The New England Center for Children

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The New England Center for Children Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
24 Reviews
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  1.  

    Exemplary resource and educational facility for ASD population.

    Former Employee - Level II Teacher in Southborough, MA
    Former Employee - Level II Teacher in Southborough, MA

    I worked at The New England Center for Children full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to conduct research to benefit the students you're directly working with, all staff have same ABA training/experience(s) to relate, work as a team, and problem solve with like-minded solutions.

    Cons

    Stressful, hard to "leave work" because there is always a new idea or improvement to be made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the benefits of positive reinforcement (as opposed to negative reinforcement) with staff!

  2.  

    Has promise "Senior staff needs to listen and do the right thing"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The New England Center for Children full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    *Good Benefits*
    *Decent Pay*
    *Mostly friendly people*

    Cons

    *Communication* Not good. They will tell you one thing and go back on their word or say "I never said that"
    *Career Development* Non existent. If your hired in the position your probably stuck in the position.
    *Management* Looks down on people like they are below them. The management team has no clue on how to handle their employees. You can be written up just by not saying hi to someone and they complain about it. They will tell you that you will be promoted and then take it back for no reason.
    *Two face managers* No need for explanation
    *Entitled* Program specialists, Coordinators and Directors feel entitled. If it's something they don't like they need it taken care of right away and don't care how it effects their subordinates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within and listen to the employees with their ideas. Employees are leaving because the feel they have no where to go in the company. If an employee is told they will be promoted be honest to your word.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Working with the children is very gratifying, but the supervisors foster a horrible work community and play favorites.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Level II Teacher in Southborough, MA
    Current Employee - Level II Teacher in Southborough, MA

    I have been working at The New England Center for Children full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The kids are challenging but working with others who are passionate and care for the students' well-being and growth is inspiring and gratifying. The paid vacations are a nice perk and the masters programs are a good deal. The work the school does in general for children with autism is amazing though. The research is very helpful and this school is great for autistic children with severe behaviors.

    Cons

    The superiors have no idea or don't seem to remember what is like to work directly with children with difficult behaviors. They are all quick to judge and unhelpful. There isn't a transparent method for promotions but incompetent people are promoted only because the superiors favor them. The masters program is also disorganized and it is frustrating to graduate when you want because they try to extend the program long enough to force you to stay at NECC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should either hire more staff so the ratios are higher or give higher salaries. Instead of focusing on useless new additions to the school, they should focus on how to make the jobs easier on staff and have more comfortable and safer residences for the students. They need to be more transparent on promotions. The cattiness fostered and almost encouraged by management is why the turnover rate it so high. Supervisors should be evaluated by their employers, who should not be penalized when they mention the incompetencies of their supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    great environment and great opportunity to help autistic children in need

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The New England Center for Children

    Pros

    rewarding to see the progress the students make

    Cons

    it's physically and mentally exhausting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    There can only be one real goal, the advancement of effective treatment for all students with autism.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The New England Center for Children full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The commitment of direct care staff is inspiring to see. With ABA as a cornerstone of NECC's work, it is well grounded in both science and tempered with compassion. A second goal is research which can be a slippery slope. With over 30 years of data, only now is a clearer picture of effective methods of treatment.

    Although research and training is more efficient in a specialized school environment, students and their families should strive (when possible) to advocate for a (Public School) inclusion program. In some cases this is available with NECC's partner program.

    Cons

    Only a small percentage of students with autism get into this school. The one weakness in the current system seems to be competition and not collaboration with similar schools for autism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to recognize the hard work and sacrifices made by direct care staff. They are what make this school successful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company if you want a free Masters, but lots of hard long hours.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Level II Teacher in Southborough, MA
    Former Employee - Level II Teacher in Southborough, MA

    I worked at The New England Center for Children full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The staff are very nice and the students are truly amazing to work with. If you work here for a few months you become very close with the kids and you will learn so much from them, even though you're the teacher.

    Cons

    Irregular hours. Start out working overnight if you don't have experience with children with autism. Work almost every holiday

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They sort of hid the fact that you have to join a masters program to remain employed there, which unfortunately closes off advancement opportunities and drives away very good teachers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    its gooood

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Southborough, MA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Southborough, MA

    I have been working at The New England Center for Children full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    tuition reimbursement, great training with people who really know their stuff as far as ABA is concerned, full benefits, pretty good!

    Cons

    its so much work and sometimes too many expectations. there just isn't enough time or brain juice to follow through on everything, its like working two jobs. your work never ends when your shift does.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work if you want to make a difference

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southborough, MA

    I have been working at The New England Center for Children full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great vacation time, amazing benefits such as on-site graduate programs, ability to explore other departments

    Cons

    Sometimes its long hours, you definitely have to earn your keep

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Misleading place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The New England Center for Children full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent starting pay, looks good on a resume if you plan to stay in this field.

    Cons

    The senior staff tend to be very conceited and are far from open to newcomers. I noticed that they have their cliques and think they're the greatest thing ever if they use the phrase "positive reinforcement" on a daily basis. SMH. If you plan to start at NECC, chances are you'll see this at some point. Their orientation program is a joke and they openly admit that you leave new employee orientation not knowing jack about the kids. Furthermore, they higher ups that have any influence have difficulty seeing outside their bubbles and, although they claim the opposite, are far from open to new ideas. You'll fill out a little survey after some of your trainings that will surely end up in the pile of the last ten-years' surveys waiting to be compiled. That or scrap paper. The hours suck and they'll take advantage of you, especially when you start out (and you'll probably start out as a floater, meaning no set schedule and your hours often change week to week. I worked 12 days straight without a day off once). If you have no experience in the field, I think this would be a great place to start. I, however, came from an organization that valued innovation and novelty when dealing with challenging situations with students--here you're just expected to follow student guidelines whether they work or not. OH! And don't get me started about how liberally they use time out. I can't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to creativity, and certainly to the employees that work with students everyday.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    I wouldn't do it again.

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

    I have been working at The New England Center for Children

    Pros

    Good experience, decent starting pay for the field, great graduate education opportunities

    Cons

    Unsteady hours as you'll probably start off with a floater schedule on your unit. High-strung staff and supervisors that care more about their reputation than the kids. They don't respect innovation at all and expect you to follow student guidelines precisely whether they're effective or not

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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