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All about the money
YCP 1 (Former Employee), Varick, NYJune 18, 2014
Pros: good benefits
Cons: lack of supervision from supervisors, not enough staff
Hillside does very little to ensure their workers. Work most of the time understaffed but the unit is full of youth. Ratio for youth to staff is never correct. Supervisors don't answer their phone calls during crisis or want to come in and help during a crisis.
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good place to work
Supervisor/YCP (Former Employee), Romulus, NYMay 20, 2014
over all a good place to work. co-workers are great. worked there for 8 years.
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Draining soul-crushing experience
Science Teacher (Former Employee), Romulus, NYMarch 31, 2014
Pros: the children you can help, reach, inspire
Cons: the administration, other troubled staff, poor pay, no summers off, dangerous, risky
I tried to teach science at this institution. Due to lack of support staff and supplies, I found that nearly impossible. I spent my days counseling clients, dealing with paperwork from restraints and incidents, attending social worker meetings, and having my lesson plans thwarted repeatedly. And to make matters worse, I found that many other staff acted – more... as if they were clients in need of behavioral and emotional therapy and support. And the administration allowed these unprofessional folks to work with clients, further hindering any progress clients were making. I also found it very depressing, and not very effective. Many clients were put in bad situations and escalated to crisis and then caught in a vicious cycle. I quit. It was awful. Years have passed since I resigned, and I still have nightmares about this place. – less
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very physically and mentally depanding, with not much room for advancement
Special Education Teacher Assistant (Current Employee), Romulus, New YorkJanuary 25, 2014
Pros: good experience
I have worked for Hillside Children Center for over 6 years. I started off working in Residental care and then transfered to the School on campus.I am currently a Special Education Teacher Assistant. I enjoy the job, but there is not much room for advancement
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Working with the kids
Environmental Services (Former Employee), Rochester, NYDecember 5, 2013
Working around kids with bad behavior cleaning class rooms stripping and waxing floors also takiong trash out summer cleaning.
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You either love it or hate it
Youth Care Provider/Teachers Assistant (Former Employee), Romulus, NYSeptember 13, 2013
Pros: making a difference
Cons: i want to keep this to myself
The children that I had the pleasure of working with were pretty great. Most of them showed me a lot of respect, the same respect that i showed them. You do have days where it seems crisis is all around you and you get very stressed but then you have amazing days where you feel like you really made a difference in a child's life. You have to judge it – more... for yourself. – less
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Good Place to work
Care-Coordinator (Current Employee), Rochester, NYJuly 9, 2013
I have learned so much working where I work.I have enjoyed working with the youth and Families I work with.
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Long Hours, Terrible benefits
Sociotherapist (Former Employee), Romulus, NYJune 9, 2013
This place is rewarding at times but the indecision of upper-level supervisory staff is really unsettling for the clients considering one of the main focuses of the company is to provide stability.
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I believe in their mission.
Youth & Family Development Specialist (Former Employee), Canandaigua, NYMay 5, 2013
I believe in their mission & what they're trying to do for the youth of tomorrow.
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Very fun and fast paced atmosphere
Transition Coordinator (Former Employee), Rochester, NYMay 1, 2013
Pros: traveling
Cons: traveling
The dynamics of the job were great. Working with the different people from all walks of life. Having the opportunity to work outside of the office was also great. Helping the youth was the greatest experience of all.
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Would not recommend
Youth Family Development Specialist (Former Employee), Auburn, NYMarch 16, 2013
To many issues here to even begin to explain. If they like you they will keep you if not your out.
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Excellent Place to Work
Supervisor (Former Employee), Romulus, NYNovember 27, 2012
Pros: excellent pay
Cons: physically/emotionally demanding
This job is very emotionally and physically demanding, not for the weak at heart. Involved a lot of physical restraints with children. Injuries do occur, but if you have a good team can be lots of fun.
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Overall a good place to work
YCP 1 (Former Employee), NYAugust 22, 2012
Pros: free meals, good benefits
Cons: no breaks
I thought as an adult I would teach children whatever they needed...however I found that they could teach me just as much. The children here had behavioral difficulties and at times they were very trying...Just sitting talking with them and getting to know them was a great part of the job. Building relationships with them was even better. When they – more... became upset I was always willing to listen and not judge their behavior. When they would become angry I was able to utilize my relationship and bring them to a point where they could talk and not act out....I always felt good when that happened. Co-workers always had your back in difficult situations. Management I found at times to clicky...they promoted people with how they knew them not by their abilities. Overall...I loved my job..loved dealing with the clients! – less
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Terrible place to work
Relief Sociotherapist (Former Employee), Auburn, NYMay 21, 2012
Pros: clients
Cons: culturally not accepting
I enjoyed working w/clients at Hillside. However the majority of my Co workers were very immature and didn't promote me because I wasn't in the "in crowd!"
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ok place to work
Social Worker (Former Employee), Rochester, NYMay 11, 2012
Some programs work hard to make worklife flexible so you can care for your personal needs without much difficulty. However, there is no job security no matter how long you work there, or how well you do.
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Great place to learn
Program Support Specialist (Current Employee), Rochester, NYMay 4, 2012
Pros: learning about mental health services, being able to charge breakfast and lunches.
Cons: not be able to advance within my department
Communication with programs throughout the day. Very productive. I learned many things, especially from my supervisors. Without them I would not be the person I have become. One of the most important skills is how to improve the quality of my work and my use of time management. I taught many of my co-workers as well as learned from them about the different – more... programs, funders and how they serve our clients and families. Looking at my years with Hillside I realize that being a non-profit organization there is no room for growth, although it is a learning experience that only has improved my skillset. – less
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Love working with children this is where to go!
Sociotherapist and Teacher's Aide (Former Employee), Rochester, NYMay 2, 2012
I met wonderful children and co- workers! Everyone benefits from this place. Thechildren and staff. We all have support, fun, and nothing but love!
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Good place to grow
Foster Family Specialist (Former Employee), Rochester, NYMarch 18, 2012
Although my time with the company came to a halt I must say that the training I recieved from the company over the last seven years has helped me so much both professionaly and personaly. Without some of the trainings and learning oppurtunities that I encountered I dont think I would of survived in the the "adult" world.
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respect for cultural values and sincere desire to improve the lives of children
case manager (Former Employee), rochester, nyJanuary 25, 2012
Pros: generous paid time off, flexible schedule
Cons: low pay
It has been many years since I have worked at Hillside so in all honesty my memory may be not as sharp as it once was! It was a company that was expanding at the time and was going through a large "redesign". I soon left the company on good terms. I hope that some of the management issues were resolved and that they continued with the strong training – more... focus. They also offered generous paid time off and sometimes flexible schedules. The pay was rather low but it was definitely a good job to "learn the ropes" of the field. I think of it as "my time in the trenches". Great experience but could have paid a little better. I would work there again if the money was fair. – less