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The United Methodist Children's Home Reviews

Updated June 2, 2017
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  1. "Meaningful Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The United Methodist Children's Home full-time

    Pros

    Very welcoming environment. A "company family/ team work" feel. Great people, hard working team, mission oriented. Rewarding work.

    Cons

    The board makes the major decisions that can effect employees and residents served, yet they are detached and removed from the organization's daily functionings. The executive team knows about the decisions long before the rest of the employees. They claim to be transparent, but are told when to be transparent with all others. If everyone could be aware at the same time then things could be properly planned. Instead, most employees find out about major changes when the general public does.

    Advice to Management

    Have more faith in the employees in regards to transparency with major decisions and changes so that we can plan together. Keep up the family team friendly environment. Pay employees that go over and beyond a little more than those that are just getting the job done. Listen to the residents and families to find out who is really doing the work and providing support on the front lines. Every company can improve. Overall, I personally feel like this is a great place to work. I focus on doing my job and what benefits those that we serve (youth and families). I also like the new CEO, Hal Jones. I think it's one of the best places I've ever worked at.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "run away from this place - bad leadership and management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The United Methodist Children's Home full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is good work happening by program staff to help foster children and homeless families.

    The grounds are pretty.

    Cons

    My former manager was a suffocating micromanager that killed creativity. He would call or text personal cell phone at all hours of the day and night for non urgent tasks. He was really, really horrible in all ways I can think of; the worst manager I've had in a 10+ year career. UMCH is a very disheartening place to be as an employee. Even with a leadership change, UMCH remains a place of instability and indecision. There are lots of pointless meetings that run on and on and decisions are never made. UMCH treats staff as a commodity, and they do not make any effort to keep good employees or develop managers. Your voice won't be at the decision-making table unless you happen to be a middle aged white man. Company is not financially responsible. They do not adhere to any positive values as an organization. Run, run away quickly, from a job offer at UMCH.

    Advice to Management

    No need to give them advice - they wouldn't listen.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "A very toxic work place among the top excutives"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The United Methodist Children's Home full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It looks beautiful from the outside

    Cons

    Where to start, Director, VP's and CEO are sneaky and out for themselves. Money is mishandled, its okay to spent crazy amounts on food for meetings, updating offices for new staff but can't find it in the budget to pay staff. New employees are paid the going rate when hired but long time employees are living in poverty. Polices are outdated or not even followed. The lazy get promoted, very sad to see high paid directors sitting in meetings on their Facebook page or texting friends and passing work along to other, because they can.You are overworked but no overtime is given, some people get comp. time but don't have time to take it. It is a very toxic environment

    Advice to Management

    Be a caring person/supervisor, care about the people who work for you. They are the ones that are making you look good. Pay staff Be the type of person you are asking your employees to be, everyone follows by example. You want great, honest employees, you need to be also!!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Enlightening"

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    Former Employee - Staff Support/Youth Care Worker in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Staff Support/Youth Care Worker in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The United Methodist Children's Home full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The children was my motivation for working there.

    Cons

    Poor management and lack of supervision for Group Home Supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Must keep accountability on track.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "This company has serious business, identity, professionalism, and management issues."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The United Methodist Children's Home full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work they do is good -- keeping children and families together, trying to provide them with the tools and a path for a better life. The grounds are well-kept.

    Cons

    The new CEO is stiff and unapproachable. The board is not versed in business practices and is held in contempt by executive management. The office environment can be demoralizing and inappropriate -- derogatory comments spoken to employees by some executive management, unwanted hugs and unwanted touching (including shoulder rubs) from management; some management has openly cursed at employees. Expect to be micromanaged because some exec. management doesn't value expertise or understand standard industry practices -- only their own opinions and unrealistic timelines. Too many meetings are called that are unnecessary and unproductive. Leadership is not comfortable sharing information and prefers to leave employees in the dark. Some benefits will be promised at hire and never delivered. No matching contributions to retirement plan.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people as you would like to be treated, not as poorly as someone there once treated you. Stop putting your hands on people. Stop addressing women as "girls." Trust those you hire to do their job, even if it's not done exactly how you would do it. Give others professional courtesy. Stop backbiting. Stop saying demeaning things to your staff.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Exact opposite of what one would expect: it is a home for adolescents to come and go along with their drugs and weapons."

