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Youth Villages Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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  • Work life balance is definitely a challenge in this field (in 57 reviews)

  • The extremely high turnover rate means you are perpetually understaffed (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Hardest job I have ever loved"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    In my experience leadership are very supportive toward staff. Every supervisor I have had since joining YV has treated me with respect and as a peer rather than as a subordinate. They have encouraged my development as a clinician and as a leader. I feel valued and heard more now than in any prior professional setting. I appreciate the way the company invests in staff success. For example, I was able to complete my second Master's degree through the tuition reimbursement offered by Youth Villages. I am currently seeking licensure with support from YV. The multi-level clinical supervision structure ensures strong accountability and enables staff to serve youth and families with confidence. I appreciate Youth Villages' mission and values and how those are reflected in the work that we do daily. Helping youth and families to live successfully can be challenging but also quite rewarding.

    Cons

    The work we do is very demanding with regard to time and energy. Work life balance is definitely a challenge in this field. The rewards don't necessarily come in the form of financial compensation. Working in community based programs has put a lot of miles on my vehicles.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster a culture of support and empowerment for staff. Celebrate and encourage staff contributions as often as possible.

    Youth Villages Response

    Mar 10, 2017 – Youth Villages

    Thank you for this feedback! It's demanding work, but we're so pleased to be able to help specialist advance in their careers by earning master's degrees and attaining licensure! Congratulations!... More


  2. "Youth Villages is as awesome place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Family Specialist in Cookeville, TN
    Current Employee - Family Specialist in Cookeville, TN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Youth villages provides support and training necessary for the job. We do what we say we do and love it!

    Cons

    You don't have a lot of time for yourself at certian times, but thre is also flexibility available to staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Leadership by example, what a concept! Thanks for your supoort and for caring for kids.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers and leadership who are as committed as you. Great benefits plan. Health conscious employer. Great insurance. Working for an organization that has the statistics to prove that your work makes a difference. Flexibile and understanding coworkers and leaders. Has all of the benefits of a major corporation (different departments to handle specific tasks, great technology, lots of training) with the heart of a nonprofit.

    Cons

    Everyone works hard. You can expect to put in over 40 hours weekly, but unlike many other jobs that I've had, all those around you work hard as well.


  4. "Wonderful and beautiful place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing place for children and teens that have struggles and have not been successful in other places.

    Cons

    Funding from state could be increased


  5. "For truly passionate mental health professionals"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -advancement
    -flexibility with hours
    -paid time off
    -reimbursement for licensure supervision
    -reimbursement for education
    -good pay
    -annual raises
    -9 paid holidays
    -ethical
    -use evidence based practices
    -pension plans

    Cons

    -mileage reimbursement rate could be hire

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow and build programs for career advancement and growth within the company.


  6. "Rewarding place to work, great atmosphere and emphasis on doing what works for kids and families"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Woburn, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Woburn, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time

    Pros

    Rewarding successes, good benefits, great co-workers

    Cons

    nonprofit pay is never high

    Advice to Management

    lighten work schedules


  7. "Great place to make a difference for children and families"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very supportive co-workers. Team approach.
    Committed to using the most effective approaches to helping children and families with the most difficult issues.
    Good benefits, tuition reimbursement for extra education, support for licensure.

    Cons

    It's hard work helping really challenging kids and families.
    The jobs aren't easy, but there are great emotional rewards and lots of team support.

    Advice to Management

    Share more info with staff.

  8. "Challenging and Rewarding"

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

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Youth Village's has much to offer! The work completed, while very challenging, is very rewarding. Those that are committed and willing to work hard will get opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    Every job has its challenges- Youth Villages has high standards which directly relates to the success of the company- so if you are willing to work hard, adapt to change, and truly have a desire to impact the lives of others in a positive way the con's will be limited. And remember- you will impact the lives of the clients you work with- if you are not willing to give 100% you will impact a life in a negative manner.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "WeWew"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Managers really care about their employees. We try to have fun in the middle of our hard work.

    Cons

    Some positions in the company make it challenging to have a good work/life balance. This is something managers are constantly working on.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Regional"

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    Current Employee - Regional in Nash, TN
    Current Employee - Regional in Nash, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company and officers. Grows from within. Ongoing training and development

    Cons

    All officers are white males. Political at times. Can be about who you know and not who the best fit is for a position.

    Advice to Management

    Think about development of frontline staff. Hard to do when you are nonprofit and can only hire what you are slotted for. If you lose an employee,you have to hire to fill position. Training can only be so much before they are thrown into the role.


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