HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – February 9, 2013
Fair mgmnt., nobody hangs over your shoulder watching you; freedom to develope your own procedures/processes that work for you; a bit touchy about time - was an exempt employee and whenI cma in late woul dhave to make up time, even though I was exempt. Overall...not bad!
freedom to develop yourown areas/procedures/processes
Qualified Mental Health Professional (Current Employee) – Jacksonville, NC – August 2, 2017
This company revolves around helping kids. I just wish this company actually valued the employees that interact and make a difference in the kids lives. The kids are the only reason I have stayed as long as I have, but the lack of credit and pay for those actually on the floor doing the hard work has finally become too much. Its a good place to get your foot in the mental health door, but other than that I would not recommend.
I worked with MFHC for about 8 months. The work place is enjoyable at times. but there isn't any balance. Let alone you have so many different people on different shifts, it makes it impossible of the children to have consistency. Safety is a huge factor. You are concisely on alert for a child that might attack you. You're not compensated what you deserve.
Fun with the kids
no lunch or dinner break but you can eat with the kids, you only get paid $9 an hour while worrying about your safety
Life skills coach (Current Employee) – Michigan – May 25, 2017
I deal with a flexibale group of young adolescents that may not have the same culture. I love what I do, the fact of knowing their concerns with life and how to make it better. The hardest thing about my job is that I cant make their dreams come true, they have to do that.
Program Manager (Former Employee) – Goldsboro, NC – April 21, 2017
Nice family-0riented culture yet very professional environment. Great access to every member of the leadership team. Each member took a interest in your job and success. Great support services, and management. MHFC is always growing, which means great opportunity for growth.
The company as a whole is a great company to work for. Until their employees lodge complaints on immediate management. Program manager was difficult to communicate with, encouraged employees to falsify information on daily reports and with outside sources to prevent upper management from becoming involved, and treated employees poorly. Explains the high turnover rate in this particular home. The majority of employees who have left have stated that they would be willing to return with a new program manager in place. The main offices in Raleigh would be wise to take this to heart. They have lost/are losing excellent employees due to poor management creating a hostile work environment. Program manager also demanded that employees worked overtime, sometimes upwards of 20 hrs per week due to understaffing caused by the program manager's attitude and way of doing things. Employees were/are over worked and under paid. Take care of the salary issues and replace this manager, and this would be a great company to work for.
Free food, 1 week off each month (when scheduling is done properly)
no breaks during 15 hr shifts, poor immediate management
Foster Care Team, Trainer (Current Employee) – Raleigh, NC – August 29, 2016
I have been with MHC since 2009 and it is a great place to work. They have a strong mission to help children and families who are facing tough challenges. They offer great benefits and strong support for professional development. It is tough work because the needs are great, but the sense of teamwork is powerful.
good benefits, professional development, great culture
I used to work at the home in Edenton. It is an unfair and biased work environment. Certain resident counselors are allowed to do nothing while others work very hard. Ex: R.C. will be in the office lying in bed while they are supposed to be on the floor working. The shift is 7 a.m.- 10 p.m. Staff should be on the floor helping the other R.C. and watching the youth. Instead; they are allowed to go to bed before the shift has even ended. Also; there is no communication between certain staff regarding the events of the day. Also; there have been issues with staff speeding while driving the company van and getting tickets but the program manager sweeps it all under the rug as well as certain staff cursing and yelling at youth but it's not reported to corporate. As far as corporate goes; when you attempt to inquire about pay issues, etc.; you're not even given the courtesy of a return phone call. Certain staff is shown favoritism.
I've been working here for over a year. The client population is the duely diagnosed, and they can be difficult to handle at times. But management is always there to support and give feedback to help staff in crisis situations and with support. The hours are long, so I wouldn't recommend taking this job if you have small children because the schedule would be difficult to work with. Coworkers are also a plus. There is a team atmosphere and you never feel alone in any given situation.
