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The Children's Aid Society Reviews

Updated September 2, 2017
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Pros
  • Working with children was very fun (in 6 reviews)

  • Training, friendly co-workers, ample resources, vacation & sick days (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Extremely low pay- worked at CAS for well over 5 years in that time I received a masters degree they pay really really low salary (in 9 reviews)

  • No room for growth opportunities (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Health ed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Children's Aid Society full-time

    Pros

    Salary was okay for bachelors and no experience, good benefits

    Cons

    little flexibility in schedule, was not super accommodating for disabilities


  2. "Medical Coder"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Children's Aid Society full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits and wonderful co workers.

    Cons

    Lack of staffing, high turnover, lack of support from supervisors. There is also a lack of communication between the supervisors and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Allow all people to be treated with dignity and show cast their skills.

  3. "Director of communication and external affairs"

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    Former Employee - Director of Communications and External Affairs in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director of Communications and External Affairs in New York, NY

    I worked at The Children's Aid Society full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working in pro of social justice for children and families is challenging and very rewarding work. During my 25 years with this agency, every single day I was knew I was doing meaningful work; I’m proud of having been able to contribute to improving, thousands of lives. It was very rewarding as well to work with talented, often brilliant, colleagues that have teamwork and social justice in their DNA.

    Cons

    Management at every level can and should be improved.
    The agency is drifting from its core mission and becoming a cutthroat corporation. Glass-ceilings
    A great deal of meaningless change.
    Costly, redundant and often inefficient upper management structure, at the expense of programs and benefits for staff.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership (beginning with the board of trustees) must make sure Children’s Aid doesn’t lose its soul and becomes a capitalist corporation. The agency hasn’t survived 164 years by being cutthroat but by making sure it stayed true to its core mission, and by fearlessly taking risk on behalf of children and families… That’s what has made this agency cutting edge and exemplary.
    Change is necessary but honoring the past is as important.
    The board of trustees should be more diverse.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Low Pay- TMHR Sucks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Children's Aid Society full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Children's aid hire some of the best workers in the field- employees are dedicated and committed to the families. Probation is only 90 days; flexible schedule; trauma informed organization; really hard to get fired here; tuition assistance program

    Cons

    TMHR is so disconnected from the rest of the agency- the director sucks like she will not listen to your complaints she will say how great the agency is doing and that's it. I am convinced that she is not for the employees but there to strike the VP's egos.

    Too top heavy (you have supervisors; then directors (many many directors); then VPs; then a CPO (I think); then the CEO

    Extremely low pay- worked at CAS for well over 5 years in that time I received a masters degree they pay really really low salary. You see the difference when you go to the main office (they have coffee machine; dish washer; someone to clean up after you) and the program sites (my site didn't even have money to buy program materials-like you end up spending your own money to make the program work) worked here for a while and you definitely saw the power dynamics.

    Advice to Management

    Really listen to your employees. You have VPs who need to be replaced because their employees are leaving by the boatload (look into why people are leaving ) and no it's not just because of the salaries. Instead of hiring your own people- please promote from within. What happened to the "keeping the promise initiative?"


  5. "It was a good start for educators"

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    Former Employee - Tutor in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Tutor in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Children's Aid Society part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed an understanding and flexible support staff. Formed great friendships and received great advice.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth and there were no raises or incentives.


  6. "Dental hygienist"

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    Former Employee - Dental Hygienist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Dental Hygienist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Children's Aid Society full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not a good company

    Cons

    Not good to work for . Low salary

    Advice to Management

    Value employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Family Advocate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Children's Aid Society full-time

    Pros

    Gain Expierence and use skills

    Cons

    Always being pulled to do other tasks not job related.

  8. "Working at Wagon Road Camp was the best job I've had!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly management and coworkers
    Comprehensive training
    The best kids!
    Lots of fun activities
    Good organization to work for, does important work

    Cons

    Only a summer job. Considered working for the organization in another context but I don't know if it would be as enjoyable. Other than that no cons from me.


  9. "Nutrition Educator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Children's Aid Society part-time

    Pros

    Passionate staff and a long history of serving low-income communities.

    Cons

    I left because the work hours were irregular and inconsistent, and I couldn't rely on the job to cover rent and food. There was no vacation or sick time accruals for part-time employees.

    Advice to Management

    Have set hours for part-time employees, and allow them to accrue vacation and sick time.


  10. "Okay Experience"

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

    Pros

    Great experience. Lots of exposure to different learning. Get to collaborate and network with other service providers. The agency provides a lot of different services can potentially apply to different programs within the same agency. Good entry level positions. Helps enhance resume and work experience.

    Cons

    Low pay. Heavy work load. No transparency when it comes to knowing the exact budget of each program and how it is distributed.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees the amount they deserve according to their credentials and skill sets and I believe this could potentially help with the high turn over.


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