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Casa Pacifica Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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  1. "great environment"

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    Current Employee - Front Desk and Transportation Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Front Desk and Transportation Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Casa Pacifica full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours, very good environment and great team of employees. Also, excellent employers.

    Cons

    No space to grow as an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Have better benefits.


  2. "Para Education"

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    Former Employee - Para Educator in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Para Educator in Camarillo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great coworkers, supportive staff, great moral compass

    Cons

    Safety of staff, frustration with the corporateness of the organization. Feeling unsupported by leadership when youth acted out.

    Advice to Management

    Supportive the staff above the youth client attacks when it comes to protection and safety. High turn over in staff due to burn out and stress.

  3. "Wonderful Company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Casa Pacifica (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture, close relationships with management

    Cons

    Lower pay than average & high employee turnover


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Love working with kids, but this non-profit does not look after its employees"

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    Former Employee - Youth Development Specialist in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Youth Development Specialist in Camarillo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Casa Pacifica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with children and seeing all the programs available to families/children in crisis is wonderful. It is definitely a rewarding job in that the time and energy you devote to these kids is genuinely needed and appreciated. It is also really fun working with the kids, a lot of the job is play and going on off campus "outings" with the kids. So work some days consist of an afternoon at the beach and then ice cream before heading back to campus.

    Cons

    Lunch breaks are taken on the job so there's no time to really relax or unwind and enjoy a meal in peace. You must stay on campus for your lunch and are occasionally given one 10 minute break during a shift. This becomes stressful when shifts can last anywhere between 8-10hrs.

    Advice to Management

    I think there should be more general support for on the floor staff who spend the majority of the time with the children. It can be a very high stress job, and without some extra support can lead to burnout which might explain the high employee turnover. Offer coffee, snacks, 10-15min breaks, and maybe work on making the break rooms a little more relaxing. I think office staff take for granted the stressfulness of the job for floor staff and don't offer enough support.


  5. "Fantastic place to make info a career"

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    Current Employee - Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist in Camarillo, CA
    Current Employee - Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist in Camarillo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Casa Pacifica full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Rewarding experience and a chance to change lives.
    -Lackluster pay is made up for by great benefits!
    -Supervisors and management team are on your side. They will go up to bat for you if you are honest, and are understanding about mistakes or shortcomings.
    -Plenty of people in every department have been with Casa Pacifica for a long time. These people all started in direct care, and if they're willing to stay for 10+ years, you know that management is doing something right.

    Cons

    It's the mental health field, so don't expect to get rich by working here. Staff turn-over is higher on campus as opposed to community services as well, so keep that in mind.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the wonderful work, and look into ways to invest even more in you employees hoping to make their career at Casa Pacifica!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "It is what it is"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Casa Pacifica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As far as agencies go, employees, leadership, etc., some of the best.

    Cons

    Little compensation, however, hired at will and exempt status, so you might be expected to work 50-80 hours on any given week and it doesn't matter.
    Upper/Senior management will make decisions as they please, with a focus on residential services, turning a blind eye on Community Based Services, staff, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Think before you act.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "A tough job, any way you look at it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Casa Pacifica full-time

    Pros

    Working with troubled children can be very rewarding when interventions are effective. The employees have a good sense of humor. The work is never boring. The activities staff are required to participate in with the children are diverse, fun, and interesting.

    Cons

    The hours are long and overtime follows a nonstandard structure--only work over 40 hours a week is considered overtime, and 12 or 16 hour days are compensated without overtime. Breaks are rare. The youth/clients can be aggressive and very disrespectful. Communication between shifts can be inconsistent.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that floor staff are compensated more fairly; they are the backbone of the organization and in order to keep them happy, standard overtime structures and break schedules should be adhered to.

  8. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Casa Pacifica full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive staff and supervisory team, constant opportunities to grow your professional knowledge

    Cons

    Limited promotional opportunities unless at the Masters Degree level

    Advice to Management

    Fight for higher wages for staff


  9. "Ok company with huge focus on profit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Casa Pacifica full-time

    Pros

    Flexible position with the ability to disengage from the milieu

    Cons

    Significant burnout, low pay and not enough staff


  10. "Youth Development Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Casa Pacifica part-time

    Pros

    Casa has amazing employees, which makes for some great co-workers. If working with incredibly challenging adolescents is someone’s calling Casa is the place to test and work on that gift.

    Cons

    There is no work life balance at Casa. They stress the need for self care but expect so much time from their employees that there is never time for it.


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