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Four Oaks of Iowa Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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  1. "HR Assistant"

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    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. "Good for the experience"

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    Current Employee - Youth Counselor in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Youth Counselor in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Four Oaks of Iowa full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Rewarding experience, coworkers are good people, lots of provided training

    Cons

    Pay, hours, no overtime right now, seeing the "dark side" of children stuck in the system

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging and exciting, upper management is awful"

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    Former Employee - Youth Counselor in Monticello, IA
    Former Employee - Youth Counselor in Monticello, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Four Oaks of Iowa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with the kids is great, it can be fun and exciting and a great learning experience. I made some of my best friends out of my coworkers here. The success stories and the little moments make it worth it.

    Cons

    Upper management and leadership is awful. I have no other way to put it. Very little support, want things done but no realistic way to implement things. I worked here for three years, left once and came back and finally left the last time because of management. Not because I didn't like working with the clients. Over three years, it got increasingly worse, not better. Long hours for sure and odd hours.

    Advice to Management

    Be helpful to your frontline. They do the hard work.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Management and poor pay."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Four Oaks of Iowa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    None the company has grown to large and they cannot afford to expand.

    Cons

    Poor pay and poor management. Took way to much out of paychecks. Probably not supposed to take that much. Mandatory retirement for ALL employees. That hurts at 4 percent of gross pay!

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Pay more. You cannot have individuals with master degrees making twenty some thousand per year. If your going to expand that is o.k. but not at employee expense. Garnishing way to much from pay checks. Not paying final pay or PTO your ripping staff off of their PTO when they leave. Your also not giving the appropriate amount of PTO you promise each year.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not recommended for long time employment."

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    Former Employee - Youth Counselor II in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Youth Counselor II in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Four Oaks of Iowa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are adequate, & free meals are available. The training is very good, & the experience working with kids is invaluable.

    Cons

    The clients are problematic & at times violent. We seldom left work on time. My immediate supervisors during my last few years were condescending task masters, not very supportive or appreciative of the work we performed.

    Advice to Management

    In a word, treat your employees with more validation and respect. Closer supervision of immediate supervisors my prove to be beneficial. Immediate supervisors need to listen to their subordinates without feeling challenged or threatened. It's a tough job & your Youth Counselors need your support.


  6. "Life's work"

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    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.


  7. "Groundskeeper"

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    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

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "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.


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