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  1. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful community, free lunches, parents and children are great. Benefits are also pretty good.

    Cons

    Higher ups show a bit of favoritism. Salary is pretty low. Not enough to support a family. No room for advancement. The organization has become more corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees fairly and don't show favoritism to your friends.


  2. "Good place to grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Little Friends part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was a great place to grow and learn. They teach you everything that you need to know on the job and provide the training that is necessary to learn. Class sizes are extremely small, so you really get to know the staff that you work with and your students as well. The day is fun, because it is divided up with not just academic work, but also lots of fun like swimming, field trips, singing, and even cooking and computers. I love how small the school is and that the kids have a full curriculum. I learned a lot about autism here. The staff that work here really care about the kids and everyone is really well trained. They have a quiet room specifically for if a child melts down, so you have a space for it to happen without interrupting other students.

    Cons

    You eat lunch with the students. There isn't really much opportunity to get to know other staff in other classrooms. The days are long, you work a full school day during the summer.


  3. "CLS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Illinois in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Illinois in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Little Friends full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome clients, great co workers.

    Cons

    Pay scale keeps place dramatically under staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Be the first to $15/hr.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "CLS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Little Friends full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid DSP training experience
    Wonderful clients to work with, help, and be around
    Good HR department

    Cons

    Extremely unprofessional environment at Admin- upper management engages in extremely inappropriate behavior openly in the office hallways often at the price of deeply offending others
    Hard work is not rewarded monetarily or otherwise- no bonuses, scarce performance reviews, etc.
    No possibility for internal career advancement above the csm/qidp level in CLS
    Understaffed, everybody is overworked and attitudes reflect this, job duties expand continuously but pay doesn't
    Extreme lack of competent leadership
    No sense of teamwork

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs further training on professionalism and appropriate behavior in the workplace as well as consequences that could be faced when this is completely disregarded.
    Train leaders on how to be role models
    Show staff that they matter. The only "thank you's" being given are not at all genuine and mean "thank you for picking up slack so I dont have to do more work" not an actual "thank you"
    Create a culture of mutual respect
    Revamp a sense of teamwork that has been lost
    For an agency that stands for something so good, the atmosphere within admin CLS is a stark contrast to this representation, full of bullying, name calling, swearing, and inappropriate jokes and jabs.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Anonymous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Little Friends full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with the clients is truly rewarding and great experience in the field. Pay rate is slightly higher than most in the area but no raises will be offered after hiring.

    Cons

    Extremely unprofessional upper management. Changes in leadership roles over the last year have yielded negative results and have caused excessive turnover. Severely understaffed which leads to burnout quickly.

    Advice to Management

    HR should address the unprofessionalism in upper management. Stop micro-managing. Offer cost of leaving pay increases.


  7. "Support Staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Little Friends full-time

    Pros

    Overtime, mission of the company, the clients

    Cons

    Lack of communication, management doesn't care about employees or clients amount of driving, underqualified management, lack of support, uncertainty with shifts and last minute location switches, inadequate training per location

    Advice to Management

    take communication seriously, think about your employees


  8. "Weekend Support Staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Weekend Support Staff in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Weekend Support Staff in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Little Friends full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Availability of hours and opportunity for overtime
    - Extensive training
    - Ease of communication between staff and management
    - Supportive work environment for new hires
    - Fostering a sense of community among all employees

    Cons

    - Placement at other work sites if a need arises during shift
    - Use of personal vehicle for transportation at some sites (common in this type of profession though)

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to foster an engaged sense of community among staff, management, and clients


  9. "A Great Learning Experience!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developmental Trainer in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Developmental Trainer in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fully engaged staff that have a invested interest in what they do, which is providing advocacy services for people with intellectual disabilities. Feeling that you're doing something worthwhile and meaningful in providing a variety of support to the special needs clients. Comprehensive training program. This is a position that gives one a deeper insight about life and it's very rewarding experience. One gets the satisfaction of knowing that they made a difference in the lives of the clients they serve.

    Cons

    Little Friends is a non-profit, so the pay isn't great and raises are scarce--it's just the nature of the "business." This is a position that can be taxing, but it's rewarding at the same time--one off-sets the other.

    Advice to Management

    Management is supportive and understanding.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It's been a good job but I wouldn't want to stay there long."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Instructor in Glen Ellyn, IL
    Current Employee - Instructor in Glen Ellyn, IL

    I have been working at Little Friends part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers! It's a job where you laugh at the crazy things that happen.

    Cons

    Upper management can be rigid. Pay could be better.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "DSP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Little Friends full-time

    Pros

    Clients are amazing to work with.

    Cons

    Severely understaffed agency. Management doesn't seem to care much about clients or staff.

    Advice to Management

    Offer annual wage increases. Communicate better. Show more appreciation toward staff.



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