Youth Opportunity Investments, LLC Employee Reviews

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Very Poor Management and very bad benefits
Youth Specialist (Former Employee) –  Evart, MIJanuary 5, 2019
Management does not know what they are doing to include the corporation. They believe they know what they are doing but they do not. You are mandated all the time and then write you up if you cannot stay. Two write ups and you are fired. Benefits are horrible and basically don't exist. Management views you as just a number and don't care about retaining you. There is nothing but favoritism by management to include the directors. If you're not in the inner circle, watch your back.
Pros
a job
Cons
everything
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Facility is barely hanging in there
Worker (Current Employee) –  Rockdale, TXNovember 16, 2018
The facility is severely understaffed, youth care workers frequently go 8 hours without so much as a bathroom break, admin staff are all in cliques and facility administrator and many of the supervisors are unapproachable. You're expected to work for 7+ days without a day off. If you refuse when they ask to stay late, first time is written warning, second time is termination. That means many workers end up working 12-16 hours for days on end in a very high stress environment surrounded by people with a bad attitude and no support. Admin frequently gossip behind people's back and are unsupportive of staff. Just petty behavior overall that's worse than the kids. The kids don't make this job difficult, it's the staff. To top it off, the been benefits are sparce and the health insurance is expensive.
Cons
No breaks, minimal training, no support
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Toxic work environment
Licensed Clinical Director (Former Employee) –  Kissimmee, FLDecember 6, 2018
expected to work 60+ hours per week and holidays. Management is unskilled, uncaring and does not promote a healthy work-life balance. Coworkers and helping the clients were the best part of the job.
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Terrible place to work certain people click together
YCW (Former Employee) –  Rockdale, TXFebruary 15, 2019
Do not work for this company they watch out for their own people meaning their family members that work there . Management is a joke most uncaring place and unorganized Facilty I have ever seen . Doors left insecure kids run the place staff playing with the kids when they should be watching them . Very hostile environment and untrusting can not report anything because the Human Resources and asst dorector are family . Pay is low will get told one thing about your pay then find out they have dropped it lower also no communication at all between staff . Management is the worst I have ever seen in my career .
Pros
None
Cons
Everything
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Very Productive work place/ Great people
Asst. Facility Administrator (Current Employee) –  Rockwood, TNMarch 30, 2018
YOI Roane academy is a very awesome place to work. The staff there are great and work as a team daily to get the job done. Very compassionate people and I wouldn't trade them for anything.
Pros
Great environment, competitive pay, advancement opportunities, caring staff, and a Great management team
Cons
No 401k
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Growing Facility
NA (Current Employee) –  Rockwood, TNMarch 26, 2018
Since working for YOI Raone Academy I have noticed a huge change in staff moral and even our clients that we serve.

Staff morale is up! and our facility is growing quickly...New staff are coming on board and programs have been updated and or put in place.

Overall Roane Academy is becoming in my opinion a rewarding place to work.

Management yes has changed, but for the better, and they have come together as a team for the day to day running of the facility.

Shift Managers are also working as a team along with the youth counselor's. Great bunch of co workers to be with 8 hours a day and to be honest I cannot think of a better location or company to be with.
Pros
8 hour shifts, Ot, Paid holidays, Pto
Cons
No 401K currently
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Poor place to work
None (Former Employee) –  Rockwood, TNMarch 16, 2018
This company is all about the bottom line. They are strictly in it for the money and could careless about the employees. Expect double shifts two to three times a week and you'll be on blue dot, refuse a blue dot and you'll get wrote up, do it enough and they'll let you go. You'll be on blue dot two times a week including them asking for you to work a second shift just to cover.
Pros
None, insurance wasn't better than omni visions
Cons
Everything, management, no 401k, 4 hours per pay period of pto
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You need a strong team
Team Player (Current Employee) –  Nashville, TNMarch 28, 2018
While working here I've learned that support and more support is needed and beneficial to run a successful program. The most enjoyable part about of the job is coming together as a team and getting a task completed. Nothing can replace great teamwork in this setting.
Cons
No 401k
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Hard work, low pay LONG hours
Direct care staff (Former Employee) –  Evart, MichiganDecember 27, 2018
Management is terrible. You get mandated to stay for a second shift often, with no warning. The kids are disrespectful and unruly with no consequences. Co-workers are fun but will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat. The training is terrible and expectations change daily. It's dangerous because you work with murders and rapists and often don't get help when calling for backup. Breaks are unpaid. The healthcare is ridiculously expensive. Getting a day off is almost impossible. Nepotism runs deeply throughout. You'd be paid more at the local gas station. The food is nasty and the whole place smells like urine and vomit. You're expected to clean daily, but there's never any cleaning supplies and you will be totally unappreciated.
Pros
You can impact the life of a child
Cons
Everything work related
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Great Company
None (Current Employee) –  USAMarch 20, 2018
The best part about working for Youth Opportunity Investments, LLC is knowing in some small way, I am a part of helping youth and making a positive impact. In addition, there are some wonderful people who work at YOI and value the work you do.
Pros
Great pay
Cons
Lack of a 401k
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Highly rewarding
Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Ladoga, INNovember 20, 2018
Greatly rewarding job, but poor senior level management. They forgot the focus was on helping children and not about linking their pockets. Left many employees stranded when no noticed was given about suspending operations.
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Awesome place to work!
Human Resources Manager (Current Employee) –  Saint Petersburg, FLAugust 2, 2018
Working at Youth Opportunity Investments is amazing. Everyday you come into work and you feel like you are making a difference. Management here is seriously awesome and they genuinely care about you. The President and Vice President are very engaged in what the facilities do and they put the employees and the youth first. They are doing a great job developing a culture and are definitely headed in the right direction.
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Steer clear of Roane Academy
Maintenance Supervisor/Manager (Former Employee) –  Rockwood, TNAugust 13, 2018
New management took over and things went down hill and continue to go down hill. Steer clear and work somewhere else, save yourself the headache of having to find another job once you start this one and find out you made a mistake, youth opportunities is concerned with the bottom line and their employees do not fall into the equation than bodies that are required by the state.

