Strict, cut-throat, political, high-pressure, unprofessional,
I struggled while working for this company. I love the job but it’s difficult to work under management that never praise you for all of your hard work and dedication to families. It never amazed me the staff that gave zero to little effort received praise but I myself did not. If you don’t fit into the click or the YV model they will not like you and attempt to run you away from YV. I have never meet a group of individuals who are so self-fulfilling that it sickens me to my stomach. If you want to make it in this field you have to constantly suck up to higher ups and pretty much fake it to you make. I have seriously seen a supervisor belittle staff in front of me. How does one ridicule staff to the point of the staff person being so afraid and timid of the supervisor but yet in November everybody puts on the happy face during conference. If only the CEO really cared to know what’s going on with his staff he would surely be surprised to know that supervisor belittle and berate staff to no end. This is my first and last job that higher ups would allow a supervisor to speak so negatively and degrade a staff member in front of the whole team. If you thought you could save the world look out because after this job you will need a therapist weekly.
I get tired of hearing negative things about Youth Villages. Youth Villages is not perfect, but no company is. However Youth Villages is truely helping Youth. They have an 85% success rate and that is better then most. Even President Obama has recognized our work. I have worked for YV long enough to see that they are constatntly looking for ways to improve the work they do. The CEO is not satisfied with things just going well. He constantly looks for new treatment models that will provide more help to the youth and their families. He also looks for ways to improve working conditions for staff. When I first started as an OTC, I worked 4 days on (including sleepovers) and 48hours off. Now OTCS work 4 days on and 3 days off with only two sleepovers a night at the most. They get compensation for all hours over 40 which they didn't use to. This occured because the company wanted to find a way to give more to the staff.
I have watched staff from all ethics and genders be promoted and every one who is doing a good job gets a chance at promotion if they want it.
Deer Valley's director does not expect his staff to do more then he does. He lives right there on campus and has had to work everyday there for a while when they were short staffed. He gives his all to the campus and will scrifice his own time so that his staff can get time off.
As far as I am concerned, there is no better place to gain experience in working with emotional youth than at Youth VIllages. Sure you have to sacrifice YOUR time, but this palce is about helping youth and the cacrifice is worth it.
Hierarchical, strict, cut-throat, conservative, competitive, disorganized, high-pressure,
Maybe I was just too idealistic in my expectations, but as an over-thirty-something with military under my belt and a new college degree, I though I could change the world. I'm a parent too!!!! Thought I had plenty of experience! Went in, did an awesome job, bought the book they use on Multisystemic approach, read it cover to cover....spent long hours....everything I could to fit in. They still found problems with me. I was very discouraged until some of the other women I was in training with emailed me about their experiences in the office in Nashville where they were working and told me of the same experiences. Youth Villages uses the term "a good fit" a lot. They say they want to see if you are a "good fit" for their company......seems to me these people are highly religious people and those I worked with said, "We don't use the children's medical diagnoses here" when making service (behavioral) plans for them and their families.....I think these people are totally off their rocker. Sorry! I'm so glad to be done with them, but I hate that my spirit was hurt by working at this place where it seemed the women staff had it in for me from day one and I definitely wasn't a "good fit". BEWARE unless you're a brainwashed Christian type who loves Corporate America.
All of the above.
