Spectrum Center

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Spectrum Center Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
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  1.  

    Great experience was able to enhance my skills

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    Current Employee - Transnational Assistant in Pittsburg, CA
    Current Employee - Transnational Assistant in Pittsburg, CA

    I have been working at Spectrum Center part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Able to grow with staff and company

    Cons

    not my career where i want to be in life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be consistent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    There are better companies to work for if you really want to help students.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spectrum Center (more than an year)

    Pros

    A steady, albeit small, paycheck.

    Cons

    It is nearly impossible to provide quality services to students due to the inefficiency and incompetence of some people at this organization. The program sold to school districts and parents is a far cry from the reality at the school sites. Spectrum's main goal is selling and retaining contracts rather than acting in the best interest of the student. Much of the day is spent on behavior management rather than learning because Spectrum is not concerned with whether the program is an appropriate placement for the child once the contract has been signed. As a result, academic data and grades are often "adjusted" in order to keep up appearances.

    Poor compensation, long hours and lack of training and support result in burn-out among many staff members. Physical restraint is often used to gain compliance from students, though I cannot say whether this is due to the burn-out, lack of training or the fact that Spectrum does not pay enough to attract highly qualified candidates. Job titles mirror those found in the public school programs but the level of education required is vastly different. For example, Behavior Specialists for Spectrum do not need more than a high school diploma and are basically glorified bouncers.

    When an attempt is made to provide academic instruction, the effort is impeded because classrooms regularly run out of necessary supplies, such as paper and pencils.

    Middle management is far from transparent and often asks leadership at the site level to withhold information from or intentionally misdirect staff.

    The leadership at the higher levels and the majority of the employees at the individual school sites seem to truly want to help students. It's unfortunate but something goes wildly wrong somewhere in the middle and the result is a program that I would never consider placing my child in, no matter how severe his or her special needs. All of these factors combine to create a culture that is very fear-based where employees focus on surviving the day with no major incidents in order to keep their jobs.

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    Many of the problems experienced by the school sites could be completely avoided if middle management were more competent and honest. Vice Presidents should be held accountable for their actions and professionalism and that is currently not the case.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    High risk, low reward.

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    Former Employee - Instructor Level II in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor Level II in Concord, CA

    I worked at Spectrum Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Poor working conditions, inadequate staffing, and low pay create high turnover which means good opportunity for advancement for someone with their eye on building a resume. Excellent amount of paid vacation is the only reason anyone stays for long.

    Cons

    Poor working conditions, inadequate staffing, low pay, and high turnover create huge problems. Staff, even in higher positions often have little idea what they're doing, Spectrum's status as the "end-of-the-road" school means that many students have extreme, often violent behaviors. Most people are not capable of working this job, and those that are generally leave this company because their skill and fortitude is better rewarded elsewhere.

    It is my honest belief that this industry should not be for profit, and the enormous amount of local tax dollars that are funneled through school districts and sent through this wormhole to scumsucking investors in a company in Nashville disgusts me. Anyone invested in this company is being paid dividends passing by inadequately serviced students and staff so severely underpaid that most full time classroom staff work an additional job every day of the week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a good product and compensate your staff fairly. This is a job where lower level staff literally put themselves on the line to suffer serious injury every day and most have to work one or two additional jobs just to make rent. Ridiculous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    The children do all the teaching

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    Former Employee - Instructor Level II
    Former Employee - Instructor Level II

    I worked at Spectrum Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Intense concentrated experience gained in the special needs field. Huge intrinsic rewards. Exciting environment to work in,

    Cons

    Pay is low for the field. Training and knowledge or supervisors is minimal. If you're coworkers slack off it can turn into a huge liability for yourself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in quality supervisors and train staff extensively. Provide more oversight and feedback to staff at all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6.  

    School Review

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    Current Employee - Elementary Class Volunteer in Fairfield, CA
    Current Employee - Elementary Class Volunteer in Fairfield, CA

    I have been working at Spectrum Center part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I Like Helping the Little Ones In Class!!

    Cons

    There Are No Bad Things!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Campus directors and assistants need to be changed

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    Current Employee - Employee in Concord, CA
    Current Employee - Employee in Concord, CA

    I have been working at Spectrum Center

    Pros

    The teachers and aides are hard and dedicated to students

    Cons

    Employees loss confident in director and has no respect to three educational coordinators that are actually running the campus. Director just sits back in her office and let the three stooges bing negativity to the staff. Staff are continuously threaten of termination and has no respect to staff employees. It is all about them and not about the students. They insult employees and when informing director about their behavior, they are not repremanded or documented, but when regular staff makes an form of insulting comment, the employees are repremanded and written up for insubordination. Where is the fairness. They made ill advised decisions involving students welfare and education. The educational material recently introduced does not provide the funcational training and experience needed for their future. Example: educational materials teach a special needs student with 1st / 2nd grade cognitive learning ability about geometry which they don't even understand how to read. Another example: Educational Coordinator "tells" a staff member to make copies for her, but the staff member does not work for her and that the staff had other priorities working with students. Staff are treated like 2nd or 3rd level employees. Occupational and Speech therapist are also upset. Majority of the staff will leave this campus/company because of the harsh reality that "upper management" does not want to hear about. It is all about money!

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Not valued as an emplyee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spectrum Center

    Pros

    Helping students with disabilities and networking with school districts

    Cons

    For profit company that places emphasis on money before students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support employees and campuses so they feel valued

    Doesn't Recommend

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