San Diego Center for Children Employee Reviews

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Very supportive environment
Intensive Care Coordinator (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAFebruary 21, 2017
This is a very supportive work environment. Management is very helpful and understanding. Management encourages self care. Work schedule was incredibly flexible.
Pros
supportive environment
Cons
stressful job
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Amazing!!!
Chaplain (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAFebruary 1, 2017
Absolutely amazing experience while getting experience. It is hard to make it in San Diego on the salaries but other than that it is a very great place to work with amazing people. Great work life balance, and extra things and perks that are none other.
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Excellent atmosphere to work in with supportive coworkers.
Therapist / Trainee (Former Employee) –  La Mesa, CAJanuary 22, 2017
It was a privilege to intern with this company. There was many opportunities to learn new techniques. The managers were absolutely wonderful people to work under. Feedback was constructive and meaningful.
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Nice environment
LPN Shift Nurse (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CADecember 22, 2016
Nice place to work, very similar to school nursing accept with mental health clients. Employees offer a lot of help with the clients and is a great platform to become very familiar with psychotropic medication.
Pros
free meals
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Awesome Entry-level job
Residential Counselor (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CANovember 13, 2016
I love this Job
This job has taught me to be patient to remain calm in situations that many will not have a clue what to do. I really enjoy working here.
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Productive and eventful workplace
Shift Supervisor (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAAugust 2, 2016
The part that I enjoy most about San Diego Center for Children is being able to have a positive impact on an individuals life.
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Great Non-Profit with Several Different Programs
Wrapworks Regional Manager (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAMarch 30, 2016
SDCC is the oldest non-profit in San Diego and operates a variety of programs for children including a residential program, therapeutic services, several school programs for kids with behavioral difficulties, and wraparound services. In the Wrapworks wraparound program staff travels to family's homes, schools and communities to work with them on identifying their needs and strategies to meet their goals. Typically the wraparound team is working with the family of a child who has been involved in probation, child welfare, or residential care with the goal of getting them home, safe, and out of the system. This is a great team environment where your co-workers have your back and you get to feel you are making a positive difference. Since this work is in the communit,y your typical day might start with a meeting in the office and then be made up of driving around between team meetings and one on one appointments with the kids or their families. You learn a lot about the effects of different types of trauma on kids lives and what it takes to help them reach success. You get a lot of supervision, training, and support so you don't feel stuck in difficult situations.
Pros
Team support, experience in mental health field, feel good about what you do
Cons
scheduling and paperwork
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fast paced and fun environment
Youth Partner/Ropes Course Trainer/Maintenance (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAMarch 22, 2016
A typical day at work is always busy for me, but that isn't a bad thing. All my co-workers are great to be around. Everyone is always positive around me.
Pros
great people to be around
Cons
really busy a lot
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This job is horrible and I wouldn't recommend this job to anyone.
Counselor (Current Employee) –  san diegoOctober 22, 2015
If your have a degree go somewhere else. This place is absolutely horrible. The kids run the company. Long hours. No team work. Co workers are very unprofessional and a lot of arguments and write ups for speaking up about a issues or concern. Rarely kids are successful and the program spends more money on high up employee than the kids it self. We don't provide all the program the website states. The units are trashed and not livable for the clients. It's unbearable job and most people quit within a year. Please read the reviews about the residential because its all true. If you want to make a different in kids lives this job is not the job to do so. This place causes more harm to the child than good.
Pros
no pros..
Cons
no lunch breaks, Free lunch but unbearable to eat, low pay even with experience and degree, Rare chance of moving up and only a couple dollars more for high up position, You all get assaulted and barely any support, High stressful job, then meetings are a joke nothing changes and the company doesn't care about employees, High turn over rate, New staff are treated horrible and you have to learn everything on your ow.
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I enjoyed processing the payroll of all the employees, and have fund to be able to pay them accurately.
