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Childhelp Reviews

Updated October 24, 2017
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Childhelp Co Founders Sara O'Meara & Yvonne Fedderson
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  1. "The mission and vision are ideal but management is less than to be desired."

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    Former Employee - Director of Human Resources in Lignum, VA
    Former Employee - Director of Human Resources in Lignum, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you enjoy the challenges if working with troubled youth, this organization will provide them to you.

    Cons

    Management is more concerned about money than it's employees. Benefits are expensive and most employees live from paycheck to paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Forget about paying your C-level executives 6 figures salaries and out the money in the field. The people in the field are the lifeline to the treatment that the children receive. Also, your Hollywood careers are over with! Let's focus on the children and leave everything else alone!


  2. Helpful (6)

    "For the love of the money"

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    Former Employee - Direct Care Staff in Lignum, VA
    Former Employee - Direct Care Staff in Lignum, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The 1 in a hundred kid you can actually make a difference in the life of

    Cons

    I started at Childhelp when it was still great! Stayed great for a bit, once the veteran leadership was gone - so was the spark. The "for the love of a child" motto was quickly out the door to anyone who had any say. There is NO true screening for people to be hired. Yes, they do a background check - but a background check doesn't show that you are anything more than a warm body who hasn't committed any crimes, or at least has evaded being caught for any crimes. The only good part of this job WAS the kids. At this point, even the kids that are there have no business being there. Any time you keep kids you can't help, strictly because they bring in more money - it's disgusting. The "therapists" are there to see a kid for a few minutes, give them some candy and rewards and expect that THAT will hold them over for the rest of the week. RIGHT!

    Advice to Management

    The staff does a good job of falling in line when inspections or the founders are coming for a visit - but drop by announced and it would be a world of difference. If you really want to know what your facilities "look" like, ask those who stuck it out for years rather than turning a blind eye and saying the high turnover is due to the kids. The kids were NEVER the problem. The way staff is treated and the things that are brushed under the rug are the problem.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Worked there for 4 years, left, then tried it again...not any better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lignum, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lignum, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Childhelp full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    the children and most staff are inspiring and will touch your heart and change the course of your life

    Cons

    the board and upper management are completely out of touch, have zero experience with children or social services, and this leads to a focus on profits (though it is a NON profit organization), job-threats, and an oppressive environment

    Advice to Management

    several generations of boards of directors as well as countless local managers have shown that Childhelp as an organization is neither willing nor able to create real positive change. It's time to sell to a stronger agency that can remain focused on our mission.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Started out great, but never again"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, loved the people who worked there. My supervisor was very understanding and flexible.

    Cons

    A change in management took place which ruined the place. Very poor management and lack of ethics. Very unprofessional supervisor who would yell at people and treat children like numbers. A lot of people left because of this...

    Advice to Management

    Get back to how you used to operate. Treating your clients like people and your employees like family. It was a great atmosphere which encouraged people to work hard for the company and the clients.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "stressful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    cool co-workers and working with the kids

    Cons

    overworked and underpaid. slow to get pto.


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