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Four Oaks of Iowa Reviews

Updated February 4, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "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


  3. "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.


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  5. 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A much-needed facility in the community"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Company doing great things."

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    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "lots of changes"

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    Current Employee - Therapist in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Therapist in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Four Oaks of Iowa full-time

    Pros

    good beginning training for tf-cbt and emdr this year - first time they've paid for training and supplies though. hired a consultant who does monthly supervision.clients can be longer-term.

    Cons

    big quotas. raises stink. paperwork. want you to do family skill instead of therapy because magellan pays more for it. clients are aggressive A LOT. a lot of families don't have the resources to attend family sessions and telehealth isn't statewide. psychiatrist doesn't work with therapists and doesn't attend weekly team meetings to know clients. supervision is only for etp clients.lots of turnover - most therapists plan to leave as soon as they get licensure.

    Advice to Management

    make ma lisw or lmhc a requirement for all program director and above jobs so they understand therapy and treatment needs. listen to therapists complaints and fix the problems.


  9. "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people who work are great.

    Cons

    Pay is low then a profit company.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the benefits.


  10. "Very fulfilling yet challenging experience helping others lives that will always stick with you."

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    Former Employee - Youth Counselor in Monticello, IA
    Former Employee - Youth Counselor in Monticello, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You could be that person, or one of a few, who changes a troubled kid's life for the better path. Excellent work experience for future work. Fulfilling.

    Cons

    burn out, high turn over(not for everyone), - work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Training of new employees should have a higher importance.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Family Support Worker in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Family Support Worker in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Opens your eyes to the social services in the area.
    If you want to be a babysitter for parents and a taxi for their kids you might like this job.

    Cons

    Lack of support from supervisors
    Rude and unprofessional supervisors
    When I asked for support on what to do for one family I was instructed that the mother was a druggie always would be there was nothing I could do and to just supervise the visits because she was never going to get her kids back.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire some managers who actually care about their employees and the people they serve. I know there is a high turnover for this position, please look at the supervisors to find your reason why.


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