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Autism Spectrum Therapies Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Rewarding because making a difference in a child's life (in 7 reviews)

  • I have worked for several agencies in the field of ABA over the last 13 years and I can honestly say that AST is the best (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Company norm is to work tirelessly, often sacrificing work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • They don't tell you that it takes around 9 months of constant full time scheduling to earn your (very expensive) benefits (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great platform for learning ABA"

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    Current Employee - Behavior Interventionist in Monrovia, CA
    Current Employee - Behavior Interventionist in Monrovia, CA

    I have been working at Autism Spectrum Therapies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You definitely learn a lot just in the three week training you receive once you're hired. Being able to apply it in the field with clients, and learning on the go is a great experience. The supervisors I've had have been fantastic, supportive, and so helpful.

    Cons

    Variable hours. If you work a school case, you definitely have more solid hours, but when vacations come up (Thanksgiving, Christmas, summer), your hours take a major hit. You have to hustle and be very proactive to make sure you're hours are covered by covering for other BI's, but there's not always a guarantee if theres no need for alternative coverage.

    Autism Spectrum Therapies Response

    Mar 30, 2017 – COO

    Thanks for the kind words about our training program. We are very proud of it! Very happy to hear you have had such a positive experience with your supervisors. Team work and support and major ... More


  2. "Flexible Hours and Great Training"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Behavior Interventionist in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Behavior Interventionist in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autism Spectrum Therapies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get full training on ABA therapy which is really fantastic. The training is really comprehensive and you can use it in every other job you have because its a study of behavior. The leadership is super supportive. My supervisor is amazing! She really helps me with every step of process and always checks to see if I need anything. The clinical leadership, the assistant and clinical directors are fantastic. They're more down to earth and approachable than any other company leadership I have seen. They seem to genuinely want to help in every way they can. The company puts on staff appreciation events like holiday parties and crawfish boils here in New Orleans. The team of employees here is also really supportive. Its a lot of work, but you can see every day that you make a tangible difference in a child's development and in the family's life which makes it so worthwhile!

    Cons

    There are some scheduling issues that come up that the company has zero control over, like kids who are sick or families that abruptly cancel. Those things affect your schedule and the hours you get, but the company seems to try really hard to fill your hours with administrative work or covering other cases. Its clear that AST cares a lot about their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. The dedication you have to your employees really shines through and it makes everything worthwhile.

    Autism Spectrum Therapies Response

    Mar 30, 2017 – COO

    Thank you so much for this amazing review. You have so articulately stated our vision for both our staff and the kids we serve. I’m really glad you know you are valued, appreciated and supported ... More


  3. "Supervising Interventionist"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervising Interventionist in Ontario, CA
    Current Employee - Supervising Interventionist in Ontario, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autism Spectrum Therapies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    AST promotes professional development and the pursuit of excellence for all employees through on-going training. AST provides employees the opportunities to assume new responsibilities and become fluent in clinical tasks. AST enables people to gain momentum in the field of ABA, by providing them experience and training to improve the application of strategies. AST fosters team mentality. AST believes in it's employees. AST promotes compliance to ethical standards for treatment and program development.

    Cons

    AST must follow provision of treatment and has the right to terminate services, often due to unforeseen changes to schedules or location/condition of session. AST must abide by ethical guidelines to ensure the safety of staff and clients, sometimes resulting in termination of services. This is not necessary a con, however, one must not allow themselves to become "attached" to the client, as this can cause dual relationships. Maintaining professional boundaries with clients that you spend a substantial amount of time with can be difficult in this field.


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  5. "Rewarding and Supported"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Behavior Interventionist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Advanced Behavior Interventionist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autism Spectrum Therapies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have been a behavior interventionist with AST for the past 3+ years and love my job! I have felt very supported over the time I've been with the company and appreciate those I work with. As a demanding job, it can be physically and emotionally draining, but I feel confident in my abilities due to the rigorous training and my managers have always made a point to ensure that I am happy. Recently, they have also created positions to enable professional growth, that I feel many other companies lack. I am also working towards my BCBA, and because their model is already set up to meet the standards, it has been extremely beneficial. My supervisor has also been proactive in ensuring that I gain experience in various areas, helping me grow professionally in order to service our clients better.

