Staff Nurse (Current Employee) – Fairfax, VA – January 22, 2017
med pass, V/S check, observation, counseling, nursing assessment, care plan, nursing progress note. I learned counseling skill and knowledge of the Eating disorder. the culture of working place is responsibility and respectable. the most enjoyable part of the job is talk and spent time with adolescence.
Thank you for your review. We are continually striving to improve our company and programs and use your feedback to do so. We have recently added someone to the Discovery team who will lead our training and development throughout the organization to help make sure all of our staff feel prepared for challenges that may arise in our programs. Additionally, we are working on ways to encourage more frequent opportunities for feedback on program leadership. Thank you once again for taking the time to provide us valuable feedback.
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Good people doing caring work
Counselor III (Current Employee) – Fairfield, CT – January 6, 2019
Your day is busy and can be challenging but if you connect with teens and have compassion, then you too will find your work more fulling than stressful.
Thanks for your review. Residential work can be fast paced and stressful at times, but we strive to create a positive culture and balance at all of our programs.
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Counselor (Former Employee) – Menlo Park, CA – December 26, 2018
I started working there for a month (not by choice). Let me just put it this way, it was okay for other staff members to be unprofessional, use foul language, and talk about their personal lives (along with slandering other staff members) in front of the clients. However, when I accidentally slipped up, I got in trouble that resulted in written warnings. They found every little dent to report to the point where it was like walking on thumb tacks during my shift. No matter how much I explained/defended myself, the management either believed the clients, or other staff members. During the meetings while they were going over everything, the management just sounded as if they were practicing a script and parroting back what they're being paid to say; in other words, not being their own person.
This made me so mad because I not only drove an hour & 40 minutes to work, but I gave up my weekends to work when they needed me. So much for thinking it was worth it.
Don't get me wrong, the staff was great (some of them), the management made me skeptical & suspicious. Constantly nit-picking for common "human" mistakes and not considering that the culprit is owning up to it sends a questionable vibe of management in my opinion. I tried doing exactly what they wanted, but according to them, it wasn't good enough. Word of advice to the manager of CFD, you want someone "perfect" and someone who catches on so fast that it meets your expectations? Hire a robot! Oh and thanks for letting me go around the holidays!
My advice to anyone wanting to work here as a counselor: take notes duringmore... training, practically don't talk unless being spoken to, be ready to use math, don't be yourself unless you're already reserved, and pretty much be a "perfectionist."less
Free meals and snacks, bonding
Give up your weekends/Friday-Saturday nights, judgmental management, and difficult to get time off.
One reviewer as a LPN sounded like the job was actual nursing. NOT. Out of a 6 hour day you work as an actual nurse less than a half hour and that is just vitals and a minimal amount of meds mostly OTC. A client waited all day until I arrived at 2pm to be able to get an aspirin. Vitals taken and meds given in the day room not in a proper private setting where you can assess and discuss medical issues individually was my BIGGEST problem.They basically train you to be a counsellor from minute one. Do not work there as a nurse, it will not look good on your resume it will not reinforce and further your nursing career. You will be updating your resume (if you even want to include this one) as soon as you realize what I say here is true and you need to move on. Oh yes free food?? Inadequate cooking and prep time for the diet techs, I was hesitant to eat undercooked food as times. If you have special dietary needs or just don't like what they have or for whatever reason you must cook something for yourself, while on the job; seems petty but YOU have to eat EVERYTHING on your plate like it or not, get disciplined if you don't. I gained weight since I do not eat as much as I was required to there (plus snacking).
Thanks for your review. We are continually striving to improve our company and programs and use your feedback to do so. Our nursing opportunities at some of our facilities are unique in that they combine elements of nursing and milieu management. We do try to give an accurate depiction of the position through our job descriptions and hiring process and apologize if you felt the position differed from what you expected. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
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Job is guilty of selling dreams to clients an workers
N/A (Former Employee) – NJ – December 6, 2018
I would not work for this company again even if my life depended on it I like the truth , an truthful people not liars an backstabbers .how can clients get clean if they are being coached by liars an back stabbera this is things they have to deal with in the streets all ready so from the streets to the streets ..? An alot of blasphemy .
Lack of trust among co workers, back stabbers, liars, an basically addicts trying to tell addicts what to do.
Residential Assistant (Current Employee) – Harris, NY – November 27, 2018
There is a place for everyone at the center and there is always room to grow. You will meet a lot of people that are very passionate about what they do which is very motivating. Most people are willing to help each other. If you are there for the they will do the same for you.
Counselor (Former Employee) – Cypress, TX – November 13, 2018
The facility was still relatively new when I started, so there was a lot of growing that needed to occur. I had various shifts. I initially signed up or was hired on to be an overnight counselor but I never got the chance to work an overnight shift.
Thank you for your review. Opening up a new program often requires a lot of work and growth. We review the openings for all new facilities and take the opportunity to learn and grow so that we can improve our process for the next new program and make it as smooth as possible. Thank you once again for taking the time to provide us valuable feedback.
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Very supportive staff members
Licensed Vocational Nurse - LVN (Former Employee) – Danville, CA – November 2, 2018
Staff were always very supportive and worked together as a team. The nature of this work kept all staff members very busy. If ever there were times when there was more work than time allowed, other staff members were willing to jump in if needed to help.
Counselor (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – September 28, 2018
I love this place. Whenever I've considered being a counselor anywhere else, I just can't because I really believe in the heart of this company. The people who are go-getters and who really care about the kids and communicate well are the ones who move up fast in the company. I've seen so many counselors that even I've trained grow into amazing Directors, Managers, and Corporate--and I'm honestly so proud.
Counselor (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – September 18, 2018
No breaks, low salaries, poor management, and the benefits are not great. I worked at this company for three years because eating disorders are my passion. Leaving this company was the greatest thing that ever happened; I got my life back! I worked way too much, was never shown an ounce of gratitude, and was not compensated for it. Glad my time at Center for Discovery is over.
Free food, working closely with clients
No break, too much work, low pay, bad benefits, no empathy
Counselor I (Former Employee) – Virginia – August 22, 2018
I worked here for a while. Gave my everything and you are so under valued here. Management and corporate only care about the money, not their employees. They don't include everything the job entitles in the job listing.
Counselor, Education Liaison, PRN Facility Manager (Former Employee) – Fairfax, Ca – August 22, 2018
I worked for CFD for 4 years and finally left because of the unethical practices taking place. You can tell the good reviews on here are coming from “important players” (if you will) trying to save the reputation of this company because they are all from CA and CT (the two locations where these employees are). No one is valued here. The pay is terrible. The entire staff I came in with when the Fairfax, VA house opened (all masters level clinicians working in counseling positions) left within 2 years. (Some of the happiest most positive people I know.) This place sucks the life out of you. Believe the bad reviews.
Counselor I (Former Employee) – Minneola, FL 34755 – August 13, 2018
A work day is stressful and there is always changes in scheduling, incorrect practices etc. I am happy that I left the facility because it was stressful and the facility manager was not truthful regarding different aspects of the job. A diet tech was a counselor.
Primary Outpatient Therapist (Former Employee) – Los Alamitos, CA – August 9, 2018
The company is poorly managed; reactive rather than proactive. Company does not value individual employees who serve pivotal roles in the organization. Employees are shifted where the need is, rather than place people where they thrive and contribute to an overall positive atmosphere.