Treated as disposable help
Caseworker (Current Employee) – Peoria, IL – November 25, 2014
I have worker at CYFS for a while now. I am not new to the socialwork field. I have never in my life worked for an organization that was so unethical in my life. I cannot get out of here quick enough.
First, the workload is over double of what is acceptable by DCFS standards. 15 to 18 points is normal. I have 30. (Each child is a point or 1.5 if specialized) i am supposed to work Monday through Friday with some weekends on call. In the last 3 months I have not had any days off. Vacation time is unheard of. If I requested it I would be denied. I have a supervisor who sits in her office all day pinteresting and doing art projects. Not even kidding, while our entire team is suffering.
The administration makes horrible comments about how caseworkers do not work hard. Nor could they name anyone that works there. I watched one admin ask someone if they were new and they had worked there FIVE years!! The work culture is horrible. Everyone hates it there and is very vocal about it. The tension can be cut with a knife.
They also laid people off last week, yet still are hiring?!? The director of development is also the COO, which explains the whole money crisis. No one feels safe in our jobs. There is no support. Turnover is way higher than other agencies I have worked for. We make 10 thousand under other agencies in the area. I make 27,000 dollars. That is with a college degree. Raises and bonuses do not exist.
Do not work here. Go to any other agency. I wish I did and I can't get out soon enough.
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