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Minnesota Autism Center Reviews

Updated 3 Nov 2019

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Jeff Nichols
4 Ratings
Pros
  • "Ability to learn about ABA,good work hours,weekends off,ability to transfer between sites,feeling good about helping the kids(in 4 reviews)

  • "Learn ABA techniques, problem solving, and managing intense behaviors(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "MAC has changed for the worst thanks to the new ceo and(in 8 reviews)

  • "The upper management is horrible(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Behavior therapist / salary"

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    Former Employee - Behavior Therapist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Minnesota Autism Center full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, and if you love working with kids then you will love the job.

    Cons

    Sessions can seem a little long if you don’t come in with a plan

    Minnesota Autism Center2017-10-25
  2. "If you're desperate for a job take it"

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    Former Employee - Behavior Therapist in Eagan, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Minnesota Autism Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The kids and the hours

    Cons

    The culture within the company is very self serving the leads program managers and the clinical supervisors are not available to the BTs unless they are "watching you " behind your back this is very much a high school mentality anyone who comes in with an education seems to do poorly when it comes to advancement the kids are not respected as they should be in many cases leads and above are down right mean to the... kids I was told that is in line with the tenets of ABA I know I would not want my child treated that way this place is constantly in turmoil because no one knows what is going on

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    Advice to Management

    Learn to value your BTs because it ultimately shows what kind of job you are doing

    Minnesota Autism Center2019-11-03
  3. "Love the kids, disliked the work environment"

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    Former Employee - Lead Behavioral Therapist in Eagan, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Minnesota Autism Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Helping the kids excel in their skills and helping the families find solutions to help them help their kiddos

    Cons

    the company consistently has had great ideas but never has a full plan to implement them. They create new job positions without a job description, so your interviewing and applying for a job and hoping you get it based on personal opinion- not if you actually meet the qualifications because there aren't any. They insist on keeping level 4 and 5 kids in a level 3 facility that is incredibly understaffed by half. Not... a safe environment and incredibly physically risky. I waited two years for a raise and never got one, they kept pushing it back consistently.

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    Advice to Management

    Follow through on new ideas better, actually have job descriptions when people apply, if you're going to keep level 4 and 5 kids in the building you need to give the rest of the kids the same amount of attention as they are in a facility that is properly suited for them and the level 4 and 5 kids are not in a facility that is properly suited for them. Figure out training, job descriptions and responsibilities,... provide overlaps as promised, and keep your employees happy (especially in a field thats so physically risky)

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    Minnesota Autism Center2019-08-16
  4. Helpful (2)

    "A Great Idea That Just Doesn't Quite Pan Out"

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    Former Employee - Behavioral Therapist in Eagan, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Minnesota Autism Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The opportunity to work one on one with the kids. These kids are the only reason to work here.

    Cons

    The training is inadequate unless you have lots of behavioral therapy experience. New CEO's focus clearly doesn't take into account the sacrifices staff make to take such a high stress, low pay, physically risky job.

    Advice to Management

    Focus a bit more on making employees happy. Don't make promises to employees that you can't , or refuse to, keep. Focus on rewarding good staff behaviors instead of nit picking, just like in behavior therapy, positive reinforcement is better than negative punishment in motivation. Employees were encouraged to report each other to management, even for minor issues, rather than to talk directly about different... ways to approach a situation.

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    Minnesota Autism Center2019-05-20
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Undervalued and Underpaid"

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    Former Employee - Speech Language Pathologist in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Minnesota Autism Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This was a very flexible work schedule when you had outside appointments. Generous time off and holidays - work from home on occasion SPOT team was great and collaborated across sites

    Cons

    Extremely undervalued by upper management, as well as limited communication. Many empty promises including pay raises etc..... Human resource department was understaffed and did a poor job manipulating policies in the handbook which led to negative effects for multiple employees. Although the productivity standards are lower and look appealing, there is TONS of extra work/meetings/paperwork etc.... that requires... attention that is not accounted for.

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    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to be cleaned out and replaced with fresh faces that care about employees and have good communication. Pay your employees competitive wages, and treat them with respect and you wouldn't lose over half your team in one year.

    Minnesota Autism Center2019-04-03
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Find a different ABA job"

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    Former Employee - Behavior Therapist in Woodbury, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Minnesota Autism Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay was pretty decent *if* you finshed your comps which earn you raises, had some amazing coworkers, AMAZING KIDS, great schedule.

    Cons

    HR is impossible to get to help with real issues, anytime something breaks it gets removed without replacement (you can’t get a kid to do anything for you if there’s nothing there to reinforce them because it’s all broke), admin staff and corporate staff need to be more transparent about things that effect the entire company, VERY high turnover rate for both entry level positions and administrative positions, 8... hours days with 1 unpaid break (Woodbury center), can be very cliquey, can be challenging work especially if you’re not used to working with ASD kids, up until recently you were not allowed to bring toys for the kids to play with or your own personal back pack to carry things around, it always felt like admin was spying and try to catch people doing things wrong instead of doing their actual jobs, most lead therapists let their title and what little power they actually had get to their heads and would go on ego trips, PTO was a joke, paid holidays are great but having Black Friday off unpaid isn’t same goes for the days around other federal holidays, very negative vibes in general.

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    Advice to Management

    Get your act together, if you’re going to fire people follow all the rules and fire everyone who breaks them, Get and HR staff in every single building there are too many issues between BTs and admin staff for HR to only be in Minnetonka, have better hiring standards... someone having a bother with autism =/= mental health practitioners they are not qualified, care more about the kiddos and replace things for them... when they get broken don’t punish them, give the Woodbury center more slack they get the most hate and do arguably the most important job out of all the centers.

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    Minnesota Autism Center2019-03-28
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible"

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    Current Employee - Lead Therapist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Minnesota Autism Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The clients are fun, great kids

    Cons

    Terrible upper management, terrible CEO- Jeff Nichols. They make changes then retract what they said, which makes it difficult to understand what they want you to do, frankly, they don’t know what they are doing. MAC has changed for the worst thanks to the new ceo and “leadership” team. They ask a lot of you and don’t reward you for all the sacrifices you make. Wouldn’t be surprised if this ship sinks. People are... jumping off at an alarming rate!

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, happy employees makes for better outcomes from clients.

    Minnesota Autism Center2019-03-14
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Behavior Therapist in Eden Prairie, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Minnesota Autism Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good co-workers and the kids are amazing

    Cons

    Management, pay, behavior policies and holds need to be updated

    Minnesota Autism Center2019-01-25
  9. "Behavior therapist"

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    Former Employee - Behavior Therapist in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Minnesota Autism Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good coworkers, competitive pay for entry level position

    Cons

    Harsh working conditions, poor response from management, rapid turnover led to inconsistent care of clients

    Minnesota Autism Center2018-12-19
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Behavioral Therapist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minnetonka, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Minnesota Autism Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing clients. Chance to teach important skills and watch clients grow. Ability to bounce ideas off coworkers and collaborate.

    Cons

    Administration is not transparent with things that affect employees and not consistent with follow through on plans or promises. Often understaffed which is stressful for employees. Having to drive to/support at other centers that are understaffed around the metro area. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to respect and support employees. Show employees they are valued. Be

    Minnesota Autism Center2018-07-28
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