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Florida Department of Children and Families Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • benefits/work from home/great co worker (in 16 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good working environment, very professional and organized (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay / high expectations / high stress level (in 22 reviews)

  • 00 hr it will be worth it but unfortunately no raises in 8 years (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Child protective investigator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Child Protective Investigator in Estero, FL
    Current Employee - Child Protective Investigator in Estero, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Florida Department of Children and Families full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Although this is not a 9-5 job usually, it does allow flexibility in your schedule. There is a lot of support within this field from coworkers.

    Cons

    Very time consuming. It is not a 9-5 job and is very overwhelming at times. Job is very unpredictable and does not have realistic expectations all the time.


  2. "Absolute terror. The experience has been the worst ever."

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    Current Employee - CPI in Lee, Oneida, NY
    Current Employee - CPI in Lee, Oneida, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Florida Department of Children and Families full-time

    Pros

    The insurance. The friendships gained from working....the purpose of the job would be a pro but child safety means nothing...all about numbers.

    Cons

    The job is ALL about numbers. The safety of the poor, vulnerable children in Florida has become a second thought. Investigators are over worked and under paid. They are forced to close cases to satisfy numbers. Child deaths and missed opportunities are going to continue to happen due to the high turnover. Favouritism is an issue. Incompetent people are promoted due to personal relationships. Staff is misused, abused and mistreated.

    Advice to Management

    Do right by your staff and they will do right by you!!! Slavery has been over for hundreds of years. Stop manipulating numbers for paper. Supervisors need to support and supervise not carry caseload. The investigators are tired and they want their money. The expectations are unrealistic.


  3. "Don't work here"

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    Former Employee - Economic Self Sufficiency Specialist in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Economic Self Sufficiency Specialist in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Florida Department of Children and Families full-time

    Pros

    None: overworked, over staffed, outdated computer programs

    Cons

    Tons, coworkers are unfriendly, stressed and over worked


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  5. "Try to find something better"

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    Current Employee - ESS1 in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - ESS1 in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Florida Department of Children and Families full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Your own office, hours of operations, vacation time, benefits, professional environment, safe

    Cons

    Heavy heavy heavy caseload, turn over rate, clients always calling, reports due every 30 minutes

    Advice to Management

    Keep your caseload down. DO NOT get left behind. It doesn't look good on you.


  6. "Child protective investigator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Florida Department of Children and Families full-time

    Pros

    Pay is good for an entry level position. Somebody has to the job it is needed.

    Cons

    Takes a lot of your time. Management is really focus on numbers & closing cases.


  7. "Okay if you're up to the task"

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    Current Employee - CPI in Port Charlotte, FL
    Current Employee - CPI in Port Charlotte, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Florida Department of Children and Families full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits Experience, team work and rewarding

    Cons

    High Caseloads, very Stressful, working on call, Constant changing of policies

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your CPIs, More experienced CPI need raises for them to stay


  8. "Sr. Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Florida Department of Children and Families full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management needs new leaders, and learn from the US Military leadership style.

    Cons

    They do not care for their employees

    Advice to Management

    Hi more veterans


  9. "ESSSI"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockledge, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockledge, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Florida Department of Children and Families full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was able to work from home.

    Cons

    Over worked and under paid

    Advice to Management

    Show more respect for employees


  10. "ESSI"

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    Current Employee - ESS1 in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - ESS1 in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Florida Department of Children and Families full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great
    Retirement perks
    My supervisor is great, some other can be difficult
    Telework
    Mon-Fri 9-5
    Holiday pay

    Cons

    Pay is not good 13.79 hr
    When you are good, they keep adding more task and want you to continue normal caseload.
    Easy to get burnt out.
    High turn over.

    Advice to Management

    Employee are humans not robot.
    Face not cases is what is taught but it should be cases not face because you need numbers to make it. If​ you have numbers errors do not matter.


  11. "Rehabilitative Services Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Rehab Services Director in Chattahoochee, FL
    Current Employee - Rehab Services Director in Chattahoochee, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Florida Department of Children and Families full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place for doing the real work of service to people who are the most vulnerable in our society. Excellent benefits package. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    State of Florida doesn't give pay raises very often; pay is generally low across all areas of state employment. This is somewhat mitigated by the low cost of living in north Florida.

    Advice to Management

    Need more proactive rather than reactive responses to issues and needs.


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