Barber National Institute

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Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Barber National Institute

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    Current Employee - Residential Manager in Erie, PA
    Current Employee - Residential Manager in Erie, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barber National Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a great job. You get to interact, socialize, play games, and go on community outings. The agency is flexible and accommodating to schedules.

    Cons

    I have no complaints about this employer.


  2. Employment

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    Current Employee - Relief Aide in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Relief Aide in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Barber National Institute part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good health benefits

    Cons

    The moderate rate of injury by a consumer

    Advice to Management

    When you have long term P/T employees they should be regonixed for their longevity with the company regardless if they haven't worked a 100 hours throughout the year.


  3. Nurse

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    Former Employee - Nurse in Erie, PA
    Former Employee - Nurse in Erie, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy work schedule. Good food. Wonderful clients.

    Cons

    Human resources is Of little help.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff. Support them.


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  5. Great!

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    Former Employee - Tss
    Former Employee - Tss
    Recommends

    Pros

    Wonderful co-workers who really care about the clients. Good pay for the job, and compensated for paperwork.

    Cons

    Irregular hours, lots of travel without gas reimbursement.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good but emotionally hard

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    Former Employee - Residential Manager
    Former Employee - Residential Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Barber National Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked in the group homes for about 4 years. Very altruistic and satisfying if you feel like you're making a positive difference in someone's life

    Cons

    Emotionally draining. Whether you work with an easy group of people or difficult group, it will tug on your heart strings.


  7. TSS work

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    Former Employee - Tss in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Tss in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barber National Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good work/life balance. Employees very committed to the mission and values of social work.

    Cons

    Low job security. Not very high pay.


  8. Great Mission, Shaky organizational structure.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The commitment to mission and the kids is fantastic, the people working with everyone truly care.

    Cons

    Budget constraints, a decrease in healthcare benefits are causing a decrease in the value of employment


  9. Alright job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very Easy work, very relaxed, have a great relationship with clients

    Cons

    Not really organized, could offer more full-time positions


  10. Helpful (1)

    It has become all about the money management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Barber National Institute (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Experience solving own case problems, working with different types of cases, increase development of time management skills, experience dealing with various crisis

    Cons

    Constant management changes, change in focus from all about the kids ability to function in their environment to lead fulfilling lives to all about the money, constant increase in number of case load hours to fulfill that is unethical for thereputic outcomes, micro managing increases with each new office staff & manager (which occurs every 6 months to a year), new program or clinical director on average every year- that continues to be cheaper for the company but offers no real clinical support, no value in therapists just seen as money makers, no support in learning valuable therapeutic interventions for new employees, no support in meeting expectations for case load perscribed hours since they assign you all over the region and expect you meet their level prescribed hours weekly not considering time it takes to get to one client to another & the hours that available (ex 10 clients all 4 hours each starting at 4pm-6pm- some certain days of the week like Mon & Wed or just Wed), in order to attempt to be ethical you would have to work atleast 50 hours and that's not including the time for ALL the paperwork that has to be done weekly, monthly, 6 months, etc for each client!! Focusing on what Insurance company wants instead of what is better for the clients. They expect more and pay less than other agencies. Super high turn around rate. Seasoned FT therapists have more responsibilities and requirements for even less pay than PT therapists!!

    Advice to Management

    Show value in your staff, don't fake the valueing. Support your seasoned staff- obtain better clinical support for ALL therapists not just for one type of therapy focus. Stop thinking money and return back to valuing what the agency stood for and make it happen! Support your seasoned therapists and give them a raise! No raises in 10 years does not increase quality of work and moral. Listen to your clinicians regarding work load and hours! You want higher productivity? Work with each clinician and their case loads to make it ethical and higher productivity. Stop the insane amount of double paperwork! Use seasoned therapists to support MA level therapists!! Bring back mentor program! That would support MA therapists and increase quality of work to each of these kids. Make a change to really make a difference!


  11. It's just a job, a stepping stone to a real one

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Erie, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Erie, PA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Barber National Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    flexible schedules, free meals, good environment. Love the clients and most group home staff. Pay is in general what you'll find anywhere for the area for the same work at another agency

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about employees. They will tell you something is not allowed or against policy until it's convenient for them to make you do it. i.e. forced to stay for 18 hour shifts because of 'no-shows' and coming back into work 6 hours later. No seniority, no raises, no shift differential, forced to work every single weekend and holiday. Not allowed to take PTO when you want/need just because someone else at 1 of 10 other group-homes has it off. Management does not advocate for clients unless their family is a donor. Computer server is ALWAYS down making it impossible to do paperwork and then getting reprimanded when work isn't done on time. LOTS of 'busy work' paperwork that literally gets thrown away at the end of the month. Barely room for promotion but it's all in who you know. Day staff is rude to group-home staff, constant disagreements. Psych and nursing are dismissive and treat staff like idiots even though most of us hold BA/BS or MA degrees but can't find better paying jobs in Erie. Loads of staff do nothing all shift and are never reprimanded//no protocol for when this constantly happens. Part-time staff are unprepared when sent to a new group-home and usually sit around all night even when asked to help. Full time gets paid less than part time. That's right, you read that correctly. They can't come up with another 25 cents to at least meet the wage of part time aides (because we get a 'benefit package'). Instead of firing problem staff members they are just moved to another group home for someone else to deal with. Especially if they are a 3rd shift staff because their shifts are harder to fill. Staff are constantly told we 'can't call off' and are forced to work when we're sick or too tired to safely run a shift which shows that client health and safety is often disregarded.

    Advice to Management

    BNI is non-profit, Staff understand that. But there are so many staff that have sacrificed and bent over backwards for this company and are never rewarded. In fact, as time goes on it seems we are punished. More work responsibility without pay increase, PTO days taken away, high insurance premiums etc.. Part time staff get to pick their schedule but full time doesn't. We understand that's part of the responsibility but it's really unfair that an aide can walk in, say they don't want to work weekends or holidays ever, and still make more than full time!!! All they have to do is change their availability and they get what they want. Make an anonymous protocol for what staff should immediately do when other staff members aren't pulling their weight i.e. PS or OS come immediately to rectify the situation. I'd rather work alone than with someone that gets a paycheck for doing nothing. If you can't offer pay increases at least offer extra PTO days for seniority or bonuses for an amount of time without call-offs or tardiness (gift cards, coupons, non-monetary gifts).. Talk to area businesses to see if they would offer discounts with employee ID that staff would actually use. Offer in-group-home in service for mandatory training's because most staff have to have 2 jobs to meet a livable wage and often cannot go to the center during the day. Make it required that Part time aides have to work a certain number of weekends or holidays per fiscal year. Cut down on paperwork that no one even looks at (mileage sheets, water, fridge, and freezers temperatures, MAS, sleep charts) Streamline other paperwork and take out redundancies (having to write date multiple times on one form, sign, print, and initial on same form twice, delegate certain duties that part time staff are responsible for. Let staff pick date and time for staff to do appointments. Client appointments should work around our schedules if we are to take them. More contests and give-aways to keep staff interested as there is currently a huge divide between office staff and grouphome staff. Have staff email reports and paperwork instead of printing things out constantly and wasting paper, ink, and half the time the printer doesn't even work. STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS. Look into it. SO many people would work or stay an employee if this was offered. Even if it were a small percentage based on total hours work during the length of employment. Have more fundraisers, even small ones that staff could take part in such as bake sales, craft fairs, music, etc. Many staff are very talented and would be willing to volunteer work to benefit programs.



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