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Four Oaks of Iowa Reviews

Updated February 4, 2017
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  1. "HR Assistant"

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

    I worked at Four Oaks of Iowa part-time

    Pros

    Flexible, great entry HR position.

    Cons

    Pay could be an issue for some people


  2. "Life's work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Coordinator in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Service Coordinator in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Four Oaks of Iowa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked there for 18 years
    Opportunity for growth and advancement
    Training opportunities
    Many programs to choose from
    Great employees
    Great learning experiences
    Loved working with the families

    Cons

    Hard to manage work demands and family life at times
    not always enough resources to meet the needs of the families
    funding is based on the government
    need more self-care as you are exposed to secondary trauma daily

    Advice to Management

    Secondary trauma is a medical need that needs to be address
    Jim Earnest is not the CEO anymore.


  3. "Groundskeeper"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities Groundskeeper and Maintenance Specialist in Lakewood, CO
    Former Employee - Facilities Groundskeeper and Maintenance Specialist in Lakewood, CO

    I worked at Four Oaks of Iowa (More than a year)

    Pros

    Alright Pay, lots of work, full work week.

    Cons

    Not really any, pay isn't amazing but it will pay bills.

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. "Youth Counselor II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Four Oaks of Iowa part-time

    Pros

    Supportive management on site and executive management in Cedar Rapids. They truly walk the mission and believe in supporting the WHOLE person beginning with their staff... and radiating out to the children and families! And have operated with this level of organizational integrity for more than 30 years!

    Cons

    The pay is not the best. Hard to stay with them for so little compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true and thank you.


  6. "Very low pay and little direction."

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    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Mostly laid back work environment. Staff usually has your back and they offer comprehensive benefits. One of my favorite being an on site therapist.

    Cons

    You are paid very little, the schedule is terrible, and the kids are usually extremely rude constantly. 8 hours feels like an eternity. I have only been here a short while and I am looking to go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Have rotating weekends.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Worthwhile work, low pay, frequent changes (and not always for the better)"

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

    I have been working at Four Oaks of Iowa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Variety of programs truly aimed at helping kids and families. Worthwhile cause. The Human Resources department is very supportive and helpful. Lots of training opportunities for even inexperienced staff.

    Cons

    Top down management decisions that can lead to unsafe situations. Company is growing fast but not sustainable. High risk of injury in direct care work, but that is to be expected. Really high turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Salary/benefits aren't competitive and little is actually being done to retain quality staff.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not worth the effort"

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    Current Employee - Youth Counselor in Mason City, IA
    Current Employee - Youth Counselor in Mason City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Four Oaks of Iowa part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    *Work with kids
    *Opportunity to make a difference in a life
    *Great job for those who already work one job, or are in college, as hours for part time are limited.

    Cons

    *No rotating weekend schedule, so people can be stuck on the same weekend shifts for YEARS.
    *Pay is low, performance raises are small.
    *Performance Reviews are a game of how much you can prove you've done over a year, and are carried out by middle management that only work with or talk to you about progress and areas of improvement once or twice a year at best.
    *Compensation for med managing and nights/weekends are nonexistent.
    *Age group of kids are progressively getting older, and training for teens is not something management thinks is needed.
    *Staff are frequently calling off, leaving those that show up understaffed, and moved to dorms they aren't comfortable/acquainted with.
    *Full-Time, and middle management positions are not commonly available, and often times have not been merit based, but based on social circles.
    *All three dorms have different cultures/expectations, despite being trained and guided on the same principles. This makes filling in when needed more difficult than necessary.
    *Any concerns or complaints are difficult to get heard, and even more difficult to get acted upon.
    *Psychiatrist is not a Four Oaks employee, and only gets his info from ~15 minute interviews, once a month, with each child.

    Advice to Management

    *Overhaul the scheduling system
    *Overhaul the performance review system
    *Provide training for older clients, or refuse to admit teens
    *Fight for higher wages for employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A much-needed facility in the community"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mason City, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mason City, IA

    I worked at Four Oaks of Iowa part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The staff genuinely cared about the well-being of the children. Four Oaks helps children who have been traumatized and have experienced abuse. Trauma Informed Care is important.

    Cons

    The laundry situation and detergent needs improvement. However, there is a new facility now where cleanliness (regarding the laundry) may have drastically improved.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your female employees the same amount as your male employees when they are performing an equal caliber of work. Also, there needs to be better communication.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Company doing great things."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Office in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Business Office in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The overall mission of the company is very commendable, and many of the employees take a lot of pride in the work they are doing. There is advancement opportunity within the company, and its easy to feel like part of a family among your co-workers.

    Cons

    Low pay for hard work - especially for entry level positions. Promotion within is great - except sometimes positions are given to those that are under qualified.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Four Oaks of Iowa full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Kids, 401k, promises made if they follow thorough.

    Cons

    Management, being asked to lie to the school district, no support even if it is asked for, training not being provided, workload, being belittled, rude comments from supervisors when asking for help, just overall a poor experience. I can honestly say that it's no wonder they want to hire inexperienced teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Know the laws that need to be abided by.



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