Good job, could be better.
Residential Youth Counselor (Current Employee) – Everett, WA – February 19, 2018
With BRS teen boys, you don't know what you're going to get. You watch them, some days they are great, and some they are beating each other or attacking staff. I learned Right Response, got certified for CPR, First Aid, and Bloodbourne Pathogens, and got a food workers card. This job requires patience, self-learning, on-job training, fast responses, and sometimes working out petty problems among the boys. Management is kind and tries to be fair. You will be overworked, as with any other care facility with behavioral teens. The team meetings are geared towards bringing management together with the staff, and getting staff to work together more smoothly. The hardest part of the job is either the long hours that sometimes happen where the boys are in their rooms and there is nothing left to clean or write, or unexpected increase in hours when you previously had plans (unexpected hour changes, late co-worker, crises that management is unable to get there for so you can go home). The most enjoyable part of the job is the boys, usually, they are great boys. You get to play games with them, go to the park, take them to movies, take them to sports events, and you don't have to pay, though, you do have to keep any eye on them, they are sneaky.
Free food (any meal you are there for), insurance, 401b, some free movies and sports events.
Long hours, behaviorally unstable teens (dangerous), unexpected hour changes (often with no notice), no breaks (even though they tell you to take breaks, no one comes in for it, and the boys refuse to go to their rooms so staff can actually get a break)