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3.9Rating Details
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Pay4
Respect4
Benefits5
Job Security5
Work/Life Balance2
Career Growth5
Location4
Co-Workers4
Work Environment4

From Richmond, Virginia — 08/30/2009

I wanted to provide another perspective on National Counseling Group (NCG) that many may not be considering. It is a private agency that is performance based. They told us this from day 1. Many professionals seeking to enhance their clinical skills are able to do so successfully at NCG. They have helped more than hurt. Many of their counselors do exceptional work with consumers that without their intervention, these youths and families would have failed. The agency promotes from within to protect their professional culture in a field where professionalism lacks. They set a standard, and unfortunately, many cannot reach or maintain that standard. It seems that many in the field are looking for an "easy way out" or looking for an "easy paycheck", but at least if they work for NCG, they are given a chance to enahance their skills. Unfortunately, mental health treatment is not easy and in-home counseling is the hardest. Just ask any seasoned out patient clinican and many will attribute their professional development and success to those in-home experiences early in their career. One other note on money after reading so many complaints about unpaid time, it has been my experience that people are told that weekly supervision and staff meetings are unpaid time when hired. They told me. At first, I didn't like it either, but I learned alot from those supervisions and meetings. As for bonuses, there have been people that have been given cars, counselor of the month bonus,etc. All of the people that received these bonuses were well deserved. One thing to keep in mind, much supervision in the field is unpaid, such as graduate level internships, and many counselors have to pay themselves to receive licensed supervision. Another thing to mention is their pay increases supercedes any comparable position in the field (public or private). They provided me with a raise every six months, but I don't think they would have done this if I did not perform up to their standards. They have alot of caring professionals working in the agency that work hard for the clients they serve and the staff that work with them.

Now I am not saying NCG is a perfect organization, far from it. Most aren't. Some statements made on this blog are true, especially the one about their growth. Above all, I believe this is their biggest downfall - biting off more than they can chew and then working to catch up. But as all business must grow, NCG simply needs to refine existing procedures and practices and be satisfied with what they have.

Overall, this agency prides itself on its service, and the service is only as good as the staff providing it. It is unfortunate to read so many bad reviews listed but every agency is not free from ridicule and is not perfect. If more NCG professionals, past and present, were aware of this blog, you may get more positive reviews. Instead of saying "Don't work with this agency" people should say "Look closely at this agency, talk to people, and see if this is going to be a good career move and if it meets my professional goals." Some people do well, and some don't. When I worked with NCG, I have seen people move on to better positions in other private agencies and in the government because of what they learned at NCG, but they have been thankful for their opportunities while with NCG.
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5.0Rating Details
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Pay5
Respect5
Benefits5
Job Security5
Work/Life Balance5
Career Growth5
Location5
Co-Workers5
Work Environment5

From Richmond, Va — 06/28/2009

This is the first time I am responding to a job blog- perhaps employees who are content do not feel the need to comment. However, I am noticing that NCG needs those of us who are satisfied to speak up. My family has worked for NCG for the past 10 years. I have watched this company help many families and people in crisis. It is growing exponentially due to its professionalism. The training is paid for, as well as accomodations. I have watched so many employees rise withing this company to levels unattainable in other work environments. There is a team atmosphere and for those who choose to embrace that team spirit-- it is a wonderful environment. Bottom line is that if you are a hardworking, team player that wants to be a part of a company that not only makes a difference in those it serves,but will also have opportunities for advancement... this is the ideal company.
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3.1Rating Details
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Pay4
Respect3
Benefits3
Job Security3
Work/Life Balance3
Career Growth3
Location4
Co-Workers3
Work Environment3

From Manassas,VA — 12/29/2008

Where do I start?
Work environment-Manassas office site director and supervisors were tremendously unprofessional, dishonest, and at times incompetent. There was an extremely unprofessional and flirtatious supervisor at the site.
Respect- there is a lack of respect for certain groups of people. The agency only promoted those within the 'clique'and not based on merit.
It was a total waste of time working for this agency and many others agreed with this statement.
Co-worker competence-new employees were thrown to the lions;they never stood a chance.There was inadaquate support and trainings.The paperwork was completely overwhelming, and state guidlines were frequently tossed to the side.There were also unqualified and non-credentialed counselors providing services. The supervisors were absolutely no help with guiding their supervisees.
This was a horrible career experience. POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES DO YOUR RESEARCH!
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