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The Center for Discovery Reviews

Updated January 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Registered Nurse"

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Monticello, NY
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Monticello, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Center for Discovery full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working with the students, ages 5-21, all with developmental disabilities as well as significant medical issues is truly a rewarding experience.

    Cons

    Too many upper management staff in all departments. It's difficult to understand what the hierarchy is. No pay increases for significant periods of time (2-3 years at least).Al

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to suggestions & ideas from direct-care staff. There should be less upper management so the budget can allow to pay the staff, who work hard every day, higher wages.


  2. "Residential Associate"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Harris, NY
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Harris, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Center for Discovery (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a great job if you like to work with people. It helps you see a person for their individuality and not by their disability. It is not easy. The Center cares for the most complex students. The children with autism can be very active and have behavioral issues. You are trained to use approved intervention strategies but it can still be very physically and emotionally challenging at first but as you gain experience it is not as overwhelming. The medically complex children and adults are also physically challenging because they need a lot of assistance moving around and positioning them. You get good training on safe person handling (lifting) and using mechanical lifts so that you do not get injured. It is very interesting and a personally rewarding job. They even teach you cooking skills to prepare meals in the house. There is extra money available if you become certified to administer medication and if you become a certified vehicle operator. Salary is pretty good but benefits are great. The company supplements the medical coverage with an HRA that will pay for some of what the insurance does not cover. Free vision and dental. They have a very nice day care on site which is a great deal for the convenience and what you get. They also have gym and fitness programs and a Community Supported Agriculture program that you can pay by a payroll deduction and once a week you pick up like 10 pounds of produce. This is the place to work if you want to live a healthy lifestyle. There is also a tuition reimbursement where you can have 60% of your tuition paid for if it is a related field of study. There are 1,500 + employees and 3/4 of which are women. Unfortunately for me I am already married and trying to keep it that way - LOL! If you come to work here you must be on time and ready to go. If you do a good job after a few years you can become a supervisor. If you have college degree you can become a Program Coordinator (House Manager), or a Skills Trainer and have other opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Most people who come to The Center stay. Some immature people come here and have problems with time and attendance, don't do the job of taking care of residents or screw over their co-workers or worse and then they go way mad and blame everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Direct Care"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harris, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harris, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Center for Discovery full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Center lives up to its mission. If you're a person who loves to work with people in a positive environment The Center for Discovery is the perfect place for you.

    -Wonderful culture and values
    -Outstanding colleagues
    -Compensation and benefits are amazing
    -Farm to table food offered at lunch in our Café.
    -Onsite childcare center

    Cons

    State funding for non for profits.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Residential associate"

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    Current Employee - Residential Associate in Harris, NY
    Current Employee - Residential Associate in Harris, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Center for Discovery full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The job can be rewarding at times. Flexible schedules. Is a good job if you're looking for something temporary until something better comes along.

    Cons

    Not paid enough for the work that you do. Depending on the house you work in, there is a good chance you will get hit, bit, scratched ect. By the residents.


  6. "Good place to start, but limited long-term opp."

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    Former Employee - Counselor in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Counselor in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at The Center for Discovery part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small, tight-knit work community, great treatment team, set in a nice house, flexibility with schedule, decent shift hours to choose from, days (6:30/7:00am-2:30/3:00pm or 2:30/3:00pm-10:30/11:00pm or overnight 11pm-6:30am), lots of group therapy experience.

    Cons

    Low wage, high turn-over due to low wages, limited opportunity for career growth, no real breaks during a shift, eating all meals and snacks during a shift with clients can be tough, lots of cooking and cleaning in addition to leading groups - tough to transition from cleaning to leading a therapeutic group.


  7. "I love it, and i hate that i will be leaving soon."

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    Current Employee - Resident Associate in Hurleyville, NY
    Current Employee - Resident Associate in Hurleyville, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Center for Discovery full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You build a relationship with your co-workers and your students.

    Cons

    Must be on your feet when it gets tough. The food isn't great, but it's etable


  8. "Hard work that creates positive change"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Harris, NY
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Harris, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Center for Discovery full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Change kids lives in big ways
    Option to take two weeks off every year in June
    Always have a position open
    Benefits aren't bad
    Most co-workers are great

    Cons

    Pay is not great (at all)
    Plenty of workers need to be re-trained
    You will definitely want to shower when you get home
    Bring lots of Tylenol or Aleve for the body and head aches
    High turn-over rate from burnt-out staff
    Gaps in classroom coverage - students don't receive enough attention, which can actually be dangerous

    Advice to Management

    The teaching staff are a bit overdue for a raise. The school is expanding instead of concentrating resources in areas that need improvement, such as building care and staff shortages.


  9. "Best place for individuals with developmental disabilities, sub-par work community."

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    Former Employee - Skills Trainer in Harris, NY
    Former Employee - Skills Trainer in Harris, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Center for Discovery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only pro of working at The Center For Discovery is job experience, especially in a non profit setting. They offer a competitive benefit package and offer employee benefits including free gym time and nutrition assessment. Also they are a whole foods facility and offer a (expensive) but fantastic farm share program.

    Cons

    The Center For Discovery offers far too many leaders, they offer no benefit or compensation to capable employees who stay with the company other than to promote them. This leads to far too many bosses over seeing employees. Upper management has also lost touch with the basic responsibilities of direct care staff, expecting miracles in unforseen situations. The nature of working with individuals with developmental disabilities is unpredictability, it is messy and uncertain. Leadership shows no compassion for the employee in these situations and generally does not care for their staff. Staff are expendable, they have a 400% turn over rate due to this. If you enjoy being seen as only a number who is not worth investment enjoy your short lived tenure at The Center.

    Advice to Management

    Get in touch with your basic mission again, every day direct care to individuals with developmental disabilities. Learn to manage what you already have effectively before expanding any further.


  10. "A great learning experience and opportunity to expand my "box"."

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    Former Employee - Residential Associate in Harris, NY
    Former Employee - Residential Associate in Harris, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Center for Discovery full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The residents are a source of learning unlike any other, the location is beautiful, and the opportunities for training and upward and horizontal movement are endless.

    Cons

    Not the most professional work environment. Exposure to behaviors.


  11. "Great for the students"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The Center for Discovery full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful setting
    Down to earth coworkers
    High tech facilities
    CSA/Cafe/Gym access

    Cons

    Disorganized management
    No set in stone breaks
    Shortage of Staff

    Advice to Management

    Implement a more strict break policy. Everyone works tirelessly and needs the recoup time.


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