St. Jude's Ranch for Children
1.7 of 5 7 reviews
www.stjudesranch.org Boulder City, NV 50 to 149 Employees

St. Jude's Ranch for Children Reviews

Updated Jun 16, 2014

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Christine J. Spadafor

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    Challenging opportunity with MANY supervisors.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsChallenging opportunity with many supervisors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet to know your employees and trust them.

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    If I could give them 0 stars I would

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSt. 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementPractice what you preach. Instead of firing everyone, try training and discussion.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disenchanted and miserable

    Child Specialist (Former Employee)
    Boulder City, NV

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementThis 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Admirable mission, poor leadership and shady accounting

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsHighly 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    money or mission???

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boulder City, NV

    ProsOverall 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.

    ConsExtreme 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 Senior Managementgive 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boulder City, NV

    ProsFor 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.

    ConsUnfortunately 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 Senior ManagementListen 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementSet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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