Perkins School for the Blind Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
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  1. Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Watertown, MA

    I worked at Perkins School for the Blind

    Pros

    Great school, great students, great coworkers. Very positive and happy environment to work in. I always left work feeling fulfilled and helpful.

    Cons

    It is a mentally challenging place to work. You must have emotional fortitude.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Best school in the world for blind/special needs

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    Former Employee - Teachers Aide in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Teachers Aide in Watertown, MA

    I worked at Perkins School for the Blind full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Active, caring staff, many activities, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Hot buildings, micro-managed, You feel like someone is always over your shoulder. Poor starting salary, high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    raise salaies & moral

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Watertown, MA

    I worked at Perkins School for the Blind full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are great - hats off to the teachers and O&M specialists, they truly rock! The kids are wonderful and if you let them, they will teach you a thing or two!

    Cons

    Challenges are the senior management - there's not enough communicating from them downward. New CEO doesn't respond well to people below his level. Morale is at an all time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate - COMMUNICATE - Communicate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great people to work with. Pay is horrifying and management is horrible.

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Watertown, MA

    I have been working at Perkins School for the Blind full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The students are wonderful and the people I work with are great. Everyone is very interested in helping in any way they can and the TA staff is very kind and giving.

    Cons

    Overworked. Paid little to nothing. Burnt out completely. Management is incredibly poor. Policies change every other week and no one seems to care that the TA's are living on below minimum wage and have to work more than one job just to get by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people livable wages. Make sure everyone feels like they are appreciated and given what they need.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great experience and stepping stone-underpaid and fast burnout

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perkins School for the Blind full-time

    Pros

    Rewarding, amazing co-workers, excellent experience

    Cons

    Unappreciated, overworked, fast burnout rate

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

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    Former Employee - Houseparent in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Houseparent in Watertown, MA

    I worked at Perkins School for the Blind full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some 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.

    Cons

    Wages 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Not a pleasant place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA

    I worked at Perkins School for the Blind full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    General 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA

    I have been working at Perkins School for the Blind

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    These 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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. good place to work

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Watertown, MA

    I have been working at Perkins School for the Blind

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managementis good and know what they are doing. good thing about perkins is it attracts very dedicated people. So good job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. great ideals, horrible on the inside

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA

    I have been working at Perkins School for the Blind

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you 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

    Doesn't Recommend

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