The Arc - Middlesex County

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The Arc - Middlesex County Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A terminal illness is better than working for this agency/

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Direct Support Professional in North Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Direct Support Professional in North Brunswick, NJ

    I worked at The Arc - Middlesex County full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work for this agency is that I met a lot of great people, peers, and connections over the time I spent here. I've learned a lot, and personally grew from the experience. The participants are great, and you will definitely see a lot of hard work from the DSP's, so that the participants can flourish.

    Cons

    Well for starters, the upper management is absolutely horrid! Most of them are self-righteous, and use their job title as a form of power. They look down upon the DSP"s (ya know, those small guys who do all the dirty work, and the reason why this agency is still in operation), and they expect that these employee's do twenty jobs at once. Heaven forbid you forget something, or make a mistake, you will get written up (What was I thinking for using the bathroom?!). But seriously, management is power hungry. There is no room for promotions (unless if you are a "yes man"), there are no raises, bonuses, and perks. They expect you to learn everything on your own. They talk down to you like you are child. Don't even bother making complaints, they will go unsolved... That is if you do not get fired for complaining. HR department is a waste of space. Seriously, the upper management needs a complete makeover. Furthermore, rules and policies are constantly being changed. It's all about nepotism. You could be written up for filling out a paper the wrong way, but some "Yes man" who makes the same mistake will get away with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing policies to benefit yourself! Learn how to properly treat your employee's. Stop talking to them like children. A Thank you, although appreciated, does not pay the bills. $10.00/hr is grossly not enough for hat the DSP position entails, and prices everywhere are going up. Give raises!!! Your current and future employee's will appreciate the fact that they can have a little extra money. If you make these small changes, you will see a better turn out with your employee's, and they will stop leaving the agency. You lost many awesome employee's because you do not know how to treat them, and they are severely underpaid.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    What an awful employment experience!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Arc - Middlesex County

    Pros

    Made some lifetime friends here. What a great group of creative, kind people despite terrible working conditions.

    Cons

    The main cons are outdated or limited resources and lack of support and compassion for employees. Cold and detached senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are the ones keeping you in business. Treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.

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

    Loved the clients and most employees, upper management - not so much

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Arc - Middlesex County full-time

    Pros

    A lot of talented and dedicated employees made it enjoyable to come in and do the job. Truly seeing the difference you can make in the clients' lives was very rewarding.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, upper management didn't value their employees or what was truly in the clients' best interest. Decisions were made to benefit themselves and their image. Working under that type of administration made it difficult and disheartening to do my job well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please focus on demonstrating the leadership and team building skills that were always discussed in the management meetings. Also it's important to build rapport with all employees. They put in a lot of hard work and are integral to the agency. Showing them respect and kindness can go a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Avoid it unless you really need a job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at The Arc - Middlesex County full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked with a great team that was very helpful and supportive when I started and still are. I am helping improve other people's lives.

    Cons

    The pay is pretty bad and HR has no problem telling you that "we don't give raises" however, the executive team gets cars and free gas courtesy of the nonprofit. Don't expect to be promoted unless you are a yes man and you keep your mouth shut about the bad things that you see. One executive has her had in every pot which keeps the other departments and especially HR under her strict control. Unprofessionalism in the executive team is incredible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job with the trainings offered to managers to improve their management and computer skills.
    You have several great employees who are dedicated despite the harsh conditions. Allow them to grow instead of stifling them with policies that keep the agency from growing. Stop treating your staff with disrespect and thinking you are better than them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    A stepping stone into the world of non-profits.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Various in North Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Various in North Brunswick, NJ

    I worked at The Arc - Middlesex County full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People begin careers in social services because they care about the cause and have a desire to help others. Some of the employees are just amazing people. Kind, strong and intelligent people on a mission to make our community an inclusive and nurturing one. The people who we are working for, the participants and clients, they are the reason for the Arc and they are what brought me into work each morning with the creative energy to make their lives more fulfilling in whatever way I had the resources to do so.

    Cons

    The team of directors here just don't get it. They look great on paper but give it time and you will see that they have one concern and that is for cutting costs. There is a major air of uptight pseudo-professionalism going on here with religious undertones. Necessary staff do not have the means to perform their jobs well (vehicles are constantly out, computers are outdated, you are required to use your own personal resources to perform duties, fresh ideas are ignored and not welcome), raises do not exist, chief directors will not work hands on with clients, client to staff ratio is very high, residential program is sad, the best employees who are progressive thinking and compassionate move on because they get burnt out, no room for advancement, no bonuses, the morale is AWFUL. Go to n agency who cares about clients and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This agency needs a complete makeover. They need some fresh, compassionate energy in order to try and get on track.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    We do it for the clients, not for the rude treatment and disregard we face from our top dogs.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Vocational in North Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Vocational in North Brunswick, NJ

    I have been working at The Arc - Middlesex County

    Pros

    It's a great feeling to be part of improving the quality of life of the people we support. It's a good way to make other professional contacts in your local community and to learn how to be more sensitive to other people.

    Cons

    You will be invisible to upper management. We are all replaceable and we are only recognized when something is not done correctly. No room for advancement, no raises in 4 years but you will continually be given heavier work loads with no support from Directors. You will be exhausted from your big caseloads and told that you need to bring more money in for the agency. The quality of support to our clients is not important to the Executive Directors, they just push you to get quality because that's how they get paid. When you ask for assistance from an you will be ignored and not even acknowledged. The sarcasm and lack of social skills from upper Management is laughable. You will be treated as a nuisance if you address any issues out of an Executive Directors comfort level. You have a fashion police Director who will embarrass you for wearing anything that isn't loosefitting and matronly because it's "unprofessional." Forget holiday parties, bonuses bigger than $100, raises, overtime, respect and dignity. You don't get that here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that bad morale can not be ignored or it will keep trickling down and effect every aspect of the organization. Treat your employees kindly and reward, recognize them when appropriate. Take an active interest in your employees well being. Consider quality over quantity if you wish to be the provider of choice.

    Doesn't Recommend

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