Easter Seals

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Easter Seals Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
159 Reviews
3.0
159 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You're in the community and helping people with disabilities learn life skills (in 4 reviews)

  • Work life balance dose not get any better (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The organization has expanded to quickly and upper management has grown too large (in 8 reviews)

  • The burnout is leading to high turnover throughout departments (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A learning a experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Coach  in  Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Service Coach in Somerset, NJ

    I have been working at Easter Seals full-time

    Pros

    Great staff! You learn a lot and gain lots of experience working with patients with Mental, developmental, and behavioral disabilities!

    Cons

    You really can't work your way up. If you work in a group home and want to work up to be a manager, its tough. They would prefer to bring in someone new, than move up their staff. A lot of decisions are made in management concerning the homes, but its obvious that they don't ask staff their opinion before they make decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It'll be good to talk to the people to spend time the most with the patients/consumers before making drastic decisions. Its obvious that those in management make decisions without knowing what really goes on in the houses and how it affects staff. It'll be nice for management to ask staff their opinion on certain matters since they spend time with the patients/consumers daily.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Easy Job, Sucky everything else

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Coach
    Current Employee - Service Coach

    I have been working at Easter Seals part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The job is simple and often stress free. Easily able to get more hours when desired or take off depending on the house and shift. Able to flex schedule, good for school. For the most part you have free reign during your shift. Likes to do gatherings for consumers and staff.

    Cons

    You work alone mostly. Must work 8 holidays a year. Pay is not great and based on you level of education. Not easy to move up in the company. Management not very supportive. Co-workers can be catty. Most co-workers have no background in mental health and therefore do not understand the diagnosis or medications. Depending on the house, you may have to remain if relief doesn't come (due to emergencies or just lateness). If there is an emergency situation you may have to remain at work for paperwork. It is very very easy to get a med error (errors are on a point system of 3 to 5, 11 point equals termination, points are only removed after months of no errors). If a consumer or consumers family has an issue with staff (regardless of the reason) most often management will remove that staff from the house and send them to a different facility. During times of harsh weather (ie: snow storms), coworkers often call out. Consumers are often not appropriately admitted and management will play favorites with consumers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    site managers have to be more helpful and understanding, back up the staff they hired. Management needs to evaluate consumer better before admitting them and shouldn't play favorites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful Mission but an interesting and changing place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Easter Seals

    Pros

    Generous vacation time and holidays.
    The organization still practices some nice employee activities like closing early for holidays and has a nice holiday party.

    Cons

    Retirement benefits are lacking compared to industry standards.
    Office moral is generally low and the staff do not interact much due to the "silo effect"

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    An OK place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Easter Seals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. Generous vacation time and good work/life balance- work from home.

    Cons

    Ego gets in the way and there is a lot of resistance to change. Not a lot of employee engagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Poorly paid, poor benefits, top heavy organization

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    Current Employee - Rehab Team
    Current Employee - Rehab Team

    I have been working at Easter Seals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Children who attend are great, co-workers are dedicated to the mission, mission is noble. Paperwork is not as time- consuming as it is in other places.

    Cons

    Too many Vice Presidents who are highly paid relative to the rest of the staff. Mgmt is only concerned with billing and who is a top biller, and therefore, who is paying their bloated salary. The rest of the staff could have higher salaries, better retirement and more sick/ personal/vacation days at just about any other similar employer in DFW. Because of this, morale is bad. Mgmt is only concerned with $, not employee morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees as humans, not billers. Get rid of at least 50% of the VPs who perform minimal duties and whose bloated salaries take away from the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    There has to be something better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at Easter Seals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work from home employment. Working with kiddos. HR department.

    Cons

    Multiple changes. The game telephone is played with the delivery of critical clinical information. If you are interested in training it is impossible to penetrate the training team unless you have a solid relationship with the training director.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide incentives to staff. Increase pay for clinical team across the board. Upper management learn how the clinical decisions you make affect your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Company's training program could use improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Transportation  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Transportation in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Easter Seals part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very nice company to work for, except spotty training

    Cons

    Certain classification training poor. Senior management appears to be concerned, but dept. head could care less. Quality of training variable. Core values excellent but not executed. There appear to be favorite employees and treatment of employees can vary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be responsive to employee concerns more then currently done

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Excellent Organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Easter Seals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Easter Seals provides services to people with disabilities. I had the opportunity to work with the national offices as well as multiple local offices. It was inspiring to work among such dedicated people.

    Cons

    I often worked long hours and weekend

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Pretty Okay

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor  in  Sorrento, FL
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Sorrento, FL

    I worked at Easter Seals full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pros: learning patience; meeting new people; experiencing working with the disabled; helping others

    Cons

    Cons: the food; the messes; the physical labor; campers will challenge you mentally and physically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Feedback is always average or needs improvement. Not much positive reinforcement. They don't lead by example.

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    Former Employee - Farnum Center  in  Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Farnum Center in Manchester, NH

    I worked at Easter Seals part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Helping the clients who are the ones that people should be focusing on serving. Training is minimal. Growth is minimal. Pay raises consist of $0.15 and an Easter Seals pin. Are you kidding me? No.

    Cons

    People made managers and supervisors without the social skills, education or training to lead others. Leave your self centeredness aside and focus on helping the clients. Otherwise, go to school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People in the social services field need higher pay and more support. Lower your own corporate BS salaries so that this can be done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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