Developmental Disabilities Institute

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Updated January 16, 2015
Updated January 16, 2015
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Stressful but fun.

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    Former Employee - Community Instructor
    Former Employee - Community Instructor

    I worked at Developmental Disabilities Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Worked here for over two years. Generally fun atmosphere, we got away with a lot, we had a huge HDTV that we all watched for half the day (with full access to any channels), fully stocked pantry, dinner prepared each night, etc.

    Cons

    Horrible hours (2pm-10pm, anywhere from 40 to 60 hours weekly), dealing with a lot of disgusting things, stressful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Direct support professional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Developmental Disabilities Institute

    Pros

    Great training and support programs. Opportunity to show great leadership attributes.

    Cons

    Long hours and sometimes disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work more closely with the direct support professional to ensure quality work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great for anyone starting out in this field

    Former Employee - TEACHERS ASSISTANT
    Former Employee - TEACHERS ASSISTANT

    I worked at Developmental Disabilities Institute part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing Training, School Schedule/Hours, benefits

    Cons

    Very clicky, It is tough enough working with this population, No time for catty drama, you really need to work as a team

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  5.  

    Interesting work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Developmental Disabilities Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flex schedule, consumers, coworkers were great people, balanced work loads, immediate mgmt very helpful, overtime

    Cons

    Unfair pay scales, lack of follow through on upper mgmts part, horrible upper management leadership and level of professionalism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow up directly with employees, do not always take the word of someone because of a title

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Nice people work there but management is seriously overpaid and slackers when it came to making care of the children.

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    Former Employee - Staff in Smithtown, NY
    Former Employee - Staff in Smithtown, NY

    I worked at Developmental Disabilities Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience with developmentally disabled population. Training was good but no follow up from management.

    Cons

    Pay is ridiculously low and you are expected to change adult diapers, feed them, bring them to the bathroom, etc. No support or followup from management and if there were accusations of abuse to a student, it was covered up instead of truly investigating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WAKE UP! Your salary might be great but it's your responsibility to make sure these individuals are being cared for properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    I'm not thrilled with the way this program is being run.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Developmental Disabilities Institute

    Pros

    I feel rewarded working with these special children. Not sure certain coworkers feel the same way.

    Cons

    Coed house should have the girls on a different floor of the home. I have heard staff ridicule a parent, and ignore their calls. Pay isn't great. Some work while others simply display bad attitudes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! Your staff needs to work as a team. Please don't allow male staff to be alone at any time with female students. This isn't allowed anywhere else. Choose only staff who have the heart and drive for this demanding drive.

  8.  

    Good place to work for experience...horrible pay

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    Current Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Ronkonkoma, NY

    I have been working at Developmental Disabilities Institute full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    DDI gives good training and doesn't just throw you in to work with the children cold. I work with pre-schoolers diagnosed with Autism. There is a lot of support from other staff and administrators.
    The benefits are pretty good with 9 weeks of paid time off when you work the school program. There is health insurance and life insurance provided also.

    Cons

    The fact is that the children do have very challenging behaviors and the job is very demanding and stressful, especially for the money they pay, which isn't much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They've heard it time and time again. The pay really does need to be better or you will continue to keep losing people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Politics and Heartlessness

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithtown, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithtown, NY

    I have been working at Developmental Disabilities Institute full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you don't do your job you are likely to be able to keep your job

    Cons

    If your colleagues don't do their job, you can't do your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop being part of the problem

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    love the job, but need more pay!

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    Current Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Smithtown, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Smithtown, NY

    I have been working at Developmental Disabilities Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    very rewarding job. student's are great. teamwork is awesome.

    Cons

    pay is ridiculously low for such a highly stressful job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Current Employee - RN Quality Assurance in Smithtown, NY
    Current Employee - RN Quality Assurance in Smithtown, NY

    I have been working at Developmental Disabilities Institute full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, love the client population

    Cons

    Not supportive in keeping staff up-to-date

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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