Typical day was long and somewhat rewarding. The clients were form the age of 10 to 17 years old. They proved to be very difficult and the management wasn't approachable at all. It was very difficult to work there.
Youth Care Specialist (Former Employee) – Bethesda, OH – February 8, 2017
This is the most mismanaged company I have ever worked for. They are supposed to be a non-profit organization but that just is not the case. They claim they are there for the clients and employees but it is not true. If you want a job and no social life this may be ok for some people. Worked four twelve hour shifts and still got mandated at least twice a week. Turn over rate is about 40%. Management would not back you most of the time. I even brought the Teamsters Union in and unionized the Youth Care Specialists which helped some but management has the right to manage even though I would not call it managing. This is the Bethesda campus I am referring to. If you have a life steer clear of this company!
Youth Care Specialist (Former Employee) – Wooster, OH – January 26, 2017
This company had its moments; however, it was an amazing learning experience. Prior to my resignation, knowing that I was making an impact on female youths life by being there to support them, redirect behaviors, use teaching moments, and run group helped me realize that I chose the right field. Had the supervisor taken my concerns serious enough in regards to the severity of an unhealthy attachment to me from a youth, I would still be employed with the company.
Internship (Current Employee) – Youngstown, OH – December 13, 2016
Typical day at work, you would see me doing an assessment with the client. I encouraged youth to discuss what they have learned about being a group member. I educate the youth on how being a group member can help them in the future. The hardest part of the job is trying to help others that doesn't need my help. The most enjoyable part of the job is being able to work together with my co-workers.
Night Youth Care Specialist (Former Employee) – Wooster, OH – May 16, 2016
If your looking for a job which cosumes your entire life this is the job for you! Perfect for the employee with no family & friends!
Ran out of room for my cons.
Cons: no structure on night shift. If problems arise then no assistance from management and when they do arrive to help they make situations worse. 10 hour shift with no breaks. Work every weekend and holidays. Repeatedly denied vacation time. Mandatory overtime without any notice (10 hour shift then Surprise your now working 18 hours). No set schedule in what cottage your working in which makes it almost impossible to build a reporte with the youth. Repeatedly having to go to classes on your days off to learn new routines that are never followed through with. Being called every name in the book by youth. Being threatned by youth. Actually being physically attacked by youth with whatever they can get their hands on (chairs, sticks, rocks, rolling pins, silverware etc.)
Actually getting through to the youth and bonding with them.
Youth Care Specialist (Former Employee) – Wooster, OH – March 20, 2016
Very difficult environment to work in. You are a cog in a machine; too busy herding kids and enforcing rules to spend any meaningful time with them. Management treats staff much like they treat the kids. No communication, lots of head nodding and smiling if you suggest something, and really no time to even talk to management or supervisors. The labor union has a nice racket going with the $250 initiation fees. By the time the fee is paid, most people have quit.
This place could be such an amazing place but the priorities are a little muttled. You take care of your staff, you improve your treatment approach.
YCS (Former Employee) – Wooster, OH – October 8, 2015
This company has so much potential. Staff are not properly trained before they are expected to do their jobs plus many things that are not their jobs. Supervision is not always properly done and management spends most of their hours in meetings while those directly affected are often not appropriately heard. Due to lack of training or quality workers, kids are not always properly supervised and kept out of danger. People who get in with the right higher management move up and those who rely on hard work do not.
Maintenance (Current Employee) – Wooster Ohio – October 7, 2015
If u don't mind working 60 hours a week not seeing your family on the weekend for the first two years then yes you can advance in this job. They will make you work 18 hours straight The union is non existent Rumors are in abundance The CEO made the company 15 million last year and they start you out at 11.00 The maint staff take 5 days do a work order they send the maint staff to other locations in the net work to do work orders. They lure you in at one wsge and offer different wages
YCS (Current Employee) – Wooster, OH – March 24, 2015
Anyone who writes poor reviews of this company is not thinking clearly!
This is by far the best place I worked. The company cares about its employees and often asks for input and feedback to improve work conditions and programs.
TVN is implementing a whole new clinical structure which has shown incredible results so far. Its an exciting place to be. Unfortunately it is a VERY difficult job that does produce high turnover, however there are a lot of long time employees here.
Many staff struggle with high level of accountability here which includes clinical and fiscal expectations. What these people don t realize, is this is what drives the organization, produces the great clinical outcomes and funds to expand services and offer great benefits and salaries.
I hope to be here for a long time. I love this job, the kids, my co workers and my bosses.
Youth Care Specialist (Former Employee) – Wooster, OH – October 14, 2014
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.
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.
leaving to find better employment!
saddly i can't go lower then one star for this review.
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..
ALLSTAFF want to do the right thing for the kids. Well ran.
residential care is 24/7 and its rough to balance; dips in staffing from time to time make it rough.
day youth care (Current Employee) – Wooster oh – July 29, 2014
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
benefits...if you are here long enough..working with clients
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
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.
Over Worked, Under Paid, Lack of Saftey, Lack of Management