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Updated November 8, 2017
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  1. "Building Services"

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    Current Employee - Custodian in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Custodian in Hershey, PA

    I have been working at Milton Hershey School full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Helping the children striving to know a better life.

    Cons

    Working with other Custodians, who make trouble for you. You have to stay neutral and just do your job.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Smoke and Mirrors, Apathy, Employment"

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    Current Employee - House Parent in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - House Parent in Hershey, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Milton Hershey School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You will meet some wonderful people who got tricked into a job just like you.

    Cons

    Zero job satisfaction, 95% of the students don't want to be there and can't stand you and don't want your mentoring. 75% attrition rate among House Parents withing the first 18 months. There is a constant threat of being falsely accused of sexual misconduct by students. The school does not punish students for false accusations and they do not remove them from the school. Students have learned that if you don't like a House Parent, all they have to do is make an accusation. At the very least it will ruin the House Parent socially and confine them to their 'apartment' for 2-3 months while they are investigated by the school and local law enforcement. And, because you are still being paid during this time, you cannot leave the campus. It is basically like being under house arrest. (my spouse and I met several people personally who went through this process) Living conditions are basically the same as a Motel 6- do not believe the promotional videos the school produces, they are propaganda. If you do go to management for help you are then 'labeled' and are treated poorly from then on. Only way to survive this job past a year is to put your head down, say nothing, and collect your check. My spouse and I were given advise by a veteran House Parent upon being called for 'counselling' by administration. He said, "roll over and show your belly, do not speak your mind. That is how you survive here." The school is amazing with many amazing perks for students. The students don't care, they don't want to be there, and you feel that sentiment each time you have an interaction with a student. It's very disheartening when you know why you took the job in the first place. If you do get close to a student, you know that a sexual misconduct claim is probably just around the corner. MANY House Parents have been accused of sexual misconduct over the years and pleaded guilty to lesser charges because they couldn't afford legal fees. They are now on the Registered Sex Offender list for the rest of their lives. Do some research on this- search 'Save the Milton Hershey Kids'. The school touts the fact that there is so much money in the Hershey Trust, and that it grows larger every year. It seems that the business model is to spend a tremendous amount each year on the vetting process of new staff, knowing that 75% will quit within 18 months, and to keep physically growing the school and increasing the student enrollment numbers. The end result for the House Parent is that, they don't care if you stay or go, administration has job security, the machine keeps turning, and they have unlimited funds to keep new staff coming. Students are given 100K scholarship upon graduation from Milton Hershey School to any college they can be accepted to. Most schools accept the students because they know Milton Hershey School is paying the tuition. The statistics are that 90% of the MHS graduates will fail out of college because they are unprepared for the real world and never should've been accepted to that school in the first place. But, unlimited funds are spent and the machine keeps turning. The history of the school is good and pure. This is not the same institution the Milton & Catherine Hershey founded in 1909.

    Advice to Management

    There is about 14 Billion dollars in the Hershey Trust right now and it's growing faster than you can spend it but, abandon your current business model. Stop hiring House Parents knowing that 75% of them will quit within the first 18 months. Be honest about the students attitudes toward the House Parents. Be honest about the fact that if a House Parent stays for more than 3 years that they will statistically have a 100% chance of being falsely accused by a student of sexual misconduct and that you will throw the House Parent 'under the bus' to protect the School, be honest with potential employees that you care more about enrollment numbers and growing the school than you care about the students themselves or your staff, be honest that you are admitting students who have special medical needs and expecting House Parents to care for them and 10-11 other students at the same time, be honest that House Parents will have very little free time when they accept the job. In short, stop the propaganda videos and just tell people what the job really is and let them decide if they want it. Be honest that even though you encourage House Parents to ask for help, when they do, they will be put on the 'bad list' and they will be treated differently by you. Remember that many of us literally sold everything and uprooted our lives to go and do something meaningful and be a part of something wonderful. Be honest that you don't care and that a House Parent will simply be viewed as a cog in the gears who will probably just quit soon anyway. Actually try to keep staff and respect their sacrifices to be there with you. Be honest that you have gone so far away from Milton and Catherine Hershey's original intent and vision that you should be ashamed. BE HONEST.

