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Job Corps Reviews

Updated June 5, 2017
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  • Job Corps contracts out all of its positions so you technically work for a company, not the Department of Labor (in 5 reviews)

  • Some staff members don't know how to be team players (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Career Transition Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Career Transition Specialist in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Career Transition Specialist in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Job Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the students do actually want to work for a good life who will make your job easier.

    Cons

    Horrible management, no accountability of the students, all performance goals based on a quota, management is never happy or satisfied. Extremely low moral among employees, high turn around, constantly chasing students for placements.

    Advice to Management

    Attempt to do some team building. Hold yourself accountable for the success of your team as well. Get down on the front lines and help with placements. Less unnecessary busy work/reports/web meetings etc.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Admissions"

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    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Job Corps full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, able to work with minimal supervision. Co-workers great

    Cons

    management is not supportive. Numbers more important than helping students

    Advice to Management

    positive management instead of threatening

  3. "Residential Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Residential Advisor in Edison, NJ
    Current Employee - Residential Advisor in Edison, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Job Corps full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Get to meet and help vulnerable trainees, share knowledge, and teach social and daily skills, hygiene, and much more.

    Cons

    Change the way trainees think and behave, diversify trainees, teach how to love each other and acceptability in communities, teach how to avoid teenage problems, and employability.

    Advice to Management

    Cater and accept the trainees unconditionally, classroom teaching should be effective and pure with empathy. Put the trainee first and feel the pains and rejection they suffer from relatives and fellow trainees. Make learning and discipline a priority.


  4. "Good Cause, Bad Execution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Job Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work that makes you proud, Good People, Great location

    Cons

    Low salary, government system that does not work efficiently


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Tutor in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Tutor in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Job Corps (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and good hours

    Cons

    Bad management, too many miscommunication issues

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing Just on test scores


  6. "Residential Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Residential Advisor in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Residential Advisor in Edison, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Job Corps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with the students is one of the best reason for working at job corps

    Cons

    Some staff members don't know how to be team players

    Advice to Management

    Teach staff how too be team players


  7. "Educational Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Marcos, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Marcos, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Job Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with these students was a pleasure and nice to see them putting forth the effort to try and better themselves.

    Cons

    System of education is flawed as some instructors have answer keys and provide them to students to keep their own rankings up. For those of us who actually wanted to teach them so they could learn this is unfair.
    You bid for your salary which is ridiculous and the only way to obtain vacation time is tenure--I literally sat in empty classroom for 2 weeks as students were on Christmas leave.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a system that works positively for students and staff. Forcing select into tutoring was a farce and POD directors need to better support staff and offer positive reinforcement.

  8. "Good work; poor pay, no benefits, and poor treatment of employees"

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    Former Employee - "Substitute"/Part Time Instructor of Reading, Career Skills, Etc in Flint, MI
    Former Employee - "Substitute"/Part Time Instructor of Reading, Career Skills, Etc in Flint, MI
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I very much enjoyed teaching for Job Corps. For the most part, the students were dedicated and engaged.

    Cons

    The cons included that I interviewed for a full-time teaching position, and they hired me as a "substitute." I had a teaching certification already and in addition to developing the curriculum for all of my courses, I taught it and graded it. Moreover, I was later hired for the same position as a "part time" teacher. I was told that officially I could work no more than 35 hours a week, but the demands of the job meant I often worked more. I did not have health care coverage. I also needed to complete copious amounts of paperwork. Because my "official" hours did not add up to coverage for FMLA leave, I decided to quit when I direly needed family leave.

    Advice to Management

    When I was there, the management shifted constantly. I would recommend taking your teachers more seriously, as well as providing better pay, benefits, and opportunities for professional development/advancement.


  9. "North Texas Job Corps in McKinney operated by Chugach Government Solutions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McKinney, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McKinney, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good Pay and Overtime
    Easy Job
    Don't require education
    you get to help youth ages 16 to 24

    Cons

    A lot of clicks and groups and division
    segregated staff environment
    If you are not African American you can forget about applying for a supervisor position
    many of the staff have no education
    staff are not respectful of each other and have clicks
    they let anybody in to participate so they have many students with social problems

    Advice to Management

    they talk about diversity but only hire supervisors of a certain race and they have favorites and clicks, it is very clear to everyone.
    There are too many supervisors and too many staff
    they need to let go of people that have been there for 10 plus year and no longer care about the students
    you have some good staff that deserve to be supervisors and managers instead of the favoritism


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Corporate Contracted Management of DOL Program"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Job Corps full-time

    Pros

    full benefits and priority given to internal promotions vs. recruiting external applicants.

    Cons

    Lack of an even distribution of professional/leadership development. Will low ball employee wages/salary.


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