Green Chimneys Reviews | Glassdoor

Green Chimneys Reviews

Updated September 5, 2017
11 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.2
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Joseph Whalen
2 Ratings

11 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

  1. "Found a great place!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Green Chimneys full-time

    Pros

    This really has been a great place to work! I have never found such friendly, welcoming and helpful coworkers and departments. It is a lively place where people walk by and smile even when it is busy. I have not met a single person here that is not open to ideas. Praise is offered regularly to employees all over campus.

    Cons

    Not enough time to visit the farm animals on campus!


  2. "Great job for recent college grads"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Green Chimneys full-time

    Pros

    The pay was decent and they will pay overtime. Full benefits for full time employees. Great resume builder, can make good connections with social workers, teachers, and psychologists. Kids can be a blast to work with at times. You also get free meals when you eat with the kids and you get to go on off campus trips (movies, parks, bowling) with the kids which can be a lot of fun. Eye opening experience to the mental health field. You will learn a lot about autism, and mental health disorders. There is some room for growth and to be promoted.

    Cons

    The hours can be draining. Many people in the dorms work doubles on weekends. It's rare to get weekend days off. The kids are great at times but they are at Green Chimneys for a reason. Some dorms have to do physical restraints more than others depending on what kids are in what dorms. Some days are brutal so it's key to have a good attitude. Shifts on weekdays are typically anywhere from 2pm to 10pm give or take a couple hours, most youth counselors don't like the hours. A lot of the higher ups have worked there for decades and are stuck in their ways about certain things. It's by no means an easy job, and you need to have a backbone to work with most of the kids.

    Advice to Management

    Staff the dorms properly with enough staff. Be open-minded.

  3. "Teacher Assistant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Brewster, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Brewster, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Green Chimneys full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Children are amazing, though they are not mentally well, they brighten up your day, also willing to learn

    Cons

    There isn't any direction in supervision.


  4. "Good place to start."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Green Chimneys full-time

    Pros

    Great experience working with special needs children in a residential school setting.

    Cons

    Difficult working conditions and long hours.


  5. "Great children but bad management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Green Chimneys full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The children, animals and co-workers are great. Benefits are good and there is opportunity to advance with the company.

    Cons

    The upper level management, especially the executive director and other directors outside of the clinical department, do not seem invested in the employees and do not know very much about what we do. They are too removed from the workers and the children and don't seem willing to learn about what we do so make policies that do not work. I like it here and have been here for over five years but I am looking for another job because of the directors and because of human resources making it difficult to do a good job.

    Advice to Management

    Learn about what the kids need and get more knowledge about intervention, what kids in residential treatment need, special education and everything else your workers know. Start caring about the people under you.


  6. "Farm intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Therapeutic Recreation Facilitator in Brewster, NY
    Former Employee - Therapeutic Recreation Facilitator in Brewster, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    fellow interns, the kids, housing available

    Cons

    no pay, long hours, the weather,

    Advice to Management

    increase stipend, make it more about the kids


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Can' trust upper management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brewster, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brewster, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Green Chimneys full-time

    Pros

    Co workers are great. i don't think the company could function without it staff., Competetive benefit package. Good first job in field to get experience or to complete degree.

    Cons

    Too many management decisions are made without understanding the problem and/or without considering consequences of the action. management doesn't really care about their staff, views them as expendable. Puts staff in many questionable circumstances then will often not back up those staff.

    Advice to Management

    You have good employees, listen to them, work with them, let them be a part of decision making. Do something to build trust with your staff.

  8. "Working with troubled teen boys in a residential treatment facility."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Social Worker in Brewster, NY
    Former Employee - Social Worker in Brewster, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Green Chimneys part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was a Social Worker in the dorm for the most seriously disturbed adolescents. The staff were supportive of one another given the intensity of the job. The kids had intensive 1-1 therapy every day and as needed. There is an animal rescue-rehab center on campus where the kids had jobs. There was a wonderful wildlife center and a service dog training program that the kids participated in. It was a most enriching place for these boys. This is the best place for emotionally disturbed kids to go if they could not live at home. They learned trust and independence.

    Cons

    Some of the staff were burnt out and perhaps did not get the support they needed from thier peers. There was a lot of paperwork (computer as well).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to offer seminars and programs for staff to enrich them and give them the knowledge to be even better at their jobs.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding, but not a career"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Youth Counselor in Brewster, NY
    Current Employee - Youth Counselor in Brewster, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Green Chimneys full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is rewarding working with children who have dealt with so many issues throughout their lives and helping them improve the quality of their life and life skills.

    Cons

    The pay and hours aren't good for someone who has a family and bills to pay. It is a good starting position for someone in the beginning part of their career looking for, perhaps, a stepping stone. $13.50 an hour, which I think is pretty good for this type of work, but just not really for someone with bills and a family.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Incompetent boss putting staff at risk."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in Brewster, NY
    Former Employee - N/A in Brewster, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Green Chimneys full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company has a competitive pay scale. The benefits are good. The campus is really pretty. Animals are well cared for.

    Cons

    CBS director and HCBS/ MPS supervisor have a tendency to make bad choices. They are devoid of common sense. Director hired HCBS/MPS supervisor who is unqualified and unable to manage daily challenges of the dept. They are friends. HCBS supervisor frequently unprofessional and inappropriate with staff.
    Reliance on subordinates to get work done: CBS director does not have a clue how to get her own job done, yet knows to rely on others to cover for her.
    Safety concerns ignored. Staff directed to continue making visits after concerns are raised.
    No one will speak up for fear of reprisal. Threats have been made when issues are raised.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganization of staff to improve safety and work environment. f Increased supervision of director and HCBS staff. Interviewing staff in a manner where open communication is protected and valued.


Showing 11 of 13 reviews
Reset Filters