Youth Villages FAQ

Have questions about working at Youth Villages? Read answers to frequently asked questions to help you make a choice before applying to a job or accepting a job offer.

Whether it's about compensation and benefits, culture and diversity, or you're curious to know more about the work environment, find out from employees what it's like to work at Youth Villages.

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47 English questions out of 47

July 18, 2019

What is paid time off like at Youth Villages?

Pros

Loved the work I did because it’s my passion! Benefits are decent. Depending on your position, you can have some control of your schedule. I learned a lot about the system and what not to do in a leadership position.

Cons

Their expectations are ridiculous. Work-life balance is non existent even on your flex time off. They preach to take time off, but they don’t mean it. Hardly any support from higher ups. This company doesn’t really care for their employees, they want results with hardly any resources for support. If you don’t meet your quota, you’ll get written up even if it’s out of your control. They’re a great company to provide services to their clients, but they’re terrible as employers. There are meetings for EVERYTHING and they are completely a waste of time. Regionals talk down and about other employees. They’ll ask you for your opinion, but never take it into consideration. I’ll never work for this company again.

Advice to Management

Higher ups need to have field visits in the trenches to understand what the employees experience. Cut down on unnecessary meetings. Micromanaging doesn’t encourage your employees. Revamp your leadership.

life balance is non existent even on your flex time off.

July 18, 2019

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July 27, 2019

Does Youth Villages offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Meaningful work Great organization to be associated with. People are impressed when you say you work there. You work with passionate people People working in residential programs can advance pretty quickly. Unfortunately this is partly because turnover is so high. But if you love the work and you are good at your job you can use the turnover to your advantage. The benefits package is pretty nice.

Cons

You don't make real money until you're way up in the food chain. Until then, you will definitely be overworked and underpaid. They always want to add more and more responsibilities to you, but won't adjust your pay or title. I know a LOT of people who have been through that with YV. Of course you have to pay your dues at any job. But YV takes advantage. It seems like instead of hiring the right people at the right salary to handle certain responsibilities they just add those responsibilities to people who are already in place and don't pay them any more.

Advice to Management

Why would I leave advice? They're not coming to glass door for management tips lol

The benefits package is pretty nice.

July 27, 2019

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September 16, 2019

Does Youth Villages offer family leave?

Pros

I was fortunate enough to have great leadership. When I needed to take care of medical and family needs they did not hesitate to provide me with all the time I needed.

Cons

Of course the pay is not the best and could always do with more.

When I needed to take care of medical and family needs they did not hesitate to provide me with all the time I needed.

September 16, 2019

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August 17, 2021

Does Youth Villages offer a wellness program?

Pros

Sometimes you could help troubled kids but not very often.

Cons

Benefits, pay, mental health, rough working environment and clientele. Management sees you as a cog in a machine...not as a human.

Advice to Management

Care about your employees and give them raises and improve benefits.

Benefits, pay, mental health, rough working environment and clientele.

August 17, 2021

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July 19, 2021

Does Youth Villages offer malpractice insurance?

Pros

Helping kids and their families and you get good health insurance.

Cons

Company doesn’t care about your well being. Company focuses on quantity over quality of work. If you work here you will be taken advantage of. I’ve spent almost the past two years here and have seen almost everyone leave. There are so many things that make this place a place you don’t want to work; no work life balance, always increasing caseload (when I was hired I was told 4 cases was maximum and now the normal is 5-6 cases), youth villages prides itself on providing in home services to youth and families however the current expectation is that of the required 3 sessions a week per client only one session needs to be in person thus making it possible to carry extra cases…, however if a family is at high risk or requests in person you are expected to do all sessions in person (intercept program is level D = so all cases are technically high risk), so basically you end up working at least 50 hours a week and not to mention the paperwork, some cases are super heavy with case management which is difficult to constantly stay on top of when you’re having to drive all the way from Hillsboro, Gresham, lake Oswego, Milwaukee, north Portland, St. Helens, rhodendrun, sandy, se Portland, Ne Portland, sw Portland, nw Portland, forest grove, Estacada, etc, basically they tell you that that your cases will be around where you live so your driving isn’t terrible and sadly that’s never the case. Taking vacation is also difficult because your team is expected to carry your caseload and that’s tough because you know they are also working overtime and are exhausted. The mileage pay is trash. You are also expected to have full coverage car insurance even though we don’t ever drive clients. You will be expected to work when asked and cover on call weekends if people bail or leave because they are over working there. If you’re trying to get experience in the social work field, go work somewhere else, this place is headed in a very bad direction and it’s so hard to support your families if your company doesn’t support you as an employee as well as sincerely care about each and every family that they work with. I would say that the hardest past about the job is standing up for the families, advocating for their needs and then being shut down by youth villages and not receiving any support. Don’t waste your time, take your skills elsewhere and do the same job but be supported by your employer and respected by your employer because from my experience you won’t get that at youth villages (maybe in the beginning but it doesn’t last). Lastly, being on call isn’t always great because if there is a crisis and you need to check in with the on call supervisor there’s a solid chance they won’t pick up - this has happened many times.

Advice to Management

Listen to your employees and look into why there is such a high turnover rate.

You are also expected to have full coverage car insurance even though we don’t ever drive clients.

July 19, 2021

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