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The Menta Group Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    "Outstanding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love the organization and exciting opportunities are ahead.

    Cons

    No cons at this time. The organization has a great team in place so things will continue to grow.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid the Menta Group"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Bellingham, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You are able to serve kids who need mentors and advocates. There are many opportunities to work with at risk youth.

    Cons

    Management is arbitrary and capricious. There is little recognition and the working conditions are poor. The non profits are run by a for profit which is a bad situation. Raises are arbitrary, salary is about half that of other teachers or adminstrators and poor leaders are often left in charge because competant ones leave. Coorporate staff are out of the loop when it comes to day to day issue on the job and job performance of specific employees (good and bad)

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of your employes strengths and value them.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good to get experience"

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    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Joliet, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Menta Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Working with LD/BD kids
    -Hands on approach
    -Admin laid back

    Cons

    -Admin too laid back, usually delegates tasks to people who are underqualified in order to just brush off tasks which leads to "too many cheifs and not enough indians environment"
    -pay is half of what other teachers and paraprofessionals get in other schools.
    -No staff appreciation or recognition no matter what the tasks completed
    -expectations and workload is high but pay and morale is low

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and advance employees who actually do the work.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Unprofessional School"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Menta Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can make a difference to underpriviledged children and help teach them new coping skills.

    Cons

    Micro managed badly. Teachers are overworked and held to double standards than to other employees. There aren't break periods. Staff expected to work straight through the day with no break and have to eat lunch with class. Preferred staff get more leeway on issues. Administration is often not qualified or competant.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage your staff and expect the company to run better. You can start by following Illinois labor codes and hiring qualified staff. Give better benefits and pay, and better communicaton of expectations. Treat staff better. Care about what they teach. You seem more concerned with your staff behaviors than those of your students.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Felt Used"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in North Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in North Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Menta Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Teaching children to behave better and improve their academic ability and progress.

    Cons

    The administration is poor, not competent and holds double standards to their "preferred staff." The working conditions are not tolerable after a length of time. Teachers are expected to stay in classroom contact with students for the whole day and even eat lunch with the students. No scheduled breaks and very little if no planning time. Expectations are not followed and preferred staff disregard and do what they want. Others get reprimanded and/or fired for doing the same exact things that preferred staff do. Admin are hypocrites!

    Advice to Management

    Show your staff what they need to be like by being a role model and helping out with the students. Don't expect from your staff what you will not do yourself. Help out with the teachers and substitute when was is needed. Train your staff and give them scheduled breaks to improve morale throughout the buildings. Reduce your gossip because it gets back to the workers. The workers are watching you as admin and are very frustrated by what they see.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "a nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Categorical Resource Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Categorical Resource Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    none that i can think of

    Cons

    teacher workload is INSANE. and all without a single break all day, not even lunch or a bathroom break. not a minute away from your class and a full day of EBD students without a break is inhumane. and for all this work, the compensation is pitiful. same pay for all teachers regardless of experience or number of degrees held and no raises.

    Advice to Management

    spend at least some of the hundreds of thousands of dollars you make on the schools, teachers, technology, BOOKS


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Worse Than You Can Imagine"

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

    Pros

    Pros are few and far between. Working with the students, I suppose, to an extent.

    Cons

    You know those ultra-conservative folks who think everything, even education, should be privatized? Well, this private, corrupt company is a perfect example of why regulation of schools is critical.

    Working here is worse than you can even imagine in every way imaginable.

    Advice to Management

    They won't take advice anyway, so why bother? I will give advice to other readers though...don't be mislead by these suspicious, glowing positive reviews.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not a good culture here"

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    Former Employee - Therapist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Therapist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Menta Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    High pay for very low caseload for therapists. If you apply, depending on the position, you have a good chance of getting hired because they need people for certain positions desperately.

    Cons

    I don't even know where to begin. I have many years of experience working as a therapist in the schools. Practicing here is like working 30 years ago; while I realize that a large part of the mission is to "rehabilitate" students so that they can matriculate back into their school districts, I have not seen much evidence of this being the goal pursued with fidelity, and academics are certainly not a focus. No one is happy here--not the students, not the staff, And upper management is paranoid, almost creepily so. Principals are really day managers, so if you have an issue, you cannot really go to them, You have to call a higher administrator and they will likely kick your issue to someone else. Everyone is afraid to say or do the wrong thing. It's just weird. Stay away if your license means anything to you. They don't care about anything except that you "meet your minutes."

    Advice to Management

    Hire administrators who actually understand special education law and stop micromanaging your principals and therapy staff.


  9. "Administrator"

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

    Pros

    Good people are hired and under paid and under-appreciated

    Cons

    Menta's managers do not conduct business legally. They do not pay according to the rate of hire. The difference in pay between what was accutally offered versus what is received is staggering. They have a hard time retaining excellent staff because of pay. Once staff leaves, especially great staff, their exit, many times, is extremely vindictive and may require legal representation due to terrible management. I especially feel bad for students because who do not receive adequate resources. The company seems to nickle and dime everything. Their oversight and harrassment is extreme. The benefits also are terrible

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be leaders- NOT MICRO MANIPULATIVE MANAGERS!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Social Worker/Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Menta Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great experience working with LD/BD students.

    Cons

    Staff is over worked and under appreciated. Morale among staff is low due to lack of any kind of staff recognition for working hard. Management does not train new staff.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the staff you have that work hard for the well being of the students. Train staff in the beginning rather than be demoralizing after the fact.


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