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Youth Villages Reviews

Updated March 14, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Teacher Counselor
    Former Employee - Teacher Counselor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The experience was golden and I learned to build rapport

    Cons

    Long hours, mandatory transports on off days

    Youth Villages Response

    Mar 21, 2019 – Youth Villages

    Thanks for your recent review. The work here at Youth Villages can require long hours, but work should not be done on approved off days. We will look into this.


  2. "Great coworkers, out of touch leadership"

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    Former Employee - Life Skills Specialist in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Life Skills Specialist in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with youth aging out of foster care and other higher levels of care that many times do not have support. I also loved the bond I had with my coworkers.

    Cons

    Leadership patronized staff in team meetings. The company lacks the ability to support their employees of color and engage in clique behaviors.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of cultural humility training. Advocate for better wages for staff. More leadership development.

  3. "Good people - demanding work for so so $"

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    Former Employee - Family Counselor in Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Family Counselor in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The co-workers and clients are wonderful! The Asheville office tries to provide work/home balance

    Cons

    Very high expectations and challenging work. Pay is good for people right out of school but not worth it if you have years of experience. Lots of driving and long days.

    Advice to Management

    Increase communication with management and direct Care staff


  4. "Long days"

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    Former Employee - Teacher Counselor in Douglasville, GA
    Former Employee - Teacher Counselor in Douglasville, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with children whom need emotional support and guidance through hard times

    Cons

    Long hours and low pay


  5. "Chaotic"

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    Current Employee - Family Counselor
    Current Employee - Family Counselor

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, effective model, can set own self care expectaions

    Cons

    Unreliable schedule, low pay, lots of driving

    Youth Villages Response

    Mar 21, 2019 – Youth Villages

    Thank you for your recent review regarding both the pros and cons of your time here at Youth Villages. We are always looking to help employees cut down on drive time when possible.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Overworked"

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    Former Employee - Overnight Teacher Counselor in Bartlett, TN
    Former Employee - Overnight Teacher Counselor in Bartlett, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good for people fresh out of college

    Cons

    No life outside of work, too many hours

    Youth Villages Response

    Mar 21, 2019 – Youth Villages

    Thank you for your feedback. Here at Youth Villages we are always striving to strike a balance between work and home life. We have succeeded in many ways thanks to technology, giving our staff remote... More


  7. "Challenging work, weird hierarchy."

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    Former Employee - Night Monitor in Douglasville, GA
    Former Employee - Night Monitor in Douglasville, GA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The kids make you proud of the work you do.

    Cons

    Management and higher-ups seem more concerned with facilitating company policy rather than focusing on the kids and informing them of their rights.

    Advice to Management

    Stop patting yourselves on the back about people like Steve Tyler or what congressmen has worked with the corporate company. Divert that energy into your facilities and the people that work for you. Also, Pat, your fixation with trash can lids is weird.

    Youth Villages Response

    Mar 21, 2019 – Youth Villages

    Thanks for your review. At Youth Villages, we want to ensure children’s needs come first. Our work is important for the youth we serve. It’s our goal to match our policies with our values to meet the... More

  8. "I wouldn’t suggest it"

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    Former Employee - Teacher Counselor in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Teacher Counselor in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Youth Villages full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Gain experience with working in social services

    Cons

    Long hours, terrible pay, no support from company, no structure, clients are not receiving adequate treatment, severally short staffed. Honestly, they couldn’t keep anyone because of all of the bs you have to deal with. On average, 14 hour shifts, 16+ on the weekend.


  9. "Not What You Think"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits such as tuition reimbursement, insurance, etc

    Cons

    Most of the counselors work through lunch breaks in order to leave by 5pm
    Blatant favoritism by management/Overt office politics
    Management restructuring /high trainer turnover rate causing gaps in training

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be more objective
    Provide more efficient support/training

    Youth Villages Response

    Mar 21, 2019 – Youth Villages

    We appreciate you taking the time to share more about your Youth Villages experience. Providing more training to employees is a priority for our leadership, and we are working to ensure this happens... More


  10. "Job"

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    Former Employee - Counselor in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Counselor in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and a supportive staff

    Cons

    There is a lot of driving involved

    Youth Villages Response

    Mar 21, 2019 – Youth Villages

    Thank you for your recent review.