Poor management skills makes this job very difficult to manage around your life.
Pros: lots of overtime if you can manage it. job security as it is high turnover, pto accrues very fast.
Cons: demans double shifts with no notice, hostile management, poor scheduling.
A typical day at Piney Ridge involves administering care for the youth. Depending on the day and time this could involve any number of activities such as group therapy, school, and outings.
I have learned quite a bit in understanding troubled youth and how these kids come from all kinds of different backgrounds. I've learned to be patient and understanding, and willing to talk. I've learned techniques in de-escalating high tension situations in order to keep the residents and staff safe.
While some of them mean well, the management is horrible. Due to favoritism, complete incompetence in scheduling, a lack of adequate compensation for the amount of overtime and stress the job causes, the environment is horribly stressful and it is very hard for people to want to remain working there.
The coworkers are mixed both good and bad. I have never had a problem with coworkers however.
The hardest part of the job is not having a life at home, they seem to expect you to work double shifts with no notice constantly throughout the week, and then when you explain that you cant on certain days or for certain reasons, the management gets very hostile. I've been yelled at on 3 or 4 occasions for no reason other than explaining that I was unavailable to work a double on the given day.
The most enjoyable part of the job is the kids. I love making a difference in their lives and seeing them change for the better.