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KidsPeace Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  • working weekends and holidays, low pay (in 8 reviews)

  • They say no raises in 8 years, and kids are getting more violent than when they first started working there (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Ok money but sucks out your soul"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - MHTIII in Orefield, PA
    Former Employee - MHTIII in Orefield, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at KidsPeace full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good co workers. Good life experience. Working with children who need you. Making a mark on their life.

    Cons

    Running employees into the ground witho much overtime, no room for advancement, favoritism. Mht 1's demand the same respect but don't do the same work.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people more to stay and stop firing people over dumb issuss when they were great at their jobs.


  2. "Hard work. Low pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Therapist in Orefield, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Therapist in Orefield, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    In rare instances the kids receiving care actually want help and those cases can be very rewarding. Co-workers often help each other out

    Cons

    Caseloads are often too high to be able to provide quality work. Pay for therapists is well below the local average. Supervisors show little to no appreciation to staff. Turn over is very high

    Advice to Management

    Show staff appreciation so they actually stick around


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Mental Health Tech II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Mental Health Technician II in Orefield, PA
    Former Employee - Mental Health Technician II in Orefield, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Being able to see a difference in the life of a child that you are helping. Other pros-the people you get to work with everyday are excellent-they have your back and you need to have theirs. Training is par to none.

    Cons

    Too much favoritism shown. Feels like high school at times with the gossip. Upper management-corporate doesn't care about employees at all. They go on firing sprees to save money and get rid of good tenured staff. They tell you to write staff up for things the staff hasn't done and then threaten your job if you don't comply. Company has its core value of hope, help, and healing to children, family, and communities-but does not really care about that. They are money hungry. Kids on flakka-cops can't contain them-they sure as hell don't belong there. Benefits are ok-cover a lot, but high deductibles and 30% co-insurance. Should be cheaper with the amount of employees you have.

    Company went bankrupt in 2008 and pulled all its money out of its employees 401k's that they had matched. And they're bankrupt again as of 2016.

    Advice to Management

    If you give raises, make sure they're fair across the board. Someone with 6 months experience shouldn't be making more than someone with 14 years experience.

    Pay your staff what they're worth, give a damn about their well being. Don't take kids that belong in jail. Staff are not properly trained in PPCT, some are former cops, but not everyone.

    In a nut shell make your staff feel important, you did a survey almost a year ago. Most of the people that did it you have fired for no reason other than trying to make your company on what it was originally based. Hope, help, and healing for children, families, and communities. the founding father I'm sure is rolling in his grave to see the destruction you all have caused.


  4. "Adminisrative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orefield, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orefield, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KidsPeace full-time

    Pros

    Loved my job and the people I worked with.

    Cons

    The salary was so low, that after taxes, paying for health insurance, daycare, etc, there was nothing left. We actually had to give back a percentage of our salaries! They have filled bankruptcy twice since I've left, and from what I understand, things are not getting any better. They also lay people off left and right as if everyone is expendable.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with a little more dignity and respect. Especially the ones that have worked for you more than half of their lives.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible. Horrible. I wish I were exaggerating."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Orefield, PA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Orefield, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KidsPeace full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Helping children, although there is often so much drama with management that this is easily forgotten.

    Resume-building experience for new grads.

    As much overtime as you want.

    Better than no job, I suppose.

    Cons

    Severely understaffed, often unsafe nurse:client ratios. Units that should have at least three nurses (according to management & regulations - in reality, there is enough work for four or more) on shift often have one, and sometimes have no nurse overnight.

    Promises made during interviews are not kept because "things change" or because they supposedly can't hire more nurses. Ex: Being told you wouldn't have to work weekends once they hire more staff, then finding out there isn't even a budgeted position that would make this possible even if they could fill open positions.

    Regularly scheduled nurses get $22-$27/hour. Flex nurses paid $35 (less than 5 years experience) or $40/hour, still work full time hours (or more and get OT) and get insurance. Flex nurses aren't supposed to work that
    much but they are so short-staffed that there is no choice. Understandably, regularly scheduled nurses are upset about this.

    Management is inexperienced and out of touch, consistently making decisions that negatively impact staff/clients without realizing the impact that it will have. These decisions aren't always fiscally responsible, though management may think that they are because they have no idea what actually happens outside their offices.

    Nursing management works weekdays only and uses every hour of their paid time off when staff nurses aren't able to because there isn't shift coverage. They bully nurses into working extra shifts or changing their schedules. Some treat their staff like children.

    Training is non-existent. You shadow a nurse who is so overwhelmed that there is no time to train you. During orientation (which teaches you about Kidspeace, not your job) they make a point of telling you that "I didn't know I was supposed to do that" is not an excuse for not completing something but there is NO WAY that you could possibly know what needs to be done because you are not properly trained. Ever. At all.

    Staff who are lazy & do the absolute bare minimum with are not disciplined because they cannot afford to lose even a terrible employee.

    All of the above create a work environment full of resentment.

    Advice to Management

    See above.

    Safe staffing ratios are a million times more important to my job satisfaction than thank yous and telling me I'm appreciated, no matter what your research says.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible place to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellsworth, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellsworth, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KidsPeace part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fellow staff are very supportive. Casual atmosphere. I'm reaching here. Not much good to say.

    Cons

    Administration doesn't give a darn about these kids. It's all about the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    QUIT


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Awful environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowden, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowden, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food and decent benefits. Some impactful moments but not many.

    Cons

    management is awful. CEO is a nobody and has no impact on the lives of others. This is a company who wants you to work and quit before you can collect unemployment. There is no growth and the positions are not professional. Dont waste your time and heart. Its a flyby company who basically franchises its location to make money.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO. Look at other companies. Study the way businesses and employees should be treated. Definitely hire consultants to fix your ongoing issues and employ better leadership.


  8. "You learn a lot"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Orefield, PA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Orefield, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mental health experience, good peer support. Beautiful location. Majority of staff seems to really care about the kids. Many training opportunities.

    Cons

    Due to the pay, many of the "good" staff stay for a short time to gain experience and go on to higher paying job. Very high turn over.

    Advice to Management

    The nurses and and direct care staff should be paid more. The rates for nurses are low compared to surrounding facilities


  9. "Great Cause Childlike work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Mental Health Technician II in Schnecksville, PA
    Current Employee - Mental Health Technician II in Schnecksville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to help kids in need.

    Cons

    Poor pay, dangerous work environment at times, favoritism among management and administration.

    Advice to Management

    Please improve your management team and give more raises to the individuals that deserve it.


  10. "Okay first job in Mental Health related field"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Mental Health Technician in Orefield, PA
    Former Employee - Mental Health Technician in Orefield, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KidsPeace part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The staff on the units work as a team
    Rewarding work at times
    Good job for psychology/criminology majors

    Cons

    Unsafe environment at times
    Draining
    High turnover

    Advice to Management

    Ask the staff how to improve conditions on the units
    Have more of a presence on the units, walk around the hospital and residential facilities and actually see the client staff interactions


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