Wedgwood Christian Services

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Wedgwood Christian Services Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
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    Very difficult work, emotionally exhausting, but if you can do it, the rewards can be significant.

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    Current Employee - Direct Care Social Worker in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Direct Care Social Worker in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Wedgwood Christian Services full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There's a lot of fantastic people who work here, and when the job is going well, you're genuinely having a lot of fun. You're developing relationships with kids who are in genuine need of healthy role models, and working with people who may become lifelong friends.

    Cons

    Contact work with troubled youth is always emotionally exhausting. Wedgwood is no exception. You will be attacked verbally, emotionally, perhaps physically, unless you don't ever do your job (hold kids accountable for misbehavior, setting a good example, setting solid boundaries), and if you're that kind of person, you're going to get manipulated and trampled. Compensation may be competitive, but the whole industry pays poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Contact staff are doing the most difficult job in your agency, and they're compensated poorly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    It was great working with the clients. The staff, administration, and executives are shady as hell.

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    Former Employee - YTS in Kentwood, MI
    Former Employee - YTS in Kentwood, MI

    I worked at Wedgwood Christian Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The client relationship that is built is amazing.

    Cons

    LOTS of breaking up fights or just taking punches when the kids decide to through fits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES. Honestly pay attention to what is "going on" within EACH home.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    They don't always consider their residential employee important

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wedgwood Christian Services

    Pros

    Good Benefits for their staff.

    Cons

    Rarely get raises, getting to be an unsafe place to work with guidelines on controlling clients...but I'm sure that's true with all places now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Super Good Super Bad

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    Current Employee - Youth Treatment Specialist in Kentwood, MI
    Current Employee - Youth Treatment Specialist in Kentwood, MI

    I have been working at Wedgwood Christian Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are working with Children whose lives have been shattered, kids who have been abused, and have come from some of the most horrific situations. Plus you get to go on many outings, the zoo, fredrick meijers, water parks, the ymca. It is a great job if you want a high stress baby sitting type job. There is room for growth if you want to move up in the ranks, and out of direct work with the kids. Promotion would include becoming a case worker or therapist

    Cons

    Super High Stress. Due to the situations many great people have been fired from the company and worse, due to the fact that you are often required to restrain the children in threatening situations. This is something that must be done to protect the children, however if the state feels like something was done inappropriately watch out. They care nothing for the caretakers, and 100% about the children. They haven't given pay raises due to number of years worked, only way to make more is work more hours or move up in ranks. Senior management is disconnected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It spoke to an advisor and said, I feel litterally like a too, like I will be used till I wear out and then another young college grad will step in. The basically acknowledged without admitting that that is simply what happens.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Meaningful work but poor compensation, high burnout rate, abusive clients

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Youth Treatment Specialist in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Youth Treatment Specialist in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Wedgwood Christian Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Direct impact on the most underprivileged and vulnerable groups of kids in the west Michigan area.

    Cons

    Insufficient management support, low pay, abusive environment due to the challenging nature of the clients.

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