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  1. "For those who want to make a difference, this is the place."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cunningham Children's Home full-time

    Pros

    Seeing lives change
    Really amazing kids who need a positive atmosphere
    Staff who are well-trained and caring (not just with kids, but with each other)
    Opportunities to grow personally and professionally

    Cons

    The kids are at Cunningham need a place to heal. They are here because of difficult circumstances that has manifested in extreme behaviors; this can be alarming and frustrating at first, but when positive change occurs in them (and it does) it's very rewarding.


  2. "Being part of someone's hope"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cunningham Children's Home full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The various programs create an atmosphere of experience and innovation for the different clients we serve. We are able to innovate our approaches to problems and continue to improve our services as the culture encourages it.

    Cons

    Recognition is often within the individuals of a particular team/program; just wish leadership would inquire a little bit in the smaller programs that reach out into the community

  3. "Okay place to work if you like stress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cunningham Children's Home part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and nice employees

    Cons

    Very stressful atmosphere with intense time requirments

    Advice to Management

    Train more and listen to employees


  4. "Substitute Milieu Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Substitute Milieu Counselor in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Substitute Milieu Counselor in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cunningham Children's Home part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with children who desperately need support.
    Supportive co-workers.
    Flexibility of work hours/clients.

    Cons

    Upper management didn't communicate well with direct care staff.
    Frequent turnover of staff.
    Job was physically demanding, which was not always a con but added daily stress.


  5. "Teaching assistant/residential relief staff"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cunningham Children's Home full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The bonds you make with the kids can be amazing. It's wonderful satisfaction to see the progress some of these kids make, especially after what some of them have endured in their lives.This can not ever be just a job, you have to have structure , expectations,but also a big heart. There are tough days , yes, but to come back the next day for the kids , to see everyday is a new day , and they are worth it!!! It is a wonderful feeling!!!

    Cons

    It is a very stressful job at times. It is very easy for burnout. Sadly I believe staff are greatly under paid for what they do!!! If you don't have a big heart and broad shoulders , it's not for you!!!

    Advice to Management

    Keep progressing and moving forward . Continue to show staff how much they are appreciated for what they do for our kiddos!!!!!


  6. "Day Milieu Counselor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cunningham Children's Home full-time

    Pros

    Excellent employees with great work ethic, truly there to help client's maximize their potential and learn how to foster healthy relationships

    Cons

    Long hours
    Stressful environment at times
    Low rate of pay


  7. Helpful (1)

    "I love it here"

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    Current Employee - Direct Care & Therapist in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Direct Care & Therapist in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cunningham Children's Home full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, caring coworkers
    Opportunities for overtime
    Empower youth who need it most
    Challenging environment that never gets boring
    Go to movies/mall/dining out/etc. for free
    Yearly raise
    Christmas bonus
    Referral bonus $300-$600
    Chaplain is amazing and a blessing to this campus
    Gives you a purpose and not just a job
    Opportunity for clinical supervision
    Very laid-back environment
    Big changes coming in 2018 which will revolutionize agency

    Cons

    Due to the at-risk population with emotional and behavioral challenges, staff do at times get injured. However, I have worked with this population for 4 years and never been injured.
    The turnover rate of this type of agency is frustrating for staff and kids.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make changes in the direction that show you are listening to the concerns of direct care staff. Focus on the needs of direct care staff, as their happiness directly affects their level of care for the youth. Staff retention is a priority. Spend more time on the units.

  8. "Good place to get experience"

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    Former Employee - Millieu Counselor
    Former Employee - Millieu Counselor
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cunningham Children's Home full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    When the kids are good they’re great. It’s nice seeing something you’ve done make a difference with the kid. Most of the staff are really close with their unit teams, you have to be in that environment.

    Cons

    The shifts are long, you don’t get breaks, and you can’t leave to get food. You eat what the kitchen sends which is usually not great. They’re also pretty desperate for workers, I got a call 20 minutes after submitting an application. I also didn’t feel at all prepared going into the job after the two weeks of orientation.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Quite a challenge"

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

    I have been working at Cunningham Children's Home full-time

    Pros

    Once you come to the realization that most of the kids are in fact kids (who knew right?) you can start to appreciate them despite their bad days (which can be really bad sometimes.)

    Cons

    I would considerate a dangerous place to work. Understaffed and under trained for what your are signing up for. You get kids that your department is unequipped to provide the best care for and that can disrupt the environment for their peers and their staff alike.

    Advice to Management

    Just seems like you guys worry about the money you get from taking on some of these clients as oppose to worrying about whether Cunningham is the best place for them to grow and thrive.


  10. "DO NOT WORK HERE IF YOU CAN HELP IT!!"

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    Former Employee - Day Milieu Counselor
    Former Employee - Day Milieu Counselor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cunningham Children's Home full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Being able to build relationships with some of the youth

    Cons

    Work hours are long (10 hour-12 hour shifts), starting off pay is pretty low (12.70), Supervision Team, Leadership Team, limited/restrictive access to Paid Leave Time. No breaks or going off campus for Lunch. Food they provide is disgusting.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to Direct Care staff, include them in major decision making. Be transparent with what you expect of staff that work directly with you. If there's a problem or if you suspect misbehavior from a staff, involve yourself before letting it happen. Be transparent about what you DO and DON'T know. Find ways to motivate staff. Provide rewards, better compensation. Encourage Team work. Help Staff Set realistic goals for themselves. Try to help staff develop professionally. This job is extremely taxing time wise so find ways to help staff be able to relax.