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Center For Discovery Reviews

Updated October 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Free food, good clinical experience (in 7 reviews)

  • I have learned a lot about eating disorders and want to work with this population (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, no work/personal life balance, many requirements with minimal amount of training (in 9 reviews)

  • Did not trust corporate directors to care about Staff and clients (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Improving Vastly"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counselor in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Counselor in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Center For Discovery full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have cut major food costs since working there. We get three meals or snacks a day when working on the floor. You get to see the clients make progress, even if it is a small step. Everyone truly cares for the clients. Team environment has been improving under the last two program directors. Positions often have flexible scheduling. I have been able to add or drop days as needed for school and often am able to find coverage for time off. The company offers free supervision, continuing education units and certified eating disorder specialist training. If you make yourself valuable you can go far and will be rewarded for the work you do.

    Cons

    Fast pace environment can be challenging; Clients can make or break your day. Company often goes through periods of being short staffed because this job is not for everyone and psychology often has high turn over. Clients can sometimes get on your nerves depending on acuity level. If everyone does not pitch in others feel it more.

    Advice to Management

    Training could be a bit better with more hours geared to it or more shifts to train on. Upper management could come around more and be more familiar with the individual houses and staff.


  2. "Great company that focuses on the growth of employees as well as the mission to help the clients."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Manager in Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Facilities Manager in Fairfield, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Center For Discovery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, continuous training, and supportive management

    Cons

    Compensation is inadequate to the location of the facility

    Advice to Management

    Understand the demands of the job and the cost of living when considering compensation and raises.

  3. "Overall a Good Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counselor II in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Counselor II in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Center For Discovery full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The staff is made up of mostly very empathetic and open minded individuals that work as a team and is dedicated to helping clients, which fosters a positive work atmosphere.

    You get to work in a very nicely furnished work environment.

    You are given two weeks of training if you are starting up a new facility, where you have time to get to know and interact with your coworkers.

    Cons

    The hourly pay is terrible. For a for-profit company, they should invest in their employees to show they actually value you. I have a Masters in Psychology, as do many other of my coworkers, and I do not even make $17/hour. Even with negotiating, you still are unlikely to get the amount you value yourself at.

    If you are starting up a new house, you might feel like you were thrown under the bus after training because you don't know if what you are doing is correct, but you do your best.

    Advice to Management

    Keep someone from start-up/training at a new house to make sure the transition from training through the facility opening date runs smoothly and that staff (FM, PD, PT, and Counselors) are following the correct policies and completing all required company procedures. 3-4 weeks would've been ideal for our facility.

    Having 2 counselors required at an 8 bed facility is very challenging, especially in emergency situations where one counselor must leave with a ct. to the ER. Leaving 1 staff member with 7 cts is overwhelming and from my perspective, negligent. You cannot effectively perform your job and there will be many oversights and errors that could result in more danger to the clients.
    Therefor it would be a wise idea to hire a 3rd permanent counselor as well as an On Call overnight counselor for when there are 1 to 1s.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Primary Therapist"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Primary Therapist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Primary Therapist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Center For Discovery full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Center for Discovery offers immense growth opportunities, paid professional trainings, positive staff culture, and competing salaries. The staff works as a team and truly cares about each individual's recovery process.

    Cons

    Budget cuts (including staff hours) have been challenging, but the beauty of this company is that creativity is encouraged and welcomed, which has helped out team work through the challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value your staff as you have been doing. Keep salaries competitive and you will continue to have dedicated staff. Bravo!!


  5. "Counselor III"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counselor in East Quogue, NY
    Current Employee - Counselor in East Quogue, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Center For Discovery part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice work environment and paid training.

    Cons

    Not enough training and poor management


  6. "Decent job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Center For Discovery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The staff and director are great. The job is challenging yet rewarding

    Cons

    Low pay, no work/personal life balance, many requirements with minimal amount of training

    Advice to Management

    Greater pay will decrease turnovers. Don't overwhelm staff and management. Give people expectations and one area of focus


  7. "Primary Therapist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Center For Discovery full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I work in a beautiful facility, with other caring professionals. The majority of the client's and families we serve are wonderful individuals who are grateful for the help we provide. I work with a team that values me and I feel appreciated. It's a family like environment, within a work setting.

    Cons

    Residential is fast paced, and at times it's hard to keep up and manage your workload. I put in a lot of late nights, however the schedule is flexible and I never have to work weekends.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Program Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Director in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Program Director in Glenview, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Center For Discovery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have worked with the company for 4 years and have worked my way up from a floor counselor to my current position. I have had opportunities to travel to various locations and the Home office truly cares about each and every facility. Last year I spoke to the CEO and he remembered my name and personally thanked me for my work within the company...now tell me how often does that happen in such a large company? Discovery truly cares about their employees and if you are passionate and work hard, you can go very far in this organization!

    Cons

    As a core treatment team member, you are required to take on-call once a month which could pose difficult if you are a busy person and/or have a family. I don't find it too difficult though!

    Advice to Management

    Continue educating employees on opportunities for training and growth!


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Low Pay & Slack Leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Center For Discovery full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The job is pretty easy overall. You eat for free, and the clients are pretty awesome. Also your co-workers make the difference btwn a good and a bad day.

    Cons

    The pay is ridculous. They pay college and graduate degree level professionals like they are still in highschool working at the mall.

    Advice to Management

    Actually give a d*** about your floor team. CFD proclaims to care so much about its employees but it is very much obvious that isn't the truth. The benefits, vacation and pay prove that 2x over.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Diet Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Center For Discovery part-time

    Pros

    The clients and the team are by far the best part about working for CFD. Its great experience and a great atmosphere to work in

    Cons

    Corporate is not supportive of their employees. We get paid very minimally for intensive jobs. Diet techs in residential are only allowed to work 4 hour shift and must complete all of their tasks (grocery shopping, cooking dinner, menu planning, cleaning fridge/freezer, checking expiration dates on food/beverages.. etc.) in that time slot. I have had to stay beyond my designated 4 hours multiple times for no pay because the amount of tasks that must be done in that timeframe are ridiculous. I also worked at outpatient where diet techs are not needed unless there are more than 12 clients. Work is very hit and miss and sometimes you do not work for months during which many things can change.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees proper wages, allot more time for diet techs to work


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