Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Very Good

    Feb 2, 2021 - Health Program Analyst 
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    Pros

    Working with the latest Government policies and procedures (Federal & State)

    Cons

    Not as fast flexible as private industry.

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Toxic work environment

    Apr 7, 2021 - Mental Health Clinician II in Los Angeles, CA
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    Pros

    Decent salary, lots of units within the department, union is very involved. Good retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Management leans towards “yes ma’am/sir” folks for promotions. There is a lack of cultural competence and poor management. Higher management is primarily composed of Boomers who often struggle to understand the issues impacting the identified populations that the agency primarily services. In a macro position, you can spend a lot of time doing irrelevant busy work (re-coding your time card, constantly explaining the same information to management, researching information that no one ever uses, creating mindless presentations “PowerPoint on how to use a PowerPoint). Needless to say, this can feel like any creativity and passion you may have is being wasted. If you voice a concern or worry, it will likely fall on deaf ears because this agency is archaic and not concerned with making needed change. I would not recommend a position with this employer to anyone looking to expand their wings and make an impact in the field.

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  3. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Stressful job

    Mar 18, 2021 - Case Manager in Los Angeles, CA
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    Pros

    Good benefits, but you earn them, and flexible schedule

    Cons

    Overworked, favoritism, do not promote within,

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Clinical SW

    Jan 4, 2021 - Social Worker (MSW) in Los Angeles, CA
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    Pros

    Training, busy, opportunity for growth, good culture

    Cons

    over worked, easy to enter burn out

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  5. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Pay is very good

    Aug 27, 2020 - Patient Financial Services in Los Angeles, CA
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    Pros

    Pay and benefits are very good. Administrative offices are great to work for.

    Cons

    Staffing is based on population and not need. Clinics can have same amount of clients and yet the one in a less populated area will have to manage with up to only half to one third of the staff of the clinics in more populated areas. Also, there is the tendency to “reappoint” difficult supervisors or managers to these less populated areas instead of just disciplining them or firing them in order to avoid legal issues. For obvious reasons, this practice creates very toxic and stressful workplaces that become revolving doors for staff.

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Amazing Benefits

    Sep 22, 2020 - Substance Abuse Counselor in Los Angeles, CA
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    Pros

    Amazing benefits, supervisors, and co-workers

    Cons

    no cons that I can think of

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  7. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Salary is great

    Oct 29, 2020 - PSW II 
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    Pros

    Salary and benefits are great

    Cons

    You will burn out fast

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

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    Jun 28, 2020 - Deputy Conservator/Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
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    Pros

    Great group of people with a sincere heart to help clients who suffer with mental illness. Compassionate and concerned

    Cons

    Promotion is based on Clicks

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  9. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Good employer to work for.

    May 23, 2020 - Mental Health Clinician in Los Angeles, CA
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    Pros

    Good benefits and good management.

    Cons

    There are no cons to working here.

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  10. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Don't ever forget your worth, no matter how they treat you

    Jan 26, 2019 - Psychiatric Social Worker 
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    Pros

    Higher pay than at a contract provider agency Access to trainings for Evidence Based Practices Employees are unionized Really hard to get fired no matter how much you suck Ability to work 10/40 and 9/80 schedules or work PMRT for overtime. Potential for a pension (if you stay at least 5 or 10+ years.)

    Cons

    From the top down, management is apathetic about employee or patient safety. Human Resources is slow and treats employees unequally. Processes like hiring or promotions take a very long time for employees and an even longer time for others. A lot of emphasis is placed on treating everyone "equally" even when equal isn't fair. If you want a promotion you are stuck with the Civil Service rules where someone less familiar with the program but more time working for the county may be hired in over your head. Really hard to get fired no matter how much you suck (applied to your colleagues.) The longer you stay and the more competent you get, the more likely you will be expected to pick up the slack. As a County employee you are pensioned, so you are not eligible for State Disability Insurance, CA Paid Family/Maternity Leave, and the time you work for the county does not pay into Social Security. This is fine if you can manage to hang in there for 10 years, but many people don't.

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