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Updated Mar 24, 2014

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2.1 11 reviews

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Richard A. Devine

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30% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Mental Health Counselor (Former Employee) Des Plaines, IL

    ProsGood coworkers, decent pay, decent advancement

    Consunderstaffed, too much overtime, high risk of injury

    Advice to Senior Managementjust hire enough seasoned staff and try not to burn your staff out.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Absolutely horrible, as a whole

    Charge Nurse (Current Employee)

    ProsGood experience with various behavioral issues. And... that's all of the pros I have, sadly. This place is not great.

    ConsManagement is horrible, they place random friends from other organizations into positions that make ZERO sense and ZERO purpose. Once an LPN was telling an RN what to do, which is against the nursing practice act but some random manager made him higher ranking which makes no sense. Some MHCs were more concerned about hooking up after work as opposed to the true purpose of caring for the patients. Extremely unsafe as when a code was occurring, nobody responded or there weren't enough staff to respond. High patient to nurse loads. Unreal expectations and you were expected to chart off the clock, which might I remind is illegal for hourly employees. Poor environment. Good thing the hospital is closing, as no one should be subjected to such a horrible work environment. The OSHA violations were given for a reason.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your head out of your..... You need to value the staff that do the grunt work because they are what makes or breaks your organization. And be real with your expectations. It's your fault the hospital is closing, quit trying to blame budgets. If you didn't have to hire so many staff due to high turnover this wouldn't be such an issue.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    eye opener

    Youth Care Worker (Former Employee) Des Plaines, IL

    ProsThe training was fantastic. Very informative and interesting. Continual training and reviews were required.

    ConsNo life/work balance. You may leave a shift in total shock.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFMLA should be considered and discussed when a crisis occurs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The most unethical place I have ever worked for I would give negative stars if I could

    Worker (Former Employee) Des Plaines, IL

    ProsIt provides a pay check although small.

    ConsUnethical work practices, violating laws, intimidation tactics by Corporate Management if bring up violating laws to keep you quite in fear of loosing your job. Hostile work environment. If you have any sort of ethics this place will eat at your soul.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo the Corporate office ---Don't protect unethical behavior from high level supervisors because of their connections. Treat employees with respect. Don't knowing break the law!!!!! Don't have inconsistent labor practices amongst employees. Don't create conflict, management seems to thrive on this. Look to yourself to why you have excessive turnover. Don't go 5 years with out giving people raises because the Maryville mantra is your lucky to have a job! Have competitive benefits. Two weeks vacation for two years service is NOT competitive. Learn something from the Catholic Church scandal, covering up breaking the law and transferring unethical people is not acceptable!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    So much potential.......................

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe mission is incredible. The ideas behind the mission are noble.

    ConsIt is an incredibly toxic and hostile environment. The processes, ideas, and systems are antiquated and inefficient. It is not where you will find the "best and brightest". People are kept on for decades moved from place to place and position to position without true thought on what is best and who the best person for the job is. The standards are very low on productivity and excellence. It is akin to just being able to keep a ship afloat and having not the time or care or sight to see if things are running smoothly or not. Changes are not embraced. Change creates tension instead of excitement for excellence. People would rather complain endlessly or get rid of the problem somehow rather than take the productive time to seek ideas for betterment, and the time to implement changes. Band aids are placed over gushing wounds instead of being surgically repaired as would be the highest good and should be the highest standard. Mediocrity and complacency are allowed to flourish. Teamwork is non-existent. It is incredibly sad to see the potential for what could be and the excellence that should be. It is incredibly frustrating to be an agent of change and excellence spending time pushing a boulder up-hill to have it ultimately stop and roll down and crush you after all your effort. And no one cares, no one applauds your excellence, no one thanks you for pushing that boulder up the hill all that time. They thank God it crashed back down, because they just want everything to stay the way it has always been. There are some people who want change and want to strive for excellence but they are few and far between and I believe they have learned it is easier to just stay quiet, shut their mouth, do their job, not "make waves" and fly below the radar rather than try to affect change and be an advocate for excellence. They realize they are fighting too big of a system and feel their voice will not be heard.......and unfortunately they are right.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSeek the truth. Open your eyes. Strive for excellence. Embrace and encourage change.
    Reward the innovators and the truth seekers. Expect excellence on every level. Investigate. Ask the employees about their truth, without repercussions. Allow them to speak candidly. Embrace their ideas, implement the changes they suggest. Encourage teamwork and team building. Provide the resources and experiences for this. Talk to everyone, from the lowest on the totem pole to the highest. Allow everyone an equal voice. Do not hide behind a curtain of ignorance, seniority, and following the the path of least resistance. Blood transfusions are desperately needed on all levels. Anemia is epidemic and people are dying. Passion is squashed. The children and families Maryville serves deserve your best, and deserve the "best and brightest" and most passionate people out there. They are not getting that. And, if you do get that, you will not retain those people because there is no place for them. I beg you to seek the truth, see the truth, accept the truth, and change the ugly truths that may be revealed........the truth is the only thing that will set Maryville free to be all that it could and should be.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This has become the worst company I've ever been employed with!

