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Review averages

  • 3 employees say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (1)
    33.333333333333%
    Satisfactory (1)
    33.333333333333%
    Subpar (1)
    33.333333333333%
    2.39
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

Reviews for Hope Institute For Childr

Reviews - What employees say

2.39 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say

Suggestions for improvement

  • Better pay for floor staff even if that means cutting management salaries. Promoting teamwork and giving incentives for it instead of discouraging it. evaluations that mean something and earn you extra for the hard work.

What I like about the company

You learn a lot from the kids almost as much as you are teaching them. It's so rewarding when you see the kids accomplishing things that they were never expected to.

What I dislike about the company

The low pay for employees and the excuses management gives when refusing to correct that.We work hard with difficult and stressful environments and kids, often being mandated for extra shifts. We should earn a lot more than what we do.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered
  • Company
    Hope Institute For Childr
  • City
    Springfield
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

is offered
  • 08.Dec 2015
  • Employee

Company Culture

People try to act supportive and encouraging but they are burnt out and distrustful and it shows.

Support from management

Managers will compel staff to work overtime for 16 hour days. They act for the most part as adversaries. It is rare to find a manager or scheduler who wants to help the staff

Teamwork

Due to the longstanding history of DCFS's presence watching over Hope institute and verifying that Abuse is not happening against the residents, the staff are watching their own backs. If one works well they will help out but mostly people aren't team minded

Freedom to work independently

If you are new expect to get the worst of the tasks. Unions protect their own. You will be mandated to work. You will be called in first.

Internal Communication

Expect last minute changes. Expect to be moved to positions and homes that seniority staff don't want to work in. Communication exists as orders that cannot be refused without reprisal.

Gender Equality

The seniority hierarchy rules. Granted the turnover is high but this does more to create turnover than to prevent it. An entry level trainee staff is given more to do and less rights than those who have been there for longer.

Attitude towards older colleagues

The fact that longer serving colleagues are supported and appreciated by the staff isn't necessarily a good mark. Management and state supervisors will throw them under the bus after praising them the week before

Career Development

Internal promotions can happen but are rare

Overall compensation for your work

Benefits are decent. Overtime pay is guaranteed. However the cost to the reward ratio is not always worthwhile and the changes that happen do more to turn people away than the compensation does to keep them there

Office / Work Environment

Conditions mostly reflect the needs of the residents however they are also subject to the whims of the staff. One staff member thinks that a television is a right of the resident, another may think it's a waste of mental energy. Nothing is consistent. Lighting and sound is subject to the tolerance of residents as it should be, however this is also subject to change if a staff member decides that the resident should deal with it, regardless of the fact the residents have autism and cannot be held to the same degree of expectation as the staff

Environmental Friendliness

As a company, environmental and climate matters are a focus. Cleaning supplies are environmentally friendly. It is rare to see a recycling bin however.

It is a non profit institution for developmentally disabled so social matters are a concern. It is not a focus for most of the staff, however.

Work-Life Balance

Awful. 16 hour days should be expected back to back. Labor laws prevent 3 days in a row, unless there are extenuating circumstances. This reviewer had not had this happen. However don't expect to get any weekends off or out of the mandates until you are higher up in seniority.

Company Image

Only management speaks kindly of the company. And then only to the public.

Job Security

This reviewer was employed for less than a year and nearly every quarter, the company promised there would be no layoffs followed by a surprise number of people being laid off. This reviewer is grateful for finding another job with greater security

Workplace Safety

Due to consistent inspections by the state, OSHA regulations were met. However injuries to the staff are always a possibility. Accidents can happen quickly. Staff are trained to de-escalate situations but if it cannot be prevented, there is not much to be done except to protect the residents.

Challenging Work

If you want to work in this field, there is no challenging position than to work one on one with these residents. There is also no greater reward than this work when you make a connection and help the resident become his or her own advocate and help them make good life choices, the goal is to help them become self- reliant and it is possible.

The day to day tasks can overshadow this perspective however

Inclusive / Diverse

Diversity is present. But not as a focus.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Re-evaluate the management. Treat it less like a prison. Seek to keep people on not to force them to work

What I like about the company

full time work and benefits. Guaranteed time and a half for overtime

What I dislike about the company

No rights as an individual employee unless it is earned through seniority

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
2.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered
  • Company
    Hope Institute For Childr
  • City
    Springfield
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2014
  • Position
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

is offered
  • 24.Nov 2015
  • Employee

Unstable

1.00

Suggestions for improvement

  • Treat your employees better. Listen to them. They're not all lying to you. Quit throwing money at the wrong things. $10,000 nursing bonuses? Firing all of the managers so you can hire a developer? How's that working out for you? You kept the one manager who was having all of the affairs with her own employees and got rid of the good ones.

What I like about the company

The salary was good

What I dislike about the company

It was a hostile work environment where the CEO cusses at the managers and the direct care workers cuss at the managers. It was one of the worse places I have ever worked for and the children really were being abused no matter how hard a few you got rid of tried to stop it.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

is offered is offered is offered is offered
  • Company
    Hope Institute For Childr
  • City
    Springfield
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2015
  • Position
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

is offered is offered

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Review averages

  • 3 employees say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (1)
    33.333333333333%
    Satisfactory (1)
    33.333333333333%
    Subpar (1)
    33.333333333333%
    2.39
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

kununu score comparisons

Hope Institute For Childr
2.39
3 reviews

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20,631 reviews

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