When the business was owned by omni visions it was a far better place to work, I enjoyed my job and boss for all the help and understanding about everything that is required to repair a facility solo, without any help. The new company could never grasp why repairing the same walls 40 times a day was happening and why other things were falling behind.
Pros
None
Cons
Lack of staff, administration that don't have a clue.
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Kids need proper discipline
YC (Former Employee) –  Roane County, TNAugust 25, 2018
Very poor place to work. Very uncomfortable atmosphere. Trainees taught one way, then fussed at for doing it that way.
People always quitting.
Unhealthy place for troubled youth
Pros
Youth
Cons
Bad atmosphere, politics, foul language, improper discipline tochildren
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Negative atmosphere
Youth Development Specialist (Former Employee) –  Nashville, TNSeptember 30, 2018
Administration do not care for employees. The kids are not disciplined. They have too many incentives. No one goes by the policy. They supervisor and administration show favoritism. They are always under staffed. Turn over rate is very high. Pay rate if different from others even with two people have no experience.
Pros
Some of the kids make your day
Cons
Inconsistent
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I feel sorry for the youth...
Youth Counselor (Former Employee) –  Rockwood, TNOctober 1, 2018
I worked there as a youth counselor and not once do I regret getting out when I did. I know people who still work there and struggle with the idea of quitting every single day. The staff are not supported or given assistance when it's most needed. They treat male staff members better than females, even though females get most of the grunt work. The administration team is HORRIBLE when it comes to appropriate judgements and fail not only their employees, but the youth as well. Also, a lot of employees there are just as petty if not more petty than the youth themselves.
Pros
Making a difference in the lives of troubled youth
Cons
Everything else.
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Toxic
Therapist (Current Employee) –  Knoxville, TNSeptember 26, 2018
This is a difficult work environment with a lot of scape-goating and finding people to blame. You did make a difference in the lives of teenagers but it will cost you emotionally.
Pros
health insurance
Cons
lack of work/ life balance, on call, lack of boundaries
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Work environment has the potential to improve
OVI Youth Counselor I (Current Employee) –  Mount Juliet, TNMay 31, 2018
Appreciate the opportunity of employment, however the pay is inadequate to the cost of living. In addendum, medical cost is to high for the employees.
Pros
Location is satisfactory
Cons
No free lunch
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The first step to making a difference
Supervisor (Current Employee) –  MichiganJuly 28, 2018
I’ve been an employee @ YOI for several years now. I work at one of the Michigan facilities and we have a great team. YOI care about their employees and most important they truly care and our passionate about the work they are accomplishing with the youth. The overall goal is to be making a positive impact and being a positive role model for these troubled youth, and @ YOI we are accomplishing that goal. I believe this the first step in making a real difference.
Pros
Having the opportunity to make a difference
Cons
None
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Solid company working to change the face of youth detention
Director of Operations/Training Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Carmel, INMay 10, 2018
Overall this was a good company to work for. Lots of opportunity to help push the business model nationwide. Leadership had a lot to offer at times, but everything was an in house style approach.
Pros
Good pay, Advancement opportunities
Cons
Amount of work compared to time away from the job
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