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What Employees Say
I worked at Institute of Reading Development full-time for less than a year
You receive excellent training (for which you are paid) and you have superior support and guidance throughout your 10 weeks of summer work. You might also be able to continue on to work for IRD in... the fall in other capacities. The pay rate if decent, and you can make a lot of money over the summer (and there's overtime pay, since the hours in a week are often longer than 40). It's excellent experience for teaching at any level, including college. Great work not only for graduating seniors but for graduate students as well. You also get to work independently for those 10 weeks--so you both have strong supervision but also a sense of freedom and independence.
I wouldn't consider these "cons"--just things of which to be aware. The training is online and it's full time for about 3+ weeks. The summer work is tough---as in, it requires discipline and... commitment. And to be sure, working with young folks at all age levels has its challenges at times (keeping them in their seats! e.g.) and it can be exhausting. IRD is upfront about that---they will make that clear throughout the process. You have to be prepared to give up your summer to this work. You get paid for your prep time as well as in-class time. So the hard work is compensated---that doesn't make it less exhausting though. You also have to have a vehicle---the sites require vehicle travel since you're hauling a lot of books back and forth. You have to be disciplined with time on the days you teach--and organized. Some travel time can be long---you are compensated for anything above 45 mins one-way--aka your commute (and all other travel expenses like tolls and parking fees are covered by IRD).
I have been working at ventek full-time for more than a year
Company culture is positive, supportive and rewarding. Management is very knowledgeable, approachable, receptive and supportive. The entire staff is very talented and dedicated, and there's a great... sense of camaraderie. Generous benefits, especially the Health benefits. I'm confident that our clients receive the very best products and Customer Service that our industry has to offer.
The occasional problem that indicates this company is still trying to run itself like a start-up company - but that's extremely rare.
Advice to Management
Keep at it! You're doing fantastic!