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Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services Reviews

Updated February 4, 2018
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Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services CEO David Rivel
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Pros
  • Good professional environment for clinical social workers (in 4 reviews)

  • good training for social workers, fair benefits, excellent holiday allowance, good amount of vacation time (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Bureaucracy which is common in most non-for-profit organizations (in 6 reviews)

  • Performance management review process was ineffective, no room for growth, poor communication between upper management and staff, poor salary (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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

    I worked at Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work as a team

    Cons

    Non-profit so you have to do more with a lot less


  2. Helpful (1)

    "need to pay employees better better"

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    Current Employee - Case Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Case Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    none really. cheap medical and dental coverage

    Cons

    big turn over rate for employees

    Advice to Management

    pay better

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Program Director"

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    Former Employee - Project Director in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Project Director in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well established organization, stable structure, has been in operation many years.

    Cons

    very hierarchical management structure. not as innovative, very "this is how we do things around here" culture. First thing you will be told is not to "make waves".

    Advice to Management

    How to do you give advice to a management structure that doesn't seek input from their employees? Become a culture of innovation and excellence, just because you've done things a certain way for many years doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement! Open the communication pathways to allow input from non-management staff.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Okay job for limited time"

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

    I worked at Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services full-time

    Pros

    Connecting with the kids, work with decent people

    Cons

    Terrible pay, little support from management


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Jewish Board Family Children Services"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work for the Jewish Board is making a difference in the adolescents lives. Being a role model it's all about growth and change not only for oneself but for the youth's preparing them for adulthood and to being better individuals within their community. There's definitely room for growth.

    Cons

    Some of the downside to this agency is that many things are swept under the rug where headquarters is not aware. A lot of injustice goes on with staff and upper management on this campus which makes it difficult for staff to speak up in fear of being retaliated against or losing their job. Allegations are very high.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to downtown management is to really investigate the entire Hawthorne Cedar Knolls Campus. There is just so much that is not told.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good agency to work for ....."

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

    I worked at Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working diligently with outside providers to initiate change process
     in persons lives that are served by the program.

    Cons

    Extremely organized, unprofessional, inefficient supervisory team. Supervisory staff behave in ways that seem as if they use things against subordinates who are unwilling to conform, they don't like to be challenged or asked questions. Very little concern about the clients well-being, only about billing. High work demands with no adequate compensation. Require you carry certain equipment in field with no financial no financial incentive. Run don't pass go with this agency, you will regret it!!👎

    Advice to Management

    Change your protocol to be more sensitive to clients needs, train your supervisors to improve working relationships with staff. Increase pay to staff so that are able to earn a decent living wage. Be more "realistic" about heavy work demands.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "LMSW"

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    Current Employee - LMSW in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - LMSW in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff, Good pay, good training opportunities. It's a big agency.

    Cons

    Client's are basically allowed to run wild and do whatever they want. We have no ability to enforce consequences for any violations of facility regulations and if a client becomes dangerous all we can do is call 911 and hope staff does not get injured before EMS arrives.

    Advice to Management

    Not much that can be said here. Re-evaluate some of your regulations and maybe consider the reality of the situation.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "LMSW"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services full-time

    Pros

    Staff is pleasant, midtown clinic in good neighborhood and easily accessible location, satellite school sites associated with midtown clinic also in convenient locations. Salary starting Pay for 12 month is average, pay raises are scarce and minimal which is fairly typical in the SW field. FFS rate better than any other place ($30 for 30 minutes). No weekend hours which is great-and rare for clinics.

    Cons

    Very disorganized, money is grossly mismanaged, revolving door of staff, massive lay offs and demotions. 12 month jobs which become 10 month jobs to save money. Overtime hours required at times, however no overtime pay provided. The labor Union is a joke, does not do anything does not even help with job safety. Fewer and fewer positions as Jewish Board continues to downsize-a trend for over a decade now.

    Advice to Management

    Make smarter decisions, especially when it comes to finances. More oversight is needed on every level, it is easy for staff to just not show up and no one cares. Think ahead and see into what will benefit the organization in the long term. Do not wait several months to hire someone meanwhile other staff have to pick up the slack of the open position, working 2 jobs but not getting a pay raise. Little dedication.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Social Work Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Social Work Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Social Work Supervisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have autonomy and the ability to shape how I spend each day working to support a population I care deeply about using a wide range of skills.

    Cons

    There is little or no room for advancement and one is easily pigeon holed in their level and compensation range for long periods of time.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people and create paths for career advancement.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience in a large organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services full-time

    Pros

    The people I worked with were dedicated to the youth

    Cons

    There was often a disconnect between staff and upper management


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