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Updated Jan 10, 2022

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2.8
38%
Recommend to a Friend
50%
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Scottish Autism Director Paul Gordon Prescott (no image)
Paul Gordon Prescott
6 Ratings
  1. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good job

    Jan 10, 2022 - Support Worker in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good job, people are great

    Cons

    Nights, long days and overnight shifts

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Training

    Dec 6, 2021 - Support Worker in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Training, Supportive colleagues Amazing service users

    Cons

    Shifts can be changed at short notice

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  3. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Fantastic service users, terrible management

    Jul 29, 2021 - Support Worker 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    You will meet lots of amazing service users.

    Cons

    Management act like they are better than staff. Bullying tactics used by management on staff who are not there 'favourites'. Unless you say yes to every hour under the sun, you will not be seen as a valued member of staff. Unable to hold onto new staff due to working conditions. Woefully understaffed, this issue is not being addressed. They rely on individuals doing 200+ hours per month to plug the gaps left by under staffing. No room for career development

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good place to work

    Jun 18, 2021 - Support Worker in Alloa, Scotland
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Ongoing training - Friendly and Caring workforce - Great standards of practice - Great Holiday time

    Cons

    - Full time contracts are rare (this may however benefit some individuals) - Career progression

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Lovely place to work

    Jun 11, 2021 - Support Worker 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The staff are all lovely. Support from staff and management.

    Cons

    Management need to be supportive to all staff members

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  6. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Terrible Company Avoid At All Costs

    Jun 30, 2021 - Student in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The service users are wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    Management are self-centered, bullies. No matter the hours you work you're denied breaks, the company itself is corrupt.

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  7. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Issues at every level

    Jan 23, 2021 - Support Worker 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The hard work and the endurance of good staff ensures that service users are well supported and live good quality lives. Everyday was different. Met some lovely people.

    Cons

    The issues within the company spanned many levels and regions so I have categorised them as below. Individual 1. Catch-ups/supervision was variable dependent on specific manager, therefore some staff felt more supported than others. 2. Managers would phone (on your personal phone) on a day/evening off to to ask you to pick up shifts or come in early. This left no room for work/life balance. Cultural 1. High staff turnover meant that working culture was ever-changing. This led to animosity and resentment by those who worked for them. 2. Many areas had a tendency to be staffed by extended families. Aunties, daughters & husbands all worked for the company. As such there was a tendency to favour relations (early finishes, better shifts etc). 3. These cultural issues fostered an environment where people would be scared to report issues or wrongdoings. Organisational 1. Ongoing issues with staffing meant shortcuts. Staff members were often ‘doubled up’ meaning they would need to try and support two service users at once, while the organisation was claiming expenses for 1:1 support. 2. Wages were often incorrect. On many occasions staff would be underpaid and have to chase missing pay. Simultaneously they would encourage fundraising from their own staff. 3. Staff members were encouraged to go on service user holidays for less than minimum wage. E.g. they’d be paid 9-5 but were required for 24hrs. 4. Limited management training and staff retention meant good support staff were promoted to people managers. This often did not translate to successful line management. 5. The organisation would often take on services they couldn’t staff, this led to last minute changes and cancellations of shifts. 6. Expenses were variable by area. In some places staff would have to pay for their own transport between shift locations. Societal 1. Although not Scottish autism’s fault, chronic underfunding of the charity sector meant the company were trying to do more for less. 2. Funding was variable by area. In some places services users were eligible for 1:1 support and in other areas 3 service users would have to share 1 staff member.

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  8. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Fantastic Charity but so poorly managed

    Aug 14, 2020 - Support Worker 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Amazing care and service staff. They do an amazing job and really provide excellent standards of care. Hardworking staff. Fantastic services in the community

    Cons

    Management, shocking! Most You will only survive if your face fits if not they make your life hard. Some upper management are moody, mean, harsh and very unapproachable. Very unjust and unequal workplace. Most cliquey place I have ever experienced. To many fat cats and not enough on the ground doing the actual work.

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Care assistsny

    Jan 19, 2021 - Care Assistant in Dundee, Scotland
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Accurate reliable trustworthy best good

    Cons

    Bad unsure not enough information

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  10. 2.0
    Current Employee

    People a joy to work with, Management a Shambles.

    Dec 19, 2020 - Disability Support Worker in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Staff team and supported individuals are great to work with. They almost make everything worth it.

    Cons

    Morale is low (would be currently anyway) but the upper management are determined to push through a ‘transformation’ of the organisation, making changes for changes sake. Frustrating, communication is awful, staff are leaving in droves.

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Scottish Autism Reviews FAQs

Scottish Autism has an overall rating of 2.8 out of 5, based on over 22 reviews left anonymously by employees. 38% of employees would recommend working at Scottish Autism to a friend and 18% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Scottish Autism employees rate their compensation and benefits as 2.2 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Scottish Autism. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

38% of Scottish Autism employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Scottish Autism 2.3 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.4 for culture and values and 2.2 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Scottish Autism to be work life balance, coworkers and the cons to be career development, benefits, management.

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