I was interviewed three times by this company. Twice by the local manager and once by a regional manager. The second interview was the longest interview of my life, an hour and forty minutes! The company scheduled me 10 days later at 4 pm for the third interview and called me two hours early. Then the interviewer presented scenarios with questions and when she disagreed with my answers she would interrupt and ask me either to repeat my answers or ask me "and what else?" It was obvious she lacked the training necessary to conduct an interview for the position. When she asked if I had any questions for her I asked her if there would be more interviews. She said that there would be a third with a higher level manager, and then they would ask me to fly to Mississippi at my own expense to work two days on site, then fly home to wait for their answer on whether or not they decided to hire me. I've worked for over twenty years and never has a company asked me fly at my own expense after three interviews just to be scrutinized by them. They mention after each interview "we need to decide if you're the right fit" but they never indicate what that is. As the previous poster mentioned they want to profile their candidates to match their religious values. It has nothing to do with professionalism or qualifications. There also appears to be a high turnover with this agency as the regional supervisor indicated to me when she stated that new hires were leaving the program after receiving their relocation expenses and that because of this the company now delays reimbursement until the second pay period. Another, red flag is that most of their staff (check out their photos on their website) appear to be in their twenties or early thirties, yet the company has been around over twenty years. This indicates two things to me, short career spans, and/or ageism in their hiring practices. To top it all off I was told that I would receive a phone call from this company regarding either a third interview, or, the company deciding not to offer me the job. I waited ten days before I got a form e mail rejection and this was only after calling them regarding my application status on the ninth day.
Cut-throat, disorganized, political, high-pressure, bureaucratic, unprofessional,
MST is a great concept that has been converted to a money making mill by Youth Villages. It's not about the kids, it's about the billing units. It was also my mistake to accept the relocation package and pledge a year to this company. First they held back reimbursement for over two months and then dispensed it as fully taxed wages. If you like pseudo-religious pep rallies, donating 40% more hours than full time, being compensated at about 70% of the going rate for your Masters degree, being reimbursed $25/month for your $150 cell phone bill, driving 1000 miles/week for much less than the usual scale and the joys of being micromanaged by people who are just as frustrated as yourself... This could be the job for you. Otherwise, I suggest looking for something more professional that is not directed by a disfunctional sorority. Your ambition and concern will be better invested anywhere else.
Relax. If you take any vacation, you will still be responsible to catch up your case load when you get back. That goes for attending mandatory pep rallies 100 miles away in the middle of your work week too. You'll start around $32000/yr for 60+ hours per week, weekends and on-call and it doesn't rise much after that. If you accept the tuition assistance they'll own you for another 2 years but you won't have time for school anyway. Maybe one class per semester for eternity. Oh, and don't fall for the flexible hours and "small" case load claims. There, you're already smarter than me. Good luck with your job search.
Strict, disorganized, high-pressure, unprofessional,
After graduating with my Masters degree, I decided to seek out a new job and continuously found positions advertised with Youth Villages. When I went through the interview process, I made it a point to inquire about the numerous openings I found for Youth Villages. The supervisor sold me a wonderful story about how the company was growing and people were being promoted. After talking with her I was sold, plus I couldn't find anyone who had anything negative to say about them. Once I began working I quickly realized I had made the biggest mistake of my life. The flexible schedule they so frequently talk about is a joke. Your schedule has to be flexible because you have to meet with the families when they can meet with you. Obviously, if you have a family were the parent/parents work then you will have to be meeting with them around 4 or after. Now figure in that you will have 5 families or possibly more that you will be the counselor for and have to see 3 times a week. The sessions with the family are supposed to be an hour and a half long and oh yeah...you have to drive 30-50 miles from one house to the next. In addition to scheduling all that you have to also factor in time to do notes for each session and make two weekly contacts for each kid and don't forget you have to do weekly treatment plans for each kid and every other week you have to do discharge summaries. Now, I pride myself on my organizational skills, but I could never get my schedule to work the way the supervisors had led me to believe it could work. Instead, I was getting into the office around 8:00 am and coming home around 7:00pm/7:30pm and I spent the weekends doing treatment plans...every weekend I kid you not. As if the work schedule was not bad enough, the Dickson office goes one step further in making the counselors life miserable because there is a supervisor there who is completely disrespectful to her coworkers. I have witnessed her belittle fellow employees by calling them out in front of everyone in the office. One of our coworkers got sick and was going to have to go on medical leave and she threatened to fire that employee if they did not come into work. And best of all, she requires notes be entered daily even though the company has a three day time limit for entering notes. So with all this wonderful stress and pressure of this job one would really value any vacation they could get from work but at Youth Villages you can forget it....there is never a vacation! Anytime you take off from work, you are still required to get all of your work for the week done. That also holds true for holidays so the times of the year that were supposed to be joyous were miserable. I was so thankful when I got offered a new job.
