Applied Behavior Center for Autism Reviews
Updated Oct 28, 2022
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Thinking about becoming a school teacher or becoming a NP. Burnt out on patient care nursing and can't find office/desk position that doesn't involve working long hours/working weekends, etc as Don or supervisor because someone always calls out. I applied for a few strictly case management positions but they all said I don't have enough experience in that area. Thoughts? Pros and cons?
Occupational Therapist/ Certified Hand Therapist
Hello, I am in the process of asking for a raise. Is anyone on here a CHT ( certified hand therapist) ? The survey on annual salary for CHTs always depresses me as I am not even in the low category for pay and have been practicing for 14 years and CHT for 5 years. Can I ask what do you think is typical pay for occupational therapist in the setting? I make 37 (rounded up :p) per hour.
Clinical Social Work Supervisor
Does anyone know what is the average length of time to get a new EHR up and running? My hospital is on the smaller side and it’s going on 5 years for EHR implementation. Seems like an excessive amount of time and waste of money given the cost to IT consultant managing this project.
Top Review Highlights by Sentiment
- "I really liked all my coworkers and direct supervisor." (in 3 reviews)
- "3. Pay is decent (although I've heard it's better at other companies)." (in 3 reviews)
- Former Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★
movedOct 28, 2022 - RBT - Registered Behavior TechnicianRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Above average pay rate , supervisor taught me a lot. Kids are great.
Had a few challenges with parents, scheduling or unreasonable demands. but nothing major. Supervisor and management were always there to help.
- Former Employee★★★★★
Would go with a different companyJul 8, 2022 - RBT - Registered Behavior Technician in Longwood, FLRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Being an RBT in itself is a rewarding job, BCBAs are FOR THE MOST PART very understanding and supportive. Co-workers are also very nice and supportive of one another
- Management does not seem to care for employees - Lack of communication between higher ups - Will not get paid for client cancellations - Will get reprimanded for taking days off so it is difficult to have a work/life balance and can sometimes be draining as the job in itself is not easy - Difficulty getting re-staffed if you lose a client, so again, you will be missing out on pay - There is a “pay tier” based off how many hours you work so your pay will not be consistent. A high pay is advertised but with the amount of cancellations and lack of available clients it’s nearly impossible to consistently get paid at that rate - You will get in trouble for trying to assist others - They have a BCBA exclusive bathroom, staff is to share bathrooms with clients - There are no yearly pay raisesContinue reading
Thank you for your feedback. We do value our employees and try to show our appreciation in many ways. We offer very competitive rates and we recently offered pay increases even though insurance companies did not increase their billable amounts. Dealing with health insurance companies can be challenging, but we do what we can. We also offer health benefits and 401k for employees working 30+ hours per week. We host quarterly staff get togethers and team building, we have an annual Christmas party and other holiday festivities. We often surprise therapists with coffee, donuts, pizza, lunch, etc.. If a therapists needs a toy or programming item for their clients, it's almost always provided. We definitely care about our employees and our clients and I sincerely do not wish for any of our therapists to feel that way. When scheduling and working with multiple clients in a work week, there will often be cancellations or things that may come up on both sides. . If these are happening infrequently, we encourage families and therapists to do the best they can to reschedule. If these cancellations seem excessive, we encourage you to bring this to the attention of your supervisor so that we can discuss the importance of consistent therapy with the family. Unfortunately, insurance companies will not allow RBT's (or any health professional for that matter) to bill for cancellations or late session. As far as turnover rate goes, we have many employees with us for a long time several over a decade. I am sure there are many factors involved, but due to the challenging nature our field, turnover rates will be higher in general.
- Former Employee, more than 3 years★★★★★
Do not recommendAug 28, 2022 - RBT - Registered Behavior Technician in Longwood, FLRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
I worked for ABC for 3 years and want to start with the best part. This company has some fantastic therapists who truly put their clients first, but lacks significantly in the management and operations side.
