Mary Cariola Children's Center

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Mary Cariola Children's Center Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent.

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    Former Employee - Child Habilitation Specialist in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Child Habilitation Specialist in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Mary Cariola Children's Center part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great teamwork, doing good things for children.

    Cons

    Children can be difficult, but that is to be expected. Not much room so substantial growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Students are great, supervisors are okay.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mary Cariola Children's Center full-time

    Pros

    Students are great to work with. You fall in love with them immediately!

    Cons

    Promotions from within are slow forthcoming. Not a lot of support from supervisors.

  3.  

    Highly rewarding, great colleagues, but toxic administration

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mary Cariola Children's Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) Fun, cheerful, teamwork environment - everyone pulls together in the classroom
    2) Soooo rewarding to see the pride on a student's face when he/she learns a new skill
    3) The kids are real troupers -- it's so encouraging to see how they face multiple challenges with humor and grace

    Cons

    1) This job requires super tenacity -- it takes a long time for students to reach their milestones, and one has to be very patient in doing a lot of repetitive skill-building, and one has to reach deep inside on some days for that optimistic, encouraging, cheerful attitude that the kids need (of course, our co-workers are the BEST at keeping us going)
    2) Some of the children are aggressive -- sometimes slapping, pinching, scratching. Some have temper tantrums multiple times a day. Some self-harm. So...it can take it's toll, be a bit nerve-wracking at times.
    3) The people in the trenches (teachers, aides, therapists, nurses) are great. The upper admin sucks. They can be highly critical, rarely encouraging, bullying toward employees and parents. They feel that they know how everything should be done, and consider any suggestions from those of us DOING it a personal insult. Sometimes they can be downright vindictive. I have seen them treat certain parents (who dared to advocate strongly for their child) quite viciously and deceitfully.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Show your staff that you appreciate them. Tell them when they've done something well. And listen to your staff -- you might learn something.l
    2. Stop asking your teachers and therapists to lie to parents for you. Parents have a right to know what's really going on with their child, and we don't like being caught up in the webs of deceit that you weave and in your little power games. What's most important is the welfare of the child -- and it seems you sometimes forget that.
    3. Staff should receive salary increases commensurate with their experience -- even a small raise is a way of letting your staff know that you appreciate them, that you want them to stick around. You might not have such a big turnover of staff if you gave a raise once every year or two.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

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

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    Former Employee - Teacher Aide II in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher Aide II in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Mary Cariola Children's Center part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

    Remember 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Work directly with children in a supportive, welcoming environment.

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    Current Employee - Teacher Aide in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher Aide in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Mary Cariola Children's Center (less than an year)

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    rewarding and magical.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher Aide II in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher Aide II in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Mary Cariola Children's Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

    Remind employees at least once a month just how special they are.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    The mission of the organization is very satisfying.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Mary Cariola Children's Center

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

    It'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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Employees are not valued

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mary Cariola Children's Center

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Your 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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