  3. "Provide a family style living environment for 12 students by teaching family life and social skills."

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    Current Employee - Houseparent in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Houseparent in Hershey, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Milton Hershey School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Housing included, great benefits and an opportunity to help shape the lives of children who have come from challenging circumstances.

    Cons

    No opportunity to be promoted. Houseparents voices are not heard among administrators and their is almost no home/work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Modify the work schedule. 12 days on duty is exhausting. Honor houseparents voice.


  4. "Houseparent"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Hershey, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Milton Hershey School (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you love children, good company.

    Cons

    Don't have any at all.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Milton Hershey School"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Hershey, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Hershey, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Milton Hershey School part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Work you can be fulfilled doing, Wonderful work atmosphere, lots of opportunities to get involved and advance

    Cons

    A lot of part time jobs only and first preference for full time jobs go to full timers


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A large misuse of funds"

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    Current Employee - Event Worker in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Event Worker in Hershey, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    School has disgusting amounts of money. Campus is very nice and the atmosphere is positive. Benefits are the best you can buy.

    Cons

    It is rare to get much time off at all. Once you are a part of the Milton Hershey family, it is easy to see that many people are drained by the long hours and hard work it takes to care for the students.

    Advice to Management

    Time off is important for workers. Try hiring more staff to allow for more vacations.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "House Parent for 5 years"

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    Former Employee - Houseparent in Hershey, PA
    Former Employee - Houseparent in Hershey, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Milton Hershey School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If your intentions are noble and you truly wish to have a positive influence in the lives of young people, you can. As most HP's say-if we didn't have to deal with the so called Management, the job would be perfect.

    Cons

    Having a supervisor/HLA that is "out to get you" or micro manages your life, can make your life pure hell. My first Home Life Administrator was hands off, trusting that we could do our job and was more supportive. Our 2nd HLA walked around with a note pad making notations of everything we did wrong. (THERE ARE ENDLESS WAYS TO MAKE MISTAKES). Then she presented this list in a meeting and asked us to account for every incident-one being that I WAS FIVE MINUTES LATE TO A HP MEETING! Your so called "off time" will be filled with HP meetings, quad meetings, endless trainings, school assemblies and ANY other opportunity to suck up your time. You will eat, sleep, drink, dream, fart and breath Milton Hershey School. The amount of paperwork is ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    The family atmosphere has been replaced by institutionalization. House parents are drowning in paperwork, meetings, trainings and endless protocols. Have you examined why the HP turnover is so high? Much focus is given to student retention but if no consideration is given to the retention of good HP's, the student population will suffer.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Upper management wants to own your life and when they find out the don't they discard you at any cost."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hershey, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hershey, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Milton Hershey School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Teachers, children, houseparents and employees are wonderful to be around, very well behaved and courteous. Teachers and House-parents are very conscientious and sincere in their care for the children.

    Cons

    Horrible management in the support services department, dishonest and deceitful. Double standard seems to be par for the course. Dishonesty is a method of management hear and have a very efficient method of disguising it. Career advancement is more important then honesty and fair management.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and fair with the employees and practice what you preach. We are hear for the children? Unless you are in support services, unfair business practices, and life-skills in general. High pressure expectations of performance and then when you open mouth you are reprimanded, pressured to the point that you can't perform you job or terminated!


  9. "My experience has been informative, rewarding and heart felt for the children their."

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    Current Employee - Custodian in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Custodian in Hershey, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Milton Hershey School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, and educational in the cleaning business. To watch the growth of students reaching their goals is so heartfelt. Its hard to see them graduate and leave.

    Cons

    Some custodians are hard to work with but most are nice and helpful

    Advice to Management

    Explain to employees why decisions are made to a specific area. And why their is still favoritism. And why pay is equal to a good cleaner and verses cleaners who don't do their best.


  10. "Great if you're in it for the children"

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    Current Employee - Full Time Houseparent in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Full Time Houseparent in Hershey, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Milton Hershey School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Satisfying and rewarding job. Decent Pay and Free Room and Board and utilities.

    Cons

    Overbearing Supervisors, Have to much say in your personal time off/affairs

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who "make" the job - Houseparents


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