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May Institute Reviews

Updated May 6, 2017
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May Institute President & CEO Lauren C. Solotar
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Pros
  • It is very rewarding to work with these people and watch them continue to develop with the help of the May curriculum (in 4 reviews)

  • The aim of the company is to make a difference in people's lives (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • high stress situations almost all of the time, poor training and upper management does not have your back when you need them to (in 5 reviews)

  • Complete lack of communication with employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "good company to get your start at for teaching"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Randolph, MA
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Randolph, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at May Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great company to get your start at, very rewarding positions, fun place to work

    Cons

    heirarchial structure with very huge and obvious lack of sound operations, could run a lot smoother for a school


  2. "Great people doing amazing work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Randolph, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Randolph, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at May Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    May Institute has a dedication to improving the lives of both adults and kids that is obvious from the moment you step in the door. It's not just an award winning school for children with Autism, they also do research, assist adults with developmental needs, consult with public schools and run day programs for disabled adults.

    Cons

    Like most human services organizations, there's always a challenge around funding.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees look up to you and appreciate the opportunity to contribute to a truly diverse and compassionate effort.


  3. "Talent Acquisition Specialist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at May Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work atmosphere here is unlike any other. Everyone is friendly, eager to advance their careers, and most importantly in it to better the lives of others. I have only been with the company a short while, but everyone I have met and interacted with are professional and willing to train/help others achieve their goals.

    Cons

    This job can be very challenging on many levels, so if you are looking for a challenge and to make an impact on the lives of others this is your place. I would not advise this company for those who are looking to get rich or work for a company that does not enforce it's policies to ensure fairness to all.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding job working for an amazing organization - among the extremely hard-working, welcoming, and friendly people of the communications/public relations department."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Randolph, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Randolph, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at May Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Helping children always feels good, but knowing that the work that you are contributing to is actually helping children around the country who are living with autism and other developmental disabilities is an incredibly rewarding feeling - one that I was able to be reminded of on a daily basis, through the beneficial results of our positive outreach and communication efforts, conferences, campaigns, and programs. Not only was working at May Institute enjoyable, but working for May, and learning so much from some of the organizations most influential and important employees, was even more satisfying.

    Cons

    Only that the handful of people in the comm/pr department at May/NACs headquarters handles all of the communications and public relations work for the entire, (national,) organization. Although each member of the dept. specializes in certain areas that they put to use when contributing to the final outcome, May Institutes communications/PR department is able to excel in their work because they seem to have their own system of working together as one unit in order to consistently produce excellent results.
    Being new to the department, it can be difficult to get up to speed with this system, however, being an assistant to the dept. allows each member of the comm/PR team to utilize someone in this position to help them produce results without as much stress and time-constraints as they usually handle on a daily basis, because they have someone there to help pick up the slack while working on the numerous very important projects that the dept puts together every month.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully they have an administrative assistant working for the communications/public relations department again, because the wonderful people working in that department deserve to always have someone there to help them achieve their daily goals in any way that will be of positive assistance! :-)


  6. "Intern at the center school"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Staff is super helpful to us interns, they will answer any questions you have and will let you run trials and programs with the students. They make interns feel welcomed even though we are there for a short time period. I have learned so much from interning at the May Center school, the experience has been helpful with applying for other jobs in the same field. Its a great starting point for people who are interested in the field. Also they are interested in hiring interns as full time employees. So if you make a good impression, it is likely they will want to keep you.

    Cons

    Personally there are not many cons, but I have heard a few horror stories from other people when I mention The May. In the long run It is all circumstantial, some people are not going to like it


  7. "Teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at May Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and supportive admin staff. Open atmosphere with supervisors very open to feedback and advice regarding students. Fantastic kids! Parents are super supportive and understanding. Students truly come first and their needs are not only met but exceeded. Director goes above and beyond to connect staff and parents with resources for helping care for the population of students we work with.

    Staff reinforcement is also a focus :)

    Cons

    Graduate opportunities could be expanded. Several more employees would likely be motivated to stay with the company if they didn't have to find and complete their own graduate studies with little financial aid from the company. A MABA program would be great since this is an ABA-based school or a clinical psychology masters program for those in the mental health programs.

    Advice to Management

    As stated above, expanded graduate opportunities would help with employee retention. Especially since similar companies offer such benefits.

    More recruiting should be done to get more interviews in the door.


  8. "Better and better."

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

    Pros

    With a new leadership team in place for a while now, things are positive and getting better all the time. Keep up the good work.

    Cons

    Long hours, but that is not unusual at a nonprofit. Great co-workers here.


  9. "Outstanding mission driven organization"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at May Institute full-time

    Pros

    People genuinely like working there. The company fosters a family atmosphere. And everyone pulls together to get the job done.

    Cons

    No real con's that I encountered.

    Advice to Management

    Solicit more local companies for donations and support.


  10. "A Wonderful Community of People"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Direct Care
    Current Employee - Direct Care
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The individuals served are by far the best reason to work at May Institute. Each day is different and you learn something new about yourself every step along the way. If you enjoy a home-like environment, you can choose to work residentially. There, you form familial bonds with the people you work with. The day center provides a more structured environment, where you can daily watch people grow and learn.

    Cons

    The pay is no where near as good as comparable companies, but the benefits are fantastic. If you add up the time off with the reduced cost in health insurance, paid lunches/dinners/movies/out to dinner/any outing you can think of, it most-likely surpasses other companies. However, if you don't get along with your co-workers, it can be hard to really enjoy those outings. Best case- going to work feels like going home. Worst case- you will have to put up with endless gossip and complaints. Also, the individuals can be aggressive, so you will quickly learn whether you have what it takes to keep them safe.

    Advice to Management

    Who is Walter P Christian?


  11. Helpful (1)

    "great job for dedicated employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Therapist in Randolph, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Therapist in Randolph, MA
    Recommends

    Pros

    The May offers Flexible work options such as flexible hours, part-time/fulltime, varied job responsibilities, frequent variation in number of hours worked. There are many opportunities for career growth and education. The May has its own post-graduate education program including doctoral level training. There are frequent opportunities for inhouse professional development and opportunities to request training on specific topics. The supervision is on a hierarchy model and supervisors are available by cell phone at all times.

    Cons

    Most positions at the May require extensive travel with no defined territory. Although higher up positions are salaried, many of the starting positions are fee for service and do not included benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a better system of compensating new staff members.


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