Operations Program Associate (Current Employee) – Madison, WI – March 22, 2019
I like and value my coworkers and enjoy my job for the most part. The work feels meaningful, even if sometimes it seems like the emphasis is on following the rules rather than helping the people. People tend towards kind and thoughtful, seem to be open to new thoughts and ideas (though they can't always act on them), and try to do things fairly.
The benefits are good, vacation is decent, and my experience with managers is that they're pretty flexible and have an eye towards bettering their employees. However, there's not really an avenue to advancement or raises. While current employees do generally have a leg up on external applicants due to knowing the systems and structure of programs, there's no direct way for an individual to move up in the company, sometimes resulting in talented people starting and staying in low-paying roles. There's also no incentive to go above and beyond as nearly all employees in similar, entry roles make the same amount of money regardless of how long an employee has been on -- there's no option of a raise for exemplary work. It's disappointing sometimes that it feels as though there's not a good way or reason to stay and grow in a workplace I enjoy.
Children's Social Worker I (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – March 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.
Traveled to other parts of the state to assist during disasters
SOCIAL SERVICE ANALYST (Former Employee) – Shreveport, LA – March 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.
Special Investigator (Former Employee) – Topeka, KS – March 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.
Child Protective Investigator (Current Employee) – North Port, FL – March 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.
Work loads, bad hours, forced to flex out overtime, schedule is not flexible like advertised (management decides hours to avoid paying you overtime)
Internship at DCF and have worked primarily (Former Employee) – Saint Albans, VT – March 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.
Economic Support Specialist II (Current Employee) – Lawrenceville, GA – March 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.
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.
Economic Self-Sufficiency Specialist I (ESSI) (Former Employee) – Ocala, FL – March 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.
Social Worker/Case Manager (Current Employee) – Meriden, CT – March 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.
A Fast paced environment, driven by statistics to provide children and families with education and community based supports
Social Worker (Former Employee) – Waterbury, CT – March 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.
career advancement opportunities
lack of support and difficulty engaging with families with significant trauma.