Sequel Youth & Family

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Sequel Youth & Family Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
Updated February 12, 2015
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work! Truly enjoyed the rewarding experience I had working with young, troubled youth.

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    Former Employee - Group Leader in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at Sequel Youth & Family full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent training and supervisory guidance
    Very rewarding experience for the time I was employed with Sequel

    Cons

    The kids we mentor are a handful, but that comes with the job.
    Low pay for supervisors, youth counselors make more after overtime, which supervisors do not get on salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay increases for group and team leaders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BHP in Belfast, ME
    Current Employee - BHP in Belfast, ME

    I have been working at Sequel Youth & Family

    Pros

    everyone listens, esp. supervisors and director, always an open door and there when I need them. Professional and caring, for employees and clients!! I have worked here a long time. I think in this buisness there are some that need to be frequently :voted off the island" and they should - kids progress is at stake. Kudos to the Belfast team

    Cons

    The hours of work - but that is noones fault, kids get home from school in the pm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep trucking - you have a great team. Unlike the last employee.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience working with kids to get your foot in the door for social work.

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    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Sequel Youth & Family part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    On some of the more relaxed days you get to hang out with the kids by taking them to the park or YMCA to do physical activities and if your schedule allows even watch movies with them. Great feeling to help out and be a positive role model in someones life.

    Cons

    Occasionally the kids will not listen to you and challenge your authority, can be a pain to deal with if they are being obnoxious. On the busier days you may be doing non stop transportation's for the kids taking them to therapy meetings, court appearances, job interviews etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Improvement

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    Current Employee - Case Manager/Life Coach in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Case Manager/Life Coach in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Sequel Youth & Family full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, no micromanagement, weekends off, 8-5 monday through friday

    Cons

    no clear direction from management, low salary, no advancement opportunities, on clear duties for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give direction to staff and offer advancement opportunities, pay raises, outline duties and follow them, and better communication.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    overall good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montgomery, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montgomery, AL

    I have been working at Sequel Youth & Family

    Pros

    It was a very interesting job.

    Cons

    You have to be very patient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more insight from employees

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    like helping kids, but can be stressful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norris, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norris, TN

    I have been working at Sequel Youth & Family

    Pros

    The number one reason is the kids you get to work with although at times it can be stressful.

    Cons

    The pay is low. The benefits are poor and could definitely be increased and improved. The appreciation may be somewhat lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There could be more raises on an individual as well as across the board basis. And an increase and improvement in benefits offered.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Potential, but suffering

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Sequel Youth & Family full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    This has a great opportunity for someone who is wanting to implement new ideas and protocols and pay is decent

    Cons

    The facility is falling apart and management is poor. Team-work is not priority

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Unprofessional, lack of care and concern for staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at Sequel Youth & Family

    Pros

    Bonding with other staff and students- great training

    Cons

    Empty promises to staff, upper management fly in once a month to see a cleaned up version of the place. Staff is not valued, lack of consistency. They go back and forth between either neglecting students or giving them everything they want. Staff is scapegoated by management. Huge staff turnover- not a job for someone with family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees!! Value and respect goes a long way.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Rewarding job personally, but the company doesn't care

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    Current Employee - Youth Care Worker in Owens Cross Roads, AL
    Current Employee - Youth Care Worker in Owens Cross Roads, AL

    I have been working at Sequel Youth & Family full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working with and changing the lives of underprivileged troubled teens.

    Cons

    Bad Pay, immature staff, immature management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees to maintain staff. Value the ones even more who choose to stay, Especially those who put in extra hours to cover when staffing is low. Night shift should have differential pay, and there should be pay raises. Most people here who have been here more than a year has not seen any raise in pay. There are people who have been making the same wage for years. Some of the new hires are getting paid than some of the supervisors. There is no consistency in the program, and the residents are not getting what they need. Most staff members have at least a bachelors. And they pay us 9.50 an hour. Most of us start off with the promise of better pay with time. Then you get hooked in to the job, because you care about the residents and want to help them. We are all in this business to help others, and all of us have big hearts for these kids. We sacrifice for the residents, and company, but get nothing in return. The management is horrible, and head admin is clueless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is a core group of favorite employees - hard to break into that group.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at Sequel Youth & Family

    Pros

    Growth oriented. Goals and objectives for job expectations are spelled out.

    Cons

    The inner circle at the top is hard to break into. It's challenging finding a voice in the organization - few opportunities to share new ideas, no sense of feedback that signifies ideas are recieved. Message is better to go with the program rather then step away from the pack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recent organizational changes and layoffs may cause good people to consider other like orgnanizations for employment first. Positive press is needed. Better than that - would be a social media following from professionals who openly praise the organization.

    No opinion of CEO

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