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Excellent workplace
Child Welfare Specialist (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILSeptember 24, 2017
Little City Foundation took my experience in Child Welfare to a whole new level when I started working with families who have children with special needs. I got tons of support and gained invaluable experience working here.
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Productive and fun place to work!
RECREATION INSTRUCTOR / SPECIAL OLYMPICS COACH (Former Employee) –  Palatine, ILAugust 18, 2017
I loved working for Little City Foundation. It opened my eyes beyond what I had expected going into the position. I enjoyed every day, and the best part about it was that the smallest achievements were the biggest rewarding experiences with our clients. Hardest part of the job was knowing that there was no room for advancement.
Pros
4 day work week, great people to work for and work with
Cons
Government funded, no raise opportunity.
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Horrible company
Life Skills Instructor (Former Employee) –  Palatine, ILAugust 14, 2017
This is a horrible company to work for they don't give raises and their life skills instructors know the most about the children but don't get the credit deserved. They treat their employees lie trash.
Pros
free lunch
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best part of the job is people served by organization
Staff (Current Employee) –  Palatine, ILAugust 12, 2017
The best part about the organization is the people served! They are always very happy to see you and will brighten up even the gloomiest of days. This population is a wonderful group of individuals.
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Great place to work
Family Support Staff (Former Employee) –  Palatine, ILAugust 3, 2017
There is room to change hours, positions and move around the facility to find your right fit. You will meet so many great residents and enjoy your time at work. Your shift will fly right by, if you are there for the right reasons. The benefits were fantastic including health, dental and vacation time. Most of the management is great to work with but turn over rate is high.
Pros
Great people
Cons
pay increases not consistent
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Orange is the New Black
Direct Support Professional (DSP) (Former Employee) –  Palatine, ILJuly 17, 2017
The atmosphere among much of the staff is uncivil and full of bullying behaviors. Upper management is just as bad. At first, I thought it was like dealing with the cliques in junior high school again, but then I watched Orange is the New Black and was blown away by the similarities.

The training isn't very good, which leads to injuries from the participants with serious behavior disorders. The schedule is not flexible, the pay is awful, they're perpetually understaffed, the laundry machines keep breaking, and all the liability is on you.

No one who is at the root of these problems is going to get in trouble if something bad happens. You can, though. You can enjoy a night in jail even if they see on video that you had nothing to do with what happened and did not witness it.
Pros
lol
Cons
Everything
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Little City
DSP (Direct Support Professional) (Current Employee) –  Palatine, ILJune 17, 2017
The work that we do in this place is so important to a lot of people. Some of their lives depend on it. That being said, there a lot of rules and regulations in place to protect ourselves and the clients. However, communication between management is lacking which can be difficult. There are not enough staff to respond to every situation.
Pros
You can make as much or as little money as you want.
Cons
No breaks
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Great place to work
Life Skill Instructor (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILMay 11, 2017
It is a great place to work, flexible hours and good management support.Compensation and Benefits are similar to other SSO. This work will
you lot of job satisfaction
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This company is ok to learn a lot from others and about people with special needs
Family Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILApril 17, 2017
You can learn a lot about the company on how to deal with young adults with special needs and you get to learn a lot from them and the families with the company
On how to deal with them and there needs
Pros
Driving to different homes can be overwhelming
Cons
But you get to help someone that's in need
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Enjoyable work environment
Vocational Direct Support Professional (Current Employee) –  Waukegan, ILMarch 29, 2017
Supervise adults with disabilities and help them to achieve their full potential within their work environment.
Within this kind of field, I learn to be more patient with the adults that I support.
The hardest part of the job would be when the clients don't want to listen or they get rattled up.
I most enjoyable part is to see how much the clients appreciate you. Just by them knowing that they are being listened to, helped, and seeing them makes it worthwhile.
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greedy not focused as to what they were started for
dsp/ra (Former Employee) –  Palatine, ILMarch 22, 2017
you work hard but don' get compensated for the job you do. Management does not communicate well. management rewards themselves before rewarding the staff that does the hardest labor.
