I worked at UPARC full-time
Pros – If working day-shift direct care, or administrative roles, the hours are great. You get off much earlier in the day than other companies which makes balancing your work/home life easier. There are many wonderful employees, so the work atmosphere for the most part is positive. The time-off you can accrue is pretty generous, so that is also an added plus.
Cons – The employee contribution for insurance is incredibly expensive compared to other companies, even other non-profits. Despite the huge rising costs of living such as gas, groceries, and housing, yearly raises are hardly given to employees. Direct care staff work long hours, have high expectations set for them, and are paid very little to perform these jobs. There is extreme favoritism shown for certain departments and employees and they seem to fall under the radar with everything, while others are viewed under a microscope. There is not enough appreciation or thanks to the staff that are the back bone of the company (those who help take care of the developmentally disabled). Administrative staff do as they please in many cases with out any repercussions which can make things very frustrating for the employees, and has caused some low employee morale.
Advice to Senior Management – Find ways to show true appreciation for ALL employees, especially those who aren't as fortunate as the upper management. (Low salaries, working holidays, etc) Find ways to help keep the cost of employee insurance lower, because it is almost as much for just the employee to have insurance, as other companies ask for their entire family to be covered. If this means cutting out frivolous spending, and re-evaluating how many higher payed positions there are, then it's something that should be considered. Keeping the employees happier would help in the high turnover of the direct care staff. This would help cut down on the overtime costs, costs involved in recruiting and hiring new employees, etc and would almost pay for itself. A more competitive hourly rate would be a good place to start.
2013-07-31 10:57 PDT
I have been working at UPARC full-time for more than a year
Pros – You get to work with some of the most loving, caring people with developmental challenges and go home feeling good knowing you have affected and possibly enriched the life of some truly awesome individuals. Benefits have become more affordable to most individuals.
Cons – The rate of pay is terrible for most employees. The hours are long. Overtime is almost always forced on the workers in the "group homes". ADT and Office workers have much better hours. Upper management is out of touch with who is a worthwhile employee, they praise those who work long hours and are there just to collect a paycheck and fire those who really care.
Advice to Senior Management – Get out of your office where you sit in judgement and gossip ,and actually walk around and observe and see who is really there for the right reasons. Give regular yearly raises to the RTI workers.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2013-12-23 21:30 PST
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