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The Center for Discovery Reviews

Updated January 4, 2018
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The Center for Discovery President and CEO Patrick H. Dollard
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  1. Featured Review

    "RN"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in Harris, NY
    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in Harris, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It takez a special nurse to work with this population

    Cons

    It get hectic at times because these clients are complex.

    Advice to Management

    Always be kind to your staff, they will never leave you.


  2. "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Center for Discovery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The population we take care of makes it all worth it and my coworkers are all wonderful people.

    Cons

    The higher-ups don't care about you. They don't work hard enough to train and educate employees and would much rather make an example out of someone and fire them for small mistakes--that's why they have such a poor retention rate. The winter months are the worst because they have no consideration for people who are having trouble making it to work and will guilt-trip you into coming. I had a coworker whose brakes went out on her car and they still harassed her about driving to work. They also say that there's room for growth and promotions, but it's all talk and no show. The CEO is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your staff! The little people at The Center essentially RUN the place. Without them, you'd have nothing.

  3. "Farm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Center for Discovery full-time

    Pros

    High pay, great idea, many people with big hearts and passion for the mission

    Cons

    Farm was never managed and a budget never existed...within 8 months 3 employees were fired and 2 were left to run the farm of 200 animals. No work/life balance (if I didn’t want a work life balance I’d have my own farm and only answer to myself).

    Advice to Management

    Have a budget and treat your employees well; they are the ones that make the operation run.


  4. "Idealism at its best"

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    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Harris, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Harris, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great energy, program, people and training. Cutting edge administration, definitely ahead of its time.

    Cons

    Expect minimum wage unless you have a college degree. However, even that they have taken into consideration and were providing college programs on campus. Enabling employees to attend class after work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and consider diversifying corporate just a bit more.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible"

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    Current Employee - Residential Associate in Monticello, NY
    Current Employee - Residential Associate in Monticello, 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 children are nice

    Cons

    Worst place to work at. NO BREAK NO LUNCH, as long as you kiss your p.c.s butt you can get away with not showering residents and abuse. I didn't realize one staff abused a resident until about a year later. A staff did something to a resident and I told the boss and she "spoke" to the staff and did not notify QI. Now that I've been here a while I see it was abuse and she was transferred to a different house. SRA did NOT shower residents and other RAs told the PC and nothing was done...she was later transferred. I'm fed up never working here again.

    Advice to Management

    Do real investigating on your staff and what happens in houses. Ask people privately what's going on, not in front of the person who is they're PC for the house.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "RA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Center for Discovery full-time

    Pros

    Pretty much top flight as far as image and brand are concerned.

    Cons

    It's like working in another world. Never worked with so many managers with no people skills....

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps have ongoing training and have an appreciation for staff day. Do anything except what you're doing now.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic Place to work!!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Make a difference in someone's life while changing your own! I have never worked at a place that lives up to their mission quite like the Center for Discovery. The wellness opportunities for employees are fantastic and no place promotes a more positive work environment. Do yourself a favor and apply to work here!

    Cons

    You don't get to live at this beautiful place when you just work there!


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