SAFY Reviews

Updated May 7, 2015
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  1. Great Organization, Salary not enough

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAFY full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great supportive team of employees, supervisors. Always had each other's backs. Working with older foster youth is hard but rewarding at times. No micro managing. You work your own schedule and simply need to show you're getting your paperwork done.

    Cons

    Salary is still relatively low but average for a social work type job. No real opportunities for growth or moving into management.

    Advice to Management

    Either increase Salary or develop opportunities for employees to move up in management, take on more leadership, to get higher paying positions. Run the non profit like a business not a charity in how money is dealt with.


  2. Typical

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAFY

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, flexible schedule, decent benefits

    Cons

    Too many clients, lots of paperwork


  3. Nice employees and coworkers, boring office work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Job
    Former Employee - Office Job

    I worked at SAFY full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good if you are offered a full time job. They medical and dental plans are affordable. The life insurance they offer does not come out of your paycheck. If you are a therapist/case worker or foster parent coordinator, they are flexible with your work schedule.

    Cons

    If you are an office manager or office aide, you are REQUIRED to be in the office from 8:30am-5pm and cannot work from home. You accrue your vacation and sick time by working, for example, 0.0026 vacation hours earned for every hour you work. (This is just an example, I can't remember the exact figure). Office work may be boring if you are an extrovert. The pay was not too great either. I know many therapists who did not have a social life because they were contanstly working overtime because they were given too many clients.

    Advice to Management

    Putting clients first should be a priority, instead I felt like the priority was making money.


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  5. Fast moving train

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAFY

    Pros

    - mission of helping families and children - flexible with hours - ability to work for home

    Cons

    - organizational focus is constantly changing - too many chiefs - staff members are constantly in survival mode - 4 CEOs in 3 years - tons of turnover

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategic direction and stay the course.


  6. Great place to work. Could pay a little more.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Delphos, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Delphos, OH

    I have been working at SAFY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great environment and employees. Very flexible hours. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Pay is a little behind what area averages are


  7. Great Career Opportunities, Poor Management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Treatment Home Direct Care Provider in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Treatment Home Direct Care Provider in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at SAFY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    This company gives you good opportunities to develop your skills, offers flexible scheduling for you/your clients, offers tuition reimbursement for furthering your education, and there are (limited) opportunities to further your career within the company.

    Cons

    Some of the management staff is arguably the most unethical individuals I have ever met. This leads to neglect of the needs of the youth/families that we serve in order to meet quotas instead. Human Resources is not based in anything expect the corporate office, your needs are unlikely to be met as they require you to collect "evidence" to prove the issues you are complaining about. This will take upwards of 4+ months to resolve.

    Advice to Management

    Your many satellite offices need to have on site H.R. representatives. I experienced a significant amount of abuse at your company that was not addressed appropriately by H.R. as they were unable to witness or timely respond to my complaints. Having an office H.R. liaison would greatly reduce the amount of conflict that the staff are likely to experience while trying to address issues, paperwork/necessary materials would be more likely to be received immediately, and it would provide for a better more positive office culture. Management seems to think that since there is no one that they are responsible to (as there is no HR representative present,) they are free to manipulate and threaten staff instead.


  8. I loved the work with foster families and youth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Family and Youth Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Family and Youth Specialist in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at SAFY full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, building relationships with clients, seeing change and growth in clients.

    Cons

    Turn over in management, change in philosophy of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Better training for new employees, team building opportunities, connection with upper management


  9. Quantity over quality

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Social Worker
    Former Employee - Social Worker

    I worked at SAFY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility to create your own schedule (though this is true of most child welfare or mental health jobs), caring co-workers, and ability to build positive relationships with a few, competent and compassionate foster parents as well as the foster children, agency provides laptops for employees and allows high-functioning staff to work from home on occasion, yearly merit reviews provide modest compensation for exceptional staff

    Cons

    Poor training program - especially initially and then throughout for employees, mileage reimbursement is far below federal standard, movement toward hiring less-qualified bachelor's level clinicians to compensate them less for a non-entry-level position, monitoring and evaluation process appears punitive and only intended to provide justification to avoid paying incentives to employees, employees are mandated to attend weekend trainings for foster parents or foster parent events as part of their salary when a typical work week is around 50+ hours already, agency appears to cater - sometimes when it is not warranted - to foster parents who barely meet a minimum standard to maintain a license, agency not only encourages clinicians to continually operate in a "dual role" but it is mandatory to perform the functions of the position (ex. Providing CPST services for clients placed in the foster home while also holding their foster parent accountable for failure to adhere to expectations of being licensed), emphasis appears to be upon placing as many children as possible without much regard for whether the foster parent(s) are capable of meeting special needs rather than just a child's basic needs - thus, some foster parents/clients appear to be set-up for failure from the beginning of the placement due to the agency appearing to exploit foster parent(s) willingness to immediately assume care (ex. Placing large, complicated-needs, sibling groups in an inexperienced or newly-licensed home), clinicians are routinely forced to spend their own funds on client meals since no reimbursement program exists for this when emergency circumstances dictate need, employees are occasionally required to share offices or the offices themselves do no reflect the competency of the staff/agency due to broken or outdated furniture/equipment, paperwork and documentation are extremely repetitive and generally serve no purpose other than enabling the agency to avoid paying incentives to staff if something is overlooked, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Take a page from other successful agencies (ex. The Buckeye Ranch) who invest money in portraying a professional, competent image right down to how the lobby presents to incoming staff, foster parents, visitors, etc., eliminate the current monitoring and evaluation process and compensate staff to perform peer reviews which are likely to be more objective than an assessor attempting to locate "mistakes" to prove they are worth their paycheck, reexamine reimbursement for mileage and other monetary compensation if you are truly interested in attracting the best talent, all foster parents need to held the the same standards - and, if unwilling/unable to conform after one or two written reprimands - these foster parents need to be immediately removed from receiving further placements, streamline your paperwork processes to avoid having staff repetitiously document the same information in several different places.


  10. Repetitive

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAFY

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Having an opportunity, though it may be brief, to equip the children with the necessary tools in assessing their past and giving them the hope that their tomorrow can be better.

    Cons

    Though therapeutic in practice, not enough time is given to each child; leaving them for longer periods of time in a traumatic state of mind. The majority of their foster care parents lack a sincere interest in helping these children. SAFY must do a better job in screening...these children are only warehoused.

    Advice to Management

    Creating a SAFY group home where the social workers and professional counselors have many more hours of contact with these children would be in the best interest to these children who have been exposed to a whole host of traumatic situations. At the very least there would be continuity in their care and stay.



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