National Autistic Society

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National Autistic Society Reviews

Updated June 4, 2014
Updated June 4, 2014
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  1.  

    good company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Autistic Society full-time

    Pros

    helping the less fortunate disabled kids

    Cons

    The company emphases on values and beliefs..... ...

  2.  

    Brilliant job, not so brilliant hours/management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal Bank Project Worker in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Seasonal Bank Project Worker in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at National Autistic Society as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Over £8 an hour.
    Very good job satisfaction.
    Enjoyable working with such wonderful children.

    Cons

    Only a few hours work per weekend.
    Management attitudes are terrible.
    No chance for progression within the company due to government cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so stuck up with your staff, they work hard and they work to please the clients with autism, not you big wigs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Overworked and underpaid staff. Out of touch management.

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    Former Employee - Middle Manager
    Former Employee - Middle Manager

    I worked at National Autistic Society full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Provides support to some of the most disadvantaged people in the UK. Peer support generally good. Many staff committed to supporting the people who use the services.

    Cons

    Highly stressful environment, senior management/board out of touch with what happens in services and schools. Minimal supervision of service leaders by their managers mean issues such as poor management practice never addressed, and bullying is unfortunately commonplace among management. Expected to work above and beyond constantly, not just for exceptional circumstances. Stress-related illnesses not taken seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff, don't allow "cash-cow" services to operate unsupervised. Take note of indicators such as high staff turnover and high levels of mental ill health within specific teams, and manage effectively. Don't turn a blind eye. Stop overworking managers and staff and you'll get better overall results. Stop treating complex services across the UK like a 9-5 office in London.

    Advice to trustees: have more oversight of your directors and get further industry/specialist knowledge before approving significant changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Rota Coordinator staffing 6 units for 7 years then seconded to Key Support Worker

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    Former Employee - Key Support Worker in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Key Support Worker in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)

    I worked at National Autistic Society full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    no 2 days the same

    Cons

    lack of support from management

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    a very challenging experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Worker in Godalming, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Support Worker in Godalming, England (UK)

    I have been working at National Autistic Society as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    if you enjoy making a different in those with disabilities life and making a difference and to do something different each day

    Cons

    its not for fake heated or those that have short patience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Lack of communication and very slow decision making

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Autistic Society

    Pros

    Supporting families with autism
    Quality, commitment and caring nature of front line colleagues
    Some excellent national teams within the organisation
    Good quality of some campaigns

    Cons

    Poor senior managment - out of touch with ordinary staff
    Very poor communication within the organisation
    Money wasted in unnecessary travel to meetings
    Wasting money on redesigns of logos and websites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speed up decision making
    Remember that the organisation is a charity and is not run for profit
    Review communication within the organisation

    Doesn't Recommend

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