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St. Jude's Ranch for Children Reviews

Updated January 13, 2017
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  1. "Child Worker"

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    Former Employee - Child Specialist in North Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Child Specialist in North Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at St. Jude's Ranch for Children (More than a year)

    Pros

    Children are a great joy to work with, especially those who come from "hard places" and need the guidance of adults.

    Cons

    The working environment can use some improvement...to keep the morale of the workers at a higher rate

    Advice to Management

    Don't push the employees to want to quit and the overturn rate will decrease.


  2. "Great Mission if it was implemented correctly"

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    Former Employee - Child Specialist in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Child Specialist in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at St. Jude's Ranch for Children full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with some great kids. You get to see the growth of the kids.

    Cons

    Over work employees and not enough compensation. Far commute.


  3. "Office Manager-H/R"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder City, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder City, NV
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Believed in the mission statement

    Cons

    had to take alot of training

    Advice to Management

    n/a


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  5. "Excellent place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    SJRC is an excellent organization that puts kids first. They are strengths based and solutions focused. The youth entrusted in their care are given top notch treatment and provided opportunities that other children are not.

    Cons

    This is a 24/7 job. You get very attached and it is hard to turn "off". Leaders do help to make sure their is a work/life balance but it is still a challenge to make happen.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! You are on the right track. Continue to look for ways to pay employees more. We understand that it is difficult in a non-profit. Don't get burned out- you all work so hard and need to remember to take time for yourself to recharge.


  6. "Disenchanted and miserable"

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    Former Employee - Child Specialist in Boulder City, NV
    Former Employee - Child Specialist in Boulder City, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at St. Jude's Ranch for Children full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are bright, motivated and passionate about making a difference for the children.

    Cons

    The CEO is a consultant who lives full time in Boston. Occasional visits are coordinated with her other board meetings with a large gaming corporation. Her travel expenses are literally taken from the mouths of babes as we reimburse her 100%. Unfortunately, her cloak of crimson and gold has distracted the Board of Directors from her lack of knowledge and passion for the Organization. It cripples all of the positive efforts put forth by the dedicated staff.

    Advice to Management

    This Organization has been built with the hearts and souls of its current and past employees and has all the ingredients to be a superb place for children to heal and grow. Please replace the CEO.


  7. "money or mission???"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder City, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder City, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at St. Jude's Ranch for Children full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall the staff are good, hardworking people who really care about the children. The work environment is beautiful spread out over 40+ acres with amazing views.

    Cons

    Extreme employee turnover due to poor management, especially at the CEO level, who is completely disconnected, only is on campus a few days per month, and seems to not care about day to day operations. Staff complain about constant changing agendas and demands on their time, but are too afraid of loosing their jobs to speak up. HR is of no help to the employee and appears to go with the flow. Board of Directors also seem disinterested or uninformed and take their guidance from the CEO only and have no interaction with down-line staff. Salaries for down-line staff are out of sinque with senior management and CEO salary which are very high compared to other non profits of the same size.

    Advice to Management

    give staff a chance to succeed before you let them go or they quit from frustration. roll up your sleeves and work with your staff so you can see what the day to day issues actually are so you can help make a better place to work.


  8. "Great potential with good people... but executive leadership needs to worry less about spin and more about staff success"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder City, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder City, NV
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    For those that remain with the organization long enough, the daily operations staff does truly feel like a family. The front line staff are caring and interested in each others lives both in and outside of work and this makes for a great environment with respect to the people you work with.

    The locations of the facilities are great. They are located in small towns but close enough to large cities to offer employees the feel of a small town environment to work in but with the ability to live in a large urban location and all of the trappings that entails.

    Cons

    Unfortunately executive leadership isn't focused on the success of its staff and clients but rather focused solely on the bottom line of some KPIs the board of trustees has identified. Staff do not receive any type of pay for performance increases but rather have the opportunity to earn bonuses which are provided at the CEOs discretionary - regardless of actual performance review.

    The companies CEO is not in touch with the community perceptions as she commutes from Boston, more than 1000 miles from the nearest location of the organization. The distance causes a disconnect in gaining a true understanding of the impact of current political and financial climate in a culture that has been one of the hardest hit by the recession.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your local staff members. Focus on their success and workplace satisfaction to increase your success and happiness of your children (clients). Allow staff time to develop their skills, externally - not through internal "training", to allow them to bring new concepts, ideas and methods to the organization.


  9. "Excellent team to work with!"

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

    Pros

    Great team to work with! As an employee, your investment in the lives of children in need are rewarded beyond measure as you witness the positive changes in the children.

    Cons

    Typical challenges faced by non-profits


  10. "Good Mission Incompetent CEO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at St. Jude's Ranch for Children full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful mission. The programs are stellar and run very well. The children are taken care of. Senior Management (minus CEO) is working hard to create change.

    Cons

    CEO Mark Whitley. He is only there for a paycheck. He does not care about the children and does not care about the employees. The blame lies with the board. The employees have voiced their frustrations. The board is now the good old boys who don't care.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the board. Higher a qualified person to run the organization. CEO was let go from most previous jobs.


  11. "Employee"

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

    Pros

    The only good thing about this company is the children we cared for.

    Cons

    Horrible management and leadership in all departments. Fill a bed mission and not transforming the lives of the children. Nepotism at its finest and friends get away with murder while the outsider gets chopped. Stay away. Would give negative stars of I could. Policies are made in the fly. I could literally go on all day. Just horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Please leave before the children suffer more than they already have. I'm afraid it's a little late for that.


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