May 30, 2013
The leadership and management are the primary downfall at Youth Opportunities. While there are some very good, competent employees here, it is an unhealthy work environment where management has very little regard for clinical integrity and where micro-management and management by intimidation is the norm. (Read one of the other reviews where the former employee talks about being coerced into taking other jobs with the company. This is one of the many ways management intimidates and manipulates staff members.) The majority of decisions are based on how much revenue the company will generate. It’s sad to say but the goal is to keep as many clients as possible – for as long as possible – in hopes that the agency won’t fold. The programs that provide direct services to clients generally will not see an increase in staffing. This increase in staffing is needed for those who work directly with the clients due to the complexity of the clients' needs. But rest assured, either new management positions will be created or positions which provide support to management are added. Lip service is given to quality but the goal is to see as many clients as possible so additional revenue can be generated. By being pushed to see an excessive number of clients, this is one of the ways that the quality of the service is compromised. Unless you go along with management, they come up with a reason to let you go or make your work life miserable. I’ve seen management do this to some extremely competent staff members who had the courage to voice their opinions in a reasonable and respectful manner. Management talks about being a ‘family’ but nothing could be further from the truth. If you have a different opinion from management, it’s best not to express it. Management is keenly aware that some incompetent staff members are employed here but these employees are kept on anyway – primarily because a well-connected person in the community has a favorable opinion of the employee(s). So, if you can turn a blind-eye to these kinds of issues and if you can endure “bullying tactics” by an executive management team (with minimal cultural diversity), then this is the work environment for you. I believe you would have a more favorable work experience if you choose a different company to be employed with. Good luck as you make your career choices. – less
June 20, 2013
These comments are true to fact, not merely the opinions of disgruntled former employees. The micro-management and bullying tactics shows that those in management positions have never once taken a course in personnel management and yet they are the ones making the decisions. Also this company boasts on their “family” and “team” environment which could not be further from the truth. If you have an issue with your manager that you feel needs to be resolved utilizing upper management, you will soon be let go or forced out. Don’t ever feel that you can challenge management because you will lose every time and will no longer have a job there or be forced into another position making your work environment a very stressful place. They definitely exhibit the “my way or the highway” attitude. Another thing about management, don’t rely on your immediate supervisors for clinical leadership as most of them are not licensed clinicians! In regards to the previous comment about having to clean up, this is also true! But they won’t tell you that at the interview, like much of the other responsibilities you will be forced to take on. One last comment, you will not be paid a fraction of what you are worth! Good luck in your job search!