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"Possibly the best Social Services non-profit there is."

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Current Employee - Adult Services Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Adult Services Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
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Pros

First, I'm not a manager. I've been at the company for over three years, and started when they were still known as "CAR" or Community Association for Rehabilitation.
Pros:
*Decades of experience (started in the 1960's as the result of parents and professionals who wanted to assist the developmentally disabled.
*Fantastic personal growth opportnities
*Wonderful communication between colleagues and management
*Awesome staff support from management
*Great chances to utilize personal creativity and problem-solving
*Make your own schedule with your caseload of people
*Person-centered approach- very family-oriented
*Flexible for time off
*Occasional bonuses
*Refreshingly free of office politics

Also, the benefits package is okay- not stallar, but they do the most that they can.

Cons

The biggest downside would be the payscale. I do think that they are definitely competitive within the range of pay with comparable agencies, but if you have a degree in Social Services, you'll likely work here more because you love it than for the pay.

Occasionally, caseloads can be challenging when the people we serve go through personal chaos, but management does everything they can to match people with clients based on personalities, interests, and abilities.

Finally, the constant uncertainty about California's state budget mean that pay raises are few and far between, and that sometimes things get scaled back, but you can be certain that the people running the agency do everything they possibly can to keep everything afloat.

Advice to Management

You are shinging examples of what this field of work needs to be exceptional. Oh, and take vacations for yourselves! :)

Other Employee Reviews for Abilities United

  1. "Marketing Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Abilities United as an intern

    Pros

    Was able to gain valuable insight into what marketing was and how to market through social media.

    Cons

    Not really specific on what I needed to do in the internship and was hard to get in touch with people.

    Advice to Management

    Get better at helping interns learn and improve with their goals. Have a steady and easy to follow program with those trying to help


  2. "Too many politics and burnt-out employees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abilities United (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Doing good work for the community by helping disabled children and adults

    Cons

    - Lots of politics behind closed doors
    - Favoritism and catering to families of wealthy clients
    - Lots of staff complaining about pay (even though this is a non-profit...)
    - A stale and stagnant place that is averse to trying new ideas or updating their programs

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