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Youth Care Specialist (Former Employee), Wooster, OHOctober 14, 2014
Pros: co-workers
Cons: everything else
Bad company to work for. You will not have a life outside of the Village Network. All the mandated overtime. The only one positive thing I can say is the co-workers are fabulous. Everything else stinks. They do not help the kids, all they care about is money. All I can say if you are looking for a job, continue to look, do not stop at the Village Network.
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this job is the worst.
Resource Specialist (Former Employee), Akron, OHSeptember 13, 2014
Pros: leaving to find better employment!
Cons: saddly i can't go lower then one star for this review.
This place has a very high turn over, each month a class is held to training new employees. This class has 20 to 30 people in it to replace the people who have quite or been fired from the month before. When i worked there only one person had been there longer then two years.

the employees are over worked to dangerous levels avg. Week could be 50 to 70 hours. So if you have a life or family outside of the village forget it. You will often be mandated to stay for any number of reasons. (I. E. Coworker calls of, kid to the hospital/ docdoctors appointment broke up multiple fights and have paper work.weekly staff meeting, mandated training 1 to 2 times a week, kid goes to jail/ court, the list goes on) if you think you can go home after working 8 hours its rare.

Staff that can not work the long hours are often thrown under the bus by management. Management has little regard for employees because employees are replaced often.

The residents come from detention centers or phyc. Hospitals. So they are angry and have very low regard for staff and the facility. (I.e. there are a lot of holes in the walls.) On avg. 1 to 12 fights a day. And always under staffed. 2 staff to 18 to 20 kids.

If you read all the bad reviews about this place is paints a good picture of what its like. Long hours, bad management, and unsafe children.
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Its an exciting place to be
YCS (Current Employee), BV Wooster CampusSeptember 5, 2014
Pros: allstaff want to do the right thing for the kids. well ran.
Cons: residential care is 24/7 and its rough to balance; dips in staffing from time to time make it rough.
Overall this organization is an awesome place to be. There are always those who will disagree; however, the current management is making changes to improve the culture and increase staffing levels at main campus.
The satellite locations run very well and are well staffed.
All locations are dedicated to the kids and show great outcomes.
The new clinical model and staffing patterns on main campus are going to be great! Its very exciting. In addition a mentoring program started for new employees, which helps new hires adjust to the residential schedule and work. What other company invests in staff like this?
As a newer employee, I think its a great place to be and I really like the job..
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unsafe environment... horrible management... its all about money
night youth care specialist (Current Employee), Wooster, ohAugust 7, 2014
Pros: working with a lot of caring direct care staff..working with the kids
Cons: horrible management...unsafe...extreme hrs
This company was built on the foundation of helping troubled youth...this is not the case anymore....it is all about the money..

Something bad has to happen for them to do something......

Staff are worked extreme hrs ..16-20hrs a day...due to not being able to keep staff

Anyone who disagrees with the company..is a disgruntled employee
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horrible upper management...no job security
day youth care (Current Employee), Wooster ohJuly 29, 2014
Pros: benefits...if you are here long enough..working with clients
Cons: everything
Upper management is horrible...their theory of keeping employees happy is, giving them more benefits. While treating them like they don't matter...under staffed all the time...unsafe enviroment ....this company can not keep staff...no job security ....working with the clients, is the easy part of the job.

The benefits are good
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excellent compensation
RESIDENTIAL SUPERVISOR (Current Employee), Wooster, OHJune 1, 2014
Pros: compensation
Cons: managemnt, job work/life balance
The Village Network is a great place to work if you don't have a family and you can dedicate all your time to the job! The one thing I will say about the Village Network is that you are well compensated for the job you do. The draw backs would be that things change on a regular basic including your schedule with little to no notice. excellent
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Lack of Saftey for Staff and Horrible Managment.
Resource Specialist (Former Employee), Akron, OHJanuary 24, 2014
Pros: great co-workers.
Cons: over worked, under paid, lack of saftey, lack of management
The Clients at the facility are dangerous, not only are there gangs and hardcore thugs that live there 24/7 it is also a step down for mental institution's and detention center kids. that makes for a great combination of crazy and more crazy.
The management could care less about the staff and there safety. you will always be over worked on Avg. worked 60 to 80 hours per. week. plus was always under staffed two staff for 18 to 20 crazy kids.
Was under paid as well. A normal facility's like this have more staff and better pay.
Zero job security. in a typical day is spent breaking up fights and writing paper work about those fights.
Over all it was a horrible experience, best word of advice about this company just keep looking something safer and better will come along.
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Great opportunity to help kids, but very consuming
Youth Care Specialist (Current Employee), Wooster, OHOctober 30, 2013
Co workers are excellent
Must be very patient, dealing with at risk youth
Very rewarding experience
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It has be come a high risk and very unsafe working environment. Staff are overworked to the point that they are physically ill.
CCW (Former Employee), Wooster, OHSeptember 5, 2013
Pros: when you actually get through to a child
Cons: no room at all for a life outside of the village
I speak strictly of the Boys Village, Wooster location, seeing as how I have not been apart of the others. Management at the boys village shows little care for their clients, and even less for their staff. They absolutely refuse to hire an adequate amount of staff to keep the place running. This causes the staff that are actually able to be mandated, to be mandated several times a week. You have people, including single parents, that are completely absent from their families lives because of how overworked they are. Because of the amount of hours they are forced to work, it is now an unsafe and high risk working environment. The employees are exhausted, burnt out, and become physically ill from time spent working. More mistakes are libel to be made, and people are going to start getting hurt at this rate. With the very little staff they are allowed to have, when their is a serious issue, there is no one able to actually go help, because they are unable to leave their cottages unattended, and there are no extra staff. It's as though they are actually wanting to force people out until the facility doesn't exist anymore all together. Is this the master plan?
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has changed since starting, not much job secruity any longer
residential child care worker (Current Employee), Wooster, OHAugust 26, 2013
Pros: good benefits
Cons: manadated several times a week
The village has changed in the last few years no longer the job security there once was, co- workers are great, I will miss them. But there is way to many mandates, long hours worked several days a week.
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HORRIBLE MANAGEMENT
Night Child Care Worker (Former Employee), Wooster, OHJune 2, 2013
They over worked their employees, they did not care for their employees safety, and they treated their clients like they were dollar signs and not humans.
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Clinical Therapist (Current Employee), Wooster, OHApril 11, 2013
Supportive immediate staff and great source for education/training.
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Wonderful place to work. Hard working, down to earth people who care about the clients we serve.
Accounts Payable Clerk (Former Employee), Wooster, OHDecember 12, 2012
Pros: the people i worked with.
Cons: not being able to be physically active while on the job.
A great place to work. Everyone cared deeply for the youth in our care. As receptionist I loved the contact with all of the 200+ staff and the great variety in day to day activities. Paying the invoices, providing payroll support, interacting with the youth, and greeting vendors and community members made each day go quickly.
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satelite facilities are wonderful places to work but such is not the case at the residential facility in Wooster.
Social Worker (Former Employee), Wooster, OHJuly 13, 2012
Pros: excellent pay and employee benefits/perks
Cons: current clinical admin team is not client-focused.
This is a wonderful place to work as long as you are not at the residential facility in Wooster. The current clinical administration is solely focused on making money and not the best interest of the clients being served. In addition, there is a network of "good old boys" whereby the opinions and suggestions of anyone who is not a "good old boy" in not valued or implemented. It has been my experience that challenging the "good old boys" or the decisions made by them results in career suicide for that person. I would highly recommend The Village Network as a place of employment but STEER CLEAR of the residential facility in Wooster!!