Pros: pay is higher than most social services, hands on work with the kids, decent co-workers
Cons: management does not know what they are doing have favorites, will fire those that don't meet quotas for medicaid, managers say one things to employees. shifts are also unbearable, staff quickly get burnt out
- I'll be honest, this place is a joke for many reasons. The main one being that the kids are not held accountable for anything that they do. Kids actively bring in drugs into the building and administration – more... does nothing to hold them accountable. The police department are tired of dealing with the kids and will stall to come to LHYS whenever the kids go AWOL or assault another kid or staff.
- Everything is based on how much you bill. If you don't have time to bill due to the severe needs of the children, you are given multiple write ups before they fire you. They are not understanding and expect you to come in on your days off to complete the billings.
- The staff (for the most part) are great and are dedicated to helping the kids. Some are clearly there for the paycheck and are on their cell phones for most of the shifts, but most are willing to assist the kids with anything they need.
- The shifts are crazy. When I was hired, it was the typical 8 hour 8-4 or 2-10 shifts. Now it is 8-8, or 12-12 and you are not given a choice. Many of my co-workers left because it was near impossible to have a life outside of work.
- Administration is burnt out and overwhelmed. LHYS cuts positions and merges them with existing positions. Because of this, administrators are not intune to what is really going on and in turn make poor decisions based on improving LHYS's poor reputation. The reputation is so bad that police officers and DCFS workers asked why I was still with the company.
- Kids actually get worse here. There are kids that come with no criminal histories and minor truancy issues and they leave either going to DOC, laterally moved to another residential, or run away and never come back. For the most part, this is because there are little services actually offered to these kids and there is no accountability when they break the law or go AWOL to smoke squares or weed. When I started, there was Art therapy, BARJ, Campus Works, and Music Therapy, but now there is only music therapy and Campus Works.
- Recently LHYS closed down their Elgin offices and many employees were laid off. Not a stable place to stay if you plan on making a career with working with at-risk children.
- If you are brand new to social work/psychology and need experience, I would highly recommend other places to work. The pay may be slightly lower in other places, but the hours are steady and there is more support by administration in other agencies. I don't regret leaving LHYS one bit, although I do miss working with the clients. – less