Easter Seals

www.easterseals.com

Easter Seals Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
186 Reviews
2.7
186 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Easter Seals CEO Jim Williams
Jim Williams
31 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You're in the community and helping people with disabilities learn life skills (in 5 reviews)

  • Work life balance dose not get any better (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • The organization has expanded to quickly and upper management has grown too large (in 11 reviews)

  • Lot's of paperwork, long hours, low pay, and tends to be very political (in 9 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Love my job!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in State College, PA

    I have been working at Easter Seals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly, it's a positive atmosphere to work in. The staff is there because they want to be there for the children they care for.

    Cons

    It's a non profit organization therefore the pay is okay but not satisfactory.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A Community Mental Health Agency

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

    I have been working at Easter Seals

    Pros

    Competattive Salaries for a non-profit
    Competitive Benefits for a nonprofit
    Typically, weekday work schedules
    Typically, 9-5 work schedules
    Part of a national organization

    Cons

    Not necessarily specific to the agency:Challenging high-severity populations
    Not necessarily specific to the agency: staff turnover
    Not necessarily specific to the agency: high caseloads
    Poor communication between management and direct service employees
    Recent culture shifts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great mission & superb work-life balance

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

    I worked at Easter Seals full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful people, flextime in the summer, making a real difference.

    Cons

    Too small for fast advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate younger employees better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Organization that provides services to disabled individuals.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Easter Seals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility was great and pay was always on time. Convenient locations as well.

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, inadequate policy and procedures and nepotism exist in the workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be adequately trained in all areas and pay should be more for amount of work that is done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Too many cuts to Interventionist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Easter Seals

    Pros

    Fun working with families and children

    Cons

    Company treats interventionists as if they are disposable. Policy changes happen often that leave employees confused. Communication is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting the interventionist hours and pay. Schedulers are paid more then degreed therapists.

  7.  

    "Strong clinical employee sorely disappointed"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Behavioral Interventionist in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Behavioral Interventionist in Santa Clarita, CA

    I worked at Easter Seals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay and hours
    iPad & work phone provided
    Excellent training
    Other BIs helpful and encouraging

    Cons

    -PMs show lack of follow up with parents & lack of follow up for severe behavior
    -Lack of program implementation updates by PMs
    -Demeaning and unprofessional supervison in front of new employees and parents
    -Dishonest schedulers telling parents that I did not have availability when I did.
    -Falsely written up for professional competencies not being up to par due to supervisors dishonest judgement. Because all of my clinical competencies were 100%. If a supervisor feels threatened by your strong work ethic and clinical experience, they will try to tear you down
    -Last minute schedule changes (30-60min window sometimes) and expectancy of employee to be available. If you're not available, it will count against you in a monthly competency check
    -Strong turn over rate with the company
    -Some children regressed due to the lack of strong leadership and supervision skills
    -Culture/climate of the company seems to be the same across the board in this area, I wonder if the CEO knows that there are PMs they may not be providing a good representation of the company ???

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start appreciating the strong employees that you have (Behavioral Interventionists), acknowledging and giving opportunity to them before you lose your opportunity to be a great company. Work on your communication, honesty & do your job instead of placing all the blame on the poor BIs & then maybe the employee turnover rate wouldn't be so high! Also, keep in mind that if you are fulfilling all of your supervision hours, it's probably a good idea to make sure that you include the proper program implementation, follow up and weekly check ups on behavior for the kiddos. Because you would say that you spent so much time on a certain kiddo, but then you failed in many areas that were crucial to the Childs growth & development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    direct support associate for Easter Seals of New Hampshire

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Direct Support Associate in Stratham, NH
    Former Employee - Direct Support Associate in Stratham, NH

    I worked at Easter Seals full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get the freedom to go out and have fun and educational within the bounds of yours and your client's interests. You are not in an office but rather out in the community and you see your co-workers only rarely.

    Cons

    Being out of the office everyday means you sometimes feels like there is no support or collegiality. Depending on the level of functionality of the client, your days can be exceptionally boring. Plus the pay is pretty low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up - the headquarters staff seem ultra-conservative. Also, find ways for DSAs to connect with each other to share experience, tips, etc.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Compassionate mission driven organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Planned Gift Officer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Planned Gift Officer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Easter Seals full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company encourages personal development and grants time off for one to say, spend time at a Habitat build to build experience. Other employees are incredibly supportive of one another. Work-life balance is on the whole alive and well here, and compensation is more than adequate.

    Cons

    Office culture can be a bit cold and isolating: people stay glued to their desks and there isn't much socializing out of the office. Training is actually rather intensive but there isn't much follow up to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that the managers you have in place are in positions that they are best suited for.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Working with Easter Seals of NYC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY

    I worked at Easter Seals

    Pros

    Professional environment, excellent over 50 workers training program.

    Cons

    Conversations among co-workers discouraged during working hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to smile more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It would be a great place to work and learn if it weren't so driven by financials.

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

    I worked at Easter Seals

    Pros

    Most of the staff is good, devoted and friendly. The kids and their families are usually very nice as well.

    Cons

    Upper management is so concerned with billing and numbers that it alienates staff. This makes somewhat of an unpleasant environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Work at Easter Seals? Share Your Experiences

Easter Seals

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.