Greater Minnesota Family Services Employee Reviews

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Best "Job" I Ever Had
Therapist (Current Employee) –  Multiple LocationsMay 22, 2018
Working at Greater Minnesota never really felt like work. On most days, I played with children in a therapeutic setting with the purpose of making their lives better and teaching their parents new skills. I saw an average of five clients per day, set my own schedule, worked at my own pace, and found the culture of my coworkers to be exceptionally inclusive and encouraging. I was really amazed by the concept of the self-managed team, where a group of autonomous providers in similar positions worked together to accomplish business goals and support one another in their work. There's an emphasis in creating a healing environment and practicing constant self-care, both extremely important if you are working in the mental health field.
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Set your own schedule, free food during meetings, laid back environment
Cons
Need to be highly motivated to succeed as no one micromanages your work
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Rethinking GMFS
Mental Health Counselor (Former Employee) –  Central MinnesotaFebruary 19, 2018
Greater Minnesota family service is a non-profit company that operates like a for profit company. They have monthly hour quotas that staff have to reach in order to be in good standing which is a tough thing to do when you are working in home. If an employee was behind on hours, they would have to pay the company back those hours or work more hours the next month to make up the difference.

GMFS higher ups also told employees not to write negative reviews on jobs site regarding the company instead of hearing out the concerns of the employees and addressing them.

If you are new to the field of in-home, stay away from GMFS. They don't care about your growth as an individual post-master therapist and only care about your contribution to their "dream" especially their so-called dream team.
Pros
Flexible schedule
Cons
Lack of support, poor training, poor management
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Challenging work in a different but fair environment
Family therapist (Current Employee) –  MinnesotaJune 16, 2017
This is a great place to work if you are self-motivated and want to work in somewhat of a collegial environment. Self managed teams provide the primary structure and support. Management intervenes if a team is having a hard time dealing with something or someone. It is possible to transfer to another team or position if things just aren't working out. Clinical consultations are with peers and clinical supervisor. Many positions are site-based or in-home and the ability to work independently is important.

There seem to be small annual raises, higher raises are offered based on merit, for going the extra mile for the team or agency. When working over the monthly billable expectation, the hours are paid out, (depending on your pay option). Longevity incentive bonuses are given to staff starting at five years with the agency. It is challenging work, but we are helping children and their families with high emotional and mental health needs.
Pros
Collegial environment, can transfer within, salary, raises, bonuses for staying on
Cons
Have to stay on top of documentation or it gets tough to catch-up.
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avoid this organization like the plague!
school and family counselor (Former Employee) –  Saint Cloud, MNMay 11, 2017
They do everything they can to bill MA as much as possible without regard for the service quality or the wellbeing of staff. Avoid this organization!
Pros
professional autonomy
Cons
no paid leave, nepotism, organization refuses to reward employees that put in extra effort, and also refuses to penalize employees who don't pull their weight, 3000$ deductible health insurance, no support for practitioners, in-fighting in "self managed teams", high amount of paperwork, the organization will retoractively penalize you if there is an error in your paperwork
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Excellent place to make a difference for the generation of tomorrow!
Mental Health Counselor (Former Employee) –  New Ulm, MNMay 24, 2015
I sincerely miss working at Greater Minnesota Family Services. The relationships with staff and clients were very fulfilling. I personally thoroughly enjoyed making a difference in the lives of these youth who have the potential for a better life.
Pros
Mentoring Youth, Competative Pay, Making a difference
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Independent work environment for motivated people
School and Family Mental Health Counselor (Current Employee) –  Willmar, MNFebruary 9, 2015
This agency is ideal for independent people who are self-motivated and responsible. The team atmosphere is beneficial, however, at times there is a lack of clear leadership.
Pros
Team environment, flexible schedule
Cons
Vacation
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Somethings Never Change
Therapist (Former Employee) –  Willmar, MNNovember 20, 2014
For a family services entity they are decidedly opposed to the support of their workers in terms of hours, pay, benefits, time outside of the job and the mental games used to grind more out of the employees. I enjoyed providing services but found it to be a cult with one leader no matter what is espoused so was very high stress. It's a tough position especially in the winter and the compensation for mileage doesn't pay for your vehicle. You will be unable to trust/believe the management.
Pros
Very nice personnel
Cons
NOT family friendly
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Worst Employer Ever
Confidential (Former Employee) –  ConfidentialNovember 14, 2014
Very negative work environment. No team spirit. Overemphasis on making money. CEO is always negative about employees taking off at Christmas time. Constant push to work more hours.
Pros
Middle of the road pay compared to similar employers
Cons
Extreme negativity
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Enjoyable position to make a difference in families lives.
Early Childhood Counselor (Former Employee) –  Saint Cloud, MNMay 26, 2014
My position was very beneficial and welcomed by all families and facilities I worked at. I provided individual skills and family counseling.
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