of better security/safety practices. Staff are also encouraged to refrain from painting a realistic picture of what you might expect or be exposed to as a new-hire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The staff that are brave enough to speak publicly and openly about common issues amongst the organization are not typically trying to stir trouble. They are most likely the ones who have dedicated a significant amount of time to the job, who want to see change in exchange for motivation for continuing with the company. Nobody will deny that this is an incredibly difficult job but this organization has a horrible rap for a reason, fix it, change it, it's respectfully okay to admit that you need a little guidance from your front line staff. They know these kids better than anyone and go out of their way everyday to do something a little extra, a little more individualized, for these clients. Try to remember why you came to KidsPeace and what actually drives you to stay other than financially.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I love the job, hate the company

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    Current Employee - Senior Mental Health Technician in Schnecksville, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Mental Health Technician in Schnecksville, PA

    I have been working at KidsPeace full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I love helping the kids in need and the job is very rewarding. It feels great to know that I may make a huge impact on these kids lives.

    Cons

    compensation, dangerously understaffed, stressful environment, house managers suck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Terrible Job, Long Hours, Very Little Sleep, Low Pay, Mandatory Weekends

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    Former Employee - Mental Health Technician II in Orefield, PA
    Former Employee - Mental Health Technician II in Orefield, PA

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

    Pros

    Overtime is always available when you want it, health benefits are decent, the campus scenery (forest) is great, great opportunity to find the things you hate about a job

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, you have to work the WHOLE weekend, on weekends it is common to work late at night and then have to come in next morning, very little room for advancement, clients are either ghetto innercity kids or completely psychotic, not enough staff which can lead to dangerous situations, management never listens to the complaints of the techs....WORST 8 months of my life!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    STOP taking all of the money for yourselves! Kidspeace has a decent chunk of money coming in but most of the money goes to the TOP executives, not the lower level workers. Each client pays 700-800/day to be there. Increase the pay for lower level workers so that there are enough people who want to be mental health techs. You people in upper level management making fortunes should cut your pay. Some of the houses on campus are downright dangerous because the kids have severe issues and the place is understaffed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company, sometimes!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Youth Care Worker in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Youth Care Worker in Bethlehem, PA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits for full time employees.

    Cons

    Low pay for entree level positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the entry level job salaries

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The administration made the job impossible.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellsworth, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellsworth, ME

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

    Pros

    Working with kids who really need guidance and compassion is extremely rewarding.

    Cons

    Compensation was terrible and there were no COL increases. Administration would schedule numerous, inconvenient and last minute meetings asking us how they could improve but would outright refuse to take any of the suggestions we gave or consider our needs seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of your workers really care about the families they are trying to help. Listen to the employees on the floor and in the classrooms, they know better than someone hundreds of miles away in a board room.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Underpaid & Overworked

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    Current Employee - Therapist
    Current Employee - Therapist

    I have been working at KidsPeace full-time

    Pros

    The people I worked with were great.

    Cons

    Management was completely out of touch with what was going on in the programs. Boss broke rules constantly and it was a completely CYA environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Caring staff

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KidsPeace

    Pros

    Caring staff , therapeutic environment

    Cons

    Low pay , no advancement a need for ongoing trainings

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