Starting pay was $32,000 and I didn't stay long enough to get a raise. They did reimburse $25 for my cell phone bill but my bill went through the roof because I was constantly having to call my families to make sure my kid wasn't trying to act a fool. They did reimburse for mileage but I don't remember the rate. I can say my mileage check was usually just a few hundred short of my pay check because I would be driving 5-6 hours a day.
Strict, cut-throat, conservative, disorganized, political, high-pressure, bureaucratic, unprofessional,
Core values include valuing their employees and children are best raised by their families. By this they do not mean YOUR own children. Yes, most of the employees are fresh faces ready to take on the world. Everyone is sick, run down and very stressed or burned out by the sixth month mark....err, make that six day mark!. Charles Manson's family has more reasonable hours and expectations than this place! How can I say that? I am on call tonight and got a call to go out and check on a client who was being threatened by a neighbor with a gun! GUN! Since when am I a police officer and then halfway there I was told to turn around because it MIGHT NOT BE SAFE! MIGHT NOT BE SAFE???? I cannot think of a reason to use GUN and MIGHT NOT BE SAFE in the same sentence. MIGHT NOT BE SAFE? The company's reasoning for me to go out at 10 o'clock at night and possibly leave my children motherless? To make sure the client was following a safety plan! They are locked in their home and staying away from windows and calling the police. I think that qualifies! Yes, I am searching for a job right now. These people are INSANE! Yeah, I was advised to call an attorney. Think I might just do that.
PERKS? I have multiple job offers and connections made in the past week. 10 years experience, a license and a master's degree earns you 31K a year, 39 cents a mile and wooo hoooo a free calendar to keep track of the unreasonable expectations they have of you.
Cut-throat, disorganized, political, high-pressure, unprofessional,
You will work 20 hours a day. Every day. With no sleep. Supervisors will lie to you and tell you that it's just the first week. Week 2, and 3, and 4 will go exactly the same way. You will be depressed and sleep deprived and live in your car. Your life will not be your own anymore. It will belong to them. By the time that you are completely beaten down by your supervisors, you will no longer have the mental competence to spell your own name.
Pros: I didn't wrap my car around a tree on one of the oh, so, many nights that I lived on an hour of sleep before my next 20 hour shift.
cons: Everything else
You call yourself a counselor but what you really are is a creative writing expert disguised with words like: Barriers, Breakdowns and Fit, Advances and Alignment or Engagement. Well, you have to look at like you are a behavioral specialist. Guess Medicaid doesn't pay for that field. In fact, I can't understand how Medicaid would even pay these people. You don't visit the "identified client" aka the youth/child or provide counseling, you are actually teaching parenting skills and playing babysitter. They require you to make families dependent on you. This is unethical, unprofessional and just wrong. No wonder they have such young staff.
On the upside when I was sick they called multiple to check on me.....and find out if I had completed my paperwork, my sessions and when could I manage to get these things completed because we can't risk being out of compliance. ...but they did at least act concerned about my health, no dying before you complete your paperwork or sessions!
