Department of Children and Family Services Employee Reviews

Found 1,519 reviews matching the search See all 1,533 reviews
Sort by: Helpfulness | Rating | Date
2.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Stressful
Children's Social Worker I (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAMarch 20, 2019
This job taught me alot about myself and abilities. You need to be able to deal with hostile, stressful and overall sad situations involving child abuse. You do receive training, however all that info is crammed into your brain which is pretty scary before getting your caseload. Once arriving in office you have your entire caseload waiting for you. This was many years ago so I assume this has changed. The demands of the job are overwhelming and not enough tools to help you. Mulitasking is a must and always reach out for help. If you are unsure of situations or have a bad gut instinct always think about your safety, you can always come back. Most enjoyable part of this job was connecting with kids are are struggling with many issues in losing their home and parents, but also with parents who have accepted the help and are thankful to be back with their children.
Pros
Supportive managment
Cons
Heavy caseload, resources are limited for clients
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
3.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
very political and unethical
Child Protective Investigator (Current Employee) –  Orlando, FLMarch 19, 2019
unprofessional, unethical, very political and biased company. Unstructered and disorganized. Very diverse, over worked and underpaid. Easy to advance.
Pros
mileage checks
Cons
turn over rate EXTREMELY HIGH
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Not for the weak or faint of heart
Supervising Social Service Practitioner (Former Employee) –  San Bernardino County, CAMarch 19, 2019
Very busy fast pasted environment. Very stressful and employees are over worked. A lot of new poorly trained workers who produce poor work as a result of their lack of training.Tough environment.
Pros
Paid vacation
Cons
High stress
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Traveled to other parts of the state to assist during disasters
SOCIAL SERVICE ANALYST (Former Employee) –  Shreveport, LAMarch 18, 2019
Conducting interviews, answering and returning telephone calls. Opportunity to work with lots of different people, in the workplace as well as customers. Enjoyed lunch and break time with co-workers. Also enjoyed working In other parts of the state during disasters.
Pros
paid vacation and sick time, holidays off
Cons
shortage of employees, hiring freezes
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
2.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Complex work place
Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Ocala, FLMarch 18, 2019
I wish i could say that working for DCF was an enjoyable place but it was very contradicting and stressful. No benefits and very little flexibility for home emergence's.
Pros
Pay was good
Cons
No benefits
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
3.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
High Stress and everyone hates you
Special Investigator (Former Employee) –  Topeka, KSMarch 15, 2019
This job can be very rewarding at times, but it is not for the faint of heart. While you and your coworkers know that you are doing everything you can to make the lives of Kansas families better, the entirety of the outside world hates you. Kids lives are in your hands, and a simple mistake can be disastrous. Are the rewards of this job worth the stress and hate, hard to say. It takes a special kind of person.
Pros
Your job matters
Cons
High Stress, Low pay, Everyone hates you
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
1.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Stay away
Social Services Specialist (Current Employee) –  Gwinnett County, GAMarch 15, 2019
Upper management only cares about numbers, not the safety of children or the well-being of the families. You are forced, using policy, to work 10 to 12 hours a day. But, you also have 70 cases.
Pros
Working to ensure the safety of children.
Cons
You're overworked and overwhelmed and management doesn't care.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
2.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Not great
Child Protective Investigator (Current Employee) –  North Port, FLMarch 14, 2019
The work life balance is poor. Management does not care when you go home. Management will force you to take off time to avoid overtime. This causes employees to work long nights and lose out on overtime. It also causes employees to fall behind on paperwork and casework because they are forced to flex hours. The pay is decent, the case loads are too high.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Work loads, bad hours, forced to flex out overtime, schedule is not flexible like advertised (management decides hours to avoid paying you overtime)
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
3.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
No comment
Social Worker (Current Employee) –  Milford, CTMarch 13, 2019
Company is highly stressful ,fast paced environment. You have to have a balance of working independently to team work. You have to have assessment skills.
Pros
Overtime, Great benefits
Cons
Long hours, Limited lunch breaks, A lot of paperwork, Work/Life balance is strained
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Foster Parenting
Foster Parent (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMarch 12, 2019
Provide a safe, caring, and supportive home environment to children in need. Which intel's foster care, adoptive services for all children that are in need.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
1.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Worst job ever
Internship at DCF and have worked primarily (Former Employee) –  Saint Albans, VTMarch 12, 2019
