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Youth Villages Reviews

Updated August 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "The main goal is truly the mission statement; to help children and families live successfully" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Got to work with some amazing, like-minded people who wanted to make a difference" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Work from home;Exciting job for counselors; consistent shifts;"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialized Crisis Counselor in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Specialized Crisis Counselor in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is decent for non profit!! You get paid .42 cents to the mile which is awesome! Fun and supportive staff! You work independently but with a team vibe. You really do affect families not just the youths, very rewarding!!

    Cons

    It can be exhausting if you are not great at self care; You do a lot of advocating for youths so that can become tiring bc you face a lot of barriers...

    Youth Villages Response

    May 16, 2017 – Youth Villages

    Thank you for your feedback! We're a fan of the team vibe, too!


  2. "Great cause but tough work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher Counselor in Bartlett, TN
    Former Employee - Teacher Counselor in Bartlett, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Youth Villages full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company is something that one can really get behind.
    Great healthcare benefits for an entry level job.
    Great coworkers where I worked at (People who don't work well with teams don't last long in this kind of environment)

    Cons

    Due to the nature of the work there is a lot of mental, emotional, and physical fatigue. You can burn out easily if you don't take care of yourself. There are a lot of people who mean well to try to support staff but a lot of times it is through superficial means such as parties with some snacks and silly games. These are great for building camaraderie but sometimes I feel like some improvements to employee lounges and more would go a long way as well.

    Also note that hours can be tough. Depending on the shift you are on you may be working 16 hour shifts on the weekends.

  3. "Overnight teacher counselor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Overnight Teacher Counselor in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Overnight Teacher Counselor in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The kids are very welcoming once you get to know them.
    The kids have different activities.
    The kids being discharged and you repeating the cycle.
    The pay is okay depending on the position.

    Cons

    The hours you have to work 55-60 in a week.
    The amount of meetings you have to
    attend.
    The outside balance life is not guaranteed.
    They need to hire a data entry specialists for overnight teacher counselors it’s to much documentation and not enough time in the day to do it.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the employees without judging them.
    Let the employees build positive reports with the children.


  4. "Need for Training"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Youth Villages full-time

    Pros

    Corworkers were wonderful and invested in the children.

    Cons

    There was little trainings for new staff


  5. "Administrative work supporting the residential counselor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Liaison in Bartlett, TN
    Current Employee - Clinical Liaison in Bartlett, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Chances for growth, providing supervision for licensure, helping disadvantaged youth in the Foster Care system

    Cons

    Working with a Difficult population

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Good People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time

    Pros

    The staff is an amazing group of people

    Cons

    A lot of employee turn over

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate and listen to employees.


  7. "Lpn"

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

    I worked at Youth Villages full-time

    Pros

    The ability to help troubled youth

    Cons

    The Pay, safety and hours

  8. "Behavioral Counselor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bahavioral Youth Counselor in Arlington, MA
    Current Employee - Bahavioral Youth Counselor in Arlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Free food, Feels good to help teens, Teamwork, Great upper management, Frequent workshops and trainings, Meetings, Classroom experience.

    Cons

    Teenagers are abusive, Must deal with the teens that hate you, clients lash out at staff and peers, lack of discipline for employees, lack of staffing

    Advice to Management

    Get on the floor and help out staff. See staff hardships first hand before suggesting how to help the clients.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Love helping families, but you don’t get to spend time with your own."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MST Therapist in Bean Station, TN
    Current Employee - MST Therapist in Bean Station, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, vacation, time off, helping families

    Cons

    Late late nights, micromanaged, supervisors don’t help


  10. "Company that cares"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Youth Villages full-time

    Pros

    They strive to provide the best services to children and families

    Cons

    Pay bumps and raises could occur more frequently for employees that dedicate years to job


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