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It was a very rewarding place to work. The kids are amazing! Wonderful co-workers too! It is a great place to work, I’d still work there if it weren’t for some personal issues that required me to change positions.
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Amazing place to work

MHS is an amazing place to work. Management will work with your schedule and life events when something comes up. The only draw back is that it's such an amazing place to work that it can take years to be hired into nursing full time. If you are someone that's looking for PRN hours or part time and don't need benefits this is an amazing opportunity.

Pros

Free lunch, amazing team, low stress environment

Cons

No benefits for PT or PRN. PT is limited to 29 hrs a week.
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Tons of rules and not enough support to complete them and take good care of yourself.

Houseparents work 12 long days in a row before getting off for 3 days. God knew what he was doing when He created a Sabbath on the 7th working day. Students are also a lot more challenging this school year, 20/21, because all the activities and sports have been cancelled. This gives them way too much time with nothing to do. They cannot even visit another student home or go home on the weekend with their parents. As a result of students gaining their voice, houseparents have lost more of their voice and students plot ways to get houseparents in trouble. I could not recommend this job. The emotional, social and other needs of the students are overwhelming and houseparents often feel like zombies because they cannot keep up with the high amount of emergencies and needs of the students and also the high expectations of administration, When a mistake is made, administration hits houseparents over the head with policies, say you put the entire school community at risk, throw and run you over with the bus. The administration is extremely authoritarian and does not treat houseparents with the respect they expect from houseparents when working with students.

Pros

Good breaks during major school holidays.

Cons

There are too many to elaborate. Save your marriage, and yourself from being worn out. Find another job that shows more respect to employees.
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Nice place

I enjoyed the time I spent at the company. Great culture and great perks. Management was fair and supportive. This was time well spent and I would return.
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Excelente

El mejor ambiente de trabajo que he tenido, todo muy organizado y responsable.
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Nothing bad to say...

You had your usual office stuff...but the bottom line is ...it was a great place to work and I wish I never left...Management had it's issues but my coworkers were all great.
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Great mission, poor management

Houseparents at Milton Hershey are often told they are the most important employees, but adminstration truly does not care about them. We work unbelievably long hours, very little respite. Very easy to get burnt out in a short amount of time. Houseparents used to stay for years and years, now it's a revolving door. Couples leave in 2-3 years. No work life balance.

Pros

Good pay and benefits

Cons

Toxic culture, no work life balance
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Culture Issues

Closed culture benefits employees who are former students. Little to no HR support. IT department is a disaster most of the time with a naive perception of executive needs.

Pros

Fair benefits package

Cons

Terrible office politics and culture issues.
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Fulfilling work

Working with the children is very rewarding however management makes things difficult to build relationships. We are now more house manager’s than house parents. The paperwork has exceeded the time to spend with the children.

Pros

Living on campus

Cons

Living on campus
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Oppressive like a Cult

If you do not fall in line, you will be ostracized and bullied. Do not share ideas or ask questions. It has the same characteristics as a cult or a fraternity/ sorority. They will break you down until you feel like you do not have any worth. Then want you to compete with your coworkers to be the most loyal to the "mission."

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Housing

Cons

Work is your life
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Way to give back to students

Works 12 days on 3 days off Not a great place if you struggle with work life balance, don't have much of a person life. If you enjoy working with students this is a great place
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The reward is the work with the students!

Definitely need a heart for children and the ability to build a home like existence for them to feel nurtured. Need to create a space to feel safe and encourage learning. It is a very scheduled day and a lot of work but the rewards come from mentoring and building relationships with young people that would not have these opportunities. Pay and benefits are very good for a young family.
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I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric. Morale is very low among house parents. We are expected to do too much. Only a super hero could get done what we are supposed to get done.
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Tough job with not much fexability

It is a good place if you do not have kids of your own. Be watchful and administration does not have your back. They are on a drive to increase student populations and sponsors will take preference.
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Summary

The job in and of itself is rewarding. Working with the kids every day is why we work here and what makes Milton Hershey School rewarding and a beautiful place. However, the management makes the job extremely difficult in Senior Division Homelife. The houseparents and TL staff are not treated with respect. They are treated as a number and not a person. Administration focuses on hiring - rather than retention.

Pros

Free Housing, Summers off, Working with the kids

Cons

4 weekends off a year, no overtime pay, 70+ hours and not paid hourly, no flexibility
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Great place to impact the lives of young people

MHS is a great place to work if you want to commit yourself to helping young students better their lives and outcomes. You are able to impact students daily through working hand and hand with them as they journey through their adolescent years.

Pros

Great pay, free housing

Cons

No work/life balance
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Fulfilling work

Non profit meaningful work in a beautiful setting with competitive compensation and excellent benefits. Work that makes a difference for low income kids.
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I loved it

They make you feel like family and y They have supper nice staff. I will always call mhs my family. I had the time of my life there and met life long friends.
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Miltom hershey School

This was the best organization I have ever worked for. They really care about the kids that attend the school and they offer great resources and support to there staff.
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You will give and rarely receive

If you're looking to be a houseparent, know that you will work a minimum of 70 hours a week and be forced to work UNPAID during your unscheduled time while your students are at school. You will also be mandated to work an Extra Duty during the summer above and beyond your current hours and that too is UNPAID. Then during the year you will be mandated to work another additional duty. If you were to be paid hourly at $15/hr with overtime instead of receiving a salary, you'd literally be making over $66K a year per person. In the past year, there have been approximately 50 houseparent couples (100 people) leave. Administration explains this away and says that it isn't any more than any other year and that they're not alarmed by such numbers. All the while there is a huge need for assistance because of a bad shortage of help. You as a reader need to read between the lines and ask yourself why the culture at Milton Hershey is so bad that such a negative review of this sort would be written. There is so much more to write that has created such a negative environment, but if you do decide to continue to apply for a houseparent position, ask the hard questions to the houseparents that will host you when you're going through your interview. If you accept the job, don't say you weren't warned.

Pros

Time off in summer and holidays

Cons

Very poor working environment and conditions
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Static and unproductive office place with poor management.

The workplace is unproductive and there is a lack of oversight and leadership to direct people on work. The work was too easy to be satisfying and salary is low.
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