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John Barber, J.D.
I worked at Barber National Institute full-time for more than 5 years
Pros – Great place to work. The best in the business
Cons – The Director level employees tend to micro manage their employees.
Advice to Senior Management – Allow your middle managers a little bit of flexiblitiy
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2012-09-14 18:52 PDT
I worked at Barber National Institute part-time for less than a year
Pros – Semi-flexible schedule that might work well if this is your only job or if you're a full-time student. Competitive hourly pay as far as TSS positions go. Company will reimburse mileage IF the mileage is accrued from one case to another case or from the office to a case. Again, this only works well if this is your only job and you actually have multiple cases scheduled back to back in the same day. They will not reimburse you for traveling to a case from your home, which is usually where you will be starting from.
Cons – -Full-time Status and Benefits: No opportunity for full-time status (no matter how many hours you actually work) and therefore, no benefits.
-Training: I received minimal initial training at my generic 3 day orientation that was mainly targeted for new hires entering the residential arm of the organization. I was basically thrown into implementing a behavioral treatment plan in the client's home armed only with my Autism 101 Powerpoint print out and an unrefined arsenal of minimally restrictive holds. There was very little discussion of what a TSS actually DOES.
-Safety: One of my client's homes was a potential safety risk. My BSC was required to sign a waiver stating that she was aware of the risk and agreed to go into the client's home anyway. I was never even informed of the situation before going to the home unaccompanied.
-Commute: All of my cases were at LEAST 40 minutes from my home (I live within city limits and 10 minutes from the office, so I'm not sure how I was consistently assigned to the far reaches of the county) and since they were my only cases for the day, I did not receive reimbursement for my mileage.
-Stability: If a client cancels an appointment, you do not get payed. Period. Even if you spend 40 minutes driving out to their house only to be met by mom in the driveway and be told your client came home from school and fell asleep and "Oh, gee! I'm sorry! I guess I forgot to call..." Or worse, you drive out and they pretend they aren't home because they've mistaken you for a Jehovah's Witness.
Advice to Senior Management – I understand that some of my complaints, especially the one to do with benefits and part-time status, are related to the available public funding for TSS positions on PA (although there are some other companies that have at least looked into benefits offerings for part-time employees). However, there are some other things that Barber could do for their part-time staff to make a strictly part-time position a more positive experience. Barber could do more to match clients and therapists based on geographic location, so that employees with only one or two cases are not seeing their paycheck go straight to their gas tank.
Barber also desperately needs to revamp their TSS training during orientation. There was no real discussion of what a TSS does in the home during the orientation. Following orientation, professional development focused largely on what a TSS is not supposed to do in the home. There was very little focus on what a TSS actually DOES. Shadowing experiences should become a standard component of the training period.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2013-01-05 05:35 PST
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I worked at Barber National Institute part-time for more than 3 years
Pros – The clients are wonderful, of course. If you like working with children or adults with disabilities, then it's a great place to work. however....
Cons – If you like to have your employer use you as "part time" and therefore give you no benefits whatsoever, but still want to work 40 hours a week, this is a good place to go. Their pay is also terrible... especially for a substitute teacher's aid.... $9.14 is awful for how much work the job entails.... Just awful.
Advice to Senior Management – Go back to the original meaning behind Dr. Gertrude's message. Also, think about the clients and the workers a bit more than your paycheck. And... lastly... no one likes the art that has been contrived by adults that they're selling as artwork done by a child. No child does art that well.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2012-10-31 23:14 PDT
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