May Institute Reviews

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  1. Occupational Therapist Review
    May Institute, Randolph, MA

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    Former Employee - Occupational Therapist in Randolph, MA
    Former Employee - Occupational Therapist in Randolph, MA

    I worked at May Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great interdisciplinary collaboration
    Supportive allied health team
    Group activities
    Challenging & fast-paced environment

    Cons

    Services provided via consultation (non-direct OT, PT, & SLP services)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Challenging but fulfilling

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Randolph, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Randolph, MA

    I have been working at May Institute full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, opportunities to be involved in research, like and admire the people I work with, variety, autonomy.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, minimal contact with colleagues, disorganization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Depressing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at May Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with the individuals is one of the most fulfilling and uplifting things in the world and almost cancels out the copious amounts of stress from everything else.

    Cons

    While working with the individuals is highly rewarding, the poor management and terrible coworkers drag everything else down. Every part of the management needs improvement, from the lower side being so disconnected to the needs of both employees and individuals to the higher ups treating this company like a business. The needs of the individual should be the number one priority, not how much your company is being funded because individuals are attending the day centers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Switch fields, these are peoples lives you're managing, not some business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Behavior Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Behavior Specialist in Orange Park, FL
    Former Employee - Behavior Specialist in Orange Park, FL

    I worked at May Institute (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing is confidential its all town, kids have expensive behavior problems, even with the training unable to control LOW LOW PAY, NO RAISE"S EVER

    Cons

    Their are not Con's no salary increase - EVER

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why is nothing ever confidential?? To much passing the buck to lower level employee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Sinking ship

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at May Institute full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues devoted to providing high quality services to kids in need
    The feeling you get when speaking to a family who is so grateful for what you do for their family

    Cons

    Lack of communication
    Shift to having a more visible Chief FINANCIAL officer over the Chief CLINICAL officer - I thought we were known for our clinical services not financial services
    Overly reactive, not proactive, leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to find the balance between volatile reactive decision making and taking too long to make thoughtful decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Rewarding job working for an amazing organization - among the extremely hard-working, welcoming, and friendly people of the communications/public relations department.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Randolph, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Randolph, MA

    I worked at May Institute full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Helping children always feels good, but knowing that the work that you are contributing to is actually helping children around the country who are living with autism and other developmental disabilities is an incredibly rewarding feeling - one that I was able to be reminded of on a daily basis, through the beneficial results of our positive outreach and communication efforts, conferences, campaigns, and programs. Not only was working at May Institute enjoyable, but working for May, and learning so much from some of the organizations most influential and important employees, was even more satisfying.

    Cons

    Only that the handful of people in the comm/pr department at May/NACs headquarters handles all of the communications and public relations work for the entire, (national,) organization. Although each member of the dept. specializes in certain areas that they put to use when contributing to the final outcome, May Institutes communications/PR department is able to excel in their work because they seem to have their own system of working together as one unit in order to consistently produce excellent results.
    Being new to the department, it can be difficult to get up to speed with this system, however, being an assistant to the dept. allows each member of the comm/PR team to utilize someone in this position to help them produce results without as much stress and time-constraints as they usually handle on a daily basis, because they have someone there to help pick up the slack while working on the numerous very important projects that the dept puts together every month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully they have an administrative assistant working for the communications/public relations department again, because the wonderful people working in that department deserve to always have someone there to help them achieve their daily goals in any way that will be of positive assistance! :-)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Fun

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at May Institute

    Pros

    A Great group of people to work with

    Cons

    A lot of changes from employees to work environments.

  9. Sad,sad,sad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at May Institute full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team of co-workers. Loved the people I serviced.

    Cons

    I thought the mission, was to up hold dignity, respect and to strengthen are clients. No what, the may is about is money an not human service. I thought as Dr's, clinicians, psychologist you hold an oath, to better a person. The CEO, doesn't care, if she did thereraises wod be better benefit packages, yearly raises, employee appreciation day, employee inservices. The direct care professional, office managers, receptionist get paid nothing, but keep this business going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To get better management skill, communication is key. When asked a questions, we want answers an proof not lies.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Sad, Sad, Sad.

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    Former Employee - House Parent in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - House Parent in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at May Institute part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The concept of the job was rewarding. The job involves caring for mentally handicapped clients and covers a wide range of responsibility. You form a bond with each individual and watch them progress and become more independent. You work with the same clients in the same house everyday so the routine stays the same. Each client gets an allowance which allows outings and various activities during the weekends. There is never a dull moment in this work environment. CPR and other health classes such as medication suspension are given.

    Cons

    Management at the time was terrible. They did not care for their staff or the well being of the clients. They will try to put you on PRN status so you can't advance, yet keep you on the schedule consistently. Most of the work is weekends or nights through the week. Shifts can be long and the work involved is not worth the pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to be in a position where your concern lies with the clients and staff, please be genuine about it. Do not steal money that belongs to the clients. This is a job that involves compassion and understanding and really to care. If you are not dedicated to this type of work, go manage elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great mission, many good co-workers; middle and upper management take advantage of staff.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Randolph, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Randolph, MA

    I worked at May Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding work; love the consumers. Some talented and dedicated co-workers. Company does good work.

    Cons

    No salary increases in years (I NEVER had a performance review.); promised career advancement never materialized; expensive insurance, especially for newer employees; Retribution is a way of life. New management is losing the confidence of rank-and-file staff. Some managers make people miserable until they just leave. "Anonymous" employee satisfaction surveys are not - they are really color coded & can be traced. My supervisor was given a copy of mine & she was not happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take employees seriously. Pay attention to comments in employee satisfaction surveys - they are important. Start giving annual performance reviews. Make sure that "anonymous" surveys are truly anonymous. Be honest with the staff. Spend company funds more wisely. Stop supervisors from mistreating staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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