    Cons

    Lack of hours at times, and some parents or client staff may be difficult to work with. Definitely depends on your caseload.

    Autism Spectrum Therapies Response

    Mar 30, 2017 – COO

    Thank you so much for you 3+ years with us! I am thrilled to hear you feel so supported and excited about your professional development opportunities. We continue to work to provide hours for our ... More


  6. "Behavior Interventionist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Autism Spectrum Therapies (More than a year)

    Pros

    My supervisor was very kind and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Little possibility to meet new people.

    Autism Spectrum Therapies Response

    Mar 30, 2017 – COO

    Very glad to hear you had a positive experience with your supervisor. Sorry you didn’t get enough exposure to working with others. In addition to the folks you meet in your initial hiring class, we ... More


  7. "Advanced experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Behavioral Interventionist in Pomona, CA
    Current Employee - Advanced Behavioral Interventionist in Pomona, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autism Spectrum Therapies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Works with school schedule, provides great exposure and learning opportunities while enrolled in the BCBA coursework. Upper management is helpful when needed

    Cons

    Sometimes when a case ends, there is a possibility that you won't be assigned a case right away. Lack of hours.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing at this time


  8. "Behavior Interventionist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Behavior Interventionist in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Advanced Behavior Interventionist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    AST is a well organized and a good company to work for. I have been here for over 8 years and I have so much appreciation for this company. AST is always looking for the best learning and working experience for their employees. We have a great coordinator who is so understanding and sweet; and awesome supportive supervisors. AST has a lot of opportunities to grow and we also have monthly meetings and even company-paid social gatherings.
    When I first started working as a interventionist I was not sure if I want to stay in this field- after years of working here with all the supportive warming environment, I recently got my coursework done and ready to take my BACB exam. My dream is to be a supervisor in AST.

    Cons

    Sometimes we do have some cancellation and late shift (unless that's what you are looking for)

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for generosity and always accomendate with our needs and career developments


  9. "Top Notch Staff and Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Autism Spectrum Therapies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Operational organization that is on a whole 'nother level! Great pay, excellent benefits, and an on-site gym. Staff and Management that truly understand how to motivate and encourage employees!

    Cons

    There are wild turkey's that live in and around the local area and occasionally you may need to shoe one off your vehicle.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

    Autism Spectrum Therapies Response

    Nov 29, 2016

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and to acknowledge our staff, management and organization. We are doing our best to be “a whole ‘nother level”! Thank you for your service ... More


  10. "poor company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advanced Behavior Interventionist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Advanced Behavior Interventionist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Autism Spectrum Therapies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Building rapport and feeling support from the families I worked with
    Obtained supervision hours, thank you!

    Cons

    Low employee morale
    High turn-over
    Constant changes to supervision with employees and families.
    No consistency
    Snobby management
    Minimal pay raises
    Families and Clients are not their number 1 priority...all about making money for the company.
    Pushed hours on families (to make money)
    Lack of staff performance monitoring and reinforcement systems
    Act like they encourage professional development, yet had no empathy for when scheduling to take BCBA exam

    Advice to Management

    Does it even matter? I've read all the reviews from previous employers and the only ones AST replies back to are the ones where people admitted liking for the company. Moving on!

    Autism Spectrum Therapies Response

    Nov 29, 2016

    First, I want to thank you for your 5 years of service to AST’s families. Regarding responses to Glassdoor reviews, this is a fairly new practice, but something I am committing to do for every ... More


  11. "Good company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Behavior Interventionist in Corona, CA
    Former Employee - Behavior Interventionist in Corona, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company, good training, lots of opportunities for growth

    Cons

    High overturn of staff, inconsistent hours, cancellations effect pay

    Autism Spectrum Therapies Response

    Nov 29, 2016

    Thank you for recognition of our company, training practices and growth opportunities. You have touched on three of the aspects of our organization which I am most proud of. I’m glad you enjoyed ... More



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