Payroll Administrator (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAMay 19, 2015
I work 5 days a week at 8 hours a day. I learned to work independently since I was the only one processing the company's payroll, and I enjoyed working alone. The management was excellent, specially under a good Accounting Manager, and the CEO a very knowledgeable person. I also enjoyed working in coordination with other department in the accounting and human resources department. The hardest job is in preparing report and balancing deductions, detecting pay errors. The most enjoyable part of the job is when the paychecks are distributed to employees and no questions form them about their paychecks.
Pros
Free food in the kitchen
Cons
health care and 401K
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Productive fun workplace with great people and atmosphere
Teachers assistant (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAFebruary 24, 2015
Everyday was something new, fun and exciting. The children were always interesting to work with and made it challenging but overall a great experience.
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Skills Trainer (Current Employee) –  Spring Valley, CAFebruary 18, 2015
The company offers great opportunity to move into new positions that are offered and look into hiring people that are already working for the company.
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Unorganized company
Child development counselor (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAAugust 22, 2014
Don't work there! I did
Unorganized , low pay , no teamwork
Ok with being assaulted daily
Long hours
Pros
Positive example for the clients
Cons
No lunch no teamwork low pay
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Instructional Assistant (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAJuly 1, 2014
Typical work day is from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday. I work daily with behavior therapy children in a classroom setting. I help with daily school subjects such as; reading, writing, math, english, science and physical education. There are behavioral incidents that occur, and as a staff or individual we handle the incidents per Safe and Positive Approaches techniques (SPA). I have learned that dealing with the behavioral therapy population no day is the same, and you cannot take any one day personal because therapy is a process and not a magic show. Good overall management. Great atmosphere among staff and everyone is always available to help others. Great team more like a family. The hardest part of the job is trying to leave work at work, and realizing that there is only so much you can do. The most enjoyable part of the job is working with kids, nothing better....
Pros
Free Lunch with the Kids, paid holidays.
Cons
Some difficult days with behaviors. Pay and advancement.
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Terrible!
Child Development Counselor (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJune 27, 2014
This program constantly puts both the staff and the children in danger. There is very little actual treatment involved and in the year that I worked there I watched kids only get worse and then be shipped off to other programs. The management treats staff like they are disposable and the company allows the kids to not only damage company property but staff personal property which management has made policy will not be covered by the company. Pay is terrible. The only redeeming virtue is that you will find that most of your coworkers and the kids themselves are amazing people trying to do whats right. The hardest part is watching this program make good kids worse and do whatever they can to make a buck. The living conditions and food are terrible and the school is a joke. I signed on to help kids not hurt them.
Pros
Great kids and coworkers
Cons
low pay, treat you terribly, program worsens kids behaviors
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productive and fun
Child Development Counselor (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJune 22, 2014
just follow he routine of the day and it goes smooth. Lots of interaction with the clients. staff are pretty nice as well as the children. outing are great!!
Pros
made your own schedule
Cons
none
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Team oriented
Tech/workability spec. & Child Dev. Counselor (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAOctober 2, 2012
A typical workday varies depending on the position. What's great about being a teacher at SDCC is that one can decide what they day will be like because it's all about planning and organizing the schedule to be fun for yourself and the students. I learned strong organizational skills from management and to maintain the integrity of my work and taking pride in job well done. The team members are very supportive and most of the time will go out of their way to be there and support one another. The most challenging part of working there is that one have to always remember that you're working with a special Ed population. The behaviors and personalities of the clients vary and at times it will be tough to meet a client's emotional and psychological/ behavioral needs and that can make a person feel helpless. Other than that it is a good place to work and it has flexible work schedules. The most enjoyable part is having the opportunity to watch the clients grow and blossom emotionally and seeing the huge improvement in their behaviors. There are other incentives as well, during the summer, the executives host a picnic and cook for the staff and at the end of the year a huge Christmas party is held at a fancy hotel and those who have been at the organization for 5 or more years are recognized for their organizational commitments.
Pros
focus on team building and rewards
Cons
it is a challenge to meet the psychological and behavior needs of the clients.
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4.1
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