Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services Reviews

Updated Nov 4, 2020

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9 Ratings
  1. "Overall great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Therapist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services full-time

    Pros

    No micromanaging Management is supportive of staff and approachable Executive team is approachable Excellent co-workers and team Somewhat flexible Good place to learn

    Cons

    The pay and benefits are not the best Limited career opportunities High workload which is very common in this field Too many trainings/meetings that add to the heavy workload

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  2. "Underpaid and stressful environment"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Youth Care Counselor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Co workers are great and supportive

    Cons

    Kids are disrespectful and management does nothing to help even if you get injured on the job. You are assigned so many tasks on top of supervising residents and you are very underpayed. Too stressful


  3. "Good luck"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Youth Care Counselor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Being able to build a connection with the residents is awesome. Free food. (staff get are fed half as much as the residents)

    Cons

    No structure, the higher management doesn't know what they're doing and make the worst decisions. Horrible training, I was just thrown in there on my first day on the job while dealing with potentially dangerous juvenile offenders. Most the staff are corrupt, if you aren't "cool" like the rest of the staff and actually do your job you will become a target.

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  4. "Support staff"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Best workers and patient yccs

    Cons

    Limited funds cause its a non profit

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  5. "Needs more diversity in administration"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant 

    I worked at Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Staff care about youth and are inspiring.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in management means policies that do not help the youth.

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  6. "Administrative assistant"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services full-time

    Pros

    It's a good and diverse working environment.

    Cons

    It's a non profit so salaries are not very high.

  7. "YCC experience"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services full-time

    Pros

    Overall good team ethic.

    Cons

    Low pay rate for a lot of work/ high expectations for employees to stay overtime. Inconsistent scheduling. Understaffed.

  8. "Therapist"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to help troubled youth and a make a difference in their lives. Great staff and coworkers. Don't have to wake up early, 10-6 schedule.

    Cons

    Paperwork paperwork paperwork. You will work more than what your paid for. Upper management has unrealistic expectations, like most non profit dmh sites.

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  9. "avoid at all costs"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services full-time

    Pros

    None read the cons section

    Cons

    Horrible management and unorganized supervisors. They treat you like trash and have super high expectations yet they model unprofessional behavior. All they care about is billing clients and making money for the company. They are not authentic and genuine in helping others. This place has a high turnover rate because no one wants to work in these types of unrealistic expectations. low pay

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  10. "Helping professional"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    3 weeks paid vacation, 401K & daily free lunch. Flex time (every other Mon. off) Flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Definitely lower paid for what I did. Probably lower than a competitor

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