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Direct Support Professional I

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Former Employee - Direct Support Professional I in El Cajon, CA
Former Employee - Direct Support Professional I in El Cajon, CA

I worked at The Arc of San Diego full-time (More than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

Pros

Good training when hired. You get CPR, First Aid and Pro Act training. Training is about a week long. You also find out about the company and make some new friends. At the end you get certificates and an ARC shirt.

Cons

Clients are very physically challenging. I found it to be unsafe because it was hard sometimes to know when a consumer would have a behaviors. When they have a behaviors they can get violent and throw items or try to hurt a worker or other consumer. For the pay it is not worth getting hurt.

Advice to Management

There needs to be a long shadow period where a person that has more experience helps the experienced. A long time goes by at times when the consumers are just sitting around waiting for the day to begin or end. This is the time when the behaviors occur because they are board. Have staff pay attention to the clients during this period.

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    Frustrating / Mixed Feelings

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego (Costa Rica)

    I have been working at The Arc of San Diego full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Rewarding job helping others in need, Health package is pretty decent, can be flexible with schedule changes -- i.e. day/night options.

    Cons

    no overtime, no raises in past few years due to budget cuts, lack of oversight, hardest work == lowest paid positions (group homes), high turn-over rate (likely due to low pay), lateral movement (don't expect to move up in company)

    Advice to Management

    being open and honest about budget cuts, finding ways to appreciate workers if cant give raises (i.e., gift certificates, additional hrs pto, discounts at stores, etc.)


  2. Dsp

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    Current Employee - DSP in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - DSP in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at The Arc of San Diego (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Helping people achieve their goals and become more independent. Weekends and major holidays off, and good medical benefits.

    Cons

    Pay starts at minimum wage now, it was a dollar more an hour but when minimum wage was increased, our pay wasn't. No raises either, we are on a pay freeze.

    Advice to Management

    Pay us a competitive wage, other companies in our field are doing so. That's why a lot of people are leaving. Although the majority of us live our job, the pay definitely needs to increase.


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