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Updated December 16, 2017
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May Institute President & CEO Lauren C. Solotar
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  • Complete lack of communication with employees (in 4 reviews)

  • 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)

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  1. 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.


  2. "hard work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    it is a good place to gain experience and knowledge in the field of autism

    Cons

    hard, sometimes dangerous work the kids can bve pretty violent and really really behavioral too

    Advice to Management

    better communication and a less elitist, unreachable attitude less ego would be nice more approachable too

  3. "A Wonderful Community of People"

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    • 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?


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Individuals, No So Amazing Leadership"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Randolph, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Randolph, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The individuals served at the May are exactly that, individuals. working with these students provides great insight into Autism and PDD as well as many other mental health disorders. It is very rewarding to work with these people and watch them continue to develop with the help of the May curriculum.

    Cons

    Staff are at great risk for injury due to student behaviors, most frequently bites and bruises. The corporate leadership is very slow and disconnected from the staff that actually works with these individuals. In some cases inadequate measures are in place to protect staff from avoidable injuries. Over the past year several changes to the May have been announced and none have ever come to fruition.

    Gossip is as rampant as it is in a high school locker room. If you say one thing that ruffles a feather everyone knows about it within twenty minutes. Supervisory and HR staff does not respond appropriately to staff concerns, often trying to pressure staff into seeing things their way. This often results in unwarranted disciplinary action for the staff with concerns. This may be one of the reasons for the high staff turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the concerns of staff that actually work with the individuals served in order the maintain safety of both staff and individuals.

    Do not announce a major change unless the company is ready to put it into action.

    Consult directty with staff that raise concerns instead of going through the grapevine of e-mails in order to obtain the correct information.


  5. "Very hard, but rewarding."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    Pros

    Good opportunity for advancement
    Great team-environment most of the time
    Good continuing education and certification opportunities
    Fantastic job stability
    Appropriate benefits

    Cons

    Dangerous job
    Frequent turnover
    Managers are not always well-trained because of high turnover
    Time off can only be taken when other employees are working
    Not always supported by management, both professionally and managerially

    Advice to Management

    Frequent functional management training and appropriate compensation for the level of physical stress at this job would benefit the company and help prevent turnover.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Love the job despite the upper management."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the individuals is very rewarding. Knowing that everyday you make a difference in someone's life. My immediate co-workers are hard working people, doing their best everyday.
    We have insurance, but it has very high deductibles.

    Cons

    The upper management thinks that one "employee appreciation" party is going to take the place of not having a raise in several years.Many excuses from upper management about why raises have not been given. Veiled threats used to force staff to work overtime or to get you to think like upper management wants you too. Leaving is very hard due to the terrible economy and upper management uses this to their advantage.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the hard work we all do and the dedication of those staff who have stayed through good and bad. Give us a raise! Stop flying the upper management all around, stop paying for hotels and meals for them when we have not had a raise in years.
    As far as the CEO, regular staff have never met him and we could not tell you what he looks like, but it is apparent that he either supports what his upper management staff is doing or is so detached he does not know.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good work almost fair pay"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Kind and caring people for the most part. Dedicated to the students with fair practices.
    As long as the supervisor is decent then the work conditions are also. Easy to find interesting positions within the company once there.

    Cons

    Students can injure the staff and usually at the worst time.
    The drive to work is difficult because of location.
    Upper management is detached from what worker bees go through .
    Compensation is not par with other companies.
    Health care cost is insane.

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting money on catered lunches and foolish expenses.
    Stop blowing thousands and thousands of dollars on crazy flavoured coffees we are not finishing and or stealing.
    We don't care about your leftover cookies and sandwich wraps.
    Either give the money to struggling programs or back to employees.
    Mr and Mrs May are rolling in the grave with all the money that goes to nowhere.
    It's about the students and the ones taking care of them.

  8. "Ok entry level position for those interested in ASD"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Randolph, MA
    Current Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Randolph, MA

    Pros

    Fair pay
    Good benefits
    Flexibility in scheduling

    Cons

    Unfair Promotion Process
    Little recognition for effort
    Long hours and difficult work

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees not just the BSP


  9. "Awful Place To Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Direct Care Support
    Former Employee - Direct Care Support
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people who needed care were wonderful, unique, lovely people.

    Cons

    Low Pay
    Unprofessional managers
    Immature and unprofessional, abusive co workers.
    Long hours often with people not showing up for their shifts.
    Poor supervision of job sites
    Treatment plans that did not work with years old information that was out of touch and out of date

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep people employed who aren't suited for the work/ too young/ immature/ just because you need workers.
    Pay more for the jobs that are more difficult where risk of injury is high.
    Do what you can to keep people like clinitions around longer so that the residents have someone who knows them/ cares about them and who stick around to see that the treatment plans are effective and don't contain decades old information that isn't very helpful.


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

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    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


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