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Mckinley Childrens Center Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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  1. "Intern Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valencia, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valencia, CA

    I worked at Mckinley Childrens Center (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was placed at McKinley Children's Center as an Intern through my school. It was a great place to work.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons for working at McKinley Children's Center. It was a great environment with great supervisors and co-workers.


  2. "Cool"

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    Current Employee - Residential Program Coordinator in San Dimas, CA
    Current Employee - Residential Program Coordinator in San Dimas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mckinley Childrens Center (More than a year)

    Pros

    You can go to someone for help and they will support you.

    Cons

    No support for the the RC's

    Advice to Management

    Na

  3. "Very lively place to intern as therapist."

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    Former Employee - Marriage and Family Therapy Trainee in Temple City, CA
    Former Employee - Marriage and Family Therapy Trainee in Temple City, CA

    I worked at Mckinley Childrens Center (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great population to gain experience as a therapist.

    Cons

    Supervision was lacking in many areas and it felt rushed at times.

    Advice to Management

    More supervision for interns!!! There should have been a more structured environment for the population served.


  4. "We care for the kids"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mckinley Childrens Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employees are dedicated to the mission and vision of McKinley. The program directors and supervisors are doing their very best to keep morale up and our programs focused.

    Cons

    Morale is at an all-time low at McKinley, that we are starting to see long term committed staff leaving. These are not disgruntled employees but the hard working and exemplary ones. Employees feel that the ship is sinking and they want to jump ship. No raises in years and you're told there is no money in the budget, however the CEO keeps promoting and hiring Chief officers. By the way, are all men.

    Advice to Management

    Let's not forget why we all came to this company. Let's not forget about the kids. I may not be privy to what's going on in administration but I know how I and the employees feel.

    The CEO is not Al Mason anymore, it's Anil Vadaparty. "thumbs down"


  5. "Legacy Company"

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    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in West Covina, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in West Covina, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mckinley Childrens Center (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This agency has been in existence for over 100 years and will be here for a long time.

    Cons

    Changes in management comes changes in the organization. It's up to you to accept the changes.


  6. "Out Patient Therapist"

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    Former Employee - Out Patient Therapist in San Dimas, CA
    Former Employee - Out Patient Therapist in San Dimas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mckinley Childrens Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get a lot of client hours, which is good if you're an intern. Good place to start if you are a new therapist because you get a lot of experience with different mental disorders.

    Cons

    You are expected to go to a lot of trainings on holidays, most of which do not apply to you. There can be disorganization and confusion about who is doing what. Not good work/life balance. Therapists are stressed out

    Advice to Management

    Let employees have those 3 day weekends. The employees appreciate the time off to spend with their families. Limit after work activities. Don't treat employees like a number.


  7. "it is great"

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    Current Employee - Social Worker in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Social Worker in Riverside, CA

    Pros

    you get to work with great people.

    Cons

    I have to be on call 24/7.

    Advice to Management

    none, all good

  8. "This organization treats direct-care staff poorly and the residential clientele suffer a life in a dismal program."

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    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in San Dimas, CA
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in San Dimas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    -McKinley offers employees the opportunity to gain experience in the social-services field.
    -Many opportunities for meaningful contact with at-risk and underprivileged youth.
    -Opportunities to admire the CEO's shiny Mercedes in the parking lot.

    Cons

    -Residential program is chronically under-staffed.
    -Wages are low, though in line with other similar organizations. However, many other organizations treat their employees better.
    -Opportunities for promotion are very limited.
    -Very high-stress work environment in direct-care positions.
    -McKinley is quick to scapegoat and fire low-level employees in order to protect management and the larger organization, despite under-resourcing the residential program and placing unmanageable expectations upon those employees. In other words, employees are set up for failure.

    Advice to Management

    Some suggestions:
    -Stop treating the low-level staff so poorly. Ask direct-care staff for suggestions about program administration. Really listen to staff concerns.
    -When in doubt, err on the side of over-staffing, not under-staffing in direct-care positions; efficiency is important but more important are the quality of the program and the ability of staff to perform essential duties well and create a therapeutic environment.
    -Provide a more comprehensive staff training program; the current training program seems to be primarily aimed at merely limiting liability to the organization and generally lacks sufficient instruction on how to better perform job duties or care for the population served.
    -Create a workplace environment where values of teamwork and respect are acknowledged, appreciated, and expected. Employees should feel that their superiors are supportive of those they manage. Employees should be able to express their concerns and be heard. Employees should feel valued and appreciated. Co-workers should also be actively encouraged to be more supportive to one another.
    -Administration and organizational leadership should spend time observing the residential program in person, so that they might understand what goes on on a daily basis and make better-informed decisions.
    -Really, truly, begin to take an interest in the lives of the children who are your residential clientele. For example, provide the residents with adequate opportunities for constructive activities instead of sitting around bored, watching TV and waiting for the next fight to break out. The current program does not allow for this for several reasons: under-staffing makes it very difficult to take youth on outings or to set aside time for recreational activities as employees are often struggling to schedule and transport residents to family visits, treatment programs etc. and thus staff are otherwise occupied with these and other duties and thus cannot devote their time or attention to providing residents with recreational activities, let alone therapeutic interactions; there are simply too few recreational activities for the children to participate in on campus- within the cottages most board games and even decks of playing cards are missing essential pieces, outdoors, sports balls are often hard to come by; funding for outings and other activities is chronically lacking; as residents need to be under constant supervision, they are often not able to leave the cottage area or campus for recreational activities because employees cannot accommodate due to under-staffing as it creates difficulty in maintaining the maximum 6:1 client to staff ratio required by organizational policy.


  9. "Interesting place to work"

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    Former Employee - Social Worker in San Dimas, CA
    Former Employee - Social Worker in San Dimas, CA

    Pros

    Loved working with the kids and helping them. Get co-workers.

    Cons

    Was told by senior leadership that work was to be more important than my family. Text messages from supervisor at 2-3 am (yes AM) and then asked why I didn't respond.

    Advice to Management

    Establish appropriate boundaries. Better communication within the agency.


  10. "Intern at McKinley Children's Center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working at the McKinley Children's Center I've found that the people here are amazing and really attempt to foster your learning. You will get access to training opportunities and will get experience working with a wide array of cultures and individuals with different needs.

    Cons

    Some of the downsides working with the McKinley Children's Center is there was a lot of change during my employment here due to restructuring which became frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Some advice for the McKinley Children's Center would be to have an open dialogue to the workers and having more transparency regarding changes would be nice.


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