Perkins School for the Blind Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Pretty good place for life but not for career life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good environemnt and friendly colleagues

    Cons

    low salary and few chance for promotion


  2. Good first job, but don't get stuck long in this "comfort trap"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA

    I have been working at Perkins School for the Blind

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    First impressions are the beautifully cared for campus, and the warm, friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful coworkers.

    Cons

    Low pay for the amount of work expected, benefits routinely cut without notice, defined contribution retirement plan (not a pension plan), management routinely bullies employees, extremely top-down management style, very top-heavy management routinely rewards themselves financially at the expense of their employees (President's pay is in the $300,000 range), high turnover in key positions, student population seems to be transitioning to increasingly lower functioning students with multiple impairments and serious behavior problems, recent abrupt announcement of change from bimonthly to biweekly pay for teachers imposes serious hardship on people who pay rent, pay mortgages, or have automatic payments.

    Advice to Management

    A year into his tenure as president, Dave Power seems to be struggling to articulate a cohesive vision of a direction for this school. Employee morale is at an all time low because employees are treated like they are unimportant, expendable, and of no real importance to the organization. Everything feels geared toward building the Perkins endowment at the expense of the fiscal well-being of the teachers and direct care staff who work here. It comes as no surprise that Thomas Handasyd Perkins (for whom the school is named) was a wealthy Boston shipping merchant, whose fortune was was in part amassed in no small part from slave trafficking and the importation of opium from Asia.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Disappointed. Expected more from a model school.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Watertown, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic teaching resources High student to staff ratio Easy caseload compared to public school Good for your resume

    Cons

    Inadequate training to USE the resources at hand--- The resources are amazing compared to public school. The problem is that it is one thing to 'have' them, but another to train your staff on how to use them; otherwise it is wasted money. Lack of leadership--- things tend to get delegated to various people, but action rarely takes place. I blame this on lack of a strong leader, because your staff should never be asked to do things that they are uncomfortable with, or feel not skilled to do. Also, if you want your staff to be successful, model success to them. Poor morale---- Due to lack of leadership, staff often times have a very poor attitude, which is understandable. When there is a lack of clear vision for your program(no pun intended), you don't know where you're heading. There is a wonderful Sunshine Committee that helps with the poor morale, but it is often simply a band aid for a much larger issue. Teachers are often low man on the totem pole---- As a teacher of the visually impaired, you do not get the opportunity to truly use your skills, unless you happen to have a braille reader in your class. VI assessments are done by another TVI and any visual recommendations from you are rarely taken into account. You are basically a special education teacher, if that. Speaking of teachers and their place in the school, related service providers tend to have a little more input than teachers in regards to what should happen with a child. Popular opinion is that this is because the RSPs have a stronger leader than the teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Have leaders who have experience in the field of special education and visual impairment. Make a point to sit in and observe classrooms. Don't be a stranger. Though Perkins has a business and a school, hone in on the fact that Perkins is still a school. A model school, at that.


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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Perkins School for the Blind

    Pros

    Perkins has a very positive environment. Great people throughout. Beautiful campus and comfortable work environment.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons of Perkins School for the Blind. Thoroughly enjoyed my time working there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up what you're doing, Perkins is doing great things and fun to have worked at it.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Teachers aid

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Perkins School for the Blind

    Pros

    The students, great coworkers, i worked in the cottages and found residential staff caring

    Cons

    Upper management power ridden. This includes the residential supervisors. Teachers cottage staff great

    Advice to Management

    Pay staff what they deserve or atleast close. Get rid of the power hungry middle management supervisor.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good to get experience, but move on quickly

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perkins School for the Blind

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The organization as a whole does a lot of good work - it's rewarding to be a part of it.

    Cons

    Perkins does not value its employees. Most staff members are underpaid and overworked - that includes staff in all different types of positions. They don't offer merit-based pay raises, and offer initial salaries well below the average for most jobs. There aren't many opportunities for advancement, and good work is not rewarded financially.

    Advice to Management

    Perkins would benefit from attempts to retain staff and lower the turnover rate.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Teaching Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Watertown, MA

    I worked at Perkins School for the Blind

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Best school in the world for blind/special needs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    raise salaies & moral


  10. Helpful (3)

    Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Communicate - COMMUNICATE - Communicate


  11. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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