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The New York Foundling Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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Pros
  • This is a position in which a person can learn a LOT (in 2 reviews)

  • Work from home, manage own schedule, great co-workers (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of support from management to employees (in 4 reviews)

  • The upper management is horrible and hr sides with them no matter if there is proof or not (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "College Success Coach"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - College Success Coach in New York, NY
    Current Employee - College Success Coach in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The New York Foundling full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Supportive Encourages Growth Morals Great Company to begin career

    Cons

    Could always be better.

    The New York Foundling Response

    Nov 16, 2017 – VP of Human Resources

    Thanks so much! We are so proud of our Fostering College Success Initiative (our Dorm Project), which The Foundling runs in connection with ACS to afford foster youth the opportunity to attend... More


  2. "Good stepping stone in non-profit"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The New York Foundling full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay for high level executives

    Cons

    I Hard to climb in empty level positions unless you're "in" with a supervisor/manager

    Advice to Management

    Hire more tech savvy people...company as a whole still does things the old fashioned way

    The New York Foundling Response

    Nov 16, 2017 – VP of Human Resources

    Thanks for writing - happy to report that we just recently hired a new CIO for our IT department a few months ago, and we have some very savvy ideas coming down the pipe! If you have any specific... More

  3. "Horrible."

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

    Pros

    No paid anything. Want you to work like a slave.

    Cons

    It's demanding job. You are underpaid. No one has a sense of direction. Everyone wants to be a boss. People are lazy and gossip about everything.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who are qualify to to the job. This place is ghetto as hell.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Family therapist"

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    Current Employee - Family Therapist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Family Therapist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The New York Foundling full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great and show that the employer does actively take steps to take care of employees
    A lot of supervision and feedback

    Cons

    Management has a lack of understanding of employee needs and can often be exploitative
    Work-life balance non-existent and inconsistent with the amount of pay
    No time to use benefits
    Management takes advantage of you as an employee and expects you to stick around

    Advice to Management

    Please reconsider how management speaks to employees. Your employees are not robots. They are human beings. We need to advocate for ourselves.

    The New York Foundling Response

    Nov 16, 2017 – VP of Human Resources

    Thanks for writing - I see you are a current employee; would you feel comfortable coming to HR and seeing if we could be of assistance? We frequently help mediate employee/manager disputes and can... More


  5. "Family Therapist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The New York Foundling full-time

    Pros

    Ongoing training, supervision and professional work environment

    Cons

    Extra long hours, burnout low compensation and high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Manage expectations of employees and advocate for their self care.

    The New York Foundling Response

    Nov 16, 2017 – VP of Human Resources

    Thanks for your feedback! We take burnout very seriously at The Foundling and recognize that it is a real risk for many working in our field. To help address this, we recently added to our suite of... More


  6. "Very few benefits"

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

    I worked at The New York Foundling full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Low wages without regular yearly raises and at times long hours with no additional compensation.

    The New York Foundling Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – VP of Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. While we do regularly benchmark salaries to stay competitive and historically have been able to offer annual raises in prior years, The Foundling - like many other... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of leadership transparency hinders the Foundling's greatness."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The New York Foundling full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great community among staff
    MY Vice President was accessible to feedback and open communication
    Always an opportunity to do great work/support others to do great work

    Cons

    Overall, leadership lacks transparency with their staff
    Decisions about staff employment/experience often made without staff input
    Feedback is not usually welcome from senior staff
    Senior staff often feel they are above Foundling policies, and condescend other staff
    Pay rate incredibly low

    Advice to Management

    Your managees - not you, as a manager/leader - are the ones who accurately reflect how well you're doing your job. Consult with them, ask them for feedback, honor regular check-ins, be open to hearing more than one way of meeting a goal, pay attention to employee turnover and use that as an opportunity to be more introspective, rather than chalking it all up to the employees who leave. I would have eventually left the Foundling, but because decisions were made about my role on my team that were not shared with me directly, I was rushed to leave sooner than I would otherwise have.

    The New York Foundling Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – VP of Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. It sounds like you had a mixed experience with us, and we appreciate both the positive and negative feedback. While you have left The Foundling, I would welcome it if... More

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Best of a Not Great Situation"

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    Former Employee - MST-CAN Therapist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - MST-CAN Therapist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The New York Foundling full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a position in which a person can learn a LOT. It was my first position out of grad school, and it's sort of trial by fire which works for me. Very regimented approach- ALL about following the model. I found it to be helpful to have that strict guidance as a new therapist, but there are ways in which it is constraining and frustrating. Hours/ timing are flexible- make your own schedule week to week. VERY strong supervision. Opportunity to grow within organization. Important work with opportunity to positively impact a number of lives.

    Cons

    The pay absolutely does not match the amount of work put in. Even with the salary bump a few months in, it is not enough. Especially considering that less intensive models within the organization make the same amount- not to discredit the work done in other models, but the demands in MST-CAN are more extreme and that should be compensated fairly. 24/7 availability to clients is a difficult thing to get used to- always have to be ready to roll in event of emergency. (Weekends trade off with covering therapist, which is good.). This is the most intensive level of in-home therapy for families with open ACS cases- as such, the work can be VERY difficult and emotionally taxing.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to reduce the rate of turnover, the rate of pay really needs to be addressed. Supervision is amazing. Benefits are great. Support between fellow therapists is fantastic. But it's not enough to keep a person there if they are not compensated in a way that is reflective of the intensity of the work.

    The New York Foundling Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – VP of Human Resources

    Thanks for your feedback. We are aware of the situation you describe and are looking into solutions. Please stay tuned!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome organization, poor leaders"

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

    I have been working at The New York Foundling full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    20 vacation days
    Family oriented environment
    Great Culture
    Mission and Values

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    No recognition
    Lots of pressure
    Low salary

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees

    The New York Foundling Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – VP of Human Resources

    Thanks for your feedback. Would you mind reaching out to HR and letting us know what your suggestion would "look" like in practice? Were there any specific initiatives or decisions made... More


  10. "Great to start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The New York Foundling full-time

    Pros

    Great initial experience in the clinical field. Training in evidence based models.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow professionally. Salary was not commensurate with experience. Large caseload, long hours. Expectations can be unrealistic. Lack of support from management and supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Supervisory experience has room to improve. Supervisors should be certified in evidence based models they supervise. Increase of salary/bonus after obtaining LCSW would be well deserved.

    The New York Foundling Response

    Jun 29, 2017 – VP of Human Resources

    Thanks for your feedback. Did you know that in February of this year, we began offering a market-topping licensure bonus for LCSWs? This was a direct response to some of the concerns you mentioned... More


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