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Youth Villages Reviews

Updated January 9, 2019
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  • "Work/life balance can be a struggle" (in 69 reviews)

  • "Because of this, the company has a high turnover rate" (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Teacher counselor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work great atmosphere

    Cons

    None the work is what you make it


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't do it"

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    Former Employee - Master Level Clinician in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Master Level Clinician in Woburn, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Okay benefits, great coworkers and supervisors.

    Cons

    Not paid nearly enough to what the amount of work that you do. Told that they would try to keep your clients in reasonable distance, had 3+ clients that were at least an hour away from me (drove almost over 100 miles on certain days, needed to put gas in my class nearly 2-3 times per week). Time Management training was not helpful. You cannot just find time out of nowhere, there are only 5 days of the week to work (I had a supervisor who was shocked that I was going to Worcester, an almost 2 hour drive, at 5PM on a Monday night. She said there must have been another time to be able to do it. But there isn't. I have six families to see, at least 2 times per week, sometimes 3, and so much paperwork. They don't comprehend that there isn't enough time to do everything expected). Not trained nearly enough on relevant issues. Expected to understand how to do things without being trained. New employees are given 6 families right off the bat, and are struggling to stay afloat with all of the paperwork and family sessions needed per week. Office drama, some employees that have been there for a while are not patient with new staff, and talk behind their backs because they "don't know what they're doing". Of course they don't know what they're doing...they're new! Ugh.

  3. "Family Intervention Specialist"

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

    Pros

    - easy to secure Continuing Education Credits through provided training.
    - opportunities available to explore different positions/locations.

    Cons

    -unrealistic task expectations; excessive amount of documentation.
    -travel times for Intercept can be extensive depending on the region; often times this is not communicated during the interview.
    -often times cases are accepted by supervisor that places Specialist at risk for exposure to biohazards; Specialist is still expected to see clients and provided "education on treatment"
    -Supervisors also accept cases that should be referred out to higher levels of care.
    - The company reimburses sign-on bonus and relocation assistance; you must have funds/take out loans to move. Sometimes the company is delayed with providing funds in the contracted amount of time.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees know of what is in the contract in their state with referral sources so employees will have a better idea of what is expected of them.


  4. "If you want to work for a great company, don't work here"

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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

    - You learn crisis intervention skills
    - Your resume looks fantastic after leaving

    Cons

    - Specialists for any of the programs are not paid nearly enough for the amount of work that is expected especially with the fact that the amount of work is continuously increasing
    - Client’s homes are promised to be within a reasonable radius away from your house and/or office which is a complete lie unless you’re a favorite
    - The mandatory trainings AND orientation are a complete waste of time because everything is varied by office and even more so my supervisor
    - Clients that should realistically be a higher level of care are accepted because this company shows time and time again it cares more about money
    - The safety of staff is not taken into consideration by the majority of supervisors and upper management
    - Development is a complete joke because you don’t actually cover anything that would be helpful towards career development
    - Favoritism should not be openly apparent in the office, its unimpressive and unprofessional
    - Finding a work/life balance is often impossible due to growing demands and lack of support from supervisors within the office
    - Technology
    - Your best is never enough as you will always be chastised for something
    - Management will make judgements and assumptions and share those widely
    - Your benefits don’t kick in until after 90 days and aren’t that great
    - Micromanagement is rampant
    - You will receive rude and passive aggressive texts and emails and then have the sender put on a different front in front of others in person

    Advice to Management

    - When you ask for input from your specialists actually use the information they give you rather than whatever works best for you
    - If its something a supervisor wouldn’t do (i.e. go meet a family at a certain hour of the morning or night for a scheduled session) don’t expect a specialist to
    - The field is stressful enough, childish antics from supervisors and upper management are not needed
    - Only hiring supervisors from within the company leads to a lack of creativity and to highly underqualified supervisors and managers, hire from outside the company in order to breathe new life into the company
    - Value your employees as much as you value the dollars that the states and agencies you work with are paying you


  5. "Family Intervention Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time

    Pros

    Support from supervisors, support from other staff, freedom to make your own schedule, working with families, experience, advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Drive time, upper management prioritizing money over family need, not seeing other coworkers but 1-2 times a week, documentation time, not very competitive pay


  6. Helpful (1)

    "BEWARE!!!"

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    Former Employee - LifeSet Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - LifeSet Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Youth Villages (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, Co-workers, Clients, Flexibility, and Technology.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, Management & Workplace Cliques.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees as much as you value the dollars that the state of Oklahoma is paying you. Remember that people have lives outside of being a force for families.


  7. "Great families, great employer, great company"

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

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

    Pros

    It can be easy for work/life balance if you communicate with your supervisor for help. They always help. The kids we work with are enjoyable. Lots of training if you're new to the social services field.
    Team is supportive.
    Great team cohesion

    Cons

    Upper management
    The obvious divide between all the programs in the same office.
    Office vibe.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the obvious split between programs. You are one office and everyone is here for the same reason, the kids.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers quickly become your friends, easy to move up and into different roles, research based interventions, high impact on families, your given a laptop to use at work,

    Cons

    Poor compensation relative to stress level, very few vacation days compared to similar organizations in the area (10 days until you reach your 5 yrz), extensive documentation compared to other organizations


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Family Intervention Specialist"

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

    I worked at Youth Villages full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule when doing in home work
    Relaxed Attire
    Work with a few core employees, easy to build relationships

    Cons

    Hectic work schedule (when including meetings and case notes, a 40 hour week is really a 60-70 hour week)
    No real work/life balance
    Very little training with high expectations on formal documentation and treatment plans


  10. "Teacher 1"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time

    Pros

    Great growing and learning environment especially for those interested in learning about mental health in kids and behavior and emotional disorders

    Cons

    cant really think of any