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Spectrum Center Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  1. "Tough job, but rewarding."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spectrum Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Steady work. Behaviors of students sometimes very extreme. Admin are supportive.

    Cons

    Behaviors of students are sometimes extreme.


  2. "Transition Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spectrum Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Making a positive impact on the lives of students with disabilities, good hours

    Cons

    Below average pay, unethical business practices, retaliation from staff, restraint-happy culture, disrespectful and (at times) abusive environment for students

    Advice to Management

    Learn more about how to respect children and young adults with disabilities, develop (and actually enforce) a no-tolerance policy for staff/teachers who have been reported for physical misconduct with students, emphasize the parts of Pro-ACT that encompass non-physical de-escalation techniques so that students are not being restrained for minuscule behavioral issues, require proper training for incoming staff members, and provide better financial/emotional/professional support to your staff who are working directly with your client population everyday.


  3. "HR and Upper Management Need Better Training"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Downey, CA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Downey, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spectrum Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Higher salary for teachers than school districts as a starting teacher. Working with children and seeing progress is always rewarding. Great learning experience dealing with the toughest classroom situations will prep any new teacher for all future teaching posts. Easy to move up the ladder for teachers looking to gain quick access into very cushy, high pay administrative positions in a few short years without requiring decades of teaching experience.

    Cons

    Inexperienced administration. Unrealistic expectations placed on teachers to shoot for the moon, then rebuked and disciplined before other staff at school meetings. HR and corporate protect their administration and fail to provide adequate training to prevent burnout, lack of oversight for new directors, no safe way for teachers and aides to file complaints or settle disputes without feeling they would be at risk of losing their jobs. Not enough backup subs and staff to ensure classroom teachers don't end up alone with aggressive, drugged up students who might be high on illegal substances to fend for themselves, then blaming teachers for being inadequate, which can easily lead to lawsuits. Little training and support for teachers' continued professional growth. Very high burnout and low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Professional development opportunities should be provided weekly or monthly...not once a year, cramming all workshops into 2 week long trainings. PLC's should be between teacher and their own staff, to figure out lesson plans and classroom management. While PLC's with all teachers can occasionally be helpful, the needs of kinder and elementary students vs. Middle & high school are so different that its not very helpful or productive to have all teachers meet. Rather, primary teachers should plan together and middle and high school collaborative efforts should be emphasized and highly encouraged for smoother transition of students from kinder to primary grades, and middle to high school for more efficient PLC meetings. Prevent burnout and loss of good teaching talent with teacher and staff appreciation days or other intrinsic incentives other than money alone. Eliminate as much unnecessary paperwork for teachers as possible. Teachers should be given more prep time rather than spend afternoons typing PLC's, incident reports, or documenting staff team meetings. No staff or teacher will want to stay in the organization, no matter how many bonuses or high starting salaries, if they feel replaceable, disrespected, overworked, and their needs ignored by HR and upper management. Exit interviews are a joke. Take exit interviews much more seriously, learn from employees. Provide ways for employees for anonymous ways to file complaints toward incompetent staff, including directors. Provide mediation between employees who don't get along. Give teachers and staff access to local directors overseeing districts for further support for IEP writing and conflict resolution between staff and management. Rapport-building activities and gatherings (doesn't have to be expensive Christmas parties; a fun PD day with refreshments can be a huge morale booster) to foster and build morale amongst staff. For all of Spectrum talking about positivity and giving 4 positive feedback for every negative towards students, there's certainly little/virtually nonexistent positive attitude and feedback towards staff! This costs the company millions in the long run, not to mention being unable to recruit, build, and keep good teaching talent.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Special Education teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in San Pablo, CA
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in San Pablo, CA

    I have been working at Spectrum Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The only pros are the children. It is a hostile work place with aides pitted against teachers and an utterly inept administration.

    Cons

    No training, lack of communication, very poor morale.


  6. "il2"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Instructor in Gahanna, OH
    Former Employee - Instructor in Gahanna, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Spectrum Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with kids. Making an impact in a child's life. Developing your teaching skills working with different populations. Never a dull moment!

    Cons

    You must have a strong constitution as well as a great deal of patience with students and pride In your work.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay. I can't think of anything else that needs to be improved more than that. A program that is so important to our young should compensate appropriately. .. don't you think?


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Spectrum Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with the children is rewarding, but the administrative team and unhappy co-workers make this place terrible to work for.

    Cons

    Bad hours, terrible pay, lots of gossip, you are likely to get hurt by the students on the job due to low staffing levels, and lack of support from the Corporate office and the Management team. Do yourself a favor and go get a job working with kids at a company that values your time and capabilities.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they are worth, treat employees with respect, give them the support they need to do their jobs.


  8. "instructional aide 1"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Instructional Aide in Pico Rivera, CA
    Former Employee - Instructional Aide in Pico Rivera, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Spectrum Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours. Co workers are great

    Cons

    No raises. No room for promotion. Some students don't breaking at the school

    Advice to Management

    Give raises. And base pay on education and experience


  9. "Great Community of people who care about student outcomes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Behavior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Behavior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spectrum Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great environment for those interested in the quality of life for those with Special Needs to effect change by offering evidence based strategies in instruction and behavior modification.

    Cons

    ESA does not offer competitive salaries for any of the roles from transition assistant to program directors. As a result, there is high turnover in leadership positions and constant retraining needs for new employees.

    Advice to Management

    I have seen brilliant people come and go as a result of lack of professional development and pay remaining stagnant, as a result, student programs are not consistent or of adequate quality. As there is a push to "market" your programs to increase intake of new students, quality programs should be your focus.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "High risk, low reward."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Instructor Level II in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor Level II in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Spectrum Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Poor working conditions, inadequate staffing, and low pay create high turnover which means good opportunity for advancement for someone with their eye on building a resume. Excellent amount of paid vacation is the only reason anyone stays for long.

    Cons

    Poor working conditions, inadequate staffing, low pay, and high turnover create huge problems. Staff, even in higher positions often have little idea what they're doing, Spectrum's status as the "end-of-the-road" school means that many students have extreme, often violent behaviors. Most people are not capable of working this job, and those that are generally leave this company because their skill and fortitude is better rewarded elsewhere.

    It is my honest belief that this industry should not be for profit, and the enormous amount of local tax dollars that are funneled through school districts and sent through this wormhole to scumsucking investors in a company in Nashville disgusts me. Anyone invested in this company is being paid dividends passing by inadequately serviced students and staff so severely underpaid that most full time classroom staff work an additional job every day of the week.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a good product and compensate your staff fairly. This is a job where lower level staff literally put themselves on the line to suffer serious injury every day and most have to work one or two additional jobs just to make rent. Ridiculous.


  11. "Great experience was able to enhance my skills"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transnational Assistant in Pittsburg, CA
    Current Employee - Transnational Assistant in Pittsburg, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Spectrum Center part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Able to grow with staff and company

    Cons

    not my career where i want to be in life

    Advice to Management

    be consistent


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