Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic Employee Reviews

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It was a stressful environment
Youth Advocate (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJune 13, 2018
A typical day at work consisted of writing narratives for each client visited on a daily basis. covering your daily schedule to prepare for daily visits with clients, then travel to clients locations. meet with clients to communicate regarding their daily living activities and arrangements, as well as goals completion, for school, employment, and housing. set weekly and quarterly meetings schedules with parents, direct supervisor. schedule IEP meetings with each client school as appropriate, and attend IEP meetings to support each client need for success. Research community resources to assist clients with advancements in areas to build confidence in progressing in meeting his/her goals.
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Great agency for new clinicians
CLINICAL THERAPIST (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAApril 26, 2018
My supervisor was amazing, my colleagues were amazing, the work was stressful but we were supported throughout the work days. Training was great and very helpful.
Pros
Schedule, paid winter break, mileage reimbursement, colleages, supervisors
Cons
Distance from my house
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Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAApril 6, 2018
LACGC was great. My first experience in MHS. I enjoyed it. It was great. Trainings were good. Met some interesting people. Real team environment group
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Terrible work experience
Therapist (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles County, CAApril 4, 2018
The only thing good about working for this agency is the pay. Management is horrific and will not support you. If you are looking for good supervision I would choose another agency.
Pros
good pay
Cons
no support, lack of supervision
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Good place to start your career.
Clinical Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAMarch 19, 2018
Good place to work, supportive, good salary, flex time and a lot of independence but not chance of advancement. They treat you like a professional but be ready to DO your job.
Pros
flex time, pay is higher than most, independence
Cons
no potential to advance, upper management handcuffed by the board and management team dysfunctional
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Eye Opener
Family Advocate (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJanuary 7, 2018
Working for LACGC was an experience I never thought I could ever experience. Every employee would come to work with a negative attitude and w/a hardened heart.
Pros
Enjoy working w/families who were in need.
Cons
No support from supervisor.
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Management was a problem
Clinical Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CASeptember 20, 2017
This agency has a wonderful mission and programs to help children but the management at the time was awful. I have heard executive management has since changed which is a good thing, perhaps they are treating their employees better.
Pros
great benefits, great coworkers
Cons
horrible management, especially at the top
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Excellent people
Clerical Assistant (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CASeptember 8, 2017
Many of the people were very friendly and had a positive attitude as well as being very helpful and working as a team. There was no drama everyone was hard at work
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Productive and fun place to be
Family Advocate / Case Manager (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAAugust 8, 2017
In order to make a change in the world, we must work with the future! In order to work in the future, we must counsel, assist, and teach the children in the best way we can. Children look to those around them for guidance and instruction, for the few that can't grasp said concepts I had the pleasure of making sure they weren't forgotten. Such a rewarding experience!
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Clinical Therapist (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAMarch 16, 2017
Stay far away from this agency! There are crazy expectations and no limit to how many hours you will be asked to work. In fact, you are expected to work well over 40 hours a week with no extra compensation for working overtime. There is no work life balance as you can literally work from 8 am until 8 pm and are expected to do your notes over the weekend at home. Upper management will micromanage you without being clear about expectations (sounds impossible but somehow they do it) and direct supervisors are nowhere to be found. Negative atmosphere and most people are burned out and being worked too hard. Managers use fear to motivate people.
Pros
Get hours toward BBS fast, EBP trainings
Cons
Low pay, no overtime compensation, low morale, no support from management, poor communication.
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The Providers really have the best interest for the clients that come to the clinic
IS SUPPORT CLERK (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJanuary 19, 2017
Overall this clinic has been a good place to work for. For me it was more than just a job I felt more of a family environment not just with the clients but with the employees as well. Management try there best to ensure that there providers are happy.
Pros
Family Oriented and always willing to help
Cons
Some positions do not have room for advancement
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High Standards and a Company with Longevity for a Reason
Manager (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAOctober 8, 2016
This is a company with high expectations but fair in it's evaluation. Employees are told of their expectations and given ample preparedness. Most staff who are new to the field may find this expectation rigorous but no more different than other agencies. Benefits are better than other agencies. Leadership is taken seriously and can be implemented at every level.

This is a company that will train you to be focus and be your best, perform your best and deliver services in the highest integrity. Working relationships are also based on your own skill level. In any company there will be good working relationships and not so good working relationships. One has to be willing to take responsibility for one's thoughts and actions that promote a positive environment in concert with working relationships, especially with regards to management. One's attitude towards the matter is everything.