As an experienced family counselor, I looked forward to working in the upbeat, "flexible" environment that was described during the interviews. Now I know why most of the listings for counselors on the job sites are for Youth Villages. They hire mostly young, hopeful graduates and promise the world. They lie about promotional opportunities and salaried work hours. There is little substance to the therapy that they call MST. It is really just driving around all day, babysitting and collecting billing units. They will put you on call every few weekends and make you catch up on everyone else's units. A 70 hour work week is not uncommon if you add in the ridiculous, redundant paperwork. If you get lucky enough to get vacation days, they'll tell you to call your families every day from the Bahamas. If you call in sick, you can expect to work the weekends and nights to catch up and bring a note from your doctor at about $150 per visit. Figured hourly, Kentucky Fried Chicken pays better and is less stress. Driving over 100 miles/day is common but you'll get $.39 a mile and have to argue for every penny of it. If you have no family or friends, it might be possible to maintain a 15hr/day schedule but you will probably burn out and start looking for a job in a year like about 75% of the counselors do. Unfortunately for most of them, the experience will not be helpful for any other job. But, somehow, YV will skew the statistics to show that everyone is happy and the families are all doing well. All I can say is, it's just not the truth
Counselors start at $32000 and get about 5% bump after a year. Then they call you a senior counselor and start adding more duties to your job. There are no bonuses, only "prizes" for hooking new clients, maybe ten bucks or some cheap promotional item with a red kite on it. Be prepared to argue all reimbursements to the death. Vacation time will be nothing but stress over postponed requirements.
Casual, creative, open-door, supportive, team-oriented, flexible schedule,
Please ignore all of the previous posts that are clearly from disgruntled, ignorant individuals who have obviously never worked for YV. I know I am new to this job, however, I love it! Everything that was presented to me in my interviews has been true. I have a case load of five families. I do not "baby sit " as others report that they do. I meet with these families and assist them in constructing plans so that they can keep their children at home or regain custody of them. The environment I work in is very supportive, and my supervisor is ready and willing to assist me at all times. I feel that what I do is meaningful, and that I am really making a difference. I have read in other posts that YV supposedly makes the counselors work long hours, and do loads of paperwork. WRONG! Only individuals who are disorganized and incompetent end up having this fate. Many people are ot used to having the freedoms of ths job, thus they end up "hanging" themselves. This is not a job for someone who wants to sit in an office all day. YV in home services are none traditional and we have to utilize non traditional techniques to get the job done. Thus far I am very satified with this company, my pay, and my families. I am not saying that YV is without flaws, however what company is?
YV is a great opportunity for those who are capable and open to step outside the box.
Pros: Flexible schedule ( i get to do school wrok and spend tie with my child), supportive administration, good pay
Cons: You are on call and may get a phone call about a crisis. however, an effective counselor could deesculate this over the phone.
I've been away from YV for a couple of months. I thought it was wonderful, supportive and all those things you mentioned...then I remembered some things. I am organized, VERY organized. I hold a license and a master's degree. I do know what I am doing and most people who do have any concept of counseling and common sense leave quickly. I was and still am in private practice. On call 24/7, no mistakes allowed because I have no supervisor for things to fall on. I have colleagues who applauded me leaving YV. Most professionals find YV to be a joke. You haven't been there long enough to understand our level of distaste and disgust. If work dates show, trust me they are incorrect, I didn't bother. I wish you the best in your career and hope that you do well whatever you do. God help you if you stay. I hope and pray that your skills far outpace what YV can provide you find a way to truly provide lasting change.
Disorganized, political, high-pressure, unprofessional,
Within the first month that I joined this agency, I was working at least 55-60 hrs per week. I felt highly misguided by the information I was provided with during my interviews, and it was very obvious why their website consistently has multiple job openings. I was told (by the agency) that the turnover rate at the office where I was employed was very high. During the time that I was there, a staff member left every few weeks, and because they could barely keep or hire new employees, the current employees were expected to pick up the hours from employees that recently quit. Staff members at the residential facility treated the children in an emotionally abusive manner, and at times, were extremely unethical. Many of the residents left the residential campus worse than when they entered YV's program.
The pay was very low, and "time off" never felt like time off. This job was so awful that I quit before I even had another job lined up. Upon meeting other previous YV employees, I heard similar stories and across the board they told me YV was their "worse" job experience. I could not agree more. I will never donate or advertise for this company's services because of the terrible and unethical work practices that they demonstrate. If you truly cared about the children and families you serve, you should start with appropriate care and treatment of your staff.
