Easter Seals Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Would not recommend to an enemy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MO

    I worked at Easter Seals full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The consumers-seeing them improve their lives with my support has been amazing.

    Cons

    All political-if you aren't in with the right crowd, you will be targeted and it will be made difficult for you to continue to work there. Pay is low-barely enough to live on. Management is not accommodating nor understanding. Must kiss the right rump to get promoted-not merit or education based. Hours are difficult and goals for face to face are impossible unless you donate time to the company. Organization preaches positive reinforcement yet there is none for their employees. Poor communication and difficult management. Very sad for what could be a leader in the field.

    Advice to Management

    Read these reviews and take them to heart. There are large internal problems brewing and good employees are leaving due to them.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Would not recommend.

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    Former Employee - Job Coach in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Job Coach in Denver, CO

    I worked at Easter Seals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very few. Don't work here unless you really need a job.

    Cons

    Apathetic management, promoting unqualified people to leadership positions, no staff development, few advancement routes, low end pay for a Denver Metro Area non-profit, inconsistent work schedules, promises from management infrequently have any follow through.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership you have is very behind the times. Consider adding fresh blood.

  3. Working with Easter Seals of NYC

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY

    I worked at Easter Seals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional environment, excellent over 50 workers training program.

    Cons

    Conversations among co-workers discouraged during working hours.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to smile more.

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  5. "Strong clinical employee sorely disappointed"

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    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  6. direct support associate for Easter Seals of New Hampshire

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    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 a 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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (2)

    Compassionate mission driven organization

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    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Easter Seals

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

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Poor communication and contradictions

    Former Employee - Behavior Interventionist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Behavior Interventionist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Easter Seals part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Training team was patient and helpful.

    Cons

    During the interview, I was told the core hours were from 1p-7p and that I must be available to work a minimum of 10 hours per week. On the last day of the two week training, I received an email from HR stating that my available hours (which were over 25 per week) were not going to work with scheduling. The HR rep mentioned a totally different time frame that I needed to be available to work.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication skills.

  10. Stressful but good experience e

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Easter Seals

    Pros

    Training is provided by the company, which can or can't be useful, great experience if you want to work with children with autism, provide educational assistant which is very helpful.

    Cons

    Working with the clients is very stressful, not enought hours, a lot of driving, unpredictable hours. 1-3 hours gap between sessions.

  11. Mission based programs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Easter Seals

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good mission based programs for affiliate staff.

    Cons

    Not many mission based programs for in office staff.

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