KidsPeace

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KidsPeace Reviews

Updated December 23, 2014
Updated December 23, 2014
37 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 a 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
  2.  

    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
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    Work here for the kids....nothing else

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KidsPeace

    Pros

    - the people you work with on your module

    Cons

    -low pay
    -stressful environment
    -no real opportunities for advancement or career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually care about your employees that work with the kids because without them there would not be a KidsPeace

    Doesn't Recommend
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    The place is run by money grubbing incompetent power hungry executives.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orefield, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orefield, PA

    I worked at KidsPeace

    Pros

    Working with the kids is great and rewarding. Support staff, clinicians, etc. were fantastic. Wonderful place to work if it weren't for the attitude and actions of upper management.

    Cons

    Upper management does not have any concern for their workers. Do the job and shut up...you will be okay. And no matter who screws up...it's always he little guys fault. Upper management gives you none of the credit and all of the blame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people working their who actually care about their employees instead of greedy arrogant leaders who think they know the answers, but truly couldn't punch their way out of a paper bag....in the minds of these folks....ready, shoot, aim.......knee jerk reactions and unfounded bs they blame on us.....oh and they just fired a ton of people because of hearsay and caused more harm than what they blamed the employees for.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disheartening, no matter how much or how hard you worked you only heard from management when you made a mistake

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Orefield, PA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Orefield, PA

    I worked at KidsPeace

    Pros

    Excellent co workers many extremely dedicated to the kids
    Helping kids

    Cons

    No raises for multiple years
    No feeling that staff are appreciated
    Will ask you to work more OT than humanly possible and if your performance suffers you will hear about it.
    Reactionary policy
    you risk assault on the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop writing people up for calling out sick when its because you are burning them out and start praising your MVPs The same as you want them to do for the kids reward the good. Pay your managers enough to keep one for more than a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Do yourself a favor, don't work here!

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    Former Employee - Family Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Family Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at KidsPeace

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are good. Somewhat flexible schedule. Meet some great people (clients and co-workers).

    Cons

    Basically they management act like they own the staff. They expect that you are available 24/7, including being on-call. Staff burn out very quickly, most people last approximately 6 months, and 2 months of that is spent in training. There is no respect from management, the morale is low, and they work staff into the ground until they quit. Staff are very unhappy here and everyone is trying to get out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly, I don't know what to say, although management does not respect the work the staff does, it is not completely their fault that this jobs sucks as much as it does. The DC foster care system is very complex, and this is an extremely tough field. Lower the requirements of the job, get company vehicles, don't duplicate work, really EXPLAIN the job during the interview, train staff more at kidspeace instead of relying on the useless CFSA training.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Love the job, not the organization!

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    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
  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 a 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.  

    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

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    disappointed!!!!!

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

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

    Pros

    the staff I worked with were friendly and helpful for the most part.the job has the potential to rewarding.

    Cons

    poor pay,job benefits were not as advertised,there is no retirement,401k,no guaranteed raises.the staff were well meaning but very inexperienced in working with these type of clients.The physical environment was very poor,many areas need repairs.The area I was assigned do really did very little in the way of counseling or programmatic activities.we were basically care takers(and not high priced ones)our schedule was pretty much letting the youth watch tv,movies(some very inappropriate)) and playing video games.i was taken aback when I discovered that there was no policy for searching visitors,I witnessed family and other visitors bringing in knives,lighters...et al.terrible policy,or should I say lack there of.no structure or consistency in programs and activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First ,pay your line staff better,offer better benefits,,,attract experienced staff.become more therapeutic and consistent in treatment approach.emphasize a more secure and safe environment for residents and staff.Stop "warehousing" residents for the sole purpose of reaping more revenue.I.mprove the physical appearance of the facilities by making necessary repairs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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