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"Stay for a year...but then move on."

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Former Employee - Senior In Home Counselor in Chattanooga, TN
Former Employee - Senior In Home Counselor in Chattanooga, TN
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

I personally enjoyed the amount of knowledge I gained from working with this company. I was able to learn how to document well, handle crisis situatons, and discuss goals I had for the future in the company. This is also one of the rare companies that one could meet the CEO almost twice a year and he praises his employees for their hard work and dedication for children and their families.

Cons

This company has a difficult time offering consistent support for employees due to everyone being overwhelmed by paperwork and case loads. The company is not ideal for anyone that's married or in a serious relationship because the company judges their success with families by how little they use the law enforcement or have disruptions, so they do not allow counselors to call the police to assist in crisis situations (ie a client that has runaway from home, become physically aggressive with family, or is homicidal or suicidal). Due to this, counselors are often called by families to unsafe enviornments in the middle of the night with not much support. The company has many redundant meetings (around 6 hours a week to be exact) and it hinders the counselors from doing their jobs effectively. The promotions in the company do not correlate with your education or experience because someone with a Masters degree and much experience can be supervised by someone with a Bachelor degree just because they have been with the company longer. The company will usually only place 4 clients at a time on a counselor during their first year, but will increase their work load significantly after they have been there over a year; however overtme is not given because it has to be requested ahead of time, but you do not know when a crisis will happen, so you can never get it approved ahead of time!

Advice to Management

The southeast office does not utilize their secretary to help decrease the counselor's paperwork load. The secretary can print treatment plans, cycle times, audit charts during down time, and help organize opening paperwork. Also, other similar companies in the area eliminate counselor meeting and use the group meeting (as an office, not teams) to review cases. This would be helpful for counselors to get back into the field sooner and more often. Also, writing treatment plans for the quarter instead of each week would be helpful. Counselor's rush treatment to meet interventions because of pressure from management. Most effective interventions cannot be completed in one week because it is not enough time, but giving counselors a quarter to complete the interventions helps them slow down and focus on the issues at hand.

Other Employee Reviews for Youth Villages

  1. "Great people and wonderful organizational culture."

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

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    YV has some of the best people working for them. Most of the employees love what they do and understand how their day-in-day-out work helps children in need. Senior leadership tends to be understanding and willing to hear new ideas (doesn't always mean they run with the idea).

    Cons

    This is a non-profit organization so pay tends to be lower than for-profit companies. Also, depending on the department one works for, there may be limited opportunities to move up the ladder. Also, for many staff the hours and workload can be grueling.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Do NOT do what they say they do"

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    Current Employee - Family Counselor
    Current Employee - Family Counselor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to serve families who can use assistance, good support from co-workers,

    Cons

    litle support and lots of pressure from the supervisors, too much emphasis on un necessary paperwork, put into risky and dangerous environments, counselor's education and clinical judgement are not valued, expected to just follow orders and directives from those who are completely out of touch with the families' situations, too little pay for too many hours, false ideas given when hired about opportunities to advance, must rearrange schedule to get work done if taking a day off, no work life balance it seems like young single employees without children are especially taken advantage of

    Advice to Management

    Have clinical supervisors that are actually licensed, mature, and more experienced

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