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Seneca Family of Agencies Reviews

Updated February 13, 2019
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Pros
  • "Seneca Family of Agencies cultivates a very safe space for all of their employees and clients served" (in 14 reviews)

  • "They really care about their employees and try to foster a culture of unconditional care" (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance was sometimes an issue with taking work home with me" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Pay is low, which is to be expected for a non-profit if you don't have a graduate degree like myself" (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seneca Family of Agencies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The staff at Seneca are across-the-board high caliber and positive collaborators. People genuinely care about the mission of the organization and it comes through. There is a strong work ethic, people work hard, and good ideas are noticed. There are many different pathways to advancement within the agency and it is encouraged to build skills in different positions. Professional development is encouraged and supported.

    Cons

    Seneca does tend to favor those who take the initiative and are willing to go the extra mile, so if this doesn't describe you, it might not be the best fit.

    Seneca Family of Agencies Response

    Dec 13, 2018 – Digital Communications Manager

    It’s wonderful to hear that you have been having a great work experience here at Seneca! We place incredible emphasis on making sure that we create a workplace full of hard working mission-driven... More


  2. "Great company, enjoyed my time there"

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    Current Employee - Health Information Specialist in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Health Information Specialist in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seneca Family of Agencies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good work environments
    - Team building activities
    - Weekly supervision with supervisors, monthly supervision with whole team
    - Decent benefits package
    - Quality people who also work in various departments throughout the agency
    - Ability to move throughout the agency to work in different departments

    Cons

    - Meeting heavy
    - Outdated computers/electronics

    Seneca Family of Agencies Response

    Jan 10, 2019 – Digital Communications Manager

    It’s wonderful to hear that you are enjoying your time here at Seneca, and you appreciate having the ability to move throughout the agency to work in different departments. We encourage movement... More

  3. "Mental Health Counselor"

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    Current Employee - Mental Health Counselor in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Mental Health Counselor in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seneca Family of Agencies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My management team was able to support me until I grew confident in the roll I had and was able to successfully guide a new team into place. They are understanding of the need to take time off and support self care.

    Cons

    The job is very difficult and you are exposed to a lot of secondary trauma. The system for care of these kids is flawed and though I understand Seneca operates from within a flawed system, they could do more to financially support their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Spend excess in budgets on having extra support staff on sites in order to help teams feel supported and decrease the amount of burnout.


  4. "Loved my job"

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    Former Employee - Support Counselor
    Former Employee - Support Counselor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seneca Family of Agencies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I loved my work at Seneca. Coworkers became good friends and it was a very supportive and healthy working environment. Seneca has a big push to make sure they are hiring the right people and a large focus on diverse staff. Pay was above most non profit wages but still low for California living.

    Cons

    Little room to promote and move up. In an effort to be inclusive and acceptive Seneca often gets scared to talk about topics such as religion and law enforcement. I offered several times to hold trainings regarding those two topics but there was no follow through. Seneca seemed that it had good intentions but just didn’t follow through on bringing awareness and training to those issues during my employment there.

    Advice to Management

    More training on how religion/faith/spirituality can be a strength (or sometimes a trigger. More training in bringing individuals from law enforcement in so we can learn from their side of how they handle mental health.

    Seneca Family of Agencies Response

    Feb 14, 2019 – Digital Communications Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. At Seneca's Institute for Advanced Practice (SIAP), we are always looking for new ideas on training and keep a robust queue of potential topics... More


  5. "Payroll Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seneca Family of Agencies full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible hour

    Cons

    sometime they show favoritism for managers

    Seneca Family of Agencies Response

    Dec 27, 2018 – Digital Communications Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and for sharing your experience! Janet Briggs, Chief Financial Officer


  6. "Very Well"

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    Former Employee - Classroom Counselor in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Classroom Counselor in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seneca Family of Agencies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work with amazing people and children. Very rewarding place to work at.

    Cons

    At times it can be very challenging

    Seneca Family of Agencies Response

    Jan 15, 2019 – Digital Communications Manager

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Keep up the good work in the classroom, and thank you for supporting Seneca’s students with Unconditional Care! Nathaniel Foster, Chief Advancement... More


  7. "Clinical supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Supervisor
    Current Employee - Clinical Supervisor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seneca Family of Agencies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Supportive work environment with much opportunities to grow within the agency and within the field.

    Cons

    There is a push towards the cutting edge information and education in the field so if that is not what you want, this may not be the right place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support and encourage personal and professional growth.

    Seneca Family of Agencies Response

    Nov 12, 2018 – Digital Communications Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! Personally, I am proud to be a member of such an innovative and cutting edge organization. The work we do isn’t always easy, but it is necessary. I... More

  8. "Great environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seneca Family of Agencies full-time

    Pros

    Supportive, open-minded work environment. Staff is great. Very supportive.

    Cons

    High client caseload due to medi-cal stipulations

    Seneca Family of Agencies Response

    Nov 26, 2018 – Digital Communications Manager

    Thank you contributing to the great environment you speak of, and for being a part of the Seneca family! Nathaniel Foster, Chief Advancement Officer


  9. "Love this agency"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seneca Family of Agencies full-time

    Pros

    Main reason philosophy of the agency. We have always worked with the hardest to reach families. Staff who are so dedicated and committed to the well being of the families we are lucky to serve. Colleagues become like family. Flexibility is the best.

    Cons

    Hard to hire good staff that stay due to high costs of living in CA.

    Seneca Family of Agencies Response

    Nov 26, 2018 – Digital Communications Manager

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. It’s wonderful to hear that you have been having a great experience here at Seneca! We love to hear that our staff feel connected to our philosophy and are... More


  10. "Initially happy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you enjoy giving to a population that is often overlooked you will enjoy this work. Many of the staff have the right attitude and work ethic.

    Cons

    Management in Santa Clara lacks transparency

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is in need of review.

    Seneca Family of Agencies Response

    Feb 14, 2019 – Digital Communications Manager

    We are really sorry to hear about your concerns about transparency. We will connect with management and team to make sure we are being as transparent as we can possibly be. Thank you!