On a side note, I have heard that the YV programs in Memphis and the surrounding area are among the worst (as far as staff retention and employee turnover/satisfaction). I think some of their programs in other states are not as terrible. Also, because their main offices are in Memphis, they have a huge number of programs, offices, group homes, and facilities there (hence the large turnover in the Memphis area).
Low salary, terrible vacation/health benefits, staff feel guilty if they even schedule vacation time or call in sick. I was called at home when I had the flu and asked if I could still come into work because another staff member had quit.
Creative, competitive, supportive, fast-paced, flexible schedule, high-pressure,
I've received great experience in my job at YV. I look back at all that I've learned and acquired over the past few years, compared to when I first started. I must say that I've grown significantly, both in a professional and personal sense. There have certainly been some ups and downs. There have been things I don't understand or favor. This will happen with any organization. How one handles these situations & seeks out the help of others makes all the difference in your experience here.
Hierarchical, cut-throat, unprofessional,
I moved to Memphis from Gerogia, I spent three days with the current Regional Supervisor and now the former Program manager. I shadowed responders and was thrilled to accept the job and move. The SCS Memphis team was tight, weekly meetings for hours, and 1 a month social events. It was the only life I had since I worked overnights (6pm to 6am) if a call came in at 5:30am and lasted to 10am I worked it. When we were busy of offered to take more calls and shifts knowing I would not get any overtime but knowing our new program manager needed the help since it was only her and the regional was out on maternity leave. Around this same time I broke up with the Regional managers friend (in 9 months he stood me up at least once a week but I stayed hoping he just was oblivious and cared, I left when I realized he was self absorbed when he started saying I was crazy for being upset about it. (I should have dumped him the first time but with him came friends and socializing I would not have had with my Regional supervisor and her family etc)
I was misdiagnosed with cat scratch fever and given a sulfa anti biotic I now know I am allergic to. In the ER they said it was only a small crack but the allergic reaction could havek killed me. I called into triage while on a gurney an IV in my arm and in agony. (I would be reprimanded for not calling in "the right way") The next night I ended up back in the ER due to them giving me a staph infection. This was Oct 8 and 9th, during my sick time my supervisor kept saying they were short, so I went back to work planning to see the doctor for a follow up that next week.
On my first day back the 18th I worked my full shift 2pm to 12am, less than 40 minutes to the end of my shift I was called for a non emergency call. My supervisor said they had tried me for hours (phone bill shows one missed call and less than 15 mins from that first call to my call. My supervisor said "I don't have time to deal with you" and hung up on me. On the 28th still with a broken hand I was terminated saying I argued with the supervisor. This is the same woman who had made remarks about me being "unable to learn" and having backwards thinking because I do not call in the middle of my shift but wait to the end so that it could be picked up by the next shift. Youth Villiages has been fighting me tooth and nail for unemployment. The state of TN is backing them all the way to the point of the appeals tribunal refusing to allow my personell reviews to be put in as evidence in my appeal. (They said it wasn't important, I said it had all my compliments, showed I was felxiable etc) at the tribunal the manager lied under oath but again it was my word against hers.
The one man who oversaw the tribunal believed a year long employee with a broken hand was demanding overtime pay even though over the 12 months she worked tons of overtime and volunteered for events and wrote our monthly newsletter all things in addition to my shifts that I never asked for compensation for. Rather than the truth that this same person was asking not to spend another 3 to 6 hours only taking over the counter pain medication when another person was starting their shift less than 30 mins later.
Less than a week later when I was back they had me forge my FMLA leave to show the dates I was already gone. Had it been done at the right time I would have had to see a doctor and gotten a note which is why this supervisor had me backdate it.
I appealed to YV all the way to the top, no one called me or asked me anything about what happened. They simply put it down what the supervisor said even though I had proof that both they and the tribunal would not look at and I had a lot more positives than negatives in my review.
