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Larkin Street Youth Services Reviews

Updated June 15, 2018
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Larkin Street Youth Services Executive Director Sherilyn Adams
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Wonderful things are happening at Larkin Street -"

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    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. "Case manager"

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    Current Employee - Case Manager
    Current Employee - Case Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and mission statement

    Cons

    Low pay, high turn over

    Advice to Management

    More perks for staff

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Failed Promises"

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

    I worked at Larkin Street Youth Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This organization has a great reputation in the community and does wonderful work with homeless youth. There are some passionate staff interested in social justice.

    Cons

    The organization is notoriously mismanaged and poorly organized. The hiring process is inconsistent, employees are treated as dispensable, and there's an elite group of insiders who run the show. The ED is out of touch with the experience of staff, and doesn't seem to be interested in the input from her expert executive team. Employees have been treated very poorly during times of personal stress. Salaries are not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Make the salaries more competitive, listen to your staff and take a more humane approach to personal issues they are dealing with. Fix your hiring problems and staff programs and departments appropriately.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "LSYS overview"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start of a counseling career.
    The clients are some of the most amazing individuals you could ever hope to work with

    Cons

    First and for most, pay is below market rate. Retention is difficult for this organization, there's a very HIGH turn over. Upper management needs to change.

    Advice to Management

    Show some loyalty to your workers, advocate for those working under you and actually support the work that is being done (don't just delegate directives).


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Case Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Larkin Street Youth Services full-time

    Pros

    Working with the youth is amazing and make the job enjoyable.

    Cons

    Needs higher pay and greater opportunities for development


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, not great leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    Larkin Street is doing amazing, critical work saving lives in San Francisco. Some truly great people with big hearts work at this organization.

    Cons

    Top-down management from ED who doesn't care about employees. Long hours and low compensation. In the time I was there, I saw significant turnover.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Worthwhile organization to work for"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Program Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Larkin Street has a very powerful mission and presence in the SF Bay Area.

    Cons

    Lack of support from upper management to lower management and line staff. The mission tends to get left behind in all of the politics of the organization and what is best for the clients tends to get forgotten. HR was very unresponsive to complaints of staff. Turnover is extremely high and management in particular tends to leave the organization.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to work at Larkin Street, have a back up because you won't be there long.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great Need, poorly organized"

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

    I worked at Larkin Street Youth Services full-time

    Pros

    The services provided are greatly needed and I have seen many successes of young people getting off the streets, getting full time jobs, and permanent housing. They are big on promoting internally and with the high turn over rate, it is easy for someone to climb quickly.

    Cons

    The senior management is VERY disconnected with what direct service staff are dealing with. The direct service staff are the ones who do the important work and they do not get paid or treated well. The CEO is not present and does not know a lot of things that are going on (and if she does, shame on her for ignoring major issues)

    Advice to Management

    Sherilyn, get to know your staff. Be present and available


  10. "Need to be a self starter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with!

    Cons

    You may not be supported as well as you could be.


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