ICM (Former Employee) – Tucson, AZ – November 2, 2013
Warning! Do not consider AzCA for employment unless you enjoy being micro-managed and mentally abused by upper management who never acknowledge your strengths and consistently contradict themselves. Every single person I know here is looking to leave and the amount of negativity is unbelievable! Co-workers gossip and stab you in the back and upper management is unsupportive and only want to pile on more work. Don't expect to ever get a raise no matter how hard you work and when you try to discuss your concerns with upper management, they become hostile and try to blame you. Complete and total disorganization! No one seems to know what they are doing and the turnover rate is ridiculous!
Low salary, unsupportive upper management, lack of structure and organization
Clinician II Child Welfare (Former Employee) – Lake Havasu City, AZ – July 8, 2017
Overall i would say that working for AzCA was a great experience. the work environment was relaxed and client centered. they allowed for remote work sites which gave flexibility and allowed you to work from home if needed.
Productive and fun workplace with opportunity to think outside the box.
Clinician I (Current Employee) – Tucson, AZ – June 9, 2017
This is a great agency. It allows for an individual to be creative and help clients achieve their goals in a fun atmosphere. I have learned new therapeutic techniques to use with clients experiencing a variety of different behavioral/mental health diagnoses. My supervisor is great and works with her employees to help them reach their full potential of a successful therapist. While documentation and administrative work was tedious, the rest of the job makes up for it. Working with the kiddos is amazing and being able to have my own plan and challenging myself to work outside the box is what makes leaving this job so difficult.
Clinician III (Former Employee) – Tucson, AZ – June 2, 2017
Not interested in helping clients. People cooking the books on their client booking hours to keep their jobs, Clients "kept" uneccesarily in therapy for years because the therapists needed their booking hours. Therapists using their accumulated PTO to help them make their booking hours so they would not be fired. They stole a day of PTO from me because the accounting cycle had not flipped over crediting me with 90 days.
Therapist/Counselor (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – April 7, 2017
Working in mental health is difficult enough without having an overall lack of support by management within this field. Many have opted to leave or were forced to leave due to favoritism by HR towards management that was borderline abusive and at the least...micro managerial beyond words. Accusations by managers stand uninvestigated. The head of behavioral health in the Phoenix region has caused employees to go home crying, massive resignations and fear of having an opinion. The CEO seems to be unaware or turning a blind eye. How can staff that has this type of environment to work in do well with those coming for healing? Amazing employees have left or been let go of...no recourse and certainly never an apology from this company.
Recreational Specialist (Part-time) (Former Employee) – Lake Havasu City, AZ – October 30, 2015
Supportive staff. Positive energy throughout the office every day. Everyone truly seemed to be there for the right reasons. All of the staff was caring toward one another on a professional level. The office even had a once a month meeting to be updated on all programs in the company, it made it feel like you were part of a whole. We ate food together, everyone pitched in during potlucks, and the office worked together on personal health goals like walking miles and losing weight. Overall, everyone was very supportive of one another.
Supportive environment, reasonable pay, respect of each other
Compliance, Process and Quality Improvement (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – October 14, 2015
Very toxic environment. I was bullied by a co-worker almost immediately after starting. When I approached my supervisor about how I was being treated I was summarily dismissed and told I am not a good fit.
There was no structure to my training. Probably because the department had no clue what they are doing. There were three people that came and left my role before I got there. When I continually asked about this fact I was never given a clear answer. I had so many red flags about working here but I let the salary distract me.
The clinical directors know full well that case managers can not meet the arbitrary 4.5 hours of billed client contact time per day without exceeding a 40 hour work week. When I asked about the veracity of the expectation I was told "they can make their numbers during holidays or before vacations so they can do it anytime." Supervisors are told to fire anyone who cannot keep up and there is a constant stream of new employees to fill the void.
As a RBHA agency they are in danger of loosing one of the contracts because the compliance numbers are so far below expectation. It appears that practice improvement plans are in place but its nothing more than busy work to make it look like something is being done. I spent more than half my time each week in meetings that had no agenda or could have been handled by an email. So much money waste here on mandatory meetings.
I have worked in some really terrible places in my life and this company is the absolute worst, most toxic, demeaning place I have ever been. I was physically nauseated to go intomore... the office. They might make it seem like they care about employees in the first week but they only care about revenue. Or drinking. There is a LOT of talk about how much they drink after work.
Its sad how they say they care about Arizona's children. Yet the medical records of so many kids are out of compliance with every requirement. I have a very high level of skill in quality improvement and immediately recognized the smoke and mirror act for what it was. It did not take long for them to turn on me when I began to point out process errors and that there are easy ways to solve their problems.
I saw some of the negative reviews here and ignored them. Do not make the same mistake I did.less
Flexible Schedule; High Burn out; Good starter job
Intensive Case Manager (Current Employee) – Tucson, AZ – October 14, 2015
Management is not very supportive of workers. There is minimal to no training so you are on your own when you have to work with families. There is no room for improvement or advancement in the agency. Dysfunctional families get draining after a while. Co-workers are good and sometimes helpful.
No chances to move up; high-burn out; low pay for amount of work you do
Special Project Associate (Former Employee) – Safford, AZ – March 21, 2015
Long hours, a mix of positive and negative co-workers, inadequate resources, and a lot of negative supervisors. The hardest part of the job was actually getting in touch with a supervisor when needed. The benefits were good but there is minimal opportunities to advance in the agency and a great deal of negative attitude in administration.
Great learning expereince
Negative work environment and minimal advancement opportunties
Clinician II/ In Home Therapist (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – December 20, 2014
Im pleased with Arizonas childrens association, Im resigning due to extenuating circumstances.Its great workplace and excellent teamwork. The in Home preservationt team is very cohesive and efficient and caring with the families that are treated.
Skills Training Specialist (Current Employee) – Flagstaff, AZ – September 16, 2014
I love my job and the people I work with!! Management is awesome and willing to help where needed. Co-workers are amazing and are able to work together in different situations. It is so rewarding to make progress with a child and that's what keeps me in this field. Although there can be frustrating days I understand this and am encourage to rest as needed.
Self-Care Events, Autonomy within Work, Advancement Opportunities
Clinician I Case Manager (Current Employee) – Yuma, AZ – September 11, 2014
Arizona's Children Association is a wonderful place to work. There is a very positive, optimistic, and very caring attitude with all the people. Their open door policy is truly open door. The staff is committed to the healing and treatment of these kids