Melmark New England

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Careful balance is key here.

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Former Employee - ABA Residential Counselor in Andover, MA
Former Employee - ABA Residential Counselor in Andover, MA

I worked at Melmark New England

Pros

Great benefits, Great Salary, Overtime if you want it, paid meetings, ability to make a lot of money if you want to put the time and effort in, HR is spot on with hiring great people.

Cons

Serious behavioral interventions, not for the pee and pooh and rarely blood shy, clothing reimbursement isn't inflation friendly, required to work Christmas week. The random "go to house X" instead of your main house.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It is hard, but a quicker turnaround for newer behaviors. Loosening up of some rules. Treating some facilities as you do the kids, unique and requiring their own rules.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing work with autistic kids, but management is problematic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Melmark New England

    Pros

    They do great work with the kids

    Cons

    Management is paranoid and embedded permanently

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Terrible place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ABA Counselor in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - ABA Counselor in Andover, MA

    I worked at Melmark New England full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The relationship you can, very limitedly however, form relationships with a few of your students. Pay is also very high, but not worth it.

    Cons

    You will be treated horribly by this company. They don't care about their employees whatsoever, and will lure you in with a great starting pay. However, the turn-over rate is exceptionally high and they are always hiring.
    Residential hours are awful. You will be told you'll have flexible, awesome hours but it will be everything but that. Your schedule is made based on what's most convenient for the senior staff, but get this - "senior staff" have only been there for 1 year because they can't retain any of their employees.
    You'll be required to work a 14 hour weekend day, and more than likely an 18 hour AWAKE overnight shift. So, even though you have 4 days off, you'll spend 2 of those catching up on sleep. This job will take over your life.
    You also don't get breaks. Although Melmark tells you that residential staff get breaks when the kids go to bed, you don't. You are stuck with the kids all day, sometimes for 14 hours. And forget trying to go to the bathroom or have a snack, the other staff will be extremely put off if you ask someone to watch over your kid for 2 minutes.
    This school might do a few good things for some kids, but some of the things I saw broke my heart. Not sure how or what the clinicians are basing their treatments off of, but allowing a child to have non-stop self-injurious behavior without any intervention is just not right. Unless you're okay with going against your gut feeling when it comes to the safety and well-being of kids, don't work here. Melmark pushes the ABA limits, which will break your heart when you just can't do anything for some of the kids. The pay is simply not worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of time needs to be devoted to looking at the residential structure, as clearly something isn't working with so many continuous staff turnovers. Treat your employees with dignity. Give people breaks! Scheduling should not be done in a way that benefits "senior staff" and screws over everyone else, it's just not fair or right. Please do something to help the kids that are literally harming themselves, simply ignoring it may be an "ABA" way of doing things, but ethically it's not right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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