Melmark

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Melmark Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
14 Reviews
3.3
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Having a Great time working for this company

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Berwyn, PA
    Current Employee - Instructor in Berwyn, PA

    I have been working at Melmark full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to advance your career, fellow works seem to show a great interest in caring for the clients here. Benefits are some of the best.

    Cons

    Considering I like this company very much I don't have many cons about it. the snow in the area, when it does snow, is a pretty big con.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good work for post graduates

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ABA Counselor
    Former Employee - ABA Counselor

    I worked at Melmark full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The children are what make this job worth it. Every single day you will learn something new from these children; they will help teach you more about yourself than you ever thought possible. They are loving and caring, but also challenging to work with.. all part of the job. Worth it.

    Cons

    Behavioral challenges can be overwhelming at times. Constantly under-staffed which leads to higher risk for staff injury. Staff are pulled from various classrooms to work with children/clients they are unfamiliar with; which in turn leads to other classes becoming understaffed and a higher increase for injuries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire individuals that are fully aware of the demands of this job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Meaningful Work & Employees are Valued

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Melmark full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with individuals with intellectual disabilites is a privildege. Seeing the progress they make each and every day is inspiring. Leadership recognizes staff for the hard work they do and values employees' suggestions and ideas. The benefits are great - health insurance, time off benefits, tuition benefits, etc.

    Cons

    The work itself can be physically demanding, but its worth it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Employer see employees as numbers and stats.

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    Former Employee - ABA Counselor in Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - ABA Counselor in Berwyn, PA

    I worked at Melmark full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Working with the kids. There is no personal joy and fulfillment that beats the feeling of making one's life better.
    (Makes you know a lot more about oneself and our basic humanity).
    -Good pay compared to competition

    Cons

    -Morbid fear of an employee loosing his/her job for expressing candid opinions (It's like management is scared of smart and intelligent employees. It's their way or no way. So better play dumb if you want to stick around for long).
    -Poor management decisions.
    -Strong company politics ( even to the point of nepotism and elitism), which most at times, takes away from the care of persons' served.
    -High turn over rate (To management, employees are just part of their numbers game they'll submit to the government at the end of the year to request for even more capital to amplify their pockets).
    -You can get fired over the dumbest and silliest things you could ever imagine.
    -The funniest and scariest thing is the their high nose lawyers who knows nothing about the sample population served but will show up in any court to battle anyone to the last mark of how retarded and skewed they really are (Off-course money talks so you better be prepared to pay for your own lawyer if you can afford it,otherwise, I tough luck).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Actually CARE and see employees as real human beings and not just part of your stats and number game.
    -Don't just fire over the most silliest and stupidest of reasons imaginable.
    -Create an atmosphere where employees won't live in fear of loosing their job and tell you how what really is.
    -Quit practicing nepotism and elitism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Melmark

    Pros

    Great company with great people.

    Cons

    None. Everything is great at Melmark.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

  7.  

    Good overall environment, but sometimes a little misguided.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Melmark

    Pros

    There are many programs to choose from, Decent pay, The most current program I am in is the most supported, Good people in management, and some great co-workers who really care about what they do, Benefits are great, kids and adults are fun.

    Cons

    The attendence policy is unreasonably strict, some other policies are unreasonable for staff, the pay is not always appropriate (ie. people who have been there for years making less than new hires, people working with more aggresive clients in more dangerous situations don't always make more).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk a mile in the lowest level's shoes. There is a direct coorelation between how the staff feel and the care of the clients. Those staff are the most important if you truly believe the individuals are the most important.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Its a stepping stone to something better

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    Former Employee - ABA Counselor
    Former Employee - ABA Counselor

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

    Pros

    benefits, time off, the kids

    Cons

    unsafe, management's poor decisions, negative atmosphere, very high turn over

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Wonderfully rewarding place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Melmark

    Pros

    Clients, Educational opportunities, Beautiful campus

    Cons

    I cannot think of anything.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Berwyn, PA

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

    Pros

    Multicultural training grand for all...

    Cons

    A place to learn and personal development.....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    I'll Be Here Forever

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Education Staff in Berwyn, PA
    Current Employee - Education Staff in Berwyn, PA

    I have been working at Melmark full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Team-oriented atmosphere
    - Lots of reinforcement and incentives from organization (gift cards, Christmas bonus, staff appreciation events)
    - Excellent staff
    - Opportunity to make a difference in the lives of folks who really need it

    Cons

    - Dealing with challenging behaviors
    - High rate of staff turnover
    - Lack of space for activities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing what you're doing. Keep up the advocacy and keep hiring good people. Work on retaining the staff who are doing their best. I look forward to the new space that the planned mansion expansion project will afford in the coming years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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