Pros: tuition assistance for grad school and bcba/rbt certifications, great work team, great entry level experience, benefits after meeting qualifications
Cons: difficult to qualify for benefits, limited advancement opportunities, rude schedulers, long difficult hours, chaotic lifestyle
If you're new to the industry and don't mind doing grunt work to gain valuable experience, this is a great place to work. If you want to have a career and find advancement within the organization, you might as well commit career suicide.
CARD will provide you with opportunities for free graduate degrees, and certifications. If you do not want to participate in these programs, you have no advancement alternatives. There are positions to advance to without these degrees and certifications, but good luck getting them and they are going to stop training people for them.
At CARD, I encountered problems with every aspect of dealing with management and administration.
If you want benefits, you have to follow difficult to achieve requirements in order to obtain them. Even if you have met the requirements and should be offered the benefits, they will wait until you hound them about it, because they don't really want to give you anything. They will also screw up your hours so you won't make the requirements without spending and exorbitant amount of time(think months and years, not hours) working for the company before they give in and give them to you. The average time it takes to obtain health benefits is about one year of service if you open all of your availability and work every opportunity you get. They say you can acquire these benefits by achieving 30 hours per week for three months straight. You do the math.
You will not get leave benefits unless you are promoted to a senior therapist position or higher, which they have recently stopped training people for.
If you want to be – more... able to pay your bills, you have to open all of your availability in order to get sessions schedule, and you are expected to be on call at all times you are considered available even if you don't normally have a session. You will NOT be able to take a second job, it just isn't possible with the amount of time they ask of you to work for CARD. Additionally, you will likely end up working close to double the amount of hours you will actually be compensated for.
You will have to work directly with a scheduler for everything, especially since your schedule is electronic and is frequently incorrect or missing key information required to attend sessions and receive correct compensation. Some of these schedulers will treat you like the dirt beneath their feet. Personally, I have had to even fight to take time off for being seriously ill. If your scheduler has had a bad day, good luck, you may find yourself dealing with a very nasty individual who appears to care very little about your well-being or even bothering to be polite.
There are a few quality things at CARD. Your coworkers are awesome! Everyone below management understands really well that you need to support each other. The time you spend with your team mates is key to your success. The children you will support are 100% worth your time and effort. These families work hard to stay on the same goal that you are, which is support their child in need. Again, you can receive benefits, there are ways to make up for lost time so you can try to meet your hourly goals and qualify for benefits. This location in particular is run by a Clinical Director that really does care about the children as much as the dollar signs they represent.
Overall, if you're young and fresh and looking for a good place to start, this place really is a great place to earn experience and learn about the industry first hand. If you are experienced and not looking to become a BCBA, don't even bother, you will be earning entry level compensation and you will not find any real opportunity to advance. – less