Youth Specialist (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – May 10, 2018
Our mission, to see every child in a loving family, drives all we do. We work as a team; social workers, leaders, counselors, administrators, and office professionals, to ensure that we provide the very best services to children, youth and families. Check out all the roles and locations around the country where you might be able to lend your God-given talents and experience to join the team!
Foster Care Case Manager (Current Employee) – Madison Heights, MI – July 1, 2018
Upper management is not at all about helping their employees. If you don’t kiss butt you will not get far. Too many cliques. Director doesn’t know child welfare and is too busy enjoying company paid lunches and working on her personal issues on company time.
Pregnancy Counselor (Former Employee) – Pennsylvania – June 8, 2018
Job was super flexible but you are always on call, expected to work a lot of nights and weekends. Managers are unsupportive and do not care to back you up either with other staff or clients. Managers seem to care very little about staff relationships and workplace environment. I would never recommend anyone work for Bethany.
Pregnancy Counselor (Former Employee) – Fayetteville, AR – June 3, 2018
Bethany corporate is very helpful and great at training and resources. However, the local branch was unsupportive, gossipy, and ran the branch against the leadership from the corporate office. I felt alone in my work and worked most of the job on my own, without any support or leadership. I was let go for without cause after a few months, them telling me I was not a good "cultural fit". This was the first time in my career I've been let go and I was doing a great job. My clients and community gave me positive feedback and my supervisors even said my performance was "outstanding". I wouldn't trust this as a career choice, especially if you are leaving a good job for this opportunity. Please vet the local branch carefully!
Good salary, good corporate structure
Unorganized protocols, no local leadership, "figure it out as you go" mentality
Poor management, unkept promises of managers, no family time!!!
Case Manager (Former Employee) – Muskegon, Grand Rapids – April 21, 2018
I do not recommend Bethany Christian Services, especially if you have family. Managers will say one thing and do another. It was the most exhausting and unappreciated job I ever had. I don't envy new, naieve grads to work here especially. There's no training and very high turn over! Sad because I loved the children! I'm so happy working with DHS now. I know my hours and get family time with lots of perks! Please don't have your kindness taken advantage of. Work where you have stability!
I made a friends with others who understood our disappointment.
Foster Care Licensing Specialist (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – April 16, 2018
Bethany was a great experience to began my social work career. After I obtained my BSW the room for advancement was limited. Bethany can be more diverse when it comes to employees. Majority of foster care case managers are young college graduates that have no parental experience. The lack of parental experience makes it harder for them to empathize with the parents that are in the foster care system.
Youth Specialist (Current Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – March 25, 2018
This is a great place to work if you want to have a fulfilling job working with at risk adolescents. It is a slightly stressful job because each day is different, but the team atmosphere is very supportive.
Supervisor (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – March 4, 2018
Great Company to work for. Supportive environment dedicated and true to the mission and vision of the organization. Diversified services for family and children. Great support to ensure the needs of children and families are met. Excellent opportunities for growth and development. Strong commitment to team building.
Refugee Foster Care Supervisor (Former Employee) – Paw Paw, MI – February 8, 2018
I enjoyed having opportunities to grow. It was helpful when supervisors valued our family as much as we do, i.e. allowing for days off as needed. During stressful situations co-workes and other staff really helped make a difference in this job.
Youth specialist and interpreter (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – January 23, 2018
Good place to work and learn new things every time. Having lots of fun with the youth. Flexible time. Free and paid training and workshop. Peaceful and clean environment to work. Helpful staff and good coordination.
Student Intern (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – January 20, 2018
I have only been at Bethany Christian Services for about two weeks now, and I already love it. They offer many different programs and are passionate about helping others. It is a positive environment, and I enjoy being part of the different programs and talking to all the staff members.
Community Living Specialist (Current Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – December 6, 2017
Lack of structure and training is the con of working in the department that I am in. Often will work 10 hours but only getting paid for 6 hours of work because of the tight budget in the department I work.