Penny Lane

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Penny Lane Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Would consider them again

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA

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

    Pros

    The work can be rewarding; you help the family system improve their quality of life.

    Cons

    Salaries are not great, you often times work late night or weekends. Work-life balance not the best. The office culture when I was there was full of "drama."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    In support of the support staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penny Lane

    Pros

    They had nice parties for the staff

    Cons

    They do not recognize the achievements of non degree staff, have a tendency to condescend to non degree staff and pay them way less than a living wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start recognizing your staff's accomplishments and valuing their contributions that have helped your company grow and flourish

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Worst child care organization that i have work for.

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    Former Employee - Residential Counselor
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor

    I worked at Penny Lane

    Pros

    No work-life balance. You need to have your time off approved, which no other co-worker will cover you. 10-12 hours a day working with kids or have all the power to do whatever they want. Rules are grey, so you can get fired at anytime. This is an at-will employment, they will let you go for whatever reason, and will fight you over unemployment at all cost. You will never move up the ladder unless you brown nose or are a family member.

    Cons

    I am sorry there were pro's?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't care, you come in do the job and leave. That's how you will survive the job. They talk about we are all a family, and to speak your mind, if you do, you best be looking for another job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Demoralizing even on a good day!

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    Current Employee - Staff Therapist in North Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Therapist in North Hills, CA

    I have been working at Penny Lane full-time

    Pros

    The best reasons were the kids who this agency serves. Nothing else comes close.

    Cons

    The staff here were condescending, the supervisors were incompetent, and more interested in their paychecks than serving the kids in the surrounding area. I never worked in an agency with such short-sighted, and narcissistic therapists! At times it was as if the inmates were running the asylum. I would never recommend this agency to anyone whatsoever. I left and found a much better position where I am treated with respect and valued for my insights. Penny Lane is pathetic!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above in the cons section.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    My experience at Penny Lane was unique and challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penny Lane full-time

    Pros

    Good company to gain entry level experience. Large organization within the non-profit Group Home sector.

    Cons

    Value of employees based primarily on factors other than quality of work, ability, and education. Cultural and value flaws.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify top staff in all positions and set them up for success. Also, identify poor staff in all positions and take necessary actions.

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

    Teaching at Penny Lane

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    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher in Chicago Ridge, IL
    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher in Chicago Ridge, IL

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of trainings provided and everything is done by standards. Jackie Miller tries very hard to accomodate and make it an enjoyable center for teachers.

    Cons

    The pay wasn't as high as should be for the work and dedication put in by the teachers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the pay of the employees.

    Recommends
  8.  

    It's a start...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Hills, CA

    I have been working at Penny Lane full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to start and get experience. Great benefits. Pay is descent.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up. Not very supportive of new ideas since it is technically family owned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Good starter job

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    Former Employee - Therapist in North Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Therapist in North Hills, CA

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

    Pros

    Comp and Benefits; team atmosphere; flexibility

    Cons

    Billing and record management were often more important than clinical issues at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just Okay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Learned to work with a difficult population
    Good starting pay
    Changing the lives of children
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Lack of communication
    Overworked
    Executive management made decisions but had no connection to line staff
    Using kids and not taking care of them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate and stop hiring people in your network.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    They don't care about the children!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penny Lane

    Pros

    Nice building to work in.

    Cons

    Supervisory staff is awful, they tell you one thing one day and then another the next day. They lack compassion about the children, seeing them as numbers and not human! And this is a center which is named after the Taper family! Shame on them. Horrible place to work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read above and listen to your employees. Mark Taper would be rolling over in his grave on how this center is run!

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