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Abusive and detrimental culture
Child Developmental Specialist (Former Employee) –  Robinson Township, PADecember 1, 2019
The culture of the Bradley Center was very stressful and non-inclusive. The hardest part of the job was actually your direct peers, supervisors, and HR! They were very cliquey, would find ways to tear each other down, would gossip about you *in front of your face*, and held certain staff members to different rules. Some staff members were good at patient care, but a majority would verbally abuse the children and then go back to their phone use.

You will get written up if you do not fit in with their abusive culture and if you care one ounce about your mental health state, don't apply here.
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toxic enviorment
Clinical Director (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAOctober 9, 2019
Bradley Center was a very horrible toxic environment that made working for the facility difficult to do. IT does not value it employee's or mission statement.
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Too much stress considering little pay
ACTIVITY SPECIALIST/CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST (Former Employee) –  Robinson, PASeptember 17, 2019
I don't recommend due to the lack of support from upper management. They don't care about what happens to direct care staff and make decisions that will get them the most profit, even though it is a non-profit facility.
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Great Staff w/HORRIBLE pay
Mental Health Technician (Current Employee) –  Columbus, GASeptember 2, 2019
It’s easy to get a part time only working 3 days a week but if they don’t have enough patients, you get sent home early. If you want a decent paycheck you have to work overtime. Communication could be much better. The pay isn’t worth the stress of dealing with the irate patients and long hours!
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Low pay, hard job
Child Developmental Specialist (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAJuly 24, 2019
Staff are not regarded well or supported by management well. There is a lack of consistency and communication which leads to different people having different standards for the children and other staff that they are working with.

There are limited breaks, free meals, and the low pay for an incredibly hard and taxing job. There is ample opportunity for over time though, provided you can pick up the shift work. There are three shifts, 7am-3pm,3pm-11pm, and 11pm-7 am. Overnights tend to be the easiest shift because they require tons of paperwork but limited outbursts or disturbances from the children.

The children do not received consequences for their positive or negative behaviors as often as they should. It becomes frustrating g to work with certain people because training in the beginning has been inconsistent and rules become inconsistent. Staff splitting and aggravation are common. The turn over rate is high because the environment is stressful and not as supportive as it could or should be.