During the course of 3 years, I worked in 4 different centers across winter Garden and Longwood due to owners splitting and closing multiple locations to pair it down to one. I actually moved from one side of central Florida to the other to stay with my clients and commuted 40 min everyday due to a center closing with 24 hours notice. I later moved closer when my lease ended 3 months later. Stability is not here. I lost multiple clients and was not restaffed for months at a time. When clients cancel sessions, the company tells you to make up hours but not all families are wanting to do this. If a client is on vacation for a week, so are you. You can ask for sub sessions but they are rarely available, nor is anyone working hard to fill your schedule. This company also uses a pay tier based on hours worked. The more hours you work, the more you make hourly. The downfall of this is consistent therapists who have a client out (sometimes out of control, sickness, vacation, etc) are then dropped in hourly pay when they already had less hours due to cancellations. It also hurts people who make say 29 hours and not 30. It’s a huge difference per check from 1 hour more worked. This led to therapists feeling disrespected and not appreciated. The owner, Hyndi, has been seen acting unprofessionally on multiple occasions with instances of reaching out to employees after they leave the company with false accusations and reacting negatively to feedback. When a review was written here, she posted it across the center with a response and went on a witch-hunt for the author. Having an opinion is not received well here and I have actually received a review that said an area of improvement would be to not assist with other clients. At the time I had new therapists shadowing me a few times a week. This is an expectation for some and does not pay anything extra. It was so normal for new therapists to feel comfortable asking the person they shadowed for help after starting. I was never given direction on this other than it being written in a formal review with no opportunity for correction before this. When I was out of work 4 days a month, I was pulled in a meeting to share why I wasn’t at work with another employee present. Professionalism and personal boundaries have lacked extremely along the way. Finally, cleanliness is not up to standards here. To make an office space for the BCBAs in the former kitchen space and personal bathroom, the owner decided dishes should be washed in the bathroom, complete with dish rack! I completely understand the desire for office space but that is on the owner to rent a space that accommodates her staff or take less clients. Therapists should not be punished with unsanitary conditions. The entire center is disorganized. Someone comes and cleans every other weekend but with approximately 30 kids and 20 adults in and out everyday. Cleaning 3 available bathrooms only biweekly with this level of volume is subpar. This company is a decent stepping stone to bigger things, but try not to invest too much energy into it. It’s not something you will grow with unless you want to obtain a masters degree and become a BCBA to use the coveted kitchen and private bathroom.Continue reading
Applied Behavior Center for Autism Response
Thank you for your feedback. Everything written here is read and considered objectively. Both the positive and the negative. Fortunately, the joy my career has brought me all of these years, far outweighs the negativity in these posts or elsewhere I may otherwise encounter. I did However, there are many things written here that are simply not true, so let me clarify: - Being in this field now for almost 30 years has been extremely rewarding. We did at one point have 3 locations (winter garden, Longwood and Oviedo), but in an effort to run more efficiently and provide more quality services, we decided during Covid when other partner retired, that it was best to have one location. This was done in an effort to improve procedures, not inhibit them. We understand this may have been inconvenient for many people, including us, but we got through it. -As far as pay rates, why on earth would anyone feel disrespected when we increased rates.. in lieu of insurance companies not doing the same. And we still pay more than other companies do. No one was hurt by this. Training, probationary pay and base rates were all I increased not decreased. And now therapists are guaranteed the base pay rate only having to work 15 hours a week, when before it was 25 hours. And on top of that we added in extra bonus pay for anyone working over 30 hours a week. I am not following the logic here on how increasing pay rates would be making people feel unappreciated. So, if we just left things as they were prior to implementation of pay rate and bonus opportunities, that would make people happy? I am just not following the logic here at all. -We have 4 bathrooms in the center and we were kindly asking that the bathroom that is in the back of the BCBA office remain separate so that all of our BCBA's have somewhere they can work on treatment planning, programming and have meetings without constant traffic. There are 3 other bathrooms available. All of which I have no problem using. Also, when 5+ people are sharing one bathroom, I would hardly consider that privacy worth coveting. I cannot imagine how someone would not be understanding of their supervisors wanting a quiet place to work. -If you want to go to school and change careers and transition from an RBT to a BCBA, I think that is a great way to grow in our field. And we have had several RBT’s who have become BCBA’s. Although they are 2 completely different jobs, both rewarding in different ways, it’s totally worth it! -As far as the big concern about not having "full kitchen:" Well, for starters, we never even had a full kitchen to begin with. We have a fridge, sink and a couple of small appliances. All of these things are still available as needed in adjacent suite. More importantly, Please understand, given the nature of our 1:1 therapy operations, we are really not meant to be storing, preparing, cooking and washing dishes. And it is not fair at all for our therapists who work so hard on a fee for service schedule to have to do those things on top of their regular job duties. As a result, our policy is as follows (this was also clearly posted for all to see): We do not provide or store any food, dishes, flatware (outside of a personal coffee mug any individual employees would like to store). So, there is really no need to wash dishes at all. Children and therapists may bring snacks, but they must provide their own flatware and their own cooler bag that come and go directly with them. This keeps things simplified, cleaner and frees up more space. There is no reason our RBT's need to spend any extra time than necessary on tasks that are not job related, potentially distracting from therapies. -We have cleaning people every single week (more often as requested) and they clean from top to bottom. In addition therapy areas are cleaned and trash is removed after each session. I am uncertain as to where this false assumption of an alternative cleaning schedule came from as this is all organized by administration. -We would never discourage helping each other, we want to encourage a positive environment. It sounds like this claim may have been taken out of context. -We do not even have close to the number of kiddos and therapists you have described as coming in and out of our center each day. A gross overstatement, in fact. We have a 3,500 square foot building and each room is preassigned bazed on availability of space. I am once uncertain as to where these numbers came from. Rooms are pre-assigned with plenty of space still to spare.
