National Autistic Society

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a very challenging experience

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Current Contractor - Support Worker in Godalming, England (UK)
Current Contractor - Support Worker in Godalming, England (UK)

I have been working at National Autistic Society as a contractor (less than a year)

Pros

if you enjoy making a different in those with disabilities life and making a difference and to do something different each day

Cons

its not for fake heated or those that have short patience

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of communication and very slow decision making

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Autistic Society

    Pros

    Supporting families with autism
    Quality, commitment and caring nature of front line colleagues
    Some excellent national teams within the organisation
    Good quality of some campaigns

    Cons

    Poor senior managment - out of touch with ordinary staff
    Very poor communication within the organisation
    Money wasted in unnecessary travel to meetings
    Wasting money on redesigns of logos and websites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speed up decision making
    Remember that the organisation is a charity and is not run for profit
    Review communication within the organisation

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Jobs are fascinating and like no other but organisation can be frustrating

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    Former Employee - Support Worker in Croydon, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Support Worker in Croydon, England (UK)

    I worked at National Autistic Society full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Making a real difference to the lives of the people we support

    - The NAS is very good at campaigning and creating awareness of autism (they were instrumental in the Autism Act 2012 being passed) and this helps

    - Great colleagues, most of whom are passionate about the work

    - Good training opportunities

    - Reasonable holiday provision and sickness benefit etc (though the latter has recently been reduced)

    Cons

    - Rewards for staff are poor, very low pay (and not even inflationary rises for many years) and a feeling that the organisation itself doesn't appreciate you. On the same point, funding cuts make the job much harder and impacts negatively on the people we support (as does the relatively high staff turnover). Much of this is down to the level of finding local councils are willing or able to provide, but the NAS should be campaigning for its staff, telling the government how difficult it is to provide proper support for some of the most vulnerable people in society on the money they receive and how difficult it is for their staff to live on such low wages

    - Senior management are remote and the concerns of the average employee seem lost to the wind. There is an 'us and them' feeling which need not exist

    - Communication should be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Get out of the office occasionally and listen to your staff. Focus on staff retention

    - Pay at least the living wage (and the London Living Wage) to start with and campaign for your staff to be paid fairly and for services to be better funded; ultimately the staff might be able to find better paid jobs elsewhere but this lack of funding hits the people we support hardest

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