Center For Autism And Related Disorders Employee Reviews in United States

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Inflexible schedule
Behavioral Therapist (Current Employee) –  Torrance, CAFebruary 21, 2016
This job is require to drive to client's house so you will be spending a lot of time driving to places. There is no lunch time sometimes and you will be having lunch in the car.
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Didn't enjoy working here
Behavior Therapist (Former Employee) –  Alexandria, VAJanuary 3, 2016
I briefly worked here and didn't like it at all. First red flag: I applied online and was contacted within 10 minutes of my application submission. I'll hold myself accountable on that one, because clearly, that's a strong indicator that they are desperate and severely short-staffed!!!!!!!!!!!
Second red flag: I was told at the outset (interview), that "training" is only a 2 week period and once it ends you're assigned cases. This was definitely a bald faced lie!! "Management," (if you can call them that) was lacking terribly. There was no sense of true leadership and integrity among management in this office. These beez (NOT the insects) were extremely deceitful, dishonest, spiteful, grossly unfair, and vindictive.
BEWARE: IN ORDER TO AVERT A MAJOR CRISIS, DON'T WORK HERE!!!!
If you're interested in the human services field and want to work with children with autism and their families, then this is not the company to work at. It's not worth the time, effort, and energy that you'll expend when you can be someplace else and be truly rewarded, form meaningful relationships with your colleagues and be compensated for the time that you put into doing your job.
NOTE: I would have given a rating of NO stars, but unfortunately, zero isn't an option. :(
Pros
N/A-wasn't there long enough to know if there could have been any highlights
Cons
-poor management -lack of communicaiton -deceitful -low wages -high travel
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Productive and supportive work environment
Board Certified Autism Technician, Center (Current Employee) –  Walnut Creek, CASeptember 22, 2015
This is a great organization to work for. They are patient and hard-working, and supportive of its employees who work very hard every day.
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Horrible work environment
Behavioral Therapist (Former Employee) –  Baton RougeJuly 30, 2015
-no benefits
-poor hours, must have open availablilty and be on call aka work whenever they need you
-clear favoritism
-lack of professionalism in higher up management style
-therapists and children placed in dangerous situations with not enough supports
-poor training
-cancellations happen constantly due to bad scheduling
-no real career advancement opportunities
-they will charge you $600 if you leave before a year because of such high turn over due to their poor company policies.
Pros
Kids
Cons
Too many to list
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Many opportunities to improve your therapy skills and advance
Senior Behavior Therapist (Current Employee) –  Garden Grove, CAApril 23, 2015
Working with kids of various ages and various levels of abilities. Top notch training in ABA and great continuing education training
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Rewarding line of work
Applied Behavioral Analysis | Therapist (Former Employee) –  Tarzana, CAApril 15, 2015
As an ABA Therapist there is no such thing as a typical day. Some days you might have 1 appointment and others you might have 4. Cancelations by clients translate to lost hours which can affect your benefits quickly. Clients are all completely different and this will keep you on your toes. Being flexible and creative will help you immensely in this role. The most difficult part of this job is that you are often in a public setting where you may get bystander comments. You need to be confident and maintain control of every situation. This is something that you will learn over time. The most enjoyable aspect of this job is working with a client and achieving a goal. It's hard work and it's a shared victory.
Pros
The work is rewarding.
Cons
High drive time, unstable schedule.
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Fun place to work, great learning experience
Marketing Manager and Graphic Designer (Former Employee) –  Tarzana, CAFebruary 9, 2015
Working at CARD was a great learning experience. Co-workers are great, fun atmosphere to work in. I managed the marketing department, worked with Directors of other departments to produce new events and programs. Organized events, designed eNewsletters and all marketing materials.
Pros
great coworkers
Cons
lack of upper management
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fun workplace
Behavioral Therapist (Current Employee) –  Torrance, CAJanuary 14, 2015
really nice place to work. I've learned so much about ABA while working here
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Dedicated therapists / poor quality back-end adminstration
Administrative personnel (Former Employee) –  TarzanaNovember 12, 2014
The therapists are great, friendly, and dedicated to helping the children improve. That was my joy seeing at work. However; the lack of administrative personnel caused serious stress and backed up workload for everyone else. The phones never stop ringing due to poor scheduling and revisions needed to be fixed in the computer system at least 100 times a day across 70 therapists for one office. The corporate office does not permit overtime, therefore the work is to be left undone OR the employee stays after work WITHOUT pay to finish the job.

The pay is decent, but not worth it for the stress. Operations Managers drop like flies and there's no true leader. In one sentence, it's a chaotic mess and upper management don't really care to do much about it.
Pros
health benefits after 90 days probation period
Cons
poor scheduling, understaffed, no overtime
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fantastic coworkers, terrible administration and management
Junior Therapist (Former Employee) –  Alexandria, VAAugust 1, 2014
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.
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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
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I enjoy everyday and look forward to each day.
Medical Billing Specialist (Current Employee) –  Tarzana, CAMarch 27, 2014
I enjoy my job duties I have learned alot in the time I have been employed with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. I was given alot of responsibility and I feel I was able to hanlde alot under pressure.
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Changing the Lives of Others
Behavioral Therapist (Current Employee) –  Bakersfield, CAFebruary 25, 2014
A typical workday includes interacting with some of the most intelligent children you will ever meet by implementing programs designed by case managers to fit the individual's needs. Being trained in Applied Behavior Analysis gives the knowledge to run programs, take data, and monitor progress. Teaching children to live more independently and communicate better not only benefits the child and the parents, but makes for the most rewarding part of the job. All professions come with challenges and the most difficult part of this job would have to be the more aggressive clients, but with the great training provided by case managers and the advice from coworkers, the challenges are minimized.
Pros
flexible hrs but looking for a more 9-5
Cons
traveling
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Good start
Sr. Behavioral Therapist (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CANovember 6, 2013
Great benefits. Pay was good. Lots of travel. Co-workers are amazing. Great field for those interested in child development.
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Productive, Friendly child environment
Sr. Clinical Coordinator (Current Employee) –  San Juan Capistrano, CAOctober 7, 2013
a typical day would include checking emails, following up with patients on our services and appointments, working with patients in our clinical rooms working on ABA therapy.

I have learned time management and team work with co-workers is essential for a good work environment.

Most enjoyable part of my day is working with our clients
Pros
casual environment
Cons
no advancement in the work place
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Lots of company meetings to meet new people.
Therapist (Former Employee) –  Sacramento, CANovember 29, 2012
Lots of communication with office manager and with supervisors and team members. Great dynamic between each team member and client. Weekly meetings with each client, family, supervisor and team members to discuss improvements and what needs to be worked on. Very organized and clear descriptions of each lesson and protocol. Hardest part of job was drive time, the best part of seeing the big difference made in each client and the bond that was made with the children, the families and the people you worked with on a daily basis. Very rewarding work and a great company.
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Wonderful people work here
Autism therapist (Former Employee) –  Garden Grove, CAOctober 2, 2012
Everyone that worked here was very compassionate about there job and the children. Most employees were going to school and advancing their education. Great job advancement. Awesome training.
Pros
great benefits, coworkers all had great attitudes.
Cons
driving from house to house.
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3.4
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