New Alternatives

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New Alternatives Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good entry job for social services.

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    Former Employee - Child Care Worker in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Child Care Worker in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Stable hours. Ok pay.

    Cons

    High stress environment. Troubled kids and many of the staff seem to have issues, as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tuition reimbursement program and more training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great Starting point, DO NOT GET STUCK

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    Former Employee - Behavior Specialist in Chula Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Behavior Specialist in Chula Vista, CA

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

    Pros

    There were a number of pros. for being a new grad and getting my feet wet in both social work and education, NA was a ripe opportunity to really learn if you like it. The people you work with are all great and can be some of your best friends. You also get at least 1 free meal with a shift, get to work with teenagers and actually feel like you change the world.

    The work/life balance was great, if you want to work 40 hrs a week, great, go for it kid. if you wanna work 56 hrs sure why not, we are always short staffed. OH, WORK YESTERDAY KILLED YOU? CALL IN AND TAKE A DAY OFF FOR "mental health day" ONCE A MONTH.

    Cons

    So this company hires 2 types of employees, recent grads, or therapists. All the managers have been there for 5+ years before they were promoted. The nature of the job is violent by nature and sometimes you may get hurt when a client really doesnt like you and may throw a brick at you or try and punch you etc. In my time i was bit, scratched, punched, kicked, spit on, and stabbed. You can easily get "stuck" in this job because it offers what a 21 year old new grad would love, hang out and supervise teenagers? why not? You get stuck with a low pay and no room to move up until someone above you leaves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Thorough clinical experience

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    Current Employee - Therapist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Therapist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at New Alternatives full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Supervision provided for social workers pursuing their licensure, trauma focused, incredible experience with youth and develop strong clinical boundaries

    Cons

    Politics and inconsistent management that impacts the staff and indirectly effects the work with the youth. Would benefit from increased incentives and rewards for very demanding job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set firm limits between clinical and residential staff management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Rivalry between departments aside from that focus on the kids is sincere and dedicated.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They hire the type of people who have an earnest desire to help those in need and do their best to get the job done.

    Cons

    Some of the directors of the facilities have been promoted from lower level positions from within but lack some formal education making it difficult for those who are being supervised by them (with higher education and professional training to do their jobs properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get information about day to day operations from employees at all levels thru surveys etc.,
    more transparency.

  6.  

    Very rewarding, but a very difficult company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Team Lead/Child Care Counselor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Team Lead/Child Care Counselor in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Promoted very quickly, flexible with schedule and great co-workers. Very rewarding working with adolescents in San Diego foster system.

    Cons

    Many times shifts would be difficult and stressful, understaffed, underpaid, had to work holidays and many times under management did not care about the retention of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not allow such are large and quick turn-over rate and make sure appropriate patient to staff ratio is kept.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Behavior Specialist in El Cajon, CA
    Current Employee - Behavior Specialist in El Cajon, CA

    I have been working at New Alternatives full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work with kids in a school setting

    Cons

    Difficult kids that can take a toll on you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Up the pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great place to learn and develop skills

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New Alternatives

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth and experience

    Cons

    Pay is low for the workload

  9.  

    Overworked, Underpaid.

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    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    All of the people I worked at were pretty great and always had your back (which was important when kids threatened to beat you up). The training was pretty thorough and well done.

    Cons

    The kids will break your heart. Although most people work hard to do what they can with New Alternatives it will make you angry with the system in general. It's like the kids are kept alive and fed and there's little more that can be done for them beyond that because of low funding and a pretty big difference in the behavior levels. The bad kids ruin it for the good kids by taking up all of the attention, time and risk levels for doing fun activities etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The location I was at is now closed for remodeling. Management I liked, but the job is hard to live on in Cali.

    Neutral Outlook
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  10.  

    Great Staff. Not So Great Administration

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    Current Employee - Senior Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Supervisor in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at New Alternatives full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The kids.
    The staff.
    Every day is different
    The opportunity to meet and help youth from the County who are at risk

    Cons

    Administration resists change.
    Employees are treated as disposable.
    Retaliation i the weapon of choice used against any employee who dares to disagree with policies or practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that your greatest asset is your pool of employees. Remember that you are in the mental health business and act like it. Advocate and support your staff or find another line of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great growing experience

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    Former Employee - Child Care Worker in Escondido, CA
    Former Employee - Child Care Worker in Escondido, CA

    I worked at New Alternatives

    Pros

    Rewarding job where you can make a difference in the lives of children and teens. Working with like-minded and caring people.

    Cons

    The job requires a lot of emotional energy and can leave you feeling empty and in need to vent at the end of your workday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create out-of-the-office staff events

    Recommends

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