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Commitment to client care, but not employees

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Pros - Commitment to client care, great program, rewarding work, great community Cons - Low pay, management don't listen to staff, minimal training Not great hours - 8hrs shifts from ~6am-2pm or ~2pm-10pm
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Great for Professional Growth, Yet Favoritism Among Staff is Awful

Solstice is a great place to work if you are looking for real-life, tangible experience in the Mental Health field. It is a great place to grow professionally, too. There are opportunities to receive trainings that increase your responsibility the longer you stay. Most of the co-workers are supportive and you often grow a bond with them as you are in the trenches together. Trainings improved throughout my time significantly. The largest downside to me was the favoritism. If you are one of the lucky ones to be liked by management, often times you will receive better treatment.


Great Place to Gain Experience


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  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Ability to learn new things
  • Supportive environment
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  • Fair pay for job
  • Time and location flexibility

Some great co-workers

Upper management has a classist and entitlement. Sense to them. HR also is in charge of many other departments so in ability to go to HR with a complaint about HR


Free lunch


Upper management
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Solstice "a wonderful place to be" East

There were constant favorites and racial/ableism microaggressions being applied to certain employees. Difficulty being defensive and covering their behinds by putting down other employers. You will not have consistency around any communication. Leadership is a hierarchy in which the mentors/lead mentors are never respected. As a mental health facility, they do not believe in "mental health day." You could be denied PTO even after being approved or fired randomly & no opportunity to say goodbye to colleagues and clients. There is a huge line of disrespect within the place but everyone's experience is different. This was just mine.


Free lunches, gain good skills learning about yourself, great relationships with colleagues


poor management, discrimination, no "equal opportunity", poor communication
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Don’t do it

Pros: your coworkers working in the trenches with you who become your family and best friends, you don’t have to bring any meals unless you want to because they’re provided, beautiful campus and scenery and pets, did I mention your fellow mentors?Cons: Toughest job you’ll ever do for the least amount of pay, support, advancement, and to the detriment of your own mental health. Leadership does a terrible job of actually listening to the people who are here every single hour of the day with the kids, there’s a classist feeling to this whole place, and there are a lot of clients here who should not have been enrolled. Be prepared for long hours, being asked to work overtime and doubles, come in on your day off for boring meetings and trainings you don’t learn anything in, and mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting work. 2/10, do not recommend. (Would be zero, but again, coworkers.)
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Healing community ideal for professionals seeking to support families and grow

Solstice East is a fantastic place to work for therapists, teachers and youth mentors who are passionate about supporting adolescents and their families moving through a variety of mental health challenges including (but not limited to) PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and attachment difficulties. The campus setting in the mountains is gorgeous and opportunities abound for adventure and equine therapy experiences in nature. The leadership is dedicated to supporting professional development of staff, with a focus on fostering growth and resilience. For clinical jobs, compensation and benefits are better than comparable facilities in the area, and includes free meals and snacks. As a clinician, the most enjoyable part of the job is working with a multidisciplinary team of committed and interesting colleagues to support our youth residents. Working directly with the youth in individual sessions and groups can be fun and inspiring, as well as challenging and stimulating. This is a fabulous place to gain the experience needed to blossom as an adolescent-oriented therapist. The hardest part of the job is supporting the transformation of complex family dynamics primarily virtually. This is a residential treatment center where youth live; their adult guardians (usually parents) typically visit 4 times/year, with weekly virtual family therapy sessions held via Zoom. No place of employment is perfect, and management at Solstice East knows that and is cultivating a culture that is open to feedback and positive change. This is an ideal time to join the team here for folks that - 
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Great company that cares about people

Solstice East is values driven, and cares about it's employees and clients. The management team is dedicated to providing the best possible care for our families. The workplace culture is compassionate and understanding, and Solstice East has shown time and again that they will do what they can to take care of it's quality employees. I'm on my 7th year as an employee at SE and still find it to be a rewarding job.
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Invaluable experience. Great workplace support and culture.

The experience that I gained while working at Solstice is extraordinary. The experience is rewarding and motivates you to grow both professionally and personally.


Free lunches. Flexible schedule. Fun activities.


Short breaks. Pay.
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Uncaring staff towards students, underpaid, and high stress with management incompetence.

Underpaid and overworked for a third shift making $12/hr when you are expected to physically restrain teens from self harming and running away (which happens mostly at night. Terrible benefits and an uncaring staff.


Most nights are quiet


You’re expected to do managements job, retaliation when you correct their work while doing their job, (like a graduated girl somehow being counted present at night checks), and horribly underpaid.
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The most fulfilling and emotionally challenging job

Working at Solstice will help you grow into a better version of yourself. Working with teenagers with trauma is emotionally draining and yet so fulfilling. Great job to enter into the psych/social work fields.


Free meals on shift, supportive community


Hard to get days off You need a doctors note for sick days low pay
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I had a great experience working in the kitchen. Friendly staff and great learning experiences. Excellent place to work. I highly recommend it to anyone.
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Good start to career in mental health

Low pay, much less than I made before graduating from college. Stressful. This job is good for those interested in starting careers in the mental health realm.
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Great Experience

I enjoyed my time working at Solstice East as an ONA. I learned from the job, the residents and coworkers. You must have a heart for the students and be willing to hold them accountable, but also give them support they need. The job can get to you but if you remember to take care of yourself the job can be really rewarding.
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Great for adults going to college

This job is perfect for a working adult going to college. Our manager is great. The biggest issue here is lack of communications from other daystaff and managers from other departments.


Health Insurance, PTO and discounts


Overnight shift
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great place with great people

Great company built off of a great model. Trauma informed care. Equine therapy was great. Therapists were all very knowledgable. Pay was mediocre but is on par with other companies.
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Productive and a fun place with a ping pong table.

I learned how and how not to process with girls in need. The hardest part of this job is holding firmly those boundaries with teenage girls.


Great therapy and great food


Overnight hours
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Rewarding but challenging

Solstice really makes a difference in the lives of residents. Working there is a challenge both mentally and physically at times, but seeing the change in the girls makes it worth while.
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3.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.8 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
2.9 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.1 out of 5 stars for Management
3.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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