Great work and clients; inconsistent hours
Applied Behavior Analysis Tutor (Former Employee) – California – June 25, 2015
If you enjoy working with kids, this job is the best. If you prefer an efficient, kind, positive, research-driven culture then CBEM is the right company. The one big caveat is that the hours are inconsistent. My schedule at one point looked great: 25 hours with the (tentative) promise of even more, which would bump me up to full-time. However, just because you're scheduled for that many hours doesn't mean that you will actually work that many. Clients can cancel at anytime for virtually any reason. If they cancel at the door then you get paid for two hours (a typical session is 2-2.5 hours). But they can cancel 30 minutes before and you won't get paid. Or the night before. Or they might take a vacation and you'll be out 12.5 hours that week. It's completely their prerogative to take whatever time they need (my clients frequently cancelled due to doctors' appointments), but the company - or better yet, the insurance companies that fund tutors' salary - do not have a cancellation policy in place outside of "at the door cancellations." I can honestly say that my dear supervisor tried her best to get me as many hours as possible. It's not her fault, nor is it the clients'. It's simply the pay structure. I loved (LOVED) working with my clients and I miss them dearly, but I can't live on what I was earning. So if you can afford to work part-time with insecure hours, then it might work out for you, but don't count on having as many hours as you are scheduled for, and know that it might change quickly.
Wonderful work environment