The pro's are our fellow used and abused co-workers. Yes YV treats their employees great, it is their public face. However they use the TN rule that non profits do not have to pay OT and they work the daylights out of you. Which is fine if you are not sick or have not been working 20 hours back to back shifts and still need to make a staffing meeting.
Before the new program manager started it was different, if we were hurt or sick after our shifts even if we wanted to go out more we were protected until the next person started. If she said she would shadow you she did (the new manager spent 5 months of excuses on why she couldnt go then citied my unprofessional behavior on calls as a reason. I got 3 complaints in 12 months but had between 10 to 15 compliments from families, doctors, and facilities. The previous manager would review and update your develoment plan and do her part. The new one copied and pasted the first reviews saying she would update them after shadowing which she never did.
Starting salary was less than 30 and you can make steps up, but a warning if you are also trying to get licensure they will find a way to block or prevent it. If you go on vacation or are sick you better get everything done still on time or your stats will suffer and you will get written up and loose your next pay step. The cell reimbursment was a joke since it barely covered the unlimited plan needed to do my job but was much better than nothing. The auto insurance coverage you'll need is extreeme considering we don't transport kids but was a just in case thing, still prepare to loose a pretty big chunk of your income to it. The only perk now that I have spent two months in a cast, lost my apartment and been fighting 4 months for unemplyment is that I have learned to research companies better and not rely on their public face. This would be a great company but either HR doesn't care or the CEO is completely unware of what his people do.
Hierarchical, strict, cut-throat, competitive, political, unprofessional,
I'm just astounded at how polished the YV image is compared to the actual experience, which was a nightmare. After this, I think Youth Villages is the McDonalds of the profession. And let me be clear, it is the supervisors and the entry-level hires hopeful to climb, not the people there working out of the goodness of their heart, and not the clients you serve. I realize there are accolades, like being a top non-profit to work for and being acknowledged by the president, but frankly those things don't matter after the abuse one tolerates in the work environment day after day. The people who have been there the longest are very mean spirited, and good at being mean with a smile, and I think that's what allows them to keep at it, and I honestly wish better for them all than this.
Hierarchical, team-oriented, fast-paced, flexible schedule, disorganized, political, high-pressure, unprofessional,
The values and overall goal at YV are the primary reasons I came and have stayed at YV. I like working with children and families and YV allows counselors to be "knee deep" in each family’s lives to help them live successfully. Salary is appropriate for entry level counselors and depending on which office/state you work out of upward movement is common. YV provides its staff with great trainings from outside companies to assist with time management, clinical skills, leadership skills, etc.
The mileage and cell phone reimbursements are unrealistic. You have to use your personal phone and when dealing with a critical you can be on the phone for well over an hour with a family. In short get an unlimited plan to avoid overage fees. Mileage reimbursement is 10cents LESS than the federal standards. This wouldn't be so bad but when you put over 1,000miles on your car in one month you're getting your oil changed every other month.
The words "personal life" are not part of the YV vocabulary. Getting a sick day is nearly impossible, leadership hounds you to the point that you would rather work than get a day of rest. The on call 24hr/5days a week doesn't always hold true. If leaderships asks to admit a new family on Friday afternoon and the family does not show up for session you HAVE to go that weekend. Even if you are not on call you are expected to have sessions over the weekend if you do not meet all of your hours. Some reviews point at the supervisors as the issue but it's really higher up than that. The supervisors are middle management so 95% of the time they are just "passing the message".
Program expectations are constantly changing to the point where each month something has changed. The paperwork is repetitive and at times unnecessary. If you try and give your feedback or suggestions to leadership you are black listed and seen as negative/non-strength focused. Favoritism is in every job but at YV if you’re not in that circle you don't stand a chance for upward movement. The key to advancement is as follows: sacrifice your personal time (including family, holidays, and an occasional death in the family), work 50-80hrs/week, don't communicate your frustrations, and keep your head down.
