Horrible Job Horrible upper management great coworkers
Direct Support Specialist (Former Employee) – Hillsboro, OR – September 23, 2017
In this job you will be physically and verbally attacked by clients. Upper management does not care about the direct support professionals. If you are sick you are still expected to work and are told that you have to work your shift even if you need to take your child to the Dr. You will be guilted by managers if you need to take time off into working. The only good part about this job is the coworkers.
health, vision, and dental are all paid by the company
Direct Support Professional (Current Employee) – Beaverton, OR – September 7, 2017
This is a great job to learn a lot of new skills that can be applied to future jobs. This is also a great company to work for where you don't need a lot of prior experience so it is a great starter job.
Life Enrichment Specialist (Current Employee) – Salem, OR – August 11, 2017
This company only looks out for themselves. i worked there for over a year and always was treated poorly by my house manager. they treated caregivers poorly and more then once i was told that i am replaceable
Life Enrichment Specialist (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – February 28, 2017
My coworkers and clients are amazing; they get me through the day! Although, person's served behaviors can be extreme and challenging, the reward to see positive growth in the individual is priceless. I have learned a great amount of patience and problem solving skills in this position; as well as, regulations concerning operating a group home for adolescents.
Direct Support Professional (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – December 27, 2016
I've seen people come and go on these type of jobs . Your life is in these individuals hands who's lives have been slightly tampered with so if they want to get you fired for whatever reason there won't be any explaining until later after your investigation is over . I'd like to take responsibility for myself
Caregiver (Former Employee) – Eugene, OR – September 16, 2016
I freally enjoyed the particular home I was in. I loved the clients and other employees. I was not able to stay as long as I would have liked as I moved to a different state, but had I not I would still work here.
Psychiatric Technician (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – July 19, 2016
I have learned much on my own working with at risk youth at the Subacute facility. I would note however that it was suspiciously easy to get a job here and have come to realize that Subacute suffers from a high employee turnover rate due to unfair expectations set on staff from management and high stress work environment.
not saying - sorry (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – June 8, 2016
Management is horrible. HR is worse. They do not care at all about middle management and the staff that they have working most of the time are not using the common sense. If you say something you are terminated.
I love the kids but honestly I would NEVER work there if you value your sanity and your family.
Life Enrichment Specialist (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – March 24, 2016
A typical day at work usually depends on which group home youre in. Some group homes are more laid back than others and even though many routines are similar, each resident has specific needs that needs to be taken care of in different ways. I learned during my time in the company that even those with disabilities have strong personalities that shine through even though they are limited on what they can share. Management was always a hit or miss. You either got a good manager that knew what they were doing and made your job easier, or you got a manager that did the exact opposite and you found yourself running around trying to cover the slack. Coworkers are always wonderful to have. Some coworkers have been there for 10+ years and can show you tricks to helping the residents that you never knew. There are also new coworkers who are coming to find the job just as lovely as you did when you first started. The hardest part of the job was when the company was short staffed, they only had one relief staff per 2-3 group homes and you found yourself working 16hr shifts every night. Even through all that, the best part of the job was definitely the residents. When working with them you cant help but adore each and every one of them. They bring so much more into your life and you grow so much more as a person. It is definitely a wonderful place to work at.
Psychiatric Technician (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – March 11, 2016
Albertina Kerr is a fine mental health corporation for its clients and offers good mental health experience to its employees. However, employee turnover is very high and it's due to employee safety and satisfaction being a low priority. Employees often have to work overtime despite being scheduled for certain shifts. Employees are frequently compensated incorrectly. Employees are easily injured and poorly protected by the workers comp insurance agency.
Direct Support Staff (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – November 16, 2015
My coworkers are amazing, compassionate and badass people. The participants are largely the same. My immediate supervisor is great, but management in general seems pretty incompetent. We are ALWAYS short staffed, partly intentionally and partly because of the high turnover rate in the field. But AK refuses to keep the programs fully staffed, so that we are stretched thin and more stressed than necessary, and keeps us at a very low wage, with no real chance of promotion or raise. I never get a break, except maybe a 5 min bathroom break. Management are very unsupportive and don't seem to care about the staff. Last year they cut our hours, so we don't have time to clean up, set up or plan our programs, which means the participants suffer. They squeezed out every penny they could and the CEO took home a bonus over $10,000 more than my yearly income. They care about profit, and that's about it.
health benefits, opportunity to work with people with disabilities and make art
no breaks, not enough hours, stressful, very low pay and incompetent management
Great place to be of you are under the right management
Life enrichment specialist 1 (Current Employee) – Milwaukie, OR – November 16, 2015
I am a current employee, I've worked here for 3yrs...though some houses and staff are pretty hard to deal with, if you happen to get the right house you will be extremely happy with this job,... If not ,you may very much dislike it upper management could work a bit harder though
Going to outings/ free foodz
Tough work if you have a co worker that isn't so helpful