This is a job for people who love children, have thick skin, and have the utmost patience. It can be incredibly rewarding but it is hard not to become overwhelmed or burnt out by the constant pressure of the children and management.
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Fast paced, and stressfull
Direct Care Staff (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAJune 7, 2019
The job turn over is very high, and due to this its hard for management to make fair assessments of employees that are hard working and committed. The stresses from the day do follow you home, and can affect your personal life. Its a very underappreciated job.
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terrible management
Child Development Specialist (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAApril 19, 2019
This company is very top heavy and cares very little about its direct care staff. The compensation is very little for the how dangerous the job can be due to working with adolescents with aggression. There is not enough support to create a therapeutic environment. When upper management is informed of how to fix the issues, they put their noses up and choose to ignore it, since they are only in the business for the money. Employees constantly get hurt, and when management reviews it their only plan for modification is "to allow a 5 min break after incident".
Pros
none
Cons
no breaks, terrible compensation, forced to work overtime or 16 hours a day
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I am satisfied with my employment at The Bradley Center.
Mental Health Therapist (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAApril 15, 2019
As a therapist, my typical work day included individual, family, and group therapy sessions. Lots of paper work, assessments, and data collection which decreases time to spend with the residents for actual therapy. There is limited space to have quality therapy sessions. Sometimes aggressive crisis can be traumatizing to both the residents and staff. Many staff do a great job and protecting the safety of the residents. Many of the staff show dedication and will work at a lower pay level to support the youth. The agency helps in continued education for the employees.
Pros
Fee lunch, supportive coworkers, PTO time, yet required to work holidays. Can dress very casually.
Cons
Short breaks, sometimes lack of safety due to residents' aggressive behaviors.
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Ehh
Child Developmental Specialist (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAFebruary 20, 2019
Work environment was really hard to work in. The day school had various students from around the state who needed extra assistance with behavior issues different for each child/student. Also residental living was there, there is 4 units.
Pros
Free meals when on clock.
Cons
No breaks, stressful settings
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Great place to work
Utilization and Legal Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Columbus, GAJanuary 9, 2019
very quick pace but overall. a very great and knowledgable place to work. there are great management team and great staff.
my hardest part of the job is stay busy and walk a lot
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Stay Away Far Far Away
Child Development Specialist (Former Employee) –  Robinson, PADecember 7, 2018
This company has a great way of having a good face and making you think you have found a wonderful place to work. Then if you get on someone's bad side they will all target you until you are fired or quit.
Pros
Free food
Cons
No breaks, often needing to pick up overtime
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The Bradley Center
CBHU Geripsychiatric Unit Manager (Former Employee) –  Columbus, GA 31901November 12, 2018
A facility where employees are compassionate and dedicated to providing patient care to individuals that suffer from various mental health disparities. Fast paced family oriented work environment.
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Fun workplace and environment
OWNER (Current Employee) –  Louisville, KYNovember 8, 2018
I have watched this company grow from nothing but an idea. It has been neat to watch so many people walk through the door hopeless; only to see that same person a week or two later smiling. Priceless memories. I love this job.
Pros
Staff
Cons
Haven't found any yet.
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nice
PROGRAM DIRECTOR (Current Employee) –  Louisville, KYOctober 25, 2018
Nice place to work.. help others daily.. great management.. good upper management and owners.. given the opportunity to advance and to get compensated for the work we do
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Rewarding place to work
Child Development Specialist (Former Employee) –  Robinson Township, PASeptember 27, 2018
The Bradley Center is a rewarding, but challenging place to work. I enjoyed my time there. Working with the children and seeing their progress was always nice.
Pros
Free meals. Free parking.
Cons
Can be hectic.
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Tbc
Staff direct Care (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAJuly 26, 2018
Work Here Currently. A good job but pay could be better. Work many hours overtime just to pay bills and do not see family as much as we should. good benefits
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Be prepared to work your butt off while still being broke (12.00/hr) and no such thing as a signing bonus, they lied
Child Development Specialist (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAJuly 8, 2018
A typical day at work during the school year at least was very difficult. Already having to deal with the residents who live there along with the day school students who come from the community can be very difficult because the residential children lose privileges when they lose incentive in school, while the day school students don't get punished for anything, especially if there is a lack of parenting at home. When the residential kids are not in school, the day can be somewhat decent. My unit got the least amount of funds for outings and other activities, I only suppose because only half of our activity specialists was actually doing their job. A lot of the time, you had to spend money out of your very own pocket because they were very disorganized and cheap with the outings. The campus coordinators would pressure you into picking up overtime (because the retention rate of staff is terrible, and I can see why it is) because we were short staffed all the time. 16 hour a day shifts, 4 days in a row with 4 hours of sleep almost every night was very normal here, especially while having to transport children across the state or to a different state, which isn't safe to do while someone is extremely exhausted. Some staff would get away with hurting children or putting them in danger, but so help you God if you make a minor mistake and your not in the unit's clique or one of the favorites, you're immediately going to get fired without any warnings or write-ups. Some of the clinical directors of the units can be very nice as people, but have no idea what they are doing job wise  more... which makes it very frustrating. The food here is somewhat ok, the parking is free, but if you are a salaried employee, you must park down in the lot on the main road and catch the shuttle up to the building. Some of the children here can be very uncontrollable because of the fact that they are transitioning home from the court system, and because leadership has their favorite kids, these kids are not held up to the same standard as the other kids, which makes things even more difficult because these kids will act out until they get what they want. The vision and dental and a percentage of the health insurance is covered, but the copays to see a specialist are $80 and just to see your PCP is $40, which is terrible considering you're at risk by getting hurt by these children everyday, and then have no consequences for hurting their staff.  less
Pros
Free Food, reduced cost health, vison, and dental benefits
Cons
No breaks allowed, cliquey staff, ignorant upper management, disorganization, extreme pressure to do overtime, no flexiblilty in scheduling, rare days off
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Patient observer
patient observer (Former Employee) –  Columbus, GAJune 22, 2018
Observed patients in a secured setting of health techs and nurses. I liked the 12 hour shifts. Made my own schedule. Shift diff, and night diff really helped with my pay rate.
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Wouldn't recommned staying here for long.
Child Development Specialist (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAJune 7, 2018
It takes a certain kind of personality to be able to work in a residential setting. The pay isn't a living wage so you need to pick up overtime shifts to pay your bills. The residents can be difficult, especially if you work in the school program. You need to have a thick skin to work here because residents can be tough to work with.
Pros
Free food, Nice co-workers, some schedule flexibility
Cons
No life outside of work if you pick up OT
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exposure to field after college, however emotionally and mentally overwhelming
child development specialist (Current Employee) –  5180 campbells run rd, robinson paMay 10, 2018
hard work, asked constantly to do a lot of overtime. Required to transport children to their home passes for weekend. may have to drive far distances that take up an entire 8 hour shift. need more of emphasis on individual care plans for children. School program is horrible! little to no organization. many restraints during school program because of children going off of one anothers behaviors
Pros
free lunch, free parking, other co workers with you throughout day for support
Cons
no breaks at ALL, sometimes mandated to work, school program, expected to restrain children
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