- Former Employee, less than 1 year★★★★★
It is a great starter companyFeb 24, 2022 - RBT - Registered Behavior Technician in Longwood, FLRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
It was great for starting out in the field they provided training and helped me worked towards my license as an RBT. There was also allot more independence through this company when it came to scheduling and treatment.
High turn over rate, lack of communication, and difficult upkeep.Continue reading
- Former Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★
Loved itOct 12, 2021 - RBT - Registered Behavior Technician in Orlando, FLRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Flexible schedules, friendly coworkers, good pay
Could have used some more hours, did not get paid if client canceled
- Current Employee★★★★★
Rewarding JobAug 22, 2021 - BHT-behavioral Health Tech in Phila, PARecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
work is rewarding, get to make a difference in kids lives
hard work and physically demanding
- Former Employee★★★★★
RBT @ ABC for AutismSep 11, 2020 - RBT in Winter Garden, FLRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
great kids, great hours, good pay for role
frequent staff absences made it hard to work
- Current Employee, more than 3 years★★★★★
Fantastic Company and ManagementFeb 28, 2019 - RBT in Oviedo, FLRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
This company is absolutely wonderful to work for! The management team is always available when help is needed in the therapy rooms. I really love that the BCBA is always providing supervision and the feedback given has really helped me grow as a behavior therapist. This company offers awesome benefits--7.5 weeks paid time off each year and even more time off is given for people who have worked here for 2 or more years. This company knows how to have fun--center wide, funny dress up days, room decorating contests, holiday parties and staff outings. The job itself is rewarding, but working here has inspired me to look into pursuing my BCBA certification in the future. The staff and management at the Oviedo center are incredible and genuinely care about the kids that they serve!
I do not have any cons.Continue reading
- Current Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★
ABC is a great and fun company !Nov 5, 2018 - TherapistRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Most importantly, I love the fun environment ABC provides. You can tell that they care about their employees and the children they serve and they show it in so many ways. They have regular staff get together's, staff incentives, holiday parties, regular raises, etc.. They even paid for me to get my RBT certification! I have worked for 3 other companies, but this is by far the best company I have worked for. In addition they give us almost 8 weeks paid time off each year and after my second year they gave me an additional 2 weeks paid time off. I plan on staying with ABC for years to come.
i can not think of any cons
- Current Employee, more than 3 years★★★★★
Home away from homeJun 12, 2018 - Anonymous EmployeeRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
This was my first job after moving to Florida. I've been here for three years and never left. The dedication to the field is beyond evident at ABC. When issues arise, even on an individual case basis, the co-owners are not too shy to drive out to a client's home to offer their support and advice to both employees and parents. This is a company that drives home the ideas of unity, collaboration, and acceptance. I am thankful for the opportunity to work for a company that is passionate about helping others while also helping its employees.
I have no cons to list.Continue reading
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Applied Behavior Center for Autism has an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5, based on over 26 reviews left anonymously by employees. 56% of employees would recommend working at Applied Behavior Center for Autism to a friend and 55% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -4% over the last 12 months.
56% of Applied Behavior Center for Autism employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Applied Behavior Center for Autism 3.8 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.2 for culture and values and 3.4 for career opportunities.
According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Applied Behavior Center for Autism to be compensation, coworkers, benefits and the cons to be career development, management, culture.
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