Retention. Yet another word leadership throws around like they have a plan to resolve this CHRONIC issue. The position of a YV counselor is that of a revolving door. This issue has left such a bad taste in my mouth that I truly believe YV Counselors simply do not matter. YV counselors don't matter because there is always someone else that can fill your spot.
I started out at $27K without a Masters. I'm now around $36k. It's only that high because I've been around for several years. Vacation time isn't even worth it. You have to do double time the week before and catch up the week you get back. It takes 3 days to destress on vacation just for the anxiety to come back the day before the vacation is over.
Cut-throat, disorganized, political, bureaucratic, unprofessional,
Money and Image in the News are the two most important goals of YV. Youth Care is of little concern as is Staff.
Hierarchical, strict, cut-throat, disorganized, high-pressure, bureaucratic, unprofessional,
Job, the only thing I disliked.
I actually had a wonderful, supportive direct supervisor who wanted our feedback and input. She even would carry cases when someone was out sick (if she wasn't out sick herself), or there were no MHTs to actually carry them. Going further up the ladder, not so much. I actually liked most of my coworkers, and most of us could relate to one another because they were going through the same struggles you were involving the job. Most of my families were pretty okay as well, at least the ones appropriate for the program because they definitely admitted some that didn't belong in an in-home services therapy program but in a long-term intensive psychiatric setting.
The job was 50+ hrs/week (usually more) and expect at least 10hr work days. Yes, there is flexibility, but it is at the cost of your work-life balance (which does not exist). I am an organized, driven person, but this job will break even the strongest person.
When I was hired, I was naive and innocent about the job (even though right after I accepted the job I found online job reviews like this). I moved thinking it would be okay... I was wrong. You are constantly questioned by upper management, put into dangerous situations risking your personal safety, driving 6hrs round trip to attend 1hr meetings, having your ability questioned when treatment goals aren't met due to intensive client barriers (ex youth has run away and location is unknown, parent who triggers child despite constant AND repeated methods and techniques NOT to do so, etc), and more.
In the end, even after I gave them my notice (more than 2weeks because I wanted another therapist for my families ASAP if possible), they were still trying to give me new clients to open because we still showed "open" census spots. All the MHTs were doing a minimum of 15 sessions/week and were still getting new cases! Another MHT would not be hired because the census did not "support" it.
I never took a sick day and only 2 vacation days in the whole 10 1/2 months I worked there. I would go into work despite head-splitting, nauseating migraines because to miss and then make up your work was worse than that. Because unless you took off a whole week or even had a partial week due to holidays or training, you were still expected to complete ALL your sessions and notes within the regular time frame. If I could not reschedule a missed or no-show session (or if the family was just really that busy), you will be expected to make them up over the weekend. I put my foot down with my direct supervisor about our families needing personal time as well, so that issue wasn't really pushed on me with her.
I could go on and on about all the different cons of the position and job, bit hopefully this should give you an idea.
$34K for starting out master's level. I bought a cheap go-phone to use as my work phone (with unlimited minutes and text), because I didn't want to give out my personal number). So, that $25/month cell reimbursement only covered 1/2 of that bill (not including my personal bill, but that was my choice). You get gas reimbursement as well ($0.45/mile), but at times would almost equal my regular paycheck because your driving so much... I put around 1,200+mi/month on my car.
You do get sick and vacation time, but usually it's not worth it to use it.
