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Larkin Street Youth Services Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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Larkin Street Youth Services Executive Director Sherilyn Adams
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  1. "Wonderful things are happening at Larkin Street -"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CDO in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - CDO in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Larkin Street Youth Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I work at Larkin Street because of the mission and the crises of young people living on the street. The people are wonderful and the program is groundbreaking. It's a great time to be at the agency.

    Cons

    When working at a social services agency, it's not always 9-5. It's not a con if you love what you do!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Worthwhile organization to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Larkin Street Youth Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working in non-profit industries is difficult, there is insufficient funding, high demand and not enough staff. LSYS struggles with these same issues, but they are working to address them, while still providing excellent services for homeless and runaway youth.

    Cons

    Living and working in SF/Bay Area means that you're not going to be able to sustain yourself independently while working for a noble cause.

    This is an industry wide issue that needs to be addressed by San Francisco, California and the government. Sort it out people!!!

    Advice to Management

    Continue your program of improvement that you talk about in All Staff meetings. It's nice to hear about the progress being made.

  3. "Case manager"

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    Current Employee - Case Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Case Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Larkin Street Youth Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Care about employees, offer supervision,

    Cons

    Far if you are coming from the east bay, so many hours in traffic

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  4. Helpful (3)

    "This organization in bodies what non profit curruption looks like, and how non profits can profit off there causes."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Larkin Street Youth Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work with wonderful people, who really care about the youth, and providing services.

    Cons

    Little to no transparency on the executive level. Top down corporate model to non profit work is destructive at best. Culture of management and directors is top down. Sadly the clients suffer though all this corruption, if you don't believe me, just do a tour of the shelter and you will ask yourself where are all these millions going and how could shelter look like this if this organization is so well funded? the answer is to just look at executive pay and you will see that other staff have to work for sometimes minimum wage to hold up directors, and executives extravagant San Francisco lifestyle which is unfair because your profiting off of the homeless, and that's not right.

    Advice to Management

    Get some training and know how to work with people.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "You cannot expect excellent service when you pay so little."

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    Former Employee - Relief Residential Counselor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Relief Residential Counselor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Overall, the company does a lot of good for the kids who are in the program. If they did not exist many children would be homeless and young adults would go hungry. The idealism is beautiful and the hopes are always great to see.

    Cons

    - minimum wage when you start as a part time employee
    - training only includes administrative duties, there is no team work training or any type of psychological training. they expect you to have it all by the time you start which is silly
    -if you pay minimum wage how can you expect competency? A degree is worth more than that
    - some of the managers are unable to handle difficult situations with employees and that is a problem. if you cannot communicate effectively why are you a manager
    - there is deep rooted bitterness in long term employees
    -instead of working with an employee they would rather fire them to avoid issues
    -the focus seems to be more on proving to the government that they are competent so they continue to receive funding rather than the welfare of the clients and employees
    -just disappointing and failed to meet my expectations
    -the site portrays this beautiful vision but the reality is stepping over human feces to get to work

    Advice to Management

    start paying a fair wage
    create a longer and more thorough training
    stop the turnover and make your employees feel connected to the company


  6. "Amazing Team & Organization!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Larkin Street Youth Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing, smart and kind work teams. It is a wonderful place to work!

    Cons

    Tight deadlines and short staffing on some projects - like most non-profits.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the amazing work you do!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Shelter staff -5yrs. Case manager -2yrs"

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    Former Employee - Counselor and Then Case Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Counselor and Then Case Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with dedicated co-workers and amazing clients. Good way to get some real experience on the frontlines

    Cons

    Unsustainable growth
    multiple layers of management
    top down decision making and
    income inequality modeled after corporations who are donors and board members.

    Advice to Management

    lead by example. Get your hands dirty on the front lines. Pay workers enough to stem the tide of turnover so clients can develop trusting relationships as well as improve trust between staff and management. Follow your own advice when it comes to workers. Meet them where they're at, work together to grow and be upfront and honest in your communication.

  8. "good service"

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    Former Employee - Counselor in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Counselor in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Larkin Street Youth Services (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great learning experience working with homeless youth

    Cons

    seeing the kids struggling takes a tough skin


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Larkin Street Youth helps homeless youth regain their dreams"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Larkin Street Youth Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the youth are amazing and fun to work with

    Cons

    the culture of blaming everyone for upper managements mistakes is appalling.

    Advice to Management

    find a diffrent job


  10. "The company does amazing work aiding individuals in becoming successful, active members of their community"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Several locations throughout San Francisco -v opportunities for career advancement

    Cons

    The shelter program specifically, is lacking in organization and

    Advice to Management

    Develop better orientation program for staff unfamiliar with the San Francisco area and /or working with homeless youth.


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