This is a company that presents opportunities and growth. If one is able to be clear about one's reasons for being employed in the company then positive results typically follow.
Pros
fiscally managed resulting in consistent raises
Cons
slow moving when fast interventions are required, too many moving parts and systemic integration further needed
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Terrible
Receptionist (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAAugust 5, 2016
Unprofessional environment. A lot of hostility among the therapists and the employees. The position was only temporary and I was grateful for that. Unhealthy environment. I would have never stayed on full time.
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Positive Learning Environment
Case Manager (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAMay 26, 2016
I have been able to address safety concerns, created safety contracts with clients.provided linkage to community resources. I have also worked collaboratively with other clinicians with clients in order to improve mental health services.
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Stable agency with high expectations of staff
Clinical Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAMarch 2, 2016
This is an excellent place to work, particularly for recent graduates. The agency offers free trainings each month on a variety of topics as well as an enrichment group to support new hires during the first 3 months of employment. Staff are held to a high standard with regard to professional conduct, accommodating families who have transportation barriers, and maintaining client records. Excellent benefits and incentives are offered, including a refund for unspent benefits at the beginning of each year and a $50 gift card is awarded to all staff who meet expectations with regard to service delivery to clients. In order to be successful at this agency, it is necessary to have (and maintain) a good work ethic and be able to view challenges as opportunities for growth.
Pros
Flexibility with work schedule; good clinical supervision; excellent benefits
Cons
Heavy workload; constant change with regard to workflows
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This place will make you sick!
Management (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJanuary 8, 2016
Dysfunction reigns! It will make you so psychologically sick that you will actually wish you'd get run over by a bus just so you can be away from there for a bit. It will make you so physically sick that you will forget what it's like to feel well.

A pervasive lack of communication characterizes this place. You may get little to no feedback about your performance, and when you do, it’s negative and harsh. You may be doing the work of multiple people, yet it’s not unusual for some of the executive staff to take credit for your accomplishments. Meetings are a waste of time, lack in focus, and communicate a general malaise that “this is the way it’s always been done.” New policies are constantly ‘conveniently’ getting added to save the executive staff’s behind, however, often the executive management forgets to actually tell their staff about it and will act as if you are crazy not to know about it.

There are always rumors floating around the office (often stemming from exec staff), misunderstanding and favoritism. You will feel as if you’re back in high school all over again.

The HR ‘big lady’ and some of the other executive management staff will make comments that are meant to make you feel “lucky you have a job” as a means of controlling you. Some of the executive staff are toxic, unwilling to listen to others and feel as if their way is always the right way, always trying to control your every move but won’t ever lend a hand.

If you are looking to work in a place with a high staff turnover rate, poor morale that will cause you sleepless nights and feeling constantly
  more... vigilant, then this is the right place. Otherwise, stay away!  less
Pros
It's a revolving door, so you get to meet a lot of people
Cons
This organization thrives on bullying behavior and control
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Terrible place to work
therapist (Former Employee) –  Los AngelesOctober 9, 2015
if you want to be stressed and develop PTSD, then this is the place for you. This place is so toxic that it can make you into a client. Please run away and find another agency!!!!
Pros
none
Cons
toxic environment, especially the upper management
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This job will lead to you becoming depress and suffering from PTSD
Clinical Therapist I (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CASeptember 7, 2015
The pay is low , the work load is ridiculous, you work 50 hrs plus .They don't pay overtime. The clinical supervision sucks. All they care about is making a specific amount of profit. The ratio to what they charge per client to the city to what they pay their staff it's called abuse. The pay is not the worse part of the job is the treatment and the trauma you gained from working their.
Pros
The clients and good therapist.
Cons
They are constantly threatening staff to fire them in order to get ppl to meet their demands.
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Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJuly 17, 2015
Its DMH. You have to be on top of your paperwork or its negative vibes. The management team has tried to be better but the culture of the company wont allow for it. Turn around is high. Don't expect to see anyone there longer than a year.
Pros
Schedules are up to Clinician
Cons
Excessive Meetings/Paperwork Productivity
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Terrible working environment and impossible expectations
Therapist (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJuly 17, 2015
Working here made me feel like a car salesman. All the management cares about are numbers and the ability of staff to make productivity (65% overall 45% face to face). If you don't make your, numbers they threaten to fire you. If you do make your numbers, it's because you've worked 50-60 hour weeks and are completely burnt out to the point that you no longer feel helpful to your clients. One of the original benefits to working here was the supervision, but after all the supervisors quit, there was no oversight, no guidance, and no realization that people were leaving because the working environment is terrible. Every week it felt like someone was quiting. Worst job experience of my life.
Pros
benefits, salary, coworkers
Cons
micromanagement, productivity, lack of supervision
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