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Developmental Disabilities Institute Reviews

Updated March 5, 2019
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Pros
  • "Very generous benefits and paid time off" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "No support or followup from management and if there were accusations of abuse to a student, it was covered up instead of truly investigating" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Developmental Disabilities Institute full-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff, team/family environment. Large organization so there is room to grow. Very generous benefits and paid time off. Fabulous place to work.

    Cons

    No cons about working at DDI!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Teacher’s Assistant
    Former Employee - Teacher’s Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Developmental Disabilities Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Was able to move to other positions if I wanted to.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say.

  3. "teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Developmental Disabilities Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    nice co-workers, great students and nice parents

    Cons

    management don't care and pay is low


  4. "DSP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Developmental Disabilities Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of different shifts available to work.

    Cons

    The company and most managers do not seem to care about employees.


  5. "Substitutes"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse, BSN in Smithtown, NY
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse, BSN in Smithtown, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Developmental Disabilities Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small classrooms with low number of daily medication pass.

    Cons

    Work alone, office small and no windows, can cause claustrophobia.

    Advice to Management

    Staff can be very nasty to each other and gossip alot. Encouraging a mentoring program between different staffing areas will benefit the company as a whole and encourage growth both personally and professionally.


  6. "Liked it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Developmental Disabilities Institute part-time

    Pros

    Good job to gain experience in the field.

    Cons

    The pay is definitly low


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Underpaid, overworked, and undertrained"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Developmental Disabilities Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with the kids was amazing but you can do that at any other school! (I've heard good things about YAI)

    Cons

    ZERO training, which is problematic considering the challenging behaviors that some students have

    SUPER gossipy. I would hear teachers talking about other teachers, supervisors, and teacher assistants.

    The teachers suck. One time I heard two teachers talking loudly about how one of the children's mother drank alcohol well into the pregnancy. The child, with fetal alcohol syndrome, was in the room. She was old enough to understand what they were saying, I know this.
    I also expressed to one teacher that I wanted to go into teaching myself and she LITERALLY said "pick another career" and then proceeded to tell me how the job drains you. This was in front of all of the students...

    Also it's pretty dangerous how they react to reports on misdemeanors. One of the TAs reported something apparently, and I heard whispers about her for weeks after. One day one of the teachers warned her co teacher that this TA was going to be coming to their classroom and said to "be careful of what you say".

    Need I say more?

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees a decent wage, provide better training, and enforce a better process for reporting behaviors

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Little to no support"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Developmental Disabilities Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Seeing the students succeed
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Low pay - no increases for current employees only new hires when required by law
    High stress
    Little to no support

    Advice to Management

    Get more people who care about what's best for the students than what is best for the adult. Answer the walkie talkie when staff calls for assistance.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Ehh"

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Medford, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Medford, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Developmental Disabilities Institute part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Love working with the kids
    Love the hours
    Having the experience is a plus
    Love seeing the kids progress and grow

    Cons

    No paid time off
    Could never call in sick
    Not paid enough for work done
    Managers are extremely rude and inhumane

    Advice to Management

    Realize we are humans and treat us correctly

    Developmental Disabilities Institute Response

    May 21, 2018 – Employment Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. DDI does have many different positions available, some of which do not include paid time off. These positions typically have a higher rate of pay and are great for staff... More


  10. "TA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Developmental Disabilities Institute part-time

    Pros

    Working with the children was rewarding

    Cons

    Very uncomfortable environment. I was literally let go, bullied into a "resignation" . Conniving co-workers.