Center for Autism and Related Disorders

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Center for Autism and Related Disorders Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
46 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Opportunity to Grow, Training and Support Provided

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ABA Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - ABA Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Center for Autism and Related Disorders

    Pros

    Incoming staff are provided with paid full training and introduction to the company. Path to move up within the company and further education is presented clearly with guided support form superior staff members. Great opportunity to work with children and gain experience in the field/build your resume! Lots of different locations and offices for those looking/willing to relocate.

    Cons

    Starting out the hours aren't necessarily great, and at times the company isn't able to give a clear idea of when and what hours may become. Compensation is median for the field, nothing spectacular. With such a large growing company, certain aspects of the company operates and employee relations, etc are still being figured out. The nature of the work can be very trying and stressful at times. Only for the strong willed.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome working with kids, but will monopolize your whole week and pay very little

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Behavior Therapist
    Current Employee - Behavior Therapist

    I have been working at Center for Autism and Related Disorders part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working with the kids is great and rewarding. The other therapists are great people to work with! Would be a good fit for someone just looking for a little part time experience and who isn't the breadwinner or caretaker in a family.

    Cons

    Difficult scheduling, hard to get enough hours, and very high turn over. If you want full time, you have to be available 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, because they struggle to schedule your appointments consecutively, and when clients cancel, your options are to make up those hours on your days off. They will send you to appointments that could be an hour away, and give you multi-hour breaks between said appointments where you don't get paid. So, expect 12 hour days, plus traffic, where you only get paid for 6 or 7 hours because all your time off the clock is sprinkled in 1.5 to 4 hour chunks of unpaid breaks throughout your day. This is especially difficult to deal with if these breaks occur between appointments that are very far away for you, because you can't reasonably use this time to go home to take care of yourself or your family, which is unfortunately a common complaint. The way scheduling works seems more suited to possibly a college student living at home who is just looking for some part time work and experience with kids, as opposed to a full time dependable income for someone with lots of responsibilities outside work. Also, they deduct $50 a month from your paycheck the first year because they give you a 4 day online training class, and if you quit before your year is up, you have to pay $600, so the "paid training" claim is misleading.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *Make an effort to make this a place employees want to stay, instead scaring employees into staying: better pay, better scheduling policies.
    *Charging employees for a 4 day online class seems shady, especially on top of how little they are paid
    *It seems like a company specifically designed to take advantage of it's therapists financially instead of being a quality employer. If a constant stream of employees risking $600 just to quit isn't a sign something needs to change, I don't know what is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Horrible. Pone of the worst companies to work for. Doreen is so money hungry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Center for Autism and Related Disorders

    Pros

    Helping children with autism by providing behavioral therapy

    Cons

    Look down on administrative staff like they are worthless. Treats the therapist like they're not part of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider promotions and benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    great pay good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Center for Autism and Related Disorders full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    pay.benefits,good people to work for

    Cons

    work life balance, sometimes you work long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great People poor Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for Autism and Related Disorders full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people working Corporate are very friendly and easy to work with. Great Benefits. Flexibility with time off to take care of personal business. Willingness to train and keep you involved.

    Cons

    Very low pay for what positions require. Lack of communication between departments resulting in poor outcomes. Despite the benefits and some flexibility I don't believe the company appreciates their employees based on pay, miscommunication and bad business practices. Company seems to spend a lot of money on unnecessary things. The company is growing but they refuse to grow corporate to support the need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees by paying them fairly. Communicate with all departments so that you can have an efficient work environment. Look at other business models in which employees enjoy working at a company and try and implement that into your own business model. Expand corporate to support your growing offices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work here if you have a family

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ABA Therapist
    Current Employee - ABA Therapist

    I have been working at Center for Autism and Related Disorders full-time

    Pros

    - You're helping children with autism
    - ABA therapy works
    - You'll receive good training and it's a good place to start if you want to enter this field
    - They now have a school in Alexandria that provides more stable work hours (less than 6 hours a day)

    Cons

    - You will get paid minimum wage while you're training (this can take more than a month)
    - They pay less per hour than other companies in the area
    - If you provide in home therapy, you will be driving all over the place
    - The schedule is not stable or predictable because of cancellations and they might redirect you to clients you've never met to cover for a therapist who has called in sick
    - There is little for therapists and their time
    - Very little appreciation for therapists
    - Extremely high turnover rate; some don't even last a month
    - Negative office culture
    - High stress job at times; it takes a lot out of you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Provide more stable schedules (not just on paper)
    - Hire substitutes instead or rerouting therapists
    - Be considerate of therapists time
    - Find ways to show your appreciation for therapist
    - Do away with the minimum wage training
    - Be more family friendly and be considerate of people who have children
    - Open a preschool for the children of employees (affordable)
    - Provide bonuses to encourage therapist to stay longer
    - Consider adding more salaried positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    DO NOT WORK HERE!!! If you only want to make $12 HOUR with a BACHELOR'S DEGREE then go right ahead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tarzana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tarzana, CA

    I worked at Center for Autism and Related Disorders full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Met some great people here and still maintain relationships with them.

    Cons

    This company used to pay therapists $15/hour to start. Now because the CEO is greedy the starting rate will be $12/hour. You cannot get a job as a therapist without a Bachelor's Degree. So if you are hoping to start paying back your student loans do not plan on working here. The business outlook for this company is terrible. My friends who still work there are very unhappy with the direction this company has taken. They are currently looking for new positions at other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too cookie-cutter in their approach, saw traumatizing disciplinary restraint and rigidity with a young client.

    Former Employee - Behavior Therapist in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Behavior Therapist in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Center for Autism and Related Disorders part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Shadowing experienced behavior therapists was quite useful. Helped me realize I did not want to work in an organization dedicated to ABA as they applied it.

    Cons

    2 week training was far too basic. Language acquisition became meaningless when child was only manding for cheez-it or juice . I saw how a rigidly applied behavioral program, instructions and restraint were causing trauma and PTSD in a child.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome organization to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ABA Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - ABA Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Center for Autism and Related Disorders part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very rewarding to see your work have such a direct impact, extremely friendly co workers and families to work with, very knowledgable upper management

    Cons

    Compensation is not entirely comparable to other organizations in this private sector (but the work environment greatly makes up for it), can feel like you are fighting an uphill battle in regards to funding and support

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of opportunities for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tarzana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tarzana, CA

    I worked at Center for Autism and Related Disorders full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Relaxed work environment: unlike other companies or industries, this is a stress free environment for those working in HQ and admin related jobs (don't know what it is like for therapists and clinic side employees)
    - Opportunities for growth: if you do your job right, there are lots of opportunities to learn and advance in your career or even try different areas. Management could be very flexible.

    Cons

    Not really a lot of cons if you like the industry. Admin work could be very repetitive, but you let your manager know, they will try to come up with something else for you to do and expand your skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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