Alternatives Unlimited (Massachusetts)

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Alternatives Unlimited (Massachusetts) Reviews

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  1.  

    Great managers, more efficient time managment needed with lower level employees

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    Former Employee - Case Worker  in  Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Case Worker in Worcester, MA

    Pros

    They always had updated training, and most employees truly cared about their clients

    Cons

    It was often difficult to work on client goals when our schedules were packed with
    taking care of normal errands

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More efficient transportation services

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    apartment counselor (aka- taxi driver, babysitter & janitor)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Absolutely none. This job is a joke. This is me typing to fill up the 20 word minimum b/c there is nothing good about this job. Nothing.

    Cons

    The amount of miles you rack up on your own personal vehicle is insane. Most counselors do 150+ miles A WEEK to drive around ungrateful, super smelly individuals who either pee in your car or make it smell like an ash tray...or they give you bed bugs.
    Supervisors punch in and out from their phones so they come in late & leave early. It makes it hard when they aren't there when you need help in the office. Because they are slacking, everything is always past due and counselors have even more driving and errands to do.
    You end up doing so, so much work for little pay ($13/hr). Its not worth the stress and aggravation. And payroll somehow seems to mess up pay checks every once in a while and forgets to pay people on time...and pay is bi weekly. Thanks payroll, you're the best.
    Its hard to take a vacation b/c they're so under staffed. You rack up all the vacation time and then cant use it on consecutive days off.
    When the "individuals served" don't feel like cleaning, the counselors get stuck doing it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come in on time, work your whole shift, and then maybe you wont always be playing catch up when it comes to due dates and getting work done on time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Painful

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    Former Employee - Counselor
    Former Employee - Counselor

    Pros

    b/c you're on the road 90% of the time, there is no one breathing over your shoulder.
    They hire internally for promotions but good luck lasting a full year there to be considered
    casual dress attire

    Cons

    the driving, supervisors play favorites and if your the favorite great- if not you have to pick up their slack, rumors in the office, trainings are useless, there is no direction for the important office paper work, have to work either Saturday or Sunday and late nights

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Never paid people on time!

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    Former Employee - Tutor  in  Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Tutor in Riverside, CA

    Pros

    Love to work with the kids.

    Cons

    Never paid on-time for tutoring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees on time.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Alternatives is a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Whitinsville, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitinsville, MA

    Pros

    Alternatives is a a company that values their employees. This is evidenced by their strong focus on training and promoting from within. Most managers were promoted into their positions so they have an intimate understanding of the job performed by the people they are supervising. Most importantly, Alternatives is committed to the people they support and place their needs at the forefront when making decisions about the direction of the organization.

    Cons

    As a non-profit organization, Alternatives is dependent on the Department of Mental Health, Department of Developmental Services, and the Department of Medical Assistance to fund programs. As a result, wages are not as high as you would find in the corporate world. As a non-profit, the salary and benefit packages are generous and very competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Alternatives' management should continue to work toward their mission of providing services of the highest quality to people with disabilities. Alternatives is a great organization that provides a much needed service to the people of Central MA.

    Recommends
  7.  

    A Great Place To Work

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    Current Employee - Program Counselor
    Current Employee - Program Counselor

    Pros

    Alternatives has an excellent training program. Management is very easy-going and accessible. We provide an invaluable service to the people we support. Great benefits package. Plenty of opportunity to grow within the company. The headquarters, located at the recently renovated, historic Whitin Mill is beautiful. An all around great place to work!

    Cons

    High turnover rate - typical of any Human Services organization. Pay is very low for the large amount of work that we do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some additional fundraising or cut the pay of higher positions, i.e. CEO, Clinicians, Nurses, to pay the front line people (Counselors, Supervisors, Coordinators) a higher salary. Minimum salary for the amount of work I do as a Support Counselor should be at least $18/hour.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A great place to start in human services

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    Current Employee - Counselor
    Current Employee - Counselor

    Pros

    Alternatives just tripled in size so there are plenty of internal promotion opportunities. Training is Alternatives strength and there are numerous opportunities for paid training. The offer a small education credit as well as medical/dental/life insurance.

    Cons

    High turnover rate, High stress job. The hours are not conventional. There has been a decrease in communication since the expansion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication between regional components and increase standards for paper work and employee individual interactions. Offer training series more than 1 time every other month.

    Recommends

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