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Updated February 4, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great Misison, Great People, Great Aspirations"

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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 Fred Finch Youth Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Positive work environment where staff often have the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities and grow.

    Determined staff and managers who strive for excellence and work hard to honestly evaluate themselves and improve.

    Committed staff who all seem to support the mission

    Cons

    Turnover and volume of work can be daunting

    Accountability seem uneven, with those staff who perform well compensating for those who don't


  2. "Great Place to get your Clinical Hours"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fred Finch Youth Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Supportive Supervisor/Manager - always available to bounce ideas
    Wide range of clinical experiences
    Opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    As with any Medi-Cal funded program, there is a large amount of paperwork
    buildings are old - non-profit looking

  3. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fred Finch Youth Center part-time

    Pros

    Great team, helpful co-workers, lot to learn

    Cons

    Very less salary, distance, management needs to pay more attention to staff retention


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning opportunity"

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    Former Employee - School Based Therapist in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - School Based Therapist in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Fred Finch Youth Center (More than a year)

    Pros

    For pre-licensed clinicians a great place to learn and train in medi-cal billing practices. There is a salary bump for every year you stay at the company.

    Cons

    Starting salary is low for the amount of work that is expected.

    Fred Finch Youth Center Response

    Jan 31, 2018 – HR Manager

    FFYC routinely participates in industry salary surveys and has worked hard to increase salaries over the past several years.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to gain hours toward licensure"

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    Current Employee - Mental Health Therapist in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Mental Health Therapist in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fred Finch Youth Center full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, can work from home at times, hours are somewhat flexible (you manage your own caseload)

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of driving

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on retention factors


  6. "Work for Experience Only"

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    Former Employee - Mental Health Counselor
    Former Employee - Mental Health Counselor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fred Finch Youth Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to gain experience working with youth with significant behavioral challenges. Lots of great training, and practice with behavioral interventions. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor pay, especially considering the importance of the work, and the challenges faced on a daily basis. Didn't seem that the "clinical team" considered the opinions of counselors. Some supervisors had cliques with staff and were given preferential treatment regularly.

    Advice to Management

    Not everything is about rules or levels. Show love and compassion to these kids, they need it.

    Fred Finch Youth Center Response

    Jan 31, 2018 – HR Manager

    FFYC routinely participates in industry salary surveys and has worked hard to increase salaries over the past several years.

    Identified as an area for growth, improving communications is a formal... More


  7. "Behavioral Therapist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fred Finch Youth Center part-time

    Pros

    Pre-employment process is guided and made easy for the employee

    Cons

    need to improve in bettering communication among coworkers

    Fred Finch Youth Center Response

    Jan 31, 2018 – HR Manager

    Identified as an area for growth, improving communications is a formal part of our strategic plan, and includes updates to our e-mail practices, meetings and manager training.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unstructured"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fred Finch Youth Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great clients, good benefits, great clients

    Cons

    Poor upper management, reducing hours for employees to save money and increasing client load to supervisors. Upper management is unstable.

    Advice to Management

    Make direct service providers top priority in order to guarantee quality intervention.

    Fred Finch Youth Center Response

    Jan 31, 2018 – HR Manager

    Some of FFYC’s programs have experienced leaderships changes, and to address this we’ve undertaken a formal recruitment effort to ensure our programs and their staff receive the exceptional... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to learn then move on"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Case Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Case Manager in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Fred Finch Youth Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    On-site training center = free CEUs
    In-house supervision for licensing
    Some teams get along well and support one another
    Annual raise is usually 3%, good benefits and extra money for health purposes

    Cons

    No merit-based raises
    Many open positions means you are often doing more than just your job
    Job satisfaction depends greatly on team culture
    Middle management are not great communicators
    Once you are licensed, you are too expensive to keep so most people move on

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication among managers
    Offer stipends for extra projects/responsibilities to retain quality workers

    Fred Finch Youth Center Response

    Jan 31, 2018 – HR Manager

    Identified as an area for growth, improving communications is a formal part of our strategic plan, and includes updates to our e-mail practices, meetings and manager training.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Therapist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fred Finch Youth Center full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable caseloads; management encouraged work-life balance; talented/passionate colleagues

    Cons

    Like most county contractors the agency's primary financial stream is MediCal funding, which leads to a heavy focus on "billable time." Documentation requirements are excessive (most imposed by MediCal) and distract from client care. Technology (computers, EHR) needs updating.


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