Volunteer (Current Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – September 16, 2018
As a volunteer at Bethany Christian Services, I have had nothing but a positive experience. The staff really cares about their clients as well as their volunteers. I can't speak on behalf of the working staff, but as a volunteer, there's flexibility, understanding, and collaboration.
Intern (Former Employee) – Knoxville, TN – August 3, 2018
Wonderful staff and Management! I Interned at the Knoxville location and learned so much about the adoption process. My supervisor helped me process all the emotionally taxing cases which was above and beyond her role. Very flexible and understanding about person matters.
YOUTH SPECIALIST (Current Employee) – 300 68th St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49548 – August 1, 2018
This is a very poorly managed company where the lack of managemnt stems from upper management and we, youth specialist, who work directly with clients pay the most for it by working chaotic schedules and receiving poor communication for critical information for clients.
Case worker (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI 49501 – July 26, 2018
The woman who hired me wanted a professional with experience. After she left the supervisor I was assigned to was less than open minded about different methodologies. Everything had to be exactly what what was trained on (although no actual training was provided). The foster care team was very cliquey. My demographics left me ostracized from the beginning. Don’t work for Bethany Christian unless you are a white female.
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
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!
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.