The Arc

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The Arc Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
48 Reviews
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48 Reviews
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  1.  

    No room for advancement
    Lack of upper management organization
    No voice for concerns
    Low pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Arc

    Pros

    Great atmosphere working with developmentally disabled clients
    Great learning environment
    Flexible schedule
    Opportunities for recreation and activities

    Cons

    Low pay
    Bad benefits
    Medical insurance is extremely high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers, they have a voice

  2.  

    Inconsistency between chapters. No clear direction from National leads to chaos.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Arc

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good work-life balance, experienced senior management with dedication to the organization, high level of staff interaction with the disability community

    Cons

    Nepotism with some board and staff pushing to hire friends & family rather than qualified employees. No clear direction from national so all chapters are completely different in scope and vision and services. No person overseeing safety and liability before implementing services. In-fighting between board members and bad community reputation for unprofessionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a written standard of professionalism and clear direction of programs for every chapter. Currently, chapters can do whatever they want with no oversight once they pay their dues. This is bringing down the reputation of a great organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Job, but Overall Toxic Environment

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    Former Employee - DSP in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - DSP in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Arc part-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good.
    Co-workers are fun and talented.
    Union job.
    Work itself is gratifying.
    Centrally located.

    Cons

    While the benefits are good, the management is trying there best to not give you your full package. If that means cutting your amount of vacation hours, not giving you training money, and not giving people contractual wages, they will do it.
    The upper management are very unfriendly and other management are very clique-like. While the location is central, the environment is toxic and the staff are treated like they are dispensable so there is quite a turn-over. The clients are great, so it is too bad that the company is so disgraceful to their own hired staff!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take responsibility for the staff you hire and respect your staff and pay them what's a correct amount listed in a mutual contract. If the agency really believed in it's first rule, everyone being treated with dignity and respect, it would be a completely different experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    very friendly and hard working individuals in a positive environment for staff and participants.

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    Current Employee - Direct Support Professional in Simi Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Direct Support Professional in Simi Valley, CA

    I have been working at The Arc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible schedule, kind people, community activities

    Cons

    Need a good education on people with disabilities, must be willing to work outside and in community even in hot or cold weather, must deal with all walks of life and can be stressful at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to tour the programs and really get an understanding of how diverse programs can be from city to city.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Dysfunction at its best

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Swarthmore, PA
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Swarthmore, PA

    I worked at The Arc full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The staff are well meaning, helpful and friendly.

    Cons

    The Board of Directors are meddling in the day to day operations which causes confusion. The lack of a strategic plan leaves has the membership confused not knowing what direction the organization is heading. The lack of financial stability has potential donor running.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. The Board has been involved in the day to day operations and will continue to do so they must enjoy this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    My thoughts about the Arc

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employment Support Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Employment Support Specialist in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    The flexibility is no doubt one of the best aspects to my job.
    The benefits are great!. now including employees who work 30 hours get benefits!.
    Everyone you work with have the same aspirations to help the individuals.
    This is a great organization to work for especially if you want to move further into the Human Service Field. You will gain the experience you need.

    Cons

    No raises
    The pay is really not the best. Especially for the work that I do, I think it is only fair to pay more money.
    No room for advancement may take years even with a degree.
    The ridiculous trainings we have to do at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to consider how hard people work and include raises.

    Recommends
  8.  

    great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Arc

    Pros

    the staff were very helpful at times

    Cons

    the staff the management was not helpful

  9.  

    A fabulous organization to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employment Specialist
    Current Employee - Employment Specialist

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

    Pros

    It is a family atmosphere in the office. The goal of serving those with disabilities, helping them to reach their life goals is so fulfilling.

    Cons

    Financial needs are always an issue when working for a small non profit

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Easy and friendly

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Arc

    Pros

    Just drive and tend to client

    Cons

    A lot of driving a lot of requirements

  11.  

    Great clients. Management sucks.

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    Current Employee - Direct Support Professional in Meriden, CT
    Current Employee - Direct Support Professional in Meriden, CT

    I have been working at The Arc full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working with the clients is probably the best thing about the job.

    Cons

    Management is rude, they're all friends and talk about staff. The pay is very low and men are paid more than women. Women get started at 12 and men 14.20. They're horrible when it comes to taking time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act like you care about your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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