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Ability Beyond Reviews

Updated September 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Positive Attitudes Succeed"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Staff in Bethel, CT
    Current Employee - Administrative Staff in Bethel, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ability Beyond full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth, fantastic mission, and great flexibility in roles. There's also a ton of different work that the company engages in - everything from providing direct care in group homes to assisting corporations in finding and hiring individuals with disabilities. There's a focus on healthcare, but that's not all there is.

    Cons

    Follow through can be difficult, and it relies on governmental funding sources, which can be inconsistent.

    Advice to Management

    Look to expand internships, and continue to promote from within as often as possible.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Company with very poor ethics - DO NOT WORK HERE"

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    Former Employee - E-Marketing Manager in Guilford, CT
    Former Employee - E-Marketing Manager in Guilford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ability Beyond full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really nothing. I hate to say it. When I started, I felt good about what I was doing, because I felt I was helping others. This illusion faded quickly. I was poorly treated as an employee and shown great disrespect. Worse still, I realized the company does not help people. It exploits the disabled.

    Cons

    Pays employees poorly. Benefits are even worst. Extremely disrespectful environment to work in. Very belittling. Employees work in a hostile and belittling environment. Work load is high, but the pay is laughable.

    Business practices are highly unethical and possibly illegal and abusive. Work is under great pressure. Above all else, it is an insulting and belittling place to work.

    Disabled clients receive exceptionally poor services. For example, they are in some vocational programs that are supposed to teach them skills and place them in good jobs, but this never happens. They stay in limbo and never get the services that the company says they will.

    Benefits are nil. Nothing. No paid vacation. No sick days. No personal days. No health insurance. No retirement assistance. I've never worked at such a cheap place that cared so little about employees.

    The only ones who seem to do well are the CEO (Tom Fanning) and some other high ranking officers. They are paid very very generously.

    Advice to Management

    Take a class in ethics. Think long and hard about what you do. Take a long look in the mirror.

    Honestly, I think the corporate culture is so broken that this organization needs to be disbanded. There are other non profits that provide services but are not as morally bankrupt as this one.

  3. "Difficult Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ability Beyond full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The individuals serving those with disabilities are committed and compassionate

    Cons

    Poor communication from top to bottom

    Advice to Management

    Clarify expectations from day one and keep communication ongoing and consistent


  4. "Good for college but not a forever job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to working you're in college. But don't stay there after college because then you'll get comfortable and be stuck there for 20 years.

    Cons

    Not enough pay for what you do. Management is ok depending on what house you work at. Not enough room to grow. You can easily move up but your pay still won't be as great

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  5. "What I think about the company"

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    Former Employee - Life Skills Specialist in Bethel, CT
    Former Employee - Life Skills Specialist in Bethel, CT

    I worked at Ability Beyond full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Over time hours
    Holiday pay
    Vacation time
    Met some great kids I was able to help

    Cons

    Excessive training that's repetitive and unneeded
    Unfair management
    Always working on holidays
    No work home life balance

    Advice to Management

    Stop believing all of what you hear and focus more on what you see


  6. "They provide a lot of training."

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    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Beacon, NY
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Beacon, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ability Beyond part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with those that have a disability and helping them achieve their goals is very satisfying. It provides those that do not have any medical background an opportunity to explore the medical field.

    Cons

    The work schedule provided doesn't allow me to work the desired hrs. It is either too much or too little and the schedule is not a typical work schedule. For ex. You may have to work every Saturday or Sunday instead of every other.

    Advice to Management

    It will help to have an assistant manager work the overnight shifts too.


  7. "Life Skills Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ability Beyond full-time

    Pros

    Overtime in a blizzard situation when stuck on the job

    Cons

    Stuck on the job during snowstorms, call-outs and no shows are occasional, they play favorites, and watch their backs instead of covering yours

  8. "Life Skills Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ability Beyond (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Helping people is a bennefit

    Cons

    Low pay rate makes life difficutl


  9. "Honesty is Best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ability Beyond full-time

    Pros

    If you like helping people with people who need some assistance in their daily lives, this is a god place to work for. Many areas need help so you can likely find your niche.

    Cons

    Management does not have strong leadership qualities in some areas of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Take courses on how to lead a group and conflict management.


  10. "Life Skills Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Life Skills Instructor in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Life Skills Instructor in Danbury, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ability Beyond part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -AWESOME to pick your own hours as a sub
    -the older houses have a GREAT "family vibe" going on
    -Having spent time in probably 30 Ability houses, I can say that the manager makes all the difference. Good manager= good house. Bad manager= sBad house for clients and staff.
    -taking clients on recreational outings is awesome
    -3rd shift is a sinch- plan to watch a lot of television, unless you have a house with insomniac clients

    Cons

    -pay could be alot better (I made $12 the entire 3 years I was an LSI)
    -sometimes you have to wipe a lot of butt
    - pretty big disconnect between the Leir office people and the actual service-providers
    - they got rid of a bunch of holidays.


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