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Center For Discovery Reviews

Updated June 16, 2017
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Craig Brown, Ph.D
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Pros
  • It can be a gateway to another job in the mental health field (in 6 reviews)

  • Great place to learn about eating disorders and the treatment of them (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, not sustainable to raise family even as full time worker (in 8 reviews)

  • It is vital to be able to give yourself the self care you deserve in this job, and to ask for support when you need it (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "As a Facility Coordinator: Best workplace for building a career!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facility Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Facility Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Center For Discovery full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth, wonderful culture and team-oriented environment. Definitely the right fit for someone with a resourceful, "can-do, go-getter" attitude. Benefits are nice with 401k option for full time employees. Flexibility with hours and student-friendly workplace!

    Cons

    Working in behavioral and mental health is sometimes demanding and stressful but this company does a wonderful job of promoting self-care and working through challenging issues as a team. Proactively asking questions and being a self-starter is a must in order to grow with and learn from experts in the field.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to and encouraging constructive feedback from employees and clients and embodying positive culture.


  2. "Counselor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center For Discovery full-time

    Pros

    Gain experience with eating disorder
    Free meals during shift
    Run therapy groups

    Cons

    Being short staffed leads to burn out
    Low pay is not sustainable

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay for counselors

  3. "DO NOT WORK HERE"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counselor I in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Counselor I in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Usually co-workers are young and fun

    Cons

    Unbelievable lack of leadership and inappropriate behavior from supervisors. Hours constantly getting cut and 30 hours a week is considered "full time". This is a FOR PROFIT company, and it is obvious in every new schedule change and rule implemented - cutting corners and making jobs impossible for hardworking staff just to make more money.


  4. "Great opportunity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counselor II
    Current Employee - Counselor II
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning experexperience in the mental health field and with eating disorders. Also they have room for growth and many locations.

    Cons

    Corporate cut backs can negatively affect employee hours and how the houses are run.

    Advice to Management

    Try cutbacks that don't negatively affect the houses and ultimately the clients.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Don't have the best outlook for the company.."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food, good clinical experience. If you can stick it out you can move up quickly because of all the turnover.

    Cons

    CFD has opened many, many houses/outpatient centers in a short time which has had a few effects throughout the whole company. One, that is what the outpatient directors are focused on. It's pretty hard to get any attention with minor issues unless your house is on fire because of all the larger issues they're having. Turnover is crazy. Entire treatment teams have quit recently across the country. Not enough training. Not enough accountability for therapists or program directors who just don't have enough managerial training.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate more fairly. Show more appreciation to FC's/FM's. They have a high turnover rate and are not generally treated well or paid well.


  6. "Good starting job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free meals, calm home-like working environment, coworkers are nice, able to get to know the clients because it's a residential facility, program manager works with your schedule as much as possible, counseling support shifts are open for nurses to cover, most shifts are stress free. House is very nicely decorated and inviting.

    Cons

    Hard to find coverage for nursing shifts, if you go over your shift even a few mins, you are required to fill out a form every time, stating the reason why you went 10 mins over if you want to get paid for those few minutes. Counselors are always looking for coverage and sometimes there is one counselor during shifts, disorganized when admitting new clients, need new med cart, hard to count meds (medications should be in sheets (not bottles)for easier counting), management focuses more on the counseling issues and nursing issues are usually not much of a concern, the doctors still allow clients to take meds that promote ED behaviors rather then discontinuing them or informing the clients that some of those meds are not needed.

    Advice to Management

    All clients should be admitted on days the doctor is there so initial health assessment can be done, all medications can be reviewed and updated and medical questions can be addressed. When clients are admitted they aren't seen by anyone until the overnight nurses come in at 8pm. This isn't enough time to address anything medical because by the time they are done with night snack, the clients are ready for bed and assessments get delayed. Also, if the clients have a lot of medications, it can be very time consuming to input into EMAR so management needs to inform the nurses and allow them to come in earlier for new admits. There isn't much time to do everything from the time the overnight nurses clock in at 8pm and the time the clients go to bed so it's better to do all new admits on days there is a day nurse or physician as much as possible. This would help the admission process run more smoothly on the medical side. Med room needs new med cart, hard to count meds before admitting new clients, there should be a policy where medications should be in sheets (not bottles)for easier counting. Management focuses more on the counseling issues and nursing issues do not seem much of a concern. The doctors shouldn't allow clients to continue to take meds that promote ED behaviors. They should discontinue them or at the very least, inform the clients that some of those meds are not needed.


  7. "Nice place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Center For Discovery part-time

    Pros

    Nice place to work. A lot slower pace than other facilities.

    Cons

    None so far. Pay might be better.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Fulfilling Work With No Support"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Counselor in Edmonds, WA
    Former Employee - Counselor in Edmonds, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Center For Discovery full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The clients are wonderful and most of my co-workers were excellent, committed caring people. Everyone went above and beyond to make sure the clients were safe and felt supported in their journey. Meals are also provided, which can sort of be a plus.

    Cons

    Management is a disaster. Inappropriate comments are often made about employees' clothing and personal eating habits under the guise of "professionalism". There is no formal policy about self-disclosure which leaves everyone in a murky middle space. Facility Managers and Counselors alike are underpaid and overworked, leaving everyone stretched to their limit. The facility only has a nurse on staff for 4 hours/day and there is no overnight nurse and only one overnight counselor. The facility does not have an AED which is especially nerve-wracking when everyone is at such cardiac risk. The training is minimal and not paid. Vacation time is technically acrued, but never given. Employees are expected to work themselves to the bone all for the sake of the clients, which helps no one in the end.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better. Train your facility managers better. Pay for trainings. Have two overnight staff at least and an overnight nurse. Get an AED.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "LPN"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Center For Discovery full-time

    Pros

    Interesting to work with Eatimg Disorder adolescents. Rewarding to see the clients make progress with their eating disorder and be able to learn skills that help them in the real world.

    Cons

    Pay too little and no shift differential. Nursing is not primay model . Most interaction is beteeen clients and therapist and counselors.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more or give shift differential ad nurses typically expect this with night and weekend shifts .


  10. "Residential Counselor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Center For Discovery full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Rewarding when you build rapport with clients
    Beautiful workplace
    Free food

    Cons

    Extremely expensive insurance options
    Hardly any training
    Expected to teach groups without even knowing what the topic will be
    No raise after reviews
    Not always safe
    Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Be careful who is operating the house. In Fremont, the doctor was a she-devil. Mean, uncaring, and only focused on getting MORE clients despite lack of counselors.


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