Property Manager (Current Employee) – Oakland, CA – April 7, 2017
Fred Finch has a great culture, but the compensation lacks, especially considering the amount of work that is expected to be completed. Great place to build resume, but not a long term career, especially if you do not have a masters degree.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – April 7, 2017
Fred Finch is a great place to work with very good staff and management. The work can be stressful, but is very rewarding in the end. Great learning for those interested in getting into the field of social work.
Care Coordinator/Behavior Specialist (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – March 20, 2017
I wanted to love this job. The families and co-workers were great, but management was pretty poor. They didn't address concerns and often put employees into unsafe situations. The compensation is pretty good, benefits and vacation are not great.
Compensation, work independently
no office space, poor management, unsafe situations
Finance Assistant (Former Employee) – Oakland, CA – December 25, 2016
This is an organization where some managers like to play nasty games to their department employees. Managers played favorites by assigning good promotion potential projects to employees they liked. Employees that have more work experience and better knowledge are given mundane and busy work. I knew an employee with a PhD degree doing clerical and data entry busy work. While another employee who is sociable but is a nasty backstabber and bully with lesser knowledge and background gets higher level work. Managers sided with bullies to force victims out. Managers also assigned duties to employees that they don't like but giving tasks that they are never good at. Employee with never get promoted because they will never be outstanding for doing the tasks that are their weakness. The workplace had a very heavy workload but very low pay. Hard work do not get rewarded or promoted. Medical and dental benefits are very cheap with high copays.
Mental Health Therapist (Current Employee) – Oakland, CA – December 22, 2016
This agency provides diverse exposure to multiple programs and populations. There are many opportunities to learn various intervention tools and utilize them. The agency provides great opportunities for growth.
Peer Mentor (Current Employee) – Oakland, CA – December 15, 2016
My job is to assist transition aged foster youth with mild to moderate mental health issues learn life skills to prepare them for exiting foster care. I support them in an individualized approach with topics of cleaning, cooking, budgeting, etc. I am also available for emotional support when youth are in a crisis or need someone to talk to.
Very Low Pay, Heavy Workload, No Promotion Potential, Lousy Mgmt
Assistant (Current Employee) – Oakland, CA – December 11, 2016
I worked at the Fred Finch Youth Center doing data entry and numbers related work. The daily workload is super heavy compared to other similar size organizations. The pay is low with relatively little opportunities for advancement and promotion. Managers like to play favorites and plot a group of coworkers against another group of other coworkers. Coworkers are nasty and workplace bullying is common. They do not seem to care about workplace issues. The organization culture is just work. If you fail to perform, you will be showed the door.
Clinician, Therapist (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – October 9, 2016
If you have the heart for service, this is a wonderful company to work for! I worked for Fred Finch on two different occasions because the company and people made it so great! The supervision was great and trainings were better than other places I've worked. Benefits are actually very competitive (although pay could be better, they are competitive with what's local). I found my supervisors to be generous about allowing flex and time off for self-care and family needs which is important to prevent burnout.
I enjoyed the work we did as I always felt like we were making a difference. I found it rewarding and special to get to collaborate with so many service providers and services involved in our client's lives.
The only con/reason I left was out of their control and that is the ridiculous amount of paperwork and high "productivity" demand which are really set by the County and not the company. After time, I experienced difficulty balancing the paperwork with the work itself. Unfortunately, that's the nature of the beast of caring for the kids, families, and clients they serve. Like many Medi-cal related programs, I think many of us also leave for higher paying jobs with far less paperwork stress.
They care about their employees, excellent benefits, flexible schedules, solid trainings (many offering CEUs if I recall correctly), wonderful coworkers who care about what we did
Pay could be better, Medi-cal paperwork, challenging productivity expectations
Administration (Former Employee) – Oakland, CA – August 27, 2016
This workplace is overloaded with work and understaffed. The pay in this organization is low compared to other organizations with similar size. I was given so much work to do with so little time. I have to work extra hours every day. On the positive note, there is parking in this campus. The people in this organization is typical. Some are nice, but some people are very nasty. Beware!
Care Coordinator in Wraparound Program (Current Employee) – Oakland, CA – November 19, 2015
This job has a lot of flexibility, but can be challenging as much of work is done in the field. The benefits are great. A caveat is that there are only small raises yearly. Not really any opportunity for advancement. Not the best supervision.
Network Engineer (Former Employee) – Oakland, California – April 30, 2015
FFYC is a $33 million/per year non-profit umbrella organization that handles many different projects in several cities in California. In taking care of young adults and children with special needs, it does very well and is constantly seeking to improve itself.
A typical day for IT begins with addressing user and network node connectivity problems. The network engineer then works on several projects simultaneously on OSI layers 1, 2, and 3. Each week may include 1-5 meetings with staff and vendors. A typical day may include supervising vendors on-site. Airtravel might be expected with less than 8 hours notice.
Management can be quirky, but tends to let employees work without micro-managing. Straightforward communication can be a problem and the month may feature official and unofficial "training", some of which is mandated by local and federal governments, some of which appears to be idiosyncratic according to the tastes of the local manager. Management constantly seeks 24x7 support. Management is sometimes understanding, sometimes not.
Co-workers and user clients can be stressed from work overload and/or high expectations so the job requires diplomatic skills. Hardest part of the job is setting limits on what is expected and sticking to those limits tactfully.
Most enjoyable parts of the job include informal atmosphere and interactions with very good people as well as the client population. Working for non-profit psych/medical organization can be very satisfying.
Some managers work around the clock and expect work through holidays/weekends. It is typicalmore... to find Finance working past 9 PM on Friday night.less
Good benefits, informal atmosphere, excellent staff. Opportunity to make a difference.
Puzzling inflexibility, odd illogical and difficult situations, management takes on projects without securing adequate resources, irksome informal training