Mary Cariola Children's Center

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Updated Feb 1, 2014

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    I loved working with the kids, and most of the staff/faculty members were energetic, kind, and easy to work with.

    Teacher Aide II (Former Employee) Rochester, NY

    ProsIf you are a patient person, you will build relationships with the students that will enable you to support them well as they go about their day-to-day activities and academic work. Seeing them flourish will only fuel your desire to meet them where they're at, stick to their behavior plans, and to be a helper to them.

    ConsIt can be an exhausting job if you don't keep a good attitude. Some days are longer and harder than others. Honestly, though, if you try to see the good even in the off moments, you'll enjoy the job so much more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember what it's like to be "in the trenches" -- though your love for the students was evident, it sometimes felt as though you had lost touch with what those of us in the classrooms dealt with every minute of every day. Encourage teachers and teacher aides to come to you without fear of judgement or criticism that is not constructive. And PLEASE be conscious of "playing favorites." You may not realize you're doing it, but there were certain other staff/faculty members who the rest of us knew we could not talk to you about because they were a favorite of yours, and that is a wall you don't want built in such an otherwise positive work environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Work directly with children in a supportive, welcoming environment.

    Teacher Aide (Current Employee) Rochester, NY

    ProsI love the staff, everyone is very friendly and welcoming. They also are very supportive and willing to help with anything that comes up. The position itself is very fulfilling. The values of the company are spot on, its truly a wonderful atmosphere.

    ConsThe work is not easy, you must be prepared to get down and dirty at times. The compensation is on the lower end for the amount of work you do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    rewarding and magical.

    Teacher Aide II (Current Employee) Rochester, NY

    ProsIt's very rewarding, with friendly staff who become like your family.

    ConsIt can be very difficult working with children who are developmentally delayed. It takes patience, acceptance, tolerance and lastly if you do not have a very special unconditional love for children you do not belong here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemind employees at least once a month just how special they are.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The mission of the organization is very satisfying.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Rochester, NY

    ProsIt was great to see the children improve every day to become more independent. The close bonds that co-workers had made the organization a great place to work at since we all had a common goal.

    ConsIt's a non-for-profit. Movement in that organization which is similiar with other non-for-profits that career mobility is stagnant. Even though it was a great place to experience a wide range of topics it was always perceived as a stepping stone. It was very difficult to give input to senior leadership. Change like in any place is tough to accomplish.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open minded. Show your appreciation to the employees. It is not the money that keeps them around it is truly the children who make the difference.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Employees are not valued

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-The children are absolutely amazing and inspirational
    -Co-workers form tight-knit teams and do what is best for the kids

    Cons-This school is ran by people who DO NOT value their employees- frequently tell them they are replaceable and that their opinions and the job that they do does not matter
    -NO PAY RAISES- claim "the budget" is why...however employees who have been there for 10+ years make the same as new employees...you will not get cost of living increases so really you are getting a pay cut every year.
    -Benefits are TERRIBLE....almost like not having a benefit plan at all

    ADVICE: Find a district job where you will be respected...compensated..and have much better benefits!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour teachers, TAs and clinicians are the most valuable part of your agency... show some appreciation and respect for all that they do for those kids... the environment you have created is toxic and morale as a whole is dismal.

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