Laradon Hall Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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  1. Moving in the Right Direction!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Laradon Hall full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Wonderful, dedicated co-workers
    Great benefits
    TONS of training
    TWO BCBA's
    TWO Occupational Therapists
    Small caseloads
    New assessments and curricular materials within the past year

    Cons

    Staff shortages and burnout, new students have significant behaviors that can be difficult to manage


  2. Helpful (1)

    Not a good place to work....

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Laradon Hall

    Pros

    Awesome young staff
    Benefits
    Average pay
    Awesome kids
    Time off
    Not much else.... This place wears on staff daily.
    No breaks

    Cons

    HR doesn't have your back
    Admin gets paid twice as much as everyone else
    Faulty communication system
    Mentor teacher does NOTHING to help teachers
    We had to have a monitoring group come in to tell HR they were underpaying staff. No back pay
    On probation (2 years now)

    Advice to Management

    Fire all staff who were under the last corrupt CEO. Treat people fairly and tell new employees what they have to deal with daily.
    Advice..... DONT WORK HERE!


  3. Teacher

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Laradon Hall full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Lots of young people
    Great stepping stone
    If you can work here, you can work anywhere
    New CEO is trying
    If you fail a drug test, they just give you random ones for a year

    Cons

    Terrible turnover rate - unsafe
    inexperienced leadership
    4 school directors in 3 years
    no masters pay, laptops & prep for teachers
    no universal curriculum used
    no summers off
    Turn Around School
    School is on probation

    Advice to Management

    Fork out the money to hire a staffing company
    Dont recruit on craigslist anymore - seriously


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Mental Institution

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO

    I worked at Laradon Hall full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Benefits, staff, students, hours, trainings

    Cons

    Dangerous, institutionalized procedures, location, environment

    Advice to Management

    Disclose what teachers/staff are really up against, don't make it sound like its "the usual" stuff with high needs students. ITS NOT!


  6. Helpful (1)

    More of a holding site than a school

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Denver, CO

    I worked at Laradon Hall full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers, benefits after 3 months

    Cons

    It was perfectly acceptable for these children to be aggressive towards staff (punching, hitting, grabbing hair), and there were no consequences. It ran more like a babysitting service than a school. There were no real treatment plans that seemed to be followed other than "make it through the day and hope no one gets hurt". These are children that are removed from regular school special ed programs.

    The school was founded as a sort of a vo-tech, giving these children skills that would help them contribute to society. They seem to have lost their way from their original purpose.

    Advice to Management

    Be explicit to potential candidates about what the job entails. - not vague "behaviour issues". The "50 pounds of force" one is required to exert (as mentioned in their job ads) are because you will be restraining a growing teenage boy in the midst of a tantrum.


  7. Lost their sense of purpose

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Staff in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Laradon Hall full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Average pay scale- other agencies pay better

    Cons

    Misandristic misogynistic female managers
    Disputatious female staff - highly adversarial
    Minimal support from management
    Conflicts of interest are pervasive
    Not a person centered agency
    Participant legal rights are chronically violated
    No open door policy
    No policy for escalation
    Communications are poor
    An atmosphere of fear and intimidation and retribution exists all all levels

    Advice to Management

    Address all of the above issues, and implement an open door policy
    Change the culture with a paradigm shift
    Too many Incident Reports could be avoided with simple common sense communications
    Support your staff, employees, and contractors!
    Implement damage control measures to offset lawsuits, bad press, and growing discontentment in the community at large


  8. Sounds good but NO WAY

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO

    I worked at Laradon Hall full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Compensation,Team support, Students , Benefits, schedule

    Cons

    Do not disclose fully what you are required to do...like holding and chasing students down for 8 hours, getting a concussion, bites, attacked because these students are violent. It's sad because some students are really sick not necessarily disabled. 4 out of 5 days sounded like I was in a psyciatric hospital not a school building.

    Advice to Management

    Supportive (director of Education)
    HR bias


  9. Lots of support staff

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Laradon Hall

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    large number of support staff
    small class sizes
    great adult:child ratios
    amazing students
    social workers on-site
    fabulous OTs and SLPs
    supportive administration

    Cons

    old building w/institutional feel
    lack of teacher work area (as of yet)
    no staff break room
    odd configuration, with students having to walk through staff areas to get to playground
    playground not equipped for older kids or separate from younger kids
    no on-site lunch options for staff
    kids can be aggressive, due to nature of their disabilities



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