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    Former Employee - Cannot in Decatur, GA
    Former Employee - Cannot in Decatur, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The United Methodist Children's Home full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Keeps these kids off the street, sort of

    Cons

    This is a place that should offer support and teach the resident adolescents proper ways to live, however it is a place that many teens would love - they can come and go anytime, go to school or not, do as they are told or not, do drugs, have weapons (often because they feel unsafe from those on campus with them). The staff is too small, or too wrapped up in the politics; regardless the residents' health, livelihood, and future are being tossed to the side like trash. It is not a place fit to bear the word Methodist in its title. Sad, but true.

    Advice to Management

    Regain focus, which is hopefully obvious: on the residents and focus on keeping them safe by sweeping their cabins thoroughly for drugs and weapons. Enforce a regimented schedule; insist on doctor visits (most often psyh) and taking meds. Many of the staff I knew were petty and too self involved to see anything past their own image. It has become a tragedy and I hear it is only getting worse. It's time to reexamine the way management is running the place, and then take a hard look at their staff; forget loyalties and how long a staff member has been there - there are many that need to go. Their negligence has led to terrible things that could have been helped had someone cared, and I am sure that at least some residents that have left for whatever reason could be found in a nearby jail/prison or homeless on the corner.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Stewardship is a foreign concept here."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The United Methodist Children's Home full-time

    Pros

    None anymore, thanks to upper management.

    Cons

    Anyone interested in working for the United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) should consider the following:

    1) UMCH is currently running a multi-million dollar annual budget deficit. At its current rate of income and spending this organization will be bankrupt within a decade or less.
    2) In July of this year UMCH management carried out their third mass layoff since 2010. In two out of three of these layoffs programs that serve children in foster care were eliminated, forcing the children (many of whom are already suffering from various forms of emotional and/or physical trauma) to be relocated to other facilities, foster homes, etc. One of these programs, the Nurturing Connections Second Chance Program, served teen mothers and their babies; therefore in this case not only the moms but also the babies were forced to relocate after the program serving them was shut down by UMCH management. Another program that was eliminated provided summer camp and afterschool care for children whose parents cannot afford any other summer/aftercare programs.
    3) In the most recent mass layoff (July 2013) many employees with 10 years or more of service saw their jobs eliminated, including several who were 5 years or less from retirement. Two of these employees had worked for UMCH for more than 25 years and both of them lived on campus; thus not only did UMCH management eliminate their jobs but management also evicted these employees and their families from their homes, leaving them both jobless AND homeless.

    If you are looking for a stable, long-term employment arrangement think long and hard before you take any job with The United Methodist Children’s Home. This organization has a track record of financial mismanagement and management treats employees as expendable commodities.

    Advice to Management

    Start showing some concern for human beings; you're in the people business.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Not a good place to work anymore."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The United Methodist Children's Home full-time

    Pros

    Used to be a nice place. The old CEO Bev Cochran was very good leader.

    Cons

    United Methidist Home is not a good place to work. They laid off a lot of people; they laid off people in 2010, 2012, and 2013. In July they laid off all housekeepers and 3 people from Plant Operatons. One of the housekeepers has five kids and she make less than $11.00 an hour. She doesnt have job now and can’t afford to take care of her kids. Another housekeeper is from Albania and his wife still back there. He work 2 job and have 3 kids; now he has to find another job or he wont be able to take care of he kids. I wouldn’t work for United Mehtodist now; the CEO fires people so he won’t get in trouble cause the agency losing money. He don’t care about kids or about workers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop firing people cause you cant raise enough money.


  9. "Wonderful place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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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 The United Methodist Children's Home full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven and focused on providing Christian values.

    Cons

    Employee turnover is kind of high.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "No loyalty to employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging at times but seeing the youth develop positive goals is rewarding.

    Cons

    Sad to say that among other problems, staff working in direct care are not adequately paid. Most,if not all, have to work a second job to meet living expenses.


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