    Youth Care Worker (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsHelping the clients, and having clients who truly appreciate the help, most of my co-workers were a good team to work with, the experience and workshops are helpful. Certain member's of the management was helpful and supportive. Unfortunately they're no longer there or has moved to other facilities.

    ConsThe management has no clue on how to run the program, very poor management, they set the clients off to verbally and sometimes physically attack staff, unfair policies and procedures, staff are made to do everyone else's job while they sit amongst themselves gossiping, and plotting and scheming against staff and sometimes each other, seniority means nothing, veteran staff gets treated like crap, we've been complaining for years and no progress has been made so a union was called in. The weren't happy about the union but had they listened to their staff crying out, it would have been no cause for a union. There has been targeting, favoritism, unlimited stress (and not necessarily from the clients), and it's a very hostile environment. No room for improvement or growth in the company. So you're stuck in the same position after being there for year with no raise in pay.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI am a strong believer in "Happy Workers Make a Successful Company". If your workers are happy and are treated well and like human beings, it makes it easier for them to work well in the company. It's already a stressful environment when working with troubled youth. lately, the youth hasn't been so bad. It's the management!!! Certain managers have been promoted and kept on board that make work hell for your workers and some clients. Staff has to walk around on egg shells to avoid being picked on. We've been talked to like children and disrespected. Clients have heard members of administration gossiping and discussing staff. We've been unhappy for a long time and made numerous complaints. But nothing is being done. The company is falling apart and upper management doesn't seem to care. Take time to talk to your staff to find ways to improve your company. Not by surveys! Actually come and show you care to know what's going on in your company by sitting and talking with the people who keeps the company running by caring for your clients day in and day out. It's gotten to the point where trying to work passed all the stress and frustration to service the clients is becoming harder and harder to do. I personally want to stay and be a help to these kids. but your unfair policies and poor management makes it hard to stay. Look at your turn over rate! Staff are leaving more now because of the management! Not the expected stress of the job! Please start listening to your staff that remain dedicated to this job. They are needed to help these kids. You can try and replace them but as you will see, new staff come in briefly for the experience, then leave. In a short period of time, I've seen several quit due to management issues. Just start communicating with your staff.
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                                                      A soon to be former employee

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe HR Manager will expose you to several aspects of the field and give you the opportunity to work independently.

    ConsAt times there is not a lot of guidance or organization which makes it difficult to fully grasp the process.

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    anonymous critiques aren't worth much

    Communications Director (Current Employee) Des Plaines, IL

    ProsThere are hundreds of dedicated employees working at Maryville, taking care of children that society or their families either could not or would not care for. On five campuses, there are hundreds of children who have suffered physical, sexual or psychological abuse and are difficult children who may have been in 50 to 60 foster homes before they arrive with Maryville.

    ConsThe downside of Maryville is obvious to anyone who works here or applies: No one is going to get rich working here. For me and many others, the commute to Des Plaines or
    Bartllett can be daunting, especially during bad weather. Anonymous posts should be weighed very carefully and suspiciously, and I have been here for three years as Maryville's Communications Director, and am proud to say so.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep treating the children with the love and care you have for 129 years and treating the staff with the respect they deserve.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people on a great mission

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHelping kids is about the best way I can see to make a living, and the type of people drawn to this place are generally the kind of people you want to be around.

    ConsDependent upon state contracts, limited room for advancement, compensation stagnant. Illinois difficulties equals difficulties for the agency. Some people have difficulty navigating Catholic Charities moral stance on issues if they are not Catholic themselves. However, I am not and it has not proven a hindrance to my success at the agency.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Often a dangerous work environment

    Registered Nurse (Current Employee) Des Plaines, IL

    ProsWorking with the kids. Because the hospital takes mostly DCFS patients- and many come from the same group homes, there is a lot of repeat admissions and the stays are longer than at other hospitals so you can really develop a relationship with the kids.

    The floor staff is caring and mostly supportive of each other.
    The regular psychiatrists are top notch.
    The Case Managers and Therapists are excellent.
    They will hire new grads or people who have been out of nursing for years and give them a chance.
    If you thrive in chaos you might do ok.

    ConsPoor pay.
    Little training.
    High turnover at every level.
    New RNs are forced to take on charge positions without proper training or experience.
    Many highly aggressive/ violent patients admitted on same units.
    Daily restraint and seclusions.
    Many incidents of staff injuries-- getting punched by patients.
    Several incidents of rioting on units and need to call 911 to bring units back into order.
    Very little nursing support or protection-- people get fired here with no notice!
    Management doesn't have floor experience.
    Constantly changing management- 3 CEO's in 2 years, 3 Nursing Directors in 2 years.
    It feels like everyday there is a new policy change being implemented-- constantly changing units and hierarchy.
    Always pushed to pick up more shifts-- constantly short staffed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring pay scale up to market value.
    Monitor admissions and don't accept multiple highly aggressive /violent patients on the same unit at the same time- consider the milieu as they do at other hospitals.
    Don't force new grads to work as charge nurses!
    Don't use such a high percentage of Agency nurses.
    Build up your nursing expertise before you increase your census.
    Hire enough staff before you increase your census
    Put in more layers of Nursing Management-- why aren't there unit managers like at every other hospital?
    Stop running the hospital like it is a residential treatment center.
    Build from the bottom up- not the top down.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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