Penny Lane Reviews

Updated July 18, 2014
Updated July 18, 2014
14 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 for 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
  2. 2 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
  3. 1 person 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7. 1 person 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 for 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
  8.  

    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 for 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
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  9.  

    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!

  10.  

    I rather be unemployed than work for this company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penny Lane

    Pros

    The children and their families. Only good thing about working here.

    Cons

    No room for advancement; patronizing regional manager; poor salary. Horrible working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not a coincidence when large number of employees leave. Take an administrative hint.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst company I have worked for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penny Lane

    Pros

    The company has decent salaries for the nonprofit world. They promote from within too. They hire good hard working people.

    Cons

    This is a sweat shop of mental health. Overwhelming paperwork is demanded without sufficient administrative support. They dump more and more work every day on their workers. They make your responsible for work that is not supposed to be in your job description. They do not care to hear from people and their needs. They do not provide you what you need to do your job, but expect you to “make it work” as you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with what people need to do their job properly. You are not just a regular business. Your workers work with human lives and not beer bottles. If you don’t care about your workers, how do you expect your workers to care for your clients, who need that care? Hire more administrative support and floor staff. Do not stretch your people thin!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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