Perkins School for the Blind
3.4 of 5 8 reviews
www.perkins.org Watertown, MA 500 to 999 Employees

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Steven M Rothstein

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great experience and stepping stone-underpaid and fast burnout

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsRewarding, amazing co-workers, excellent experience

    ConsUnappreciated, overworked, fast burnout rate

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    Challenging conditions, but an excellent cause in a team environment with wonderful people.

    Houseparent (Former Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    ProsSome very wonderful students and excellent, generous staff. There are solid possibilities for advancement, and it is possible to become live-in staff, greatly reducing your housing expenses.

    ConsWages are fair but not remarkable, and the stress of the job can be significant.

    As a houseparent, you will have a non-traditional schedule including some weekend hours.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a pleasant place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    ProsWorking with the students. The kids are great, but that is probably the only positive experience I had at this institution.

    ConsGeneral policies are constantly changing, benefit packages are cut or modified without any advanced notice and are not grandfathered in (this includes tuition reimbursement), unprofessional supervisors, low wages compared to responsibilities, frequent scheduling problems, unhealthy work conditions, and no job security.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place to begin a career working with special needs,but the school itself is managed terrible.

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    Watertown, MA

    ProsWonderful students,supportive lower help,great resources for the students,beautiful campus,good benefits for young workers or staff that live there.

    ConsNo one in upper management has a clue how to run a school. Everything is smoke & mirrors.Terrible pay,bad food,no respect for the teaching assistants.Too many free co-ops that just get to be consistant with the students then they must leave,Paperwork & meetings about virtually nothing .constantly understaffing due to allegeded budget that has left classrooms in dangerous situations at times( due to the ban on overtime ),Clinitians that come around only when their paperwork is due. If it wasn't for dedicated teaching assistants,the place would fall apart.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThese students are individuals. They do not conform just because there is paperwork on them. They can't be Stepford kids.Treat the staff with respect,even though you make 5 times their salary.Minimum.Hire by talent. Not race .You need to be a minority to get anywhere.

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    good place to work

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    ProsGreat place to get your foot in the door with developmental disabilities. Work with great people and learn alot about the field.

    ConsWork can be very challenging and pay is not very good. Entry level postion and you need to be a direct care worker.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagementis good and know what they are doing. good thing about perkins is it attracts very dedicated people. So good job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great ideals, horrible on the inside

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    Prosthe students, the long history of service and dedication, working for a place that is helping a community that needs it

    Conshorrible upper management, high turnover in certain jobs, mistreatment of women, mismanagement of funds

    Advice to Senior Managementyou have employees who care and are devoted to the school and want to make a difference. they work hard and stay late not for the pay. use them and their enthasium, enable them instead of crushing them and their ideals! when theres a problem they can help fix it instead of you trying to cover it up. please stop being baby bullies and grow up. apologize and lets move on to make working results. the blind need us to be true experts

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    overall, very positive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosthe mission, the people served, ability to make a difference and see the impact of that every day

    Consa lot of competing priorities, limited resources

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Rewarding experience, management is hit or miss

    Program Aid (Former Employee)

    ProsInteracting with the students and forming relationships
    Feeling you've helped someone learn really useful skills, and possibly impacting their life
    Work with a lot of great people
    Gives some perspective and understanding of what life is like for blind and multiply impaired individuals

    ConsA program aid has several house parents who are effectively their managers, and there are some that are very good, but some not so much. I'd say the majority are pretty good, some are great, but some can be pretty bad, and when you've got a bad one it can make the job very frustrating. What makes a bad houseparent can simply be a lack of respect for the program aids, not appreciating when good work is done, or not being willing to step up and do some program aid tasks in a real pinch.

    Communication between cottages and various teachers/instructors could often be better.

    Not a lot of room for career growth unless you're willing to take on a more administrative role. What I loved about working at Perkins was interacting with the students, and I didn't see a way for advancement without giving up most of that and spending much more time on administrative tasks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to think more about designing better channels of communication between all of the people who interact with a particular student on a day to day basis (2 program aids, 2 house parents, teachers, counselors, etc.). I think computers need to be more involved here. At the time I left everyone had to fill out a log sheet for each student on each shift. These were messy, often in need of restocking the logs, and a huge hassle to gather any data from. If these logs were in a computer system, much more useful things could be done with all of the data on each students behavior, goals, and tasks. If there was a central site for each student, I think a lot could be gained by giving each of the people listed above access to this information, both for knowing what's going on with the student, as well as for updating new lesson plans, protocols, etc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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