The Children's Aid Society

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The Children's Aid Society Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Social Worker

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Children's Aid Society full-time

    Pros

    I appreciated the collaboration with other colleagues. I was also given a lot of time off and flexibility when needed.

    Cons

    My immediate director was undermining and divisive, which led to issues within my own department. I felt I learned and performed as best I was able to under these circumstances.

    Advice to Management

    Please treat staff with respect and try to bring them together.


  2. Maintenance Worker

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Worker in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Maintenance Worker in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Children's Aid Society full-time

    Pros

    Very nice Place to work at

    Cons

    There is no room for advancement


  3. pay staff what they're worth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at The Children's Aid Society full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The vacation time is one of the best. I've been employed with cas for 7 years and accrue 2 vacation days a month, 1 sick day a month and 3 personal a year. Unfortunately new hires are not as lucky and recieve .83 sick days a month, 1.5 vacation days per month and 2 personal days a year. Current CEO seems very passionate about the goals and future of our agency. She also reinstated our annual holiday party which we have not had in about 6 years. She makes it a point to visit with all sites and works hard to bring in funding.

    Cons

    Staff are not paid what they are worth and often asked to make miracles with very little or no money in the budget. It is nearly impossible to move up if you do not have a degree.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of having a huge expensive summit every year, give staff a raise or bonus. Many of us are struggling and unable to keep up with the cost of living which is not good for our morale.


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  5. Social Work Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    Good Supervision, good management

    Cons

    a lot of documentation is requires, very low clinical experience


  6. It

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Children's Aid Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I wish I had something else positive to say besides the 35 hours work week, benefits and dedicated colleagues (especially the ones who served this population directly).

    Cons

    The agency recently went thru an organizational restructure again where their mission has changed for serving underserved youths and their families to a charter school based environment "Keeping the Promise" program. A promised not delivered to cuttings most of their afterschool programs, selling of properties in the much needed communities and laying off workers with very little notice. Very low morale and too many favoritism in upper management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your colleagues that isn't senior management. They're the ones who are in the field and know hands on to what's going on. Not senior management


  7. Community Schools

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    Former Employee - Program Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Children's Aid Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Training, friendly co-workers, ample resources, vacation & sick days

    Cons

    Poor pay Can't really take earned vacation Upper Management & Mid Management need to sync up

    Advice to Management

    Pay your mid-level managers more and stop taking the higher salaries for yourself, especially since they are the one's on the front lines, working summer camp and day to day with the schools, teachers, students and parents.


  8. camp counselor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at The Children's Aid Society part-time

    Pros

    -lived around the area so worked with my friends and met new people (come from the city also) -organized schedule -nice staff

    Cons

    -lot of rules to follow


  9. I am a caseworker for Family Foster care.

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    Current Employee - Caseworker
    Current Employee - Caseworker
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great staff, schedule can be flexible at times

    Cons

    Long hours, anything can come up on any differentday so you might stay late when you don't want to, underpaid and underappreciated

    Advice to Management

    Don't make caseloads so high for caseworkers, the work can be impossible to get done


  10. Overall, great agency to work for and outstanding supervision

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Case Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Bilingual Case Planner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Children's Aid Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of support from program supervisors and great one-on-one weekly direct supervision, which was really helpful when dealing with difficult cases.

    Cons

    Sometimes, there was not a lot of communication between higher administrative staff and program supervisors which created some tension and unrealistic expectations to Case Planners.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more team meetings to receive feedback of Case Planners and the challenges they face in order to have more realistic expectations from Case Planners and their performance. Also, provide more opportunities for specialized trainings by bringing professional to the site or allowing employees to attend trainings.


  11. Awful experience from start to finish - including the interviewing process which took 2 months.

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    Former Employee - Carrera Social Worker in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Carrera Social Worker in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Children's Aid Society full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers enjoy working with kids

    Cons

    At my (former) site, being politically savvy was prioritized over everything else, including the kids. Because school leadership had recently been completely overhauled, the relationship between Carrera and the school was rocky at best. Unfortunately the school made it blatantly obvious that we were not valued and completely restricted our functioning to the point of conducting therapy in a stairwell with tons of other kids, school staff and administrators walking by. As a result, CAS staff were resentful, demoralized, and VERY unhappy. Because our clinical supervisor believed the school SW was the best way to build a partnership, the newest member of the team was fired after 1 month on the job (effectively scape-goated) because of a disagreement with the school SW. Meanwhile, the rest of the 'team' was bullied by the clinical supervisor - who was also providing supervision to the school SW after hours - into being overly deferential to the school SW at all costs. This was NOT a healthy environment.

    Advice to Management

    *Try being transparent with your employees rather than manipulative and dodgy. *Don't bully your staff - there are ways to get what you need out of employees without using covert manipulative tactics that only diminish your ability to be trusted by staff. *Try to reevaluate the site your program is placed in and build relationships with school administration yourself and establish some ground rules for a partnership -or at least a dialogue- rather than relying solely on your employees to do the leg work. *Furthermore, Children's Aid is known to be good at fundraising - more so than other non profits - yet they compensate their employees horribly. I'm sure the directors of the programs aren't as terribly compensated as regular staff. *Also: From my short time there, I saw extremely high turnover in employees, even in HR. This is not a good sign.



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