Personal Services Coordinator (Former Employee) – Oakland, CA – May 18, 2018
I enjoyed working at Fred Finch. Even though any social work job at a non-profit has its challenges, the environment at Fred Finch is supportive, and the management really prioritizes safety and values the opinions of its staff. They provide great training opportunities and advancements.
Mental Health Counselor (Former Employee) – Oakland, CA – June 2, 2018
Working with youth is tough; however, when working with level 14 youth the environment can become overwhelming and dangerous at times. The children at the facility live there and have severe mental issues or behavioral concerns.
Mental Health Clinician (Former Employee) – Oakland, CA – March 4, 2018
Working at Fred Finch Youth Center provided me with a valuable experience as a clinician. The program I worked in went through some changes in management that turned out to be quite positive, and it was clear and evident that the management wished to support their staff through encouraged self-care and work/life balance practices. I felt during my time there, however, that there were far too many meetings required that often impeded on time needed to fulfill other responsibilities. I had a fantastic supervisor who was incredibly supportive. The program director was also quite phenomenal! One drawback to this job is that there is a tremendous amount of paperwork required by the County. It can be a lot for a person who is accustomed to simple clinical charting.
Mental Health Counselor (Current Employee) – Oakland, CA – December 20, 2017
I find it takes a long time to get processed into a job that is really stressful for how little entry-level employees are paid. There are however several admin as well as part time positions available for those that are willing to endure.
Many jobs available often, full benefits package
Long hire process, and stressful in some departments
AM Assistant Supervisor/Mental Health Counselor (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – November 15, 2017
You dont get the support from management that you need. It's a shame because most therapists that spend a year or two there are good hard working people who want to make a difference. Wages are extremely low compared to work load, and the stress is high. Restraints are scary and some clients can become aggressive.
Clinical Social Worker (Former Employee) – Oakland, CA – October 11, 2017
This is a good place to begin your training but extremely stressful; chaotic administration; and mixed messages in regards to directives and expectations provided to front line staff versus clinicians and middle management.
great place to learn; awesome kids
high stress, little acknowledgement of effort, not enough advocacy from administration in regards to needs of clinical staff.
Mental Health Therapist (Current Employee) – Oakland, CA – July 21, 2017
Great place to gain some social work experience. Management was not always available I did not feel as supported as I should have been when I first started and my coworker quit. I felt very alone at that time. Pay could have been better it would have made it easier to deal with the stress.
Youth & Family Partner (Former Employee) – Lemon Grove, CA – July 19, 2017
It's a good way to help families and you without making sure that that you have a most positive impact in the lives and become something much better in this world and also for parents to find ways to help better assist her child and becoming a more successful person .
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – April 7, 2017
Fred Finch is a great place to work with very good staff and management. The work can be stressful, but is very rewarding in the end. Great learning for those interested in getting into the field of social work.
Property Manager (Current Employee) – Oakland, CA – April 7, 2017
Fred Finch has a great culture, but the compensation lacks, especially considering the amount of work that is expected to be completed. Great place to build resume, but not a long term career, especially if you do not have a masters degree.
Care Coordinator/Behavior Specialist (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – March 20, 2017
I wanted to love this job. The families and co-workers were great, but management was pretty poor. They didn't address concerns and often put employees into unsafe situations. The compensation is pretty good, benefits and vacation are not great.
Compensation, work independently
no office space, poor management, unsafe situations
Finance Assistant (Former Employee) – Oakland, CA – December 25, 2016
This is an organization where some managers like to play nasty games to their department employees. Managers played favorites by assigning good promotion potential projects to employees they liked. Employees that have more work experience and better knowledge are given mundane and busy work. I knew an employee with a PhD degree doing clerical and data entry busy work. While another employee who is sociable but is a nasty backstabber and bully with lesser knowledge and background gets higher level work. Managers sided with bullies to force victims out. Managers also assigned duties to employees that they don't like but giving tasks that they are never good at. Employee with never get promoted because they will never be outstanding for doing the tasks that are their weakness. The workplace had a very heavy workload but very low pay. Hard work do not get rewarded or promoted. Medical and dental benefits are very cheap with high copays.
Mental Health Therapist (Current Employee) – Oakland, CA – December 22, 2016
This agency provides diverse exposure to multiple programs and populations. There are many opportunities to learn various intervention tools and utilize them. The agency provides great opportunities for growth.