Counselor (Former Employee), Arlington, VA – March 16, 2014
Pros: made friendships that lasted longer than the job.
Cons: everything else
Worked here briefly when I moved to the area. They treated staff horribly and threatened them if they questioned anything. The supervisors are barely out of school themselves because the turnover rate is so bad. Management made counselors falsify case documents in order to make the numbers appear better than they were and they were extremely racist – more... in staff meetings when discussing clients and their families. – less
Youth Villages motto is "We do what we say we do". WRONG!!! The leadership is unprofessional, inconsistent, and demonstrates an significant amount of favoritism. This company promises that you can get promoted in 6 months. However, they do not convey what you have to do to get to the top. For example fraternizing with co workers. Leadership selects – more... who they want to place in management positions based upon if they like you and if you do not make decisions on your own. Leadership expects for you to work 60 to 120 hours a week staying overnight with little to no break if you are a Teacher Counselor. Leadership is not concerned with your well being and will bribe the kids to be good so they wont have to receive therapeutic restraints when needed.
Poor place to work and would not recommend to anyone. – less
Teacher (Former Employee), Bartlett, TN – July 31, 2014
Pros: free lunch, great benefits
Cons: no breaks, extreme youth to deal with, high school coworkers
A typical day at work for me would consist of me initially checking my email and it would depress me because I would find out things that my youth did the previous day. They will usually come in the next day with that same stuff..My co workers did not stick together thought this was the environment in which we should. I learned that if you generally – more... care about your life and body then do not work for youth villages. At least once a week I would be doing a "therapeutic hold". It wasn't very therapeutic. Though my youth were in a level 4 facility, I grew to really understand them and missed them when I left. Overall I would not recommend anyone work here.Management does not have your back and everyday I went home to have a drink, it was just that stressful. – less
Pros: free breakfast and lunch/ working with the kids
Cons: bad upper management not enough pay
I just started at YA about 5 weeks ago and this is a horrible place the staff treat the kids any kind of way and the veteran staff is very unfriendly these are some of the most self centered people I have ever met the thought of coming to YV to work is so depressing in about ready to quit this place is very abusive towards staff and the resident. Warning – more... !!!!! Do not I repeat do not apply for a job at YV you have been warned. – less
Poor work/life balance, problem-focused work environment.
Multi-systemic Therapist, Family Counselor (Former Employee), Durham, NC – July 30, 2014
A lot of repetitive work, unhelpful middle-management, and hostile unethical practices with high needs client families. A lot of traveling is required for this job. If you work for this company expect to work long hours with very little pay. The benefits package is comparable.
Nursing Manager (Former Employee), Portland, OR – July 29, 2014
Pros: absolutely nothing
Cons: anger, disease, filth, injury, no training, dating other staff, poor administration
I thought it was only the Oregon campus that was abusive but now I see its a nation wide problem. Management staff were dating and couldnt be found in a crisis, staff were being beaten so severely they were hospitalized and then written up because they were beaten. The administrator couldnt have cared less, the hr director sat in her office and did – more... nothing about the abuse despite being told many times. One therapist was asked to leave because the administrator said she was "gay" and YV didnt like that. There was not a week some staff didnt leave by ambulance, generally with a head injury. There was no support for the injured, just ways to fire them after the injury. It amazes me more kids werent injured critically. The buildings are falling apart, rittled with insects and vermin. Staff steal food after hours because the pay is so poor they cant buy food. I stayed for a little more than a year because I felt for the staff and was rewarded with YV keeping my PTO when I left. The great news? I got out. I was not allowed to be more than 15 minutes from the campus 24/7 and was unpaid when I had to come in. I had no reimbursement and was expected to take calls all night long. – less
Foster Care Counselor (Former Employee), Memphis, TN – June 28, 2014
Pros: flexible schedules and easy to be promoted within the company
Cons: lack of professionalism from upper management
For the most part an enjoyable experience when you're able to work with the clients your employed to serve. What I've learned from working at Youth Villages is that I didn't know who I was as a person until I met some of the challenging clients that I came across on a daily basis. One thing I would say I did love about the job was some of my co-workers – more... who made working there an enjoyable place to be even during stressful situations. One thing I didn't like about the job was the unprofessionalism of the management. – less
Pros: excellent benefits and the ability to work with youth.
A typical day at work revolves around the youth, we pick them from school and conduct therapeutic activities with them on a daily basis. We provided them with activities to stimulate their mind as well as to give them some excitement. My co-workers and management team are like one big family, we support each other and provide active feedback in all – more... situations. The most enjoyable part about my job is being able to make a difference in someone else's life besides your own. The hardest part about this position is that we deal with high risk and low functioning youth with emotional detachment issues which makes it harder to strategies activities. – less
Family Intervention Specialist (Current Employee), Oregon City, OR – June 21, 2014
The administrators and co-workers are great. The job is stressful and being on-call Monday 8am to Friday at 5pm is exhausting mentally and emotionally. It is hard to not have evenings to step away from your phone and enjoy a personal life.
Teacher Counselor (Former Employee), Oregon – June 2, 2014
Pros: working with the clients is great
Cons: the supervisors are inept, at best
The supervisors at YV Oregon are generally as dysfunctional as the clients save for very few. They aren't subtle about the nepotism that goes on; it gets really obvious who is a favorite and who isn't. All this said it is rewarding to work with the kids, however the supervisory staff is so inept any sense of accomplishment is quickly snuffed out. None – more... of the supervisors agree on how they want to deal with clients and, no matter what happens one of them will give you a "talking to". Moreover, the client's needs don't get met, which causes quite a lot of stress. – less
Pros: positive support for youth, team building, gain experience
Cons: long work hours, underpaid, lack of support
Yv has its ups and downs. I love working with the youth but most of the management is terrible. You will have an heck of experience . I'm a current employee and I love my team because they are very supportive and we work well together. The children's needs always come first and it seems as if staff are the ones that are always at fault for any and every – more... that goes wrong. Overall, if you want to gain experience and are up for a huge extreme challenge, then Youth Villages is definitely the place to start...I hope this is HELPFUL!!!!! – less
Intercept Counselor (Former Employee), Morristown, TN – April 29, 2014
Pros: decent income (except when they decide they don't want to pay you)
Cons: lack of support for workers and clients.
I worked in Morristown, TN office, everything went well until I looked for advancement. What can I say, Management doesn't have above a Bachelor's degree and they'll lie, cheat and steal to keep their jobs. They gave up on more than 1 family while I was there, all in the advancement of the office income (showed priorities). They don't know what a caring – more... company they should be as they forgot years ago.
They use the term 'Supervisor', but do so in the least supportive form of the term. I called them bosses, cause that's what they were. I refused an 8th (that's EIGHTH) client and got written up for it because I was already working more than 70 hours a week, so don't be fooled by the "low caseload of 4-6".
Loved the clients and the job as long as I didn't have to answer to idiots. – less
Transitional Living Specialist (Former Employee), Knoxville and Johnson City – April 29, 2014
Pros: everyone there is as bitter as you will be
Perhaps the worst place I have ever worked. Supervision is the worst and it only gets worse the higher you go. I was harassed about documentation while at 2 separate funerals, while I was on bereavement. I was "accidentally terminated" once, and my insurance was canceled prematurely twice by HR even though it was still coming out of my paycheck. There – more... is no work-life balance because supervisors expect you to drop everything in your life for work once there is an emergency. – less