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No advancement for professional staff

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

I have been working at Special People In Northeast, Inc.

Pros

SPIN gives me a flexible work schedule.

Cons

Little room for advancement. Too many cliques in senior management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management should give praise for the good things instead of only acknowledging the bad.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    It's a nice place to work if you can deal with the management and low pay.

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Special People In Northeast, Inc.

    Pros

    They offer an innovative program for people who have special needs in a community center environment where members can engage in a variety of leisure activities such as music, movies, art, cooking, computers and gym activities. Additionally, the intent of the program is to integrate the center with the community so that non-disabled members can participate in activities alongside their neighbors with special needs.

    Cons

    The administration is extraordinarily top-heavy. Most of those in upper administration/executive positions began in direct care positions 35 years ago and have worked their way up. The problem with this is that practically everyone who stuck it out became a "Vice President." Additionally, for many of them this was their first work experience and they therefore have had no other exposure to management styles, nor had education in management. As a group they are very clanish and do not allow outsiders into their clique. As a group they use a management style that was popular in the 1970s. which suggests that constant change keeps emplyees off-balance and they are therefore less inclined to complain. At least every 6 months people are moved around to different offices and/or buildings. Programs are revamped so that the direct care employees are also kept in a constant state of change. It is a very unnerving way to manage and eventually results in frustration among employees below the upper echelon and they end up losing a LOT of really good employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be really helpful if upper management would go out and experience other organizations so they can can see management / operations from another perspective. Additional education in management, personnel and training would also be helpful. The organization should be restructured to eliminate the top heavy structure. There should also be greater acknowledgement of good employees and real consequences for those who are not doing their jobs. More often than not, it is a small group of dedicated people who do the majority of the work, which those who fail to do their jobs are simply ignored. This is very damaging to the morale of those who work hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. Love hate relationship

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    Former Employee - Direct Support Professional in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Direct Support Professional in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Special People In Northeast, Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The individuals. Every one of them amazing. If not for anything else, this job will affect your life on ways you'll never forget.

    Cons

    Not enough accountability towards staff not doing their jobs correctly. Overnight staff sleeping, staff treating individuals money and house money like it is staff enrichment, staff treating adult individuals like children instead of adults, watching tv and or talking on phone for entire shifts... You get what you pay for. Crap help. Then the "good staff" either hang in and bare with it or leave to find better employment (at the expense of the individuals quality of life more than anything else). Managers not really managing. Cliques EVERYWHERE, whether you're in lower or upper position. Good luck finding the one that is best for the individuals AND gets you anywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop shmoozing with each other and look more critically at the people you hired to take care of your lost important people at SPIN. These are people's sons and daughters. I hope to god my children do not end up in the care of many like yours.

    Doesn't Recommend
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