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Updated February 20, 2017
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  1. "Great Stepping Stone"

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    Former Employee - Clinician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Clinician in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at New Alternatives full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -great co-workers
    -supportive environment
    -invaluable experience with at-risk clients

    Cons

    -endless paperwork
    -low pay
    -no holidays off
    -little training

    Advice to Management

    -provide more training and more chances for increase in salary/bonuses


  2. "Trial By Fire"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at New Alternatives full-time

    Pros

    Good experience with the population served.

    Cons

    Poor communication, poor benefits, low salary


  3. "Career start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to start career.

    Cons

    No room for growth.


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  5. "Great people low pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    people you work with are cool. management is friendly

    Cons

    low pay, vacations off and unpaid.


  6. "I've done it all. What a nightmare!"

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

    I have been working at New Alternatives part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Training and a handful of strong coworkers.
    You will get a lot of raw experience in the field.
    I really can't think of anything else to say.

    Cons

    Management, unfair labor practices, being lied to by management, late paychecks, verbal and emotional abuse from managers. A "confidential" accounting department??? That's a big red flag.

    Need a YTD statement? It takes 3 months, countless written requests and begging and pleading.

    I'm sad the kids are the ultimate victims. We can always go find a new job...the kids are the ones who end up suffering. They need stability, consistency, predictable staff they can trust. Management has so many problems they can't keep a crew of good staff. Turnover is unbelievable. It's a systemic problem throughout the company.

    Advice to Management

    Try treating your staff with dignity and respect. Say what you mean, do what you say. Keep your commitments. TIC should apply to staff as well as clients.

    If you pay staff peanuts and then require a doctors note for a sick call...perhaps your staff can't AFFORD A DOCTOR??? My sick call cost me $50 office visit copay. More than x4 what I make in an hour.

    What about offering free flu shots?

    Sharing a list of available jobs within the company?

    Pathways to growth within the company?

    Making trading opportunities public and reward staff wanting to grow and learn?

    Unavailable management
    "Confidential" accounting office
    Paystubs without YTD info?

    Staff are treated as if we are criminals.

    It really sucks for the kids.


  7. "Challenging environment with interpersonal rewards."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Child Care Worker in Escondido, CA
    Former Employee - Child Care Worker in Escondido, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New Alternatives full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Making a difference in foster youth lives.
    Free food.
    Potential free housing for house parents.
    If you stay long enough, you become part of a family.
    Made me teach myself to cook.
    Management is open to creative ideas.
    Preview of being a parent to teenagers.
    Role model.

    Cons

    Takes time to develop relationship with youth and feel comfortable with position.
    Pay is minimal.
    Horrible benefits.
    Employee turnover.
    Difficult clients.
    Depending on shift, may have to cook.


  8. "Not an ethical company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Nice coworkers. Good experience

    Cons

    No work life balance. Management will try to intimidate staff into doing unsafe things. No respect for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring trash.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    a great place to work

    Cons

    you have to work holidays


  10. "Good Place to Start Off in the Field"

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    Current Employee - Clinician/Case Manager in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Clinician/Case Manager in Chula Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at New Alternatives full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, mobile position, ability for over-time, friendly co-workers, good company mission

    Cons

    Lots of documentation, difficulty work/life balance, late hours often


  11. "basically everything they write is true"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Hope to make a difference. Clients can be so compliant however, lack understanding thus, the delay their progress. Good training however they place you in the hardest cases and the supervisor sucks but everyone knows from day one they kids will tell you why. Management is good thou.

    Cons

    Too many to write but as they wrote in previews reviews unfortunately it tends to be all true.

    Advice to Management

    Could happen I guess many do not stay long.



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