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Updated December 13, 2017
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  1. "I love it here"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "Learn a lot, but in a constant state of choas"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers, clients can be genuinely wonderful and caring at times, and you get to see superb growth in children.

    Cons

    There is a constant cycling of staff and kids, so every day at work is different than the last and there is no consistency anywhere to be found. Working with children is like this, however, especially children with behavioral and mental issues.

    Advice to Management

    Please work on staff retention, be flexible with staff wanting to return part time to school in the field but still work full time.


  6. "Great place to work at!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Everything I'd say. I like everything about my job and the staff as well. The kids are great too. Great experience, this is the place to come work at!

    Cons

    They are none so far!!

    Advice to Management

    They do a great job and very nice and understanding!


  7. "Not the best environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cunningham Children's Home full-time

    Pros

    It is meaningful work. You can get promotions quickly due to the high turnover.

    Cons

    Lack of support from administration. Lack of concern for safety of staff. Staff are pressured into taking extra shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Fill openings with people who fit rather than just fill openings. Don't rush people back to work when they are injured. Come up with real solutions to dangerous situations.

  8. "It is what it is."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cunningham Children's Home full-time

    Pros

    Being able to see positive changes in the kids, when that happens
    Often job opportunities open to move up/ around in the company

    Cons

    Very stressful work environment
    High employee turnover
    Constantly barrages employees to work overtime
    The company philosophy is questionable

    Advice to Management

    Value the employees more.


  9. "Sad"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    some staff really care about the kids and have dedicated their entire lives to making a difference for them. They work extremely long hours to help these kids.

    Cons

    Management needs to be improved as well as scheduling. Employees need better support if they are going to be expected to work there. The kids need more help than staff can provide because their mental illnesses are too severe and employees don't have the necessary to do that.


  10. "School Staff ROCK"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clerical in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Clerical in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great program! Staff work well together!

    Cons

    High turnover rate in the residential units, hard to build relationships with kids when staff are always leaving. This is not a job, it's a program to help kids grow


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