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Updated October 18, 2017
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  1. "It was an eye opening experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Being able to help the children with independent living skills and behavior management was the best part of the job.

    Cons

    For the hours and schedules available the pay was on the lower end. Also was alot of disorganization within the company.


  2. "child care worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New Alternatives full-time

    Pros

    Working with children is rewarding and employee training is helpful.

    Cons

    Some co-workers are weird.

    Advice to Management

    There were some complaints about the management that they ignore some works they suppose to do.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Work here only if you really want to help at risk youth"

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

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

    Pros

    You build bonds with your coworkers and the kids, that is really why most people stay for so long.

    Cons

    Rules change all the time, it's hard to keep up.
    They borderline make you lie in reports if your version of events doesn't match what they want you to say.
    Stuff that is broken down in the residential units does not get fixed in a timely matter and when it does, most of the time it's temporary fixes in order to pass an audit.
    Almost always short staffed which leads to an increase of incidents.
    No paid holidays.
    Low pay.
    Don't want to offer over time.
    Administration has unrealistic expectations and doesn't always support the residential staff.
    No real structure in place to actually help the kids. It is way to easy for the kids who have the worst behaviors to impact the ones who behave well.
    The school that most kids on campus go to is a complete joke.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people well.
    Give raises and promotions to people who deserve them.
    Offer more trainings.
    Hire more staff to ensure staff safety.
    Offer better benefits.
    Try to at least pretend like you care about the kids and your staff and not just the amount of beds you can fill.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Child Care Worker - Great Job, Poor Support"

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    Former Employee - Child Care Worker in Chula Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Child Care Worker in Chula Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The connection you make with the clients really makes a difference. They become your children, and you make sure their needs are met appropriately. Your team of coworkers on your shift becomes your biggest support system, especially your shift supervisor. It is incredibly important to be a team player, because these people will save your life.

    Cons

    Poor communication from administration to employees. Rules are constantly changing and very little training and direction is offered. With certain team members and shifts, it may feel like you are attending high school instead of coming to work.

    Advice to Management

    PLEASE DELEGATE WORK APPROPRIATELY! Micromanagement is not fun.


  5. "Behavioral Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at New Alternatives part-time

    Pros

    Good company, lots of flexibility and strong support from administration.

    Cons

    Long hours, and the pay is on the lower end for the amount of qualifications required.


  6. "Parent Partner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at New Alternatives full-time

    Pros

    Control of flexible schedule, collaboration with co-workers, opportunities for trainings. Good opportunity to open other doors!

    Cons

    Management was very not very professional, lack of acknowledgment and praise

    Advice to Management

    Praising and bring involved would make all the difference.


  7. "Great PT Job as WSP III doing Respite and Caregiver Support work"

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    Former Employee - WSP III
    Former Employee - WSP III
    Recommends

    I worked at New Alternatives part-time

    Pros

    great supervision and training opportunities. understanding, empathic staff and supervisors. I was lucky to have a good and engaged family.

    Cons

    little pay for time spent on documentation and treatment planning which I believe is industry-standard

  8. "mental health worker"

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    Current Employee - Mental Health Worker
    Current Employee - Mental Health Worker
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    you work with children and make a little bit of difference in their lives

    Cons

    limited opportunities to advance in professional level

    Advice to Management

    need to pay more to employees


  9. Helpful (3)

    "chula vista"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chula Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    you can have overtime and double time if there is a crisis or if they need staff.
    you get to say you work at a high level of care.
    you get to experience with crisis interventions

    Cons

    everything.
    You are emotionally abused at work meaning kids go crazy on you and you can get hurt really bad, you can get punched any day if something goes wrong. there is no consistency at all and the kids know this, they can hit someone and they still get rewards. If you work here you will develop anxiety and you will have trouble sleeping.

    Advice to Management

    more staff on site so no one gets hurt, have more than 6 staff per unit because there are always transportations and some staff have to cover other units, if there are 1:1s then that's less staff on the floor, have assigned places for staff to sit in case of an emergency they can detect the problem and communicate with other coworkers.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "New alternatives is terrible"

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    Former Employee - Child Care Worker in Spring Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Child Care Worker in Spring Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New Alternatives (More than a year)

    Pros

    Clients are amazing some clients have difficulty but when you care as staff clients will open up to you and do better when some staff support

    Cons

    Staff is terrible low pay no support favoritism and nepotism lacking team player lacking certified med techs dispensing meds to clients

    Advice to Management

    Get new staff reorganize need a great director and support and supervisor lacking leadership lacking order and lacking structure for staff and clients Will make you miserable and not treat you with respect company lacks communication commitment and not organized dis functional unhealthy for the children environment at times can be hostile environment due to staff


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