Piney Ridge Center Employee Reviews

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This place was a joke
Youth Care Worker (Former Employee) –  Waynesville, MOJuly 25, 2016
At Orientation we started with 30 of us we ended with 6. The 3rd day my paperwork was lost including payment information ( routing # and account #) which I provided the first day. They gave us a tour of the place and omg it looked like a prison, so nasty and dirty. Management never gives you a schedule so you did not know when you were suppose to work, just show up and at times they would force you to work overtime and if you did not they threatened child abandonment. The children there were scary, some perpetrators even and all of them were violent and no one cared if you got hurt or not. There is no room for advancement or growth.
Pros
lunches were free
Cons
no bathroom breaks, one very short lunch break, violent kids
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Poor Management/Lack of Care for Residents
Psychiatric Assistant (Former Employee) –  1000 Hospital Rd. Waynesville, MO 65373July 27, 2016
Management fails to hire & keep those who have a genuine passion to help & care for the residents in the facility. They allow those who lie, steal, & abuse the residence to stay employed & fire or suspended those who are really doing right by the children. They find petty excuses to get rid of the good staff while leaving behind those who are verbally, physically, & emotionally hurting the residents. Seen it/heard it with my own eyes & ears & get tips that it is still happening. Oh & don't think night shift is a breeze either, your coworkers are sleeping on the job leaving you with all the work, but believe me they won't loose their job before you, the new person. Day shift workers sleep to just ask the residence they will tell you.
Pros
Free lunch, plenty of overtime if you want it.
Cons
No set lunch break or any break for that matter.
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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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You've got to be kidding me. Needs a total overhaul
Youth Care Worker (Former Employee) –  Waynesville, MOJuly 26, 2016
It was always funny to.arrive in the morning on a weekend. There was a hand full of people. The people that were scheduled did not show up and their named erased with a new schedule. During the week they would send people home because they were "overstaffed"..meaning all the people who did not come in on the weekend needed to make their hours. You would see them hiding until they sent someone who was there on their scheduled time home. It was sickening.
You had staff that enjoyed taking down CHILDREN. Sizing them up and trying to provoke them.
The food was garbage. Not even the proper temperature. Ants and roaches all over the place. They had the audacity to have rooms that they put the unruly on the cold nasty floor.
Management had their favorites. They would disappear leaving you with 10 kids by yourself. The weekends were the worse because the ones that so happenly came to work were still drunk and spend most of the shift in the bathroom or in their car sleep.
I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. They force people to work while their favorites get away doing nothing at all. They need to fire ALL management and start from scratch. Maybe then they can keep people.
Pros
Making a difference in a child's life
Cons
Favoritism, coverups and b.s
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good
Primary Therapist (Former Employee) –  Waynesville, MOMay 14, 2016
At piney you will be expected to see all of your kids twice a week and meet all of your groups, you do not get holidays, if you work four hours on a holiday it is considered a full day. You can expect to work 50+ hours an average a week. However Piney has excellent management, the people are fantastic, it is a great place to work if you are not committed to other things such as children and family, because your fellow employees practically become your family with all of the time that you spend at work and the population you work with will inadvertently bless your life as you attempt to better theirs!
Pros
The people-all positions
Cons
the amount of hours you'll work.
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Fun workplace
Youth Care Specialist (Former Employee) –  Waynesville, MOAugust 10, 2016
Staff input is not valued by management.
Staff is taken for granted.
Residents are not held accountable for actions.
Rules are not upheld.
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emotionally taxing job
Behavioral Health Technician (Current Employee) –  Fayetteville, ARFebruary 3, 2016
As a behavioral health technician you will be expected to move mountains and save the world for roughly ten dollars per hour. There is never enough staff to help the children and if you think you're going to get help from one of the nurses forget about it. They will allow you to be physically assaulted while they watch from the nurses station. The entire job is a catch 22 situation. You're darned if you do and darned if you don't. The facility is nasty and the children are not held accountable for their behaviors, they seem to leave with worse behaviors than they came in with. The one perk to this job is they offer a lot of paid time off to fulltime employees ,but it quickly becomes obvious why. 40 hours a week will feel like 100, and if the next shift is late or someone calls in you will be forced to stay.
Pros
none
Cons
management, filthy facility, too much to list
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cool place
Unit Leader (Former Employee) –  Fayetteville, ARJune 23, 2016
Very rewarding job if helping people is what you love. there can be a challenge dealing with multiple personalities. Normal day depends on what shift you work. there is structure that is given.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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