Piney Ridge Center Employee Reviews

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Poor management skills makes this job very difficult to manage around your life.
Psychiatric Assistant (Current Employee) –  Waynesville, MOAugust 22, 2014
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.
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.
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Lack of communication with low pay and tough duties
Youth Care Coordinator (Weekend Supervisor) (Former Employee) –  Fayetteville, ARApril 15, 2015
The communication between even the floor staff and the nurses in the same building is abysmal. There is constantly a communication barrier between a supervisor who can make a decision and the floor staff. The kids are always a handful, but it makes it ten times worse when there is no direction coming from the upper echelon of management.

The turnover rate for the first year is over 90%. This is due to the fact that the pay is extraordinarily low for this field of work, and that blame for incidents is passed down to the lowest ranking worker possible. Lots of red tape to adhere to, double standards, and contradicting direction from the upper echelon of management.

Health care benefits are available, but the rates are extremely high, and for a very specific type of care. You'd be better off finding your own insurance policy.
Pros
Free meal
Cons
Insurance, pay rate, job security, communication
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Worst place to work
unemployed (Former Employee) –  Waynesville, MOJanuary 19, 2016
Just know it will be the worst place you can ever work at. And they don't always help the kids ... it seems to make them worse. You see them come in with problems then leave with more. I recommend you find somewhere else because i promise you will be very disappointed in the staff as well as the facility and conditions itself. As well as how they "help" the kids. I have also seen them allow a staff member rhat was sexually harassing a 14 year old female and continued to let the man work there... so if this isn't enough for you then I don't know what will be but good luck!
Pros
free lunch that's it
Cons
Nasty place
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Great opportunity to work with difficult patients in a medical model RTC
Vice President of Operations/ Executive Director (Former Employee) –  Waynesville, MOSeptember 21, 2014
Challenging and very clinical oriented work. This type of facility requires constant oversight and work with other highly skilled nursing and medical staff and blending those personalities and responsibilities with the professional clinically skilled staff.
Pros
awesome work completed in this setting over long term stays
Cons
it is truly a commitment and can impact multiple areas of your life.
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challenging
Youth Care Worker (Former Employee) –  Fayetteville, ARJuly 18, 2012
This job was interesting and it tugged at your heart strings. I worked with children who had been sexually abused in some way. I assisted the kids to and in class and made sure they were doing what they needed to be doing to complete their treatment. The pay wasnt all that great but that didnt matter to me. What mattered was the kids and them getting better.
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unhappy
Supervisor SAY Unit (Former Employee) –  waynesville MissouriJune 30, 2013
This was a residential facitly for at risk kids. most of the time you were not able to do anyting with the Kids because management would not allowing you to take children outside to get fresh air. Kids were place on different wards and that is where they had today daily. This gave children no time to learn social kills or interractions with other.
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Good for psych or social work students
Youth Care Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Fayetteville, ARApril 11, 2015
If you are interested in the mental health field, this company will give you the experience you need. Clients can be challenging at times, but if you like a challenge this company can be for you.
Pros
schedule given a month at a time
Cons
pay rate leans more toward entry level positions
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Poor administration previously, departments fragmented
Medical Records Clerk (Former Employee) –  Fayetteville, ARJanuary 19, 2013
I left this job because it was decided at a department head meeting that my position should be changed to 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. I had agreed to work from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and was told there was no other position available.
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Unit Supervisor
Residential Unit Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Fayetteville, ARJanuary 17, 2013
Supervised assigned unit that housed young people that were diagnosed with behavioral issues. Made sure the unit was safe as well as organizing activities, med appointments, and mediation.
Pros
kids
Cons
kids
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Intense atmosphere that was beneficial
Psychiatric Assistant/Youth Care Worker (Former Employee) –  Waynesville, MOOctober 8, 2012
Great experience, learned so much about the youth and adolescent population. While also gaining self-awareness and increasing ones professional awareness.
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A fun place to work
Youth Care Worker (Current Employee) –  Fayetteville, ARNovember 13, 2013
The most enjoyable thing about work is seeing a child make progress in his treatment.
Pros
free lunch
Cons
shorts breaks
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Youth Care Worker (Former Employee) –  Fayetteville, ARJanuary 9, 2014
The pay was terrible and they would hire anyone off of the street, in which would make the job difficult at times.
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Rewarding
PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICIAN (Former Employee) –  Fayetteville, ARAugust 30, 2012
Helping adolescents with behavioral problems was very rewarding.
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