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Georgia Division of Family and Children Services Reviews

Updated April 15, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Definitely a stepping stone!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Social Services Case Manager in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Social Services Case Manager in Savannah, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Division of Family and Children Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stable job
    Coworkers
    Not behind a desk all the time
    Mileage
    Being able to work in the same county I live
    Truly helping people who are vulnerable

    Cons

    Stupid cattyness that some workers bring to he job
    The pay is ridiculous!
    Health insurance is expensive
    You will spend a significant amount of time in your own vehicle
    Loooooooong hours (prepare your family or partner)
    Micromanagement
    Overwhelming case loads
    Your patience will be pushed and tested beyond the limit

    Advice to Management

    Offer constructive criticism, acknowledge our hard work, be more of a support system it's crazy out here!


  2. "Economic support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Economic Support Specialist in Jonesboro, GA
    Current Employee - Economic Support Specialist in Jonesboro, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Division of Family and Children Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stable in the job market

    Cons

    Low pay with other state goverment

    Advice to Management

    Praise your employees more.


  3. "Social services case manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Social Services Case Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Social Services Case Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    -able to work throughout the community and not in the office all day
    - receive mileage

    Cons

    - drive your own vehicle
    - caseload
    - work Schedule
    - on call often
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  5. "Human Resources Generalist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Savannah, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Division of Family and Children Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Meeting people, the flexibility , the job security the traveling. Being able to assist the employees and customers with Hr issues, questions and concerns.

    Cons

    The constant change the new restructuring of the organization. The disrespect from upper management. The high turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to learn your employees personality and they habits. Not to micro manage the employees so much, let them prove themselves and their worth.


  6. "Challenging, but rewarding place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Social Services Specialist I in Columbus, GA
    Current Employee - Social Services Specialist I in Columbus, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Rewarding career field and pay isn't half bad.

    Cons

    80% of staff is new; Its difficult to know what direction to go in at times.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Tough Agency To Work For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Georgia Division of Family and Children Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees help people. Even when they don't feel like it, they do. Communities rely on the services provided. Children are protected. Children eat and have access to medical care. That is a very rewarding feeling.

    Cons

    Unforgiving schedules, low pay, poor management. Too much yielding to a fickle constituency.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff better. Be more flexible. Don't let fear drive decisions.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Social Service Specialist 2"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Social Service Specialist II in Lawrenceville, GA
    Former Employee - Social Service Specialist II in Lawrenceville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Georgia Division of Family and Children Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    DFCS is a great place to work if you want to experience crisis up close and personal. Although you cannot provide direct ongoing counseling services, you do have a change to try and impact change. You also learn a ton about the judicial and child welfare systems, just in case you want to move up the ladder in either sector. You also learn a lot about your own patience, perseverance, and tolerance level.

    Cons

    Don't bother to apply unless you are single with no social life. You will average 55+ hour work weeks. You will be inadequately trained then thrown into the mess left by your predecessor who ran for the hills after flipping the bird. The job is very, very stressful and time consuming. You WILL have a heavy caseload and you WON'T be able to get all of your work completed. You will get paid according to your degree, not experience, and will receive the same workload as those getting paid at a higher rate. Your support from your supervisor will be partially there in the beginning but will quickly wane because of their stress managing stressed out workers. At DFCS, the "numbers" come before quality work. I was a poorly paid missionary worker. Although we had agency cars to use, there are not enough to go around and you definitely have to schedule something in advance. In four month, I put 4K miles on my personal car.

    Advice to Management

    You KNOW your system is broken. Stop making band-aid changes from the middle. The foster care system needs an overhaul from the top down. New times call for new measures. The Blueprint is full of flaws.


  9. "Economic Support Specialist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valdosta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valdosta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Georgia Division of Family and Children Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits, meeting needs of families

    Cons

    Poor pay, Limited advancement opportunities


  10. "Dead end hole!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Economic Support Specialist in DeKalb Highlands, GA
    Former Employee - Economic Support Specialist in DeKalb Highlands, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Getting work experience in a chosen career field.

    Cons

    The work load and pay does not match up. Management has no clue of their job. And the Health insurance is high and it sucks!

    Advice to Management

    help your casemanagers when you see they are drowning!


  11. "Case Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It is a good professional experience. If you can survive a year here, you can survive anything.

    Cons

    High case load and low salary.

    Advice to Management

    Raise! Raise! Raise!


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