Pros
seeing the joy in the clients served
Cons
high insurance rates, have a union that really doesnt do anything for you
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Ok place to work
Therapeutic Support Staff (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMarch 9, 2017
Worked a support staff worker. Enjoyed working with the kids, but the pay was somewhat low. It's a great position for someone looking for causal work.
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Great Job
Life Skills Instructor (Current Employee) –  Palatine, ILJanuary 12, 2017
Love getting to know the residents. It is a great position to start in the psychology or social services field. You must be a motivated and caring individual to be successful in this position.
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Not a Career
Direct Service Provider (Former Employee) –  Palatine, ILDecember 21, 2016
I imagine working onsite holds potential for development and advancement. In reality, I was sent to a crowded, rundown house in the suburbs, where I learned to care for a clientele the main site appeared to have mostly forgotten. Supervision was stretched thin, and often unfriendly.
Pros
Free Lunches
Cons
Lack of support
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youll fall in love with the people
Direct Support Professional/Life skills Instructor (Current Employee) –  Palatine, ILSeptember 28, 2016
being a DSP is something that you have to be truly passionate about , the pay is terrible, but the job is very rewarding. Management didn't seem really focus on the people first experience that you have to have to work with the DD community. the hardest part of the job was seeing people that you grow to love not being able to experience life in a normal setting, the most enjoyable part of the job was the clients.
Pros
Free lunch, great clients
Cons
NO Breaks bad mangaement
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Working with kids who had intellecutal disabilites
Life Skills Instructor (Current Employee) –  Palatine, ILJuly 30, 2016
The place was overall a great place to work with an upbeat environment. A DSP was always on the go in a fast track working environment. Caring, bathing, teaching daily life skills, reaching goals, community intervention, behavior analysis support,cleaning, organizing, food care, taking the clients to and from all medical appointments and overall well-being of the individuals are the daily tasks at little city. Working with children is something I enjoy. I learned/adapted to the kids lifestyles. Some of the clients are non-verbal but have their own language. Quickly picking up on their language and willingness to learn is a must at this job. You needed to know what each kid enjoyed doing, what objects they favor, and how they share communication with one another and staff. The co-workers are very helpful and will assist you if needed. The staff is friendly and I enjoyed working with my co-workers everyday. The hardest part in having this job was the ability to know each child and know how to handle every single situation that you come across. You are constantly testing your problem-solving and thinking outside of the box to come up with a solution that is best for the client, other clients, and staff.
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easy going atmosphere
Administrator (Former Employee) –  Palatine, ILMay 24, 2016
managing staff, handling client issues, ensuring QA and State requirements met, meeting budget requirements, disciplinary issues as needed, training staff
Pros
flexible schedule, staff great to work with
Cons
do to administration stealing, massive money issues
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human services
Help coach (Former Employee) –  Palatine, ILMay 6, 2016
low paying job with high expectations. management held high expectations for employees who were working more than their share.
Pros
benefits were fairly good
Cons
plaqce in poor condition and not managed well
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Facility that cares for disabled youth.
Life Skills Instructor (Former Employee) –  Palatine, ILJanuary 10, 2016
Overall, a facility that cares for disabled youth, but needs to improve on upkeep, and treatment of employees. On certain cases the director would yell at staff in front of clients which would include down grading statements without knowledge of the situation at hand.
Pros
Free Lunches. Overtime avaliability high.
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My first and very exciting experience in that country!
Volunteer database assistant (Former Employee) –  Schaumburg, ILNovember 4, 2015
I did a wide range of work each day, starting from monotonous task to new projects which were very exciting.
I have learned Raiser Edge Program.
Good and supportive management.
Friendly atmosphere, work alongside the colleagues which is convenient to ask questions about new things you have to do.
The hardest is the new you have to do at the new work place!
Work in calm atmosphere, so you are able to give your best to have the work accomplished.
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