Free meals while on the clock, fun activities with the kids, coworkers, good benefits
When you are hired you go through an extensive training. Going into the home you feel very equipped to handle the situations that take place. What they fail to mention in training is that the kids would be the easy ones to handle. Yes kids had outburst and they cuss and yell back sometimes, I was even threatened by kids. This was the easy part. Direct management was poor, lacked experience, did not have personality. Direct management would degrade employees and schedule them for 50-60 hours in one week without the enployees permission and if you didn't come you would get written up. You are told constantly that you the employee are responsible for consequences and daily interactions but then would reprimand you if it wasn't to their liking. Head-quarters seems like their head is in the right place but fail to act when employees are openinly discussing how unhappy that are with direct management. In my time there were 8 employees through. 1 was fired all 7quit because of management, me quitting makes 8. A co-worker who has been there for 2.5 years has watched 38 people come and go! If you want stability, a therapeutic work environment, and good pay look elsewhere. They nickel and dime you at every corner!
Free meals and snacks while on clock, co-workers turn into great friends, helping the kids
No breaks, 15 hr daily shifts, poor management, pay, lying to cc and parents about education, no organization, no personal life
Child Care Worker (Current Employee) – Cataula, GA – December 25, 2015
When the CEO's changed, the mission of The Methodist Home changed. No longer are we restoring nurturing relationships and trying to forge positive relationships with families and the community-at-large: it's all about a dollar now more than ever before. Understand, this is a glorified babysitting job where you deal with youth between the ages of 11 to 18 (and depending on agreements, ages 19-21) who have been mentally, physically, emotionally, sexually, and spiritually abused and discarded and many have criminal records pages long. They have undesirable behaviors and people in the community don't understand that right off the bat, but if the community is resilient and forges relationships (that TMH somehow doesn't burn), then they'll come to understand the youth as well as the staff members and why things are done as they're done.
A typical day revolved around no more than 8 youth in a house. You prepare food, prepare their medication, ensure they've completed hygiene, ensure they're completed chores and cleaned their rooms, eaten, and are sent off to school on time. They go to public school and we try to make things appear as normal as possible. When the youth return from school, they're given snack, complete study hall with tutors, have outside play time, dinner, hygiene, night snack, medication, phone call time, and some free time before bed. That's the schedule and for the most part it does not change, which is good, because many of the youth cannot handle change or too many options.
With that being said, most times the youth aren't difficult to handle. Youmore... just have to learn to pick your battles and get use to having to watch them like hawks because they behave as typical youth do. So, the other part of the issue comes from co-workers/ management. Again, pick your battles... and keep your mouth shut about your personal life, beliefs, etc.
For this job, you're required to have a bachelor's degree, but the pay is laughable. Don't go in there talking about you're "here for the kids" because that's bull. You're also there to earn a living but due to the high turnover rate, you'll be burned out quickly because you'll be called on all the time to cover shifts that are between 8, 10, or 14 hrs and asking for time off is a battle with management, simply because if there's no one else to cover the shift they'll have to cover it-- oh no!
Overall, if you just desperately need a job or change of jobs, or if you're working on a degree and you need experience in behavioral health: ok, apply for this job. If you land this job, do not stay for more than 1-2 years. That's enough time to earn experience and a master's degree so you can go elsewhere and be properly compensated for experience/education, as there are next to NO opportunities for advancement unless someone resigns/ abruptly quits/ or is fired and the position opens up.less
A few amazing co-workers who know what they're doing and make the shifts run smoothly
MHFC does not compensate employees what they are worth. Low wages and long hours. You must be a be caring and understanding to work with these children. Lowest paid employees work in group homes and transitional homes. This is a good job for someone looking to gain work experience.
Working with children. Making a change in someones life. Free meals.
Long hours, chances of being attacked by children.
This company has a high employee turn over rate which makes it difficult for the current employees. They also need more training for management and would also be nice if they treated their employees fairly.
Unfortunately, I was stricken with brain cancer and could not return to work. However, the training was excellent. Questions were answered by fellow staff when I was in doubt. Wish I could've worked there longer.
Getting up in the morning same routine. Working with at risk kids its not easy. I would always take charge in whatever we had to do. We all worked together. Putting their meals together, when it was time to go to bed after a long day.