The United Methodist Children's Home

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The United Methodist Children's Home Reviews

Updated May 19, 2014
Updated May 19, 2014
6 Reviews

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    Former Employee - Staff Support/Youth Care Worker  in  Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Staff Support/Youth Care Worker in Birmingham, AL

    Pros

    The children was my motivation for working there.

    Cons

    Poor management and lack of supervision for Group Home Supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must keep accountability on track.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    This company has serious business, identity, professionalism, and management issues.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Decatur, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA

    Pros

    The work they do is good -- keeping children and families together, trying to provide them with the tools and a path for a better life. The grounds are well-kept.

    Cons

    The new CEO is stiff and unapproachable. The board is not versed in business practices and is held in contempt by executive management. The office environment can be demoralizing and inappropriate -- derogatory comments spoken to employees by some executive management, unwanted hugs and unwanted touching (including shoulder rubs) from management; some management has openly cursed at employees. Expect to be micromanaged because some exec. management doesn't value expertise or understand standard industry practices -- only their own opinions and unrealistic timelines. Too many meetings are called that are unnecessary and unproductive. Leadership is not comfortable sharing information and prefers to leave employees in the dark. Some benefits will be promised at hire and never delivered. No matching contributions to retirement plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people as you would like to be treated, not as poorly as someone there once treated you. Stop putting your hands on people. Stop addressing women as "girls." Trust those you hire to do their job, even if it's not done exactly how you would do it. Give others professional courtesy. Stop backbiting. Stop saying demeaning things to your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Demoralizing, self-absorbed management created hostile work environment.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Campus is beautiful. Multiple services are offered to those in need. Higher education assistance is readily available for those who qualify and are motivated.

    Cons

    Where to begin? Campus has become a school for thugs where the strongest survive. Past the pretty facade the cottages have become like tenements, in both appearance and stench. What was once a proud example of child care excellence now piteously tries to maintain the Little Orphan Annie specter to keep the benevolence of the mostly white, well-to-do benefactors who use it as their pet project. Cutesy play ground doll house is used for late night sex and nothing more, but makes good public relations backdrop during the day! Some ignorant management have put in enough time to move up to the Big House but are barely literate and bully staff to feel important themselves, manipulating higher managers because they appear to get the job done. They are abusive & untouchable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide to steer this ship back to where it was an asset to children, or sell the property to the Seminary or the Decatur school system. Make wages more equitable between the white suits in the Big House and the people doing the hard and dirty work. Question staff who act like they have everything under control and speak privately and frankly with direct care workers who can enlighten you if they know they will not be punished for their honesty.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Exact opposite of what one would expect: it is a home for adolescents to come and go along with their drugs and weapons.

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    Former Employee - Cannot  in  Decatur, GA
    Former Employee - Cannot in Decatur, GA

    Pros

    Keeps these kids off the street, sort of

    Cons

    This is a place that should offer support and teach the resident adolescents proper ways to live, however it is a place that many teens would love - they can come and go anytime, go to school or not, do as they are told or not, do drugs, have weapons (often because they feel unsafe from those on campus with them). The staff is too small, or too wrapped up in the politics; regardless the residents' health, livelihood, and future are being tossed to the side like trash. It is not a place fit to bear the word Methodist in its title. Sad, but true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regain focus, which is hopefully obvious: on the residents and focus on keeping them safe by sweeping their cabins thoroughly for drugs and weapons. Enforce a regimented schedule; insist on doctor visits (most often psyh) and taking meds. Many of the staff I knew were petty and too self involved to see anything past their own image. It has become a tragedy and I hear it is only getting worse. It's time to reexamine the way management is running the place, and then take a hard look at their staff; forget loyalties and how long a staff member has been there - there are many that need to go. Their negligence has led to terrible things that could have been helped had someone cared, and I am sure that at least some residents that have left for whatever reason could be found in a nearby jail/prison or homeless on the corner.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work anymore.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Decatur, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA

    Pros

    Used to be a nice place. The old CEO Bev Cochran was very good leader.

    Cons

    United Methidist Home is not a good place to work. They laid off a lot of people; they laid off people in 2010, 2012, and 2013. In July they laid off all housekeepers and 3 people from Plant Operatons. One of the housekeepers has five kids and she make less than $11.00 an hour. She doesnt have job now and can’t afford to take care of her kids. Another housekeeper is from Albania and his wife still back there. He work 2 job and have 3 kids; now he has to find another job or he wont be able to take care of he kids. I wouldn’t work for United Mehtodist now; the CEO fires people so he won’t get in trouble cause the agency losing money. He don’t care about kids or about workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop firing people cause you cant raise enough money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stewardship is a foreign concept here.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Decatur, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA

    Pros

    None anymore, thanks to upper management.

    Cons

    Anyone interested in working for the United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) should consider the following:

    1) UMCH is currently running a multi-million dollar annual budget deficit. At its current rate of income and spending this organization will be bankrupt within a decade or less.
    2) In July of this year UMCH management carried out their third mass layoff since 2010. In two out of three of these layoffs programs that serve children in foster care were eliminated, forcing the children (many of whom are already suffering from various forms of emotional and/or physical trauma) to be relocated to other facilities, foster homes, etc. One of these programs, the Nurturing Connections Second Chance Program, served teen mothers and their babies; therefore in this case not only the moms but also the babies were forced to relocate after the program serving them was shut down by UMCH management. Another program that was eliminated provided summer camp and afterschool care for children whose parents cannot afford any other summer/aftercare programs.
    3) In the most recent mass layoff (July 2013) many employees with 10 years or more of service saw their jobs eliminated, including several who were 5 years or less from retirement. Two of these employees had worked for UMCH for more than 25 years and both of them lived on campus; thus not only did UMCH management eliminate their jobs but management also evicted these employees and their families from their homes, leaving them both jobless AND homeless.

    If you are looking for a stable, long-term employment arrangement think long and hard before you take any job with The United Methodist Children’s Home. This organization has a track record of financial mismanagement and management treats employees as expendable commodities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start showing some concern for human beings; you're in the people business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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