Melmark Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
10 Reviews

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  1.  

    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.

  2.  

    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
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    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Good

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Engineer  in  Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Berwyn, PA

    I worked at Melmark full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Multicultural training grand for all...

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    I'll Be Here Forever

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    Current Employee - Education Staff  in  Berwyn, PA
    Current Employee - Education Staff in Berwyn, PA

    I have been working at Melmark full-time for more than a 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
  8.  

    Needs a Union, Lawyer Or Something!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Melmark

    Pros

    Good EAP. Rewarding working. Benefits. Good short term employment.

    Cons

    Appears to favor staff under the age of 40. Appears to push out those with seniority and to demote people. Restructuring may be a financial necessity but Melmark uses it as an excuse to push out seasoned staff!
    Fire's easily, and bad turn over rate. Maintains and works toward improving offices while programs serving clients are suffering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff are afraid to tell you what they think or feel. If you don't care about that then at least stop pretending you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wear tennis shoes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Berwyn, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA

    I have been working at Melmark full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Health Benefits
    PTO
    Thanksgiving Gift Card
    Birthday Gift CArd

    Cons

    Communication within some programs on campus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrendous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA

    I worked at Melmark full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The clients were the only aspect of the job that made it worth going into work!

    Cons

    Poor management structure partly due to existing nepotism! At first the structure and work place seemed great, but as this quickly faded. Atmosphere quickly changed to feel as though working in a Big Brother setting. Change over of staff exceeds any place previously worked in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent with following up with all incidents that reflect lack of client care-not just those that suit management criteria.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Job Not a Career

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    Former Employee - Applied Behavioral Analysis Counselor  in  Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - Applied Behavioral Analysis Counselor in Berwyn, PA

    I worked at Melmark

    Pros

    Melmark has an excellent reputation within the educational community. The work they do there is indispensable. You can get hired with little experience as long as you have a strong educational background or a strong desire to work with developmentally disabled people. Salary begins relatively high. Most employees and management are younger making it a possibility to move up quicker than other companies. Melmark is a great step up forward for your career.

    Cons

    Staff injury is a daily occurrence, if you can get over that there are still more cons to consider. If you work in Residential you have to work a double (7am-11pm) once a week, and it's usually Saturday or a Sunday. The staff tend to have cliques. If you aren't in the "in crowd" your day can be even more difficult. Counselors are expected to be very detailed and almost error-free, but the management is messy and disorganized themselves. Everybody is overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't stop by for a visit, instead work a full shift or two to know what it's really like. Eliminate the doubles so we can do our job properly.

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