House Manager (Former Employee) – Yardley, PA – June 14, 2017
Living and working in the same place was extremely hard. I didn't have an assistant so I was on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I was responsible for training new employees and overseeing every aspect of daily life for 6 developmentally challenging individuals.
I had a home for my children in a safe environment
little room for advancement, no real pay increases.
Direct Care Staff (Current Employee) – Coraopolis, PA – April 17, 2017
I have worked here off and on for many years. Some of the staff are only there for a pay check and don't do it for the clients. You have to be a different kind of person to be able to work with these clients. I love it!!
Direct Care Staff (Former Employee) – Slippery Rock, PA – April 10, 2017
This job taught me alot caring for people with mental disabilities. I learned patience and how to drive a big bus around. Learned how to cook healthier. And grow and get attached to ones that need you most. Great job.
Driving shopping cooking and cleaning for residents of home.
Poor Management/ Nurses Not Appreciated/ Poor Pay Rate
Nursing (Former Employee) – Coraopolis, PA – March 15, 2017
Excessive workload with little pay. Supervisors gossip about their employees to other co-workers. No appreciation for anything. No teamwork within the nursing department. Supervisors are unfair and play favoritism. Very unprofessional behaviors within the nursing department. Director of nursing does not fight for her nurses for fair or proper pay. You are not taken seriously when you go to administration/ Director of nursing with company/department concerns. You are forced to take lunch breaks that you are not paid for but you end up working through them due to fear of write ups for not taking the break. This company could care less if they lose your employment because everyone is replaceable to them.
Direct Care Worker (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – February 17, 2017
Allegheny Valley School has been the best experience of my life. Working with such individuals has allowed me to see the positive in every situation. I enjoyed my time here. The work place holds a fun and productive atmosphere.
Direct Care Staff (Former Employee) – Hummelstown, PA – February 7, 2017
Working for this company is like walking on egg shells; You never know if they are going to write you up or fire you for something minor. The work-life balance is nonexistent. If someone on the next shift calls off, you HAVE to stay another eight hours or you are fired. They do not have enough staff because either they were either fired, or the lucky ones quit. The only benefit of this job was the actual job itself of working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and knowing you make a difference.
Not a bad company for someone starting out in BHSS field.
Program Aide (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – January 26, 2017
Good company for someone just starting out in the BHSS field. Good for hands on experience working one on one with individuals with special needs. I enjoyed taking care of and interacting with the residends.
Registered Nurse (Current Employee) – Coraopolis, PA – January 4, 2017
Typical day starts with assessments of individuals at different locations. Documentation occurs mostly through out the day. Very fulfilling job that requires a lot of patience. Management is wonderful. Co-workers are supportive. Hardest part of the job is the driving to different locations and also lack of advanced computer technology (still paper charting). The most enjoyable part of my job is the interaction with the different individuals.
Nurse (Former Employee) – Hummelstown, PA – November 23, 2016
Compensation is fair for the amount of work involved. Positive and fun work environment. The residents are the main reason I enjoy working here. Nurses have less authority compared to other facilities.
Social Worker (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – August 4, 2016
A typical day at my job is easy going. I have learned from this job how to work with different cultures. Management skills can be better with communication. My co-workers are amazing, fun to work with. The hardest part of my job is when no one communications about the individuals. The most enjoyable part of my job is coming o work and satisfying my individuals.
Recreation Therapist (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – June 15, 2016
A fun place to work. The clientele is amiable and enjoy the activities offered to them for the most part. There is a willingness to participate and there is solid support from staff and administration in the areas involving art and expressive therapies.
good staff, supportive administration
travel time, minimal funding for necessary supplies
Manager (Former Employee) – Coraopolis, PA – February 25, 2016
My daily tasks included but were not limited to; help dressing and washing the residents. Helping to feed them, make sure the paperwork was handled properly, exercise with them, and helping them learn everyday tasks.
producitve and fun work place, something that has the potential to be long term.
Direct Care Worker (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – February 24, 2016
A typical day at work is something that usually can go really well. Like any other job they all have their bad and good days. What I've learned from working at Allegheny Valley School is to always be more patient with co workers as well as the clients and to always keep good positive spirits and that the clients are the main focus of what the job is about. There are not really many things that was hard about the job, I can honestly say that the job was fairly simple and easy there just has to always be a constant routine to remember that sometimes people forget. The most enjoyable part of the job is to work and interact with the clients, they bring the bright side out of many and to have that type of affect on others speaks volumes. I really enjoy working at AVS.
Benefits, Overtime hours, weekends off
short of staff. Minor things being made an issue, unwillingness to appreciate employees.