Residential treatment specialist (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – June 18, 2018
The job can be difficult at times however the purpose is way more rewarding. I enjoy working with my youth and they enjoy me being there. Looking forward to growing with the company and learning even more.
Long work days/nights with little to no support from co workers.
Life Skills Educator (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – April 17, 2018
Leadership was by far the most incompetent and least supportive groups of individuals I ever met. Many have no idea of how to work with at risk youth. Most of your concerns and safety is disregarded. Coworkers are often messy and will throw you under the bus my any means. Youth are challenging (which is expected). They're NEVER hold accountable for their behavior. The pay is awful. If you are straight out of college and desperate need of job Lawrence Hall will be a great start. You'll learn a lot about the pros and cons of working for social service agency. While there are flaws with every non for profit, Lawrence Hall by far is the worst one I have encountered.
Office Aid (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – April 16, 2018
The only positives were few work hours and the fact that it was a job. It's a therapeutic day school where students fought 4 days a week and the staff couldn't care less. If you have even a shred of human decency this place is not for you.
Job Coach/Case Manager (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – April 12, 2018
This is a very positive position. manage a caseload of 18 residential clients in a transitional program 18-21 to independent living. Conduct extensive outreach and networking building referrals and partnership with local businesses, property managers and community resources. Perform group/individual counseling and mentorship, as well as life, vocational and career coaching/ trading.:
Life Skill Educator (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – March 23, 2018
Great entry level job for students coming out of college. I would not recommend this company to any party working past entry level. The company unfortunately does not support their, residents, staff, nor mission statement.
Direct staff (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – February 9, 2018
I have not worked here long but, Lawrence Hall appears to be so far an excellent place to work, but it needs more solidarity across the board. There are a lot of friendly staff in all areas. The youth needs to be held more accountable when they act out instead of being rewarded or able to be involved in activities how is that helping the situation. I have noticed that some supervisors are supportive where as to others need assistance in that area.
helping people, learning while on the job to advance
Family Support Specialist (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 24, 2018
Not a good place to work there is no structure. Clients are not properly medicated and are allowed to leave the facility when they want. Several of the clients have over dosed and commit crimes while out in the community. Guns have been able to make there way into the agency as well as street drugs.
Residential Treatment Specialist (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – December 1, 2017
This is a good job for someone fresh to the mental and behavioral health field. Clients will challenge you and give you the opportunity to learn different skills. Co Workers are great and supportive, some of the management suck. They are not on the units often and undermine what you say. The clients behave as expected. The pay is not great but their is plenty of OT available to earn extra money. The holidays are always nice and feel very family oriented, the staff go over and beyond to cook great meals, plan activities, and host beautiful gatherings. Staff supports quickly and effectively when Staff Assistance is called, which helps to keep you safe and confident. Not a bad place to start out and learn skills.
Supportive Staff, OT Available, and ability to be a positive resource for the youth
Child Welfare Specialist (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – July 19, 2017
I am rather new but from what I've seen thus far, everyone has a very busy day at LH with answering client calls, seeing clients, putting in case notes, and speaking with admin/supervisors on a daily. The culture is pretty laid back. Management is supportive and I've learned so much at LH in this short time that I don't know where to start.
worked with youth (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – April 6, 2016
Job expectations and responsibilities easily exceed 40 hours a week (closer to 60). Client concerns are the focus at the expense of employee safety and concerns. Working with youth can be rewarding but be prepared to work excessive hours and go through a lot during those hours.
working with challenging youth
excessive hours/culture that does not value employee
cook (Former Employee) – 4833 N. Francisco Chicago IL – June 18, 2015
I really had a great time it was something that I really haven't did before and it helped me succeed and I like that program for that it helped me save money and put money in my pockets at the same time
Mentor / Child Care worker (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – October 10, 2012
A typical day at work is working with at risk youth in their everyday life goals and lessons. There is a lot to learn because everyone is different and have different things going on with themselves. Management needs to work with co- workers. The hardest part of the job is getting the youth too see things the right way instead of the way they choose to go about things. The most enjoyable part of the job is watching youth become successful and make something out of life.