Easter Seals

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Easter Seals Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
179 Reviews
2.7
179 Reviews
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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)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Helping the community, but not their employees. Left for more professional environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Case Manager in Shreveport, LA
    Former Employee - Case Manager in Shreveport, LA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility is great. Decent benefits. A good stepping stone to other employment in the community....you have the opportunity to network with other agencies to help your clients and they get to know you and eventually want to hire you. Continuing education classes are encouraged. Laid back office environment. Good upper management, but you rarely see them.

    Cons

    Very low starting salary (usually around $28K, even for college grads). Little room to ever move up. Local management is a joke and is degrading to employees (requirement: thick skin). The redundant documentation is ridiculous. Retirement benefits are low, compared with other companies. Office moral is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not use expletive language when speaking to employees. Don't emotionally, verbally, or physically harass your case managers and they may be more willing to stay long-term. Be more professional in the office with each other and clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing decline

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good mission and wonderful clients. Lower level staff are all well meaning and the clientele is wonderful. Lots of learning opportunities too!

    Cons

    Terrible, heartless management that left many families in the lurch and took advantage of staff. Low pay and limited opportunities for career development without further study.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to value and reward your lower level staff: there wouldn't be a company without them!

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Too many hours too little pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Early Interventionist in Greenwood, SC
    Current Employee - Early Interventionist in Greenwood, SC

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

    Pros

    Working with the great families, mileage comp, laptop and cell phone provided, seeing a difference and learning with the special needs children

    Cons

    You are expected to work basically all hours of the day. Emails late at night, visits during the day, long commutes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Average

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Vacation, Holidays and Sick Time.

    Cons

    Training is minimal. No opportunities for growing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Payroll Clerk

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Payroll Clerk in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Payroll Clerk in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Easter Seals part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I like to work with numbers. I am using my accounting and math skills. I am a independant worker and at the same time work as a team, also. I have some flexibility about hours.

    Cons

    If employees are not sending the time-sheet at the right time or not clear about their working hours and dates. Make sure document correctly for overpayment or underpayment or any changes we made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Educate employees to send the timesheet clearly and accurately.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Feel good job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in Merrimac, MA
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in Merrimac, MA

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

    Pros

    Working and giving direct support to troubled youths, plus watching them improve. The company provides several trainings. Flexible scheduling. Family oriented work environment.

    Cons

    Weak relationship with upper management. Low compensation. Some days are emotionally draining especially in the case of a client in crisis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your relationship with floor staff. Improve compensation.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a sustainable way of life

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Behavior Interventionist
    Former Employee - Behavior Interventionist

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

    Pros

    Seemingly making a change in a child's life.
    Great Coworkers and office atmosphere (when you get to go to the office).

    Cons

    This type of job is not a sustainable way to live. You are enticed to the position with a good per hour salary and hopes of becoming full-time but it never happens and if it does it is never for long.

    At any moment your case load can drop for any reason and you will just be out of luck and expected to be on-call all day waiting to fill in for other Interventionists as a substitute which most people hate to do. You literally get a call and have to go to someone's home that you have never been to and see a child who is most likely triggered by changes to a daily routine and wing-it. These children do not like substitutes most of the time which makes it more likely for you to get hit or look like a fool for 2, 3, or even 4 hours as they cower in the corner trying to get away from you. Parents usually dislike this too and are quick to let you know. You are expected to do this at the drop of a dime to earn money or you don't get paid. Not to mention sometimes these kids are over an hour away. Even when it is not in the best interest of the child to see a substitute you are expected to do it because it brings in money and they can bill for it. Excuses are made such as it is great for generalizing when in reality half the time you are entertainment, a babysitter or the kid's worst nightmare when you substitute.

    Behavior Interventionists get the short end of every stick and do the most work. They do the most driving per day (sometimes over 100 miles), they see the clients and parents the most, enter all the data, take all the data, make the materials and are expected to live up to insane standards under crazy situations. Sad to say it but a lot of the times the children hit, curse, want you to leave and parents talk to you like absolute trash all day. When you report it back nothing is done. Parents can continue the next day as you sit in their house being hit by their child.

    It seems to come down to BI's being the breadwinners for the company. BI's are expected to earn all the money by seeing the clients and everyone else gets the pay from it. There are so many unnecessary jobs in administration or higher that get paid way too much money and never even see a kid in person. The top gets paid the most and it dwindles down to the BI's who basically get the scraps but are made to believe that they only deserve 18 bucks an hour for seeing the client when the actual sessions are being billed for hundreds.

    If you want a job where you will drive tirelessly all day (wasting lots of gas), have no guaranteed hours (regardless of what they promise you), get physically and verbally abused all day (while being absolutely selfless), lots of work and little reward, be emotionally and financially drained and get little to no benefits this is the job for you.
    Does that sound like a job you would like?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Visit some clients for a day and see how you make it.
    Give more financial priority to the people that actually bring the money into the company
    Get rid of unnecessary wastes of money such as company laptops, cell phones etc. I've worked for companies that operated just fine without them
    Have standards; if parents don't want to follow the rules of the company don't service them just because you want their money.
    HR: stop hiring people with the premise that they will become full-time soon. IT NEVER HAPPENS. BI's are only full time when they first start and then they sink to about 15 hours like everybody else and the cycle continues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Easter Seals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employment Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Employment Specialist in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Easter Seals has great intentions and really try to look out for each client and their services. As an employee, you are able to reach out and connect to great special needs adults. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Lack of supervision. Disorganized. Unable to receive extra money working over-time since pay roll department could not support it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help employees retain their job and grow in their position by increasing supervision and support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Easy Job, Sucky everything else

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Coach
    Current Employee - Service Coach

    I have been working at Easter Seals part-time (more than an 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

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