Pros: benefits, can make a difference, satisfying (individual), ongoing training.
Cons: bureaucratic, staff turnover, abuse of clients, nepotistic, easy to get fired (rc's), dictatorial environment.
The benefits are pretty good after a 6 month probation period. However residential counselors are expendable and many are lucky to survive 6 months. There is a reason the turnover is 30-40% each year requiring continual and ongoing hiring. Actually there's a whole training center that hosts orientation on a bi-weekly basis.
The job itself is what you – more... make of it, there are good people and bad that work here. Those that care for the clients and those there just to do the bare minimum and get there pay-check. The major problem is that the Upper Management (Woodlands Program) is more concerned about presenting the facade of excellence than attaining it. This is to the detriment of both clients and staff. I was forced to discipline and at times terminate staff that, in my belief, cared to much and were perceived a liability because they may rock the boat and shed light on the high level of abuse that is prevalent. I started as a CCW and witnessed this first hand. After promotion staff obviously were not so open about it but i was aware. I took concerns to upper management and they were essentially discarded.
Good place for a paycheck but if you want to make a real difference forget it. Bureaucracy is rife and the Directors care more about the funding than the clients. – less