St. Jude's Ranch for Children

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St. Jude's Ranch for Children Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Haven for the incompetent.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Jude's Ranch for Children full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Potential to move in the right direction to be a solid non-profit. Several recent high-level hires are trying to make a difference by preventing the organization from over-expanding into bankruptcy.

    Cons

    BOD and outside consultant (aka CEO) have no intention of taking the organization to the next level. Cheerleading-type situational spin by outside consultant/CEO is used to mislead in-name-only BOD into complacency. No real decision making going on. SJRC staff receives token raises, if at all. Creates an environment of deeply entrenched favoritism and hopelessness, which contributes to a high-employee turnover. At all levels, mismanagement rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If BOD has the will, must take a more active role by digging deeper into what they are being told. Nevada BOD members are missing-in-action by not visiting the site or volunteering their services locally and making an annual financial contribution to show commitment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    If I could give them 0 stars I would

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Jude's Ranch for Children

    Pros

    St. Jude's Ranch has the right idea. To serve abused, abandoned and neglected youth and their families. They have also expanded their goals to house youth 18-25 year old homeless youth.

    Cons

    The Senior Management Team is awful. The CEO constantly lies to employees. She says you are a valuable employee and the next day she allows the human resource Director to terminate you. The turnover in the 2 years I was there it topped out at 32 people. That is significant for a company of 50 or so. The problem is that there should be a consistent employee base for the youth they serve. The turnover creates constant fear in the employees and lack of continuity in fundraising. I cannot imagine how the youth that have been bounced around from foster homes feel, never seeing the same faces for no more than a month or two. They fire anyone who cares or is intelligent enough to realize that upper management is ridiculously inept.
    The CEO skips around to each of the 3 campuses so there is never a real feel of someone you can trust. The compliance and human resource directors have their own agenda and protect their "favorite" employees. The anonymous reporting is a joke. DO NOT EVER COMPLAIN, you will be fired. If you work hard and commit to this job, you will be fired. They break harassment, ADA and discrimination laws with impunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Instead of firing everyone, try training and discussion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Disenchanted and miserable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Child Specialist in Boulder City, NV
    Former Employee - Child Specialist in Boulder City, NV

    I worked at St. Jude's Ranch for Children full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are bright, motivated and passionate about making a difference for the children.

    Cons

    The CEO is a consultant who lives full time in Boston. Occasional visits are coordinated with her other board meetings with a large gaming corporation. Her travel expenses are literally taken from the mouths of babes as we reimburse her 100%. Unfortunately, her cloak of crimson and gold has distracted the Board of Directors from her lack of knowledge and passion for the Organization. It cripples all of the positive efforts put forth by the dedicated staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This Organization has been built with the hearts and souls of its current and past employees and has all the ingredients to be a superb place for children to heal and grow. Please replace the CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging opportunity with MANY supervisors.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Jude's Ranch for Children

    Pros

    Opportunity to guide lives during an unfortunate period of their lives.

    Cons

    Challenging opportunity with many supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees and trust them.

  6.  

    Admirable mission, poor leadership and shady accounting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Jude's Ranch for Children full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The children, who are the mission and reason of the organization. Beautiful location.

    Cons

    Highly paid CEO is great at spinning a story and seeking the limelight for both herself and the organization, but is too focused on "expansion" versus stability. The behind-the-scenes smoke and mirrors of their financial situation is misguided at best and unethical at the worst. There is a sad lack of investment in staff and professional growth to ensure low turnover. There is a constant stress over money, and due to this and trouble retaining staff, the organization is not meeting or even coming close to it's full potential. Houses can sit empty, thus serving fewer children in need. The CEO doesn't live in the area and is seldom present, making leadership and fundraising difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to build an empire and focus on making what you have the best in can be. Set realistic expectations and goals for your staff and be on-hand to support them. Spend less time focusing on national and pay attention to local.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    money or mission???

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder City, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder City, NV

    I have been working at St. Jude's Ranch for Children full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall the staff are good, hardworking people who really care about the children. The work environment is beautiful spread out over 40+ acres with amazing views.

    Cons

    Extreme employee turnover due to poor management, especially at the CEO level, who is completely disconnected, only is on campus a few days per month, and seems to not care about day to day operations. Staff complain about constant changing agendas and demands on their time, but are too afraid of loosing their jobs to speak up. HR is of no help to the employee and appears to go with the flow. Board of Directors also seem disinterested or uninformed and take their guidance from the CEO only and have no interaction with down-line staff. Salaries for down-line staff are out of sinque with senior management and CEO salary which are very high compared to other non profits of the same size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give staff a chance to succeed before you let them go or they quit from frustration. roll up your sleeves and work with your staff so you can see what the day to day issues actually are so you can help make a better place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Great potential with good people... but executive leadership needs to worry less about spin and more about staff success

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder City, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder City, NV

    I have been working at St. Jude's Ranch for Children

    Pros

    For those that remain with the organization long enough, the daily operations staff does truly feel like a family. The front line staff are caring and interested in each others lives both in and outside of work and this makes for a great environment with respect to the people you work with.

    The locations of the facilities are great. They are located in small towns but close enough to large cities to offer employees the feel of a small town environment to work in but with the ability to live in a large urban location and all of the trappings that entails.

    Cons

    Unfortunately executive leadership isn't focused on the success of its staff and clients but rather focused solely on the bottom line of some KPIs the board of trustees has identified. Staff do not receive any type of pay for performance increases but rather have the opportunity to earn bonuses which are provided at the CEOs discretionary - regardless of actual performance review.

    The companies CEO is not in touch with the community perceptions as she commutes from Boston, more than 1000 miles from the nearest location of the organization. The distance causes a disconnect in gaining a true understanding of the impact of current political and financial climate in a culture that has been one of the hardest hit by the recession.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your local staff members. Focus on their success and workplace satisfaction to increase your success and happiness of your children (clients). Allow staff time to develop their skills, externally - not through internal "training", to allow them to bring new concepts, ideas and methods to the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    A small organization convinced it should be playing with the big dogs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Jude's Ranch for Children

    Pros

    A wonderfully admirable mission--to provide a home for abused and abandoned children.

    Cons

    The CEO is a highly paid consultant who loves the limelight and doesn't live in or have a personal connection to the communities in which St. Jude's serves. She is highly capable but seems focused on growing the organization rather than making it the best it can be in the communities it serves. Expectations are set unreasonably high and financially they always seem to be operating in "panic" mode. Services are added only to be shut down shortly after due to lack of funding, preparation or simply reality. The CEO is out of the office 75% of the time and thus does not provide the type of one-on-one leadership and interaction necessary to help her team succeed. Very high turnover and low morale. It's too bad, really.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set your sights lower and focus on improving what you already have, rather than focusing on growth. Listen to the team on the ground who are actually living in the communities rather than commuting from the east coast.

    Doesn't Recommend

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