Youth Villages

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Youth Villages Reviews

Updated January 5, 2015
Updated January 5, 2015
147 Reviews
2.7
147 Reviews
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Youth Villages CEO Patrick Lawler
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Youth Villages always works in the best interest of the children and families they serve (in 10 reviews)

  • Our frontline staff and top leadership work extra hard to make a difference every day (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existent and they blame you if you cannot make it better (in 18 reviews)

  • Long hours and unexpected emergencies related to the children running away (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Leadership Position

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Youth Villages full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Gain experience for Graduate School, rapid promotions if you start your career with youth villages (not if you come from another company), provides valuable services to kids and families

    Cons

    Expected to work 60 hrs per week every week, questionable business practices, critical thinking regarding ways to improve services or processes are discouraged, and dysfunctional upper leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate forms, processes, meetings and reports to increase efficiency. Evaluate your labor practices, average hours worked per week per employee, and reprioritize.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wasn't for me...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Youth Villages full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great organization, sincere interest in helping at-risk youth and families

    Cons

    Very demanding work - hours and hours of documentation outside of hours required for each client; many meetings - some beneficial, some not so much, scheduled every week, interfering with ability to meet demands of client sessions. Most employees lack experience and necessary training - approach seems more of a "fake it til you make it" philosophy, at least with my supervisor.

    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful Company to work for...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Staff in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Operations Staff in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Youth Villages has a commitment to providing world-class training programs to their employees. The staff development is very personal and directed toward success and leadership!

    The employee benefits are amazing and competitive to some major international organizations.

    The organization has a very clear mission and works to ensure that staff stay focused on children and families.

    Cons

    The mental health industry has a history of high turn over.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    it was horrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Behavioral Youth Counselor in Douglasville, GA
    Current Employee - Behavioral Youth Counselor in Douglasville, GA

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    THe experience you get working with children
    you get to do fun activites

    Cons

    management suck and they don't care about you/

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start caring about your staff

  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    It has a good developmental experience

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    Former Employee - Teacher Counselor in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Teacher Counselor in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Youth Villages full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    they have great leadership development programs

    Cons

    it is prone to becoming a psychologically stressful work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make it a business priority to develop more incentives for teacher counselors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Waiting for my ticket out of there

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The relationships I have built with my coworkers are positive, uplifting and long lasting. I also enjoy the work with my clients.

    Cons

    This job is like an abusive relationship. its tears you down and makes you feel like its your own fault. Then it gives you a slight glimpse of hope which makes you think things will change..and it doesn't. Stressful work environment, no help when trying to take vacations, not feeling comfortable to go to management with problems because you will get shamed or get talked to about "time management" which the company does not help you maintain, low pay, management plays favorites and only will invest in you if you drink the company cool aid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect and give them support. We work as a team for the betterment of these kids and their families. When the helpers feel helpless...what kind of impact are we supposed to have on other?

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Youth Villages High School

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Overnight Teacher Counselor in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Overnight Teacher Counselor in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The sad part about this is that there aren't any pros. The check would have to be the only pro.

    Cons

    The leadership cares about the leadership. It's a popularity vote when it comes to promotions and quarterly awards. If you are applying for the Teacher Counselor position look for another job now. You do not get paid enough for the work they have you doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees other than leadership equally. Think about others lives outside of Youth Villages

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher Counselor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Teacher Counselor in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Low pay is the single worst issue

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    I stayed way longer than I should have

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Youth Villages full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Growing company, meaningful mission, great people doing the actual work. Upper management makes good money and great benefits. Due to fast national growth, lots of opportunity for advancement on the direct care side.

    Cons

    Plantation mentality, only wants young, inexperienced workers who can be molded to their corporate line. Also, front line workers are expected to work horrendous hours with little to no time off and little pay. Turnover on the front lines is off the chart - at the time I left they were lucky to keep folks for six months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please treat your workers like human beings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good PD, bad pay, manipulative

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Youth Villages

    Pros

    Good experience for young college grads to put on their resume. Good professional development. Definitely looks good on paper.

    Cons

    Low pay, little to no overtime pay depending on the position, they'll work you to death.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees what they're worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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