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"Great experience, but demanding, intense atmosphere."

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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Pros

Management is not without its issues, but they do promote an atmosphere where you roll up your sleeves and do the work the right way.
Workers are passionate about helping families in need. You will work along side people who want to do everything they can for the children and families served.
There is a very high level of respect for the children and families served.
You will get excellent experience working here. You will see and do more than any other child welfare job in the city, and you'll see how to give at-risk youth everything you can.
Great experience to "see it all" when it comes to nonprofits in nyc.
The work is inspiring. You definitely feel like you contribute to helping very at risk and vulnerable families.
We are always encouraged to go "above and beyond" and it forces you to get creative about how you can do that.
The agency has an exceptional reputation in the field, with government agencies, etc.

Cons

The agency is very poorly run from a "business" standpoint. What was once a small office with a few social workers is now hundreds of very dedicated and professional staff. Micromanagement is an issue. See: Founders Syndrome.
The agency is top-heavy with management, with a few top-level members lacking any child welfare experience at all.
The agency employs very little strategy when setting goals.
Expectations can be unclear, and employees often have to work very long hours to pick up the slack of others.
The pay is far below market value, but that is the case for the entire child welfare field.
There is little opportunity for advancement, and raises are not based on merit.
The benefits are not great, and they shrink annually.
Line staff are very rarely recognized for their efforts. Upper management is given awards (yet the staff is never notified), while the people who do the work in the field, who are paid the least but do the most, often get nothing.

Advice to Management

Do a better job of recognizing your line staff for the work they do. Just a little encouragement can go a long way and help prevent burn out, which is very common in this field.

Other Employee Reviews for New Alternatives for Children

  1. "Intense, live changing experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Case Worker in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Case Worker in New York, NY

    Pros

    most workers are passionate about helping families in need. Great opportunity to gain clinical experience working with a diversified group of co workers and clients.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and communication skills. Workers needs to be offer more training and help them process emotional issues related to case management.
    Realistic expectations for a broken system.

    Advice to Management

    SW should receive more training and support when making decisions that greatly impact life of others. Cases should be review based on the resources available and the help offered by those serving as directors. establish a promotion system based on merit and experience not only on education.


  2. "Interesting opportunitiea"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New Alternatives for Children (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very supportive environment. Very flexible hours for nurses

    Cons

    Low pay and little opportunity for promotion. High caseload.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary to march workload

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