Hierarchical, strict, cut-throat, fast-paced, disorganized, political, high-pressure, bureaucratic, unprofessional,
After reading the other reviews about Youth Villages, I find a kinship with the writers of each passage. It appears the organization is high in frequency, high in consistency and indiscriminant in their very poor methods of running a business. Yes, that's correct! A business! Although it appears to be the "force for families" please let it be known it is NOT referring to YOUR family as they completely rob you of any type of work life balance. Also, this company is more concerned with billable units than any type of therapeutic treatment. It has little to do with therapy. One supervisor prides herself on being a Driver in her social style. Unfortunately, she fails to realize she DRIVES everyone away from the office as well! The high turnover rate is due to high stress, unreasonable expectations, working 55+ hrs a week, feeling regretful if you miss work for vacation or sickness because of what you need to deal with upon your return. It is the most unbelievable place I have ever worked. Before leaving, 85% of the counselor's were looking for other jobs. We have a difficult time with the office politics. The main supervisor spent more time trying to catch you in something rather than providing decent compassionate support.
If you dont get a certain amount of billable units in during the week, they expect you to work the weekends. Once, my supervisor elected to make my weekend schedule for me by contacting my families and later notified me of when I had to meet them on Saturday and Sunday, without consulting me, of course. The pay is ridiculous, the driving and wear and tear of your car is just as insane. The gas prices went up and the mileage reimbursement oddly went DOWN. At 41 cent per mile, it is hardly worth the strain. Best believe your mileage reimbursement check will also be looked through line by line as to make sure the company does not overpay anyone...so insulting!
The company cares about image and money. The upper management in the Durham office always talks about being there for the families, but does so very little to help out with that expectation. They are very good at barking orders and enforcing rules and new standards weekly. It is so difficult to keep up with the demands. I am a strong, hard working individual and I was broken. The burnout was so inevitable. I watched the counselors come and go....this was the worst job ever and it feels appropriate as this was the worst company ever!
Reimbursements are not reimbursements! Dont be fooled! If they give you anything as an incentive, then you have to agree to stay there for a certain amount of time or they expect you to repay everything. Tuition reimbirsement, yeah expect that to be minimal and repaid if you leave the company within two years of taking your last class. The Great Divide in the Durham office has been rumored to linger in other offices in NC, too. Best of luck to anyone considering this employer.
NO reimbursements that I was not forced to repay
NO personal life
Hierarchical, cut-throat, disorganized, political, unprofessional,
This is a horrible place to work. They do not care about their employees. Management is cut-throat. The pay is pitiful. This is also a terrible place to put children with behavioral problems. The kids are all pooled together in close knit quarters. Kids with lower level behavioral problems are placed with kids with higher level problems. Example..A child using bad language and skipping school will be placed with kids who have raped children and animals as well as committed assaults with weapons. Many are gang members. Many children coming in to the village are exposed to worse behavior than when they were admitted. These kids are medicated excessively.
The only pro is that maybe just one child may be helped. The cons are many. The company is purely interested in making a buck. It is more of a baby sitting business for foster families, Dept. of Child Services and taking care of a company full of management "Good Ole Boys."
Cut-throat, old-fashioned, disorganized, political, high-pressure, bureaucratic, unprofessional,
This was THE worst job I have ever had. I would never recommend this company for anything,
1)Management is a JOKE. I had more experience and education than my supervisor and Regional Supervisor
2)They are not strength focused. If anything goes wrong with your cases it is your FAULT. No responsibility is placed on the families.
3) They will lie about a child's behaviors to keep them in the home to bill for units.
4) If you are not a part of the "group" they will push you out the door or black ball you.
5) They will kick you under the bus to DHR and in court.
6) If there is a critical you are expected to go out and look for children in dangerous neighborhoods while the Supervisor lay in the comfort of their own homes.
7) You will work over 50hours per week
8) vacation and medical leave... What is that? you will be called everyday about your cases while on leave. I had surgery and was called the day of my procedure.
9) DHR HATES to see any one from Youth Villages come through the door.
10) I saw over 20 employees leave this company while I was there. VERY high turn over rate.
11) You will be emotionally, mentally and physically overwhelmed. Many workers suffered from PTSD because of Youth Villages while I was there. Even myself.
Please, Please do not work for this company
PROS=THERE ARE NONE!