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Fred Finch Youth Center Reviews

Updated May 20, 2018
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Pros
  • Annual raise is usually 3%, good benefits and extra money for health purposes (in 6 reviews)

  • Great co-workers, okay work/life balance (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • buildings are old - non-profit looking (in 6 reviews)

  • Divide between upper management and linestaff (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great Misison, Great People, Great Aspirations"

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    • 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

    Fred Finch Youth Center Response

    Mar 19, 2018 – HR Manager

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


  2. "Partner's perspective"

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    Current Employee - Family Support Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Family Support Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers; excellent training; excellent mid-level management

    Cons

    Low salary; unrealistic job expectations, heavy paperwork

    Advice to Management

    Increase morale boosters for employees

    Fred Finch Youth Center Response

    Mar 19, 2018 – HR Manager

    FFYC routinely participates in industry salary surveys and has worked hard to increase salaries over the past several years. FFYC has also increased the amount of employee engagement for retention... More

  3. "Mental health counselor position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive line staff presence. Good pto and Healthcare

    Cons

    Divide between upper management and linestaff. Pay is very low for the work and clientele you work with. High turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay for the position and break the divide between line staff and upper management


  4. "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fred Finch Youth Center full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, okay work/life balance.

    Cons

    Dividing line between management and regular employees. Policies not applied evenly, low wages


  5. "Mental Health Counselor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fred Finch Youth Center full-time

    Pros

    the staff works in a collaborative effort to get the work done, lots of opp for overtime,

    Cons

    low pay, high stress, avoid working for this company if you can

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees a competitive wage, not a wage where is laughable. $14 an hour is a fucken joke


  6. "Review"

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    • 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 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

    Fred Finch Youth Center Response

    Mar 19, 2018 – HR Manager

    FFYC routinely participates in industry salary surveys and has worked hard to increase salaries over the past several years. FFYC has also increased the amount of employee engagement for retention... More


  7. "Great Place to get your Clinical Hours"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to gain hours toward licensure"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "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


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