I can speak only for this department. The director was horrible and it was horribly managed. She had not compassion for the children. If you ever put the children first and didn't think about billing than you would be taken into her office to be spoken to. The only positive part was the co workers were amazing and very supportive. I wouldn't have made it as long as I did without them.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Very Friendly
Economic Support Specialist II (Current Employee) –  Lawrenceville, GAMarch 12, 2019
The most enjoyable part of my day is to help our local community. A typical day is coming into work 9-5 usually and setting at my desk to determine eligibility for Gwinnett County and neighboring counties.
Pros
State days off
Cons
none
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Family first
Investigation Social Worker (Current Employee) –  Lawrence, MAMarch 11, 2019
DCF let's you put your family first. They are understanding. They assist you in furthering your career and help pay for school. It is a stressful job but has its benefits.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
3.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Work from anywhere
Adult Protective Investigator (Current Employee) –  Largo, FLMarch 8, 2019
Fast paced and working from anywhere is a huge plus. Pay is on the lower side but the benefits are great. You can work from home and as long as you complete your work timely no one is going to micromanage.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
3.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
typical day
Certified Foster Care Case Manager (Former Employee) –  GeorgiaMarch 7, 2019
Normally a caseload of 15 or more families. A lot of driving and meeting bi-monthly demands. Great networking opportunities. Job definitely can be stressful but rewarding.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
3.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Typical Welfare case-worker
Economic Self-Sufficiency Specialist I (ESSI) (Former Employee) –  Ocala, FLMarch 7, 2019
Its a straight forward job. 1st 9 weeks are training and learning policies and regulation of the State and welfare system ( TANF, SNAP, Medicaide) Its a lot of information. Take good notes. But if you pass your 9 week training you have a job. Position only pays 12.45. No raise. Raise was given 1 year prior to my time with the organization and before that it had been years since the State offered a raise. A lot of employee are in welfare as well. If you have rent, kids, a car payment, insurance, utilities, and other expenses you will struggle pay-wise. The environment is ok. No drama. Just come in and do your job. You may get friendly with the co-worker who sits next to you. Not sure how advancement works because I resigned for a better paying job and something closer to home.
Pros
State job, benefits
Cons
pay, no sick days
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
stressful but rewarding
Social Worker/Case Manager (Current Employee) –  Meriden, CTMarch 7, 2019
Child Protection is a very demanding and emotional draining job but is also very rewarding. My focus was on adoption, which is my passion. In the last 3 years, my transfer to Quality Assurance Social Worker enabled me to focus on supporting staff in the goal of achieving legal permanency for youth whenever possible.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
2.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
A Fast paced environment, driven by statistics to provide children and families with education and community based supports
Social Worker (Former Employee) –  Waterbury, CTMarch 6, 2019
A typical day would include transportation of committed children to school, doctors appointments, and collateral contacts to ensure the well being of children and their families. Permanency planning was always a part of the Departments mission to provide stability and safe environments for children to thrive. Development of thorough case planning and communication with management and employees was fundamental for success. I learned that team work and development of partnerships was vital for success. Management of daily tasks and working report writing skills was integral to the success of families to carefully and articulately identify strengths, weaknesses and to determine overall risks to the safety of children.The workplace culture was challenging as there weer various divisions that worked in concert with one another and one would have to have good organizational skills and insight. The hardest parts of the job were remaining steadfast, not being distracted in a tight office spaces that were not conducive to workers, as well as documenting daily activities on a computer based system with many glitches. The most enjoyable part of the job was the camaraderie and knowing your were doing incredible work for children and families.
Pros
career advancement opportunities
Cons
lack of support and difficulty engaging with families with significant trauma.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great Benefits but lots of driving
ocial Services Case Manager (Former Employee) –  GAMarch 5, 2019
Great benefits. Lots of driving. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Hardest part of the job was connecting to the clients. Typically 40+ hours weekly.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Alright
N/A (Current Employee) –  MassachusettsMarch 4, 2019
Dealing with DCF has its ups and downs. Some social workers take great pride in their work while others just drop their kids off and expect you to manage them with little to background information.
Pros
N/a
Cons
N/a
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
Claim this company page

Want to know more about working here?

Ask a question about working or interviewing at Department of Children and Family Services. Our community is ready to answer.

Ask a Question

Overall rating

3.6
Based on 1,533 reviews
5432
4420
3426
2145
1110

Ratings by category

3.3Work/Life Balance
3.6Compensation/Benefits
3.5Job Security/Advancement
3.2Management
3.4Culture