Behavior Interventionist (Former Employee) – Oakland, CA – August 22, 2013
Easter Seals Bay Area was embodied by a great group of young and motivated people. The mission of the company was great and the work was rewarding. Towards the end it seems the mission got skewed a bit by money, but that is how it goes.
Billing and Data Quality Analyst (Former Employee) – Pleasant Hill, CA – July 18, 2017
I worked on the operational side of the business and this review shoudl not at all reflect upon the therapists at ESBA or the great work that they do. I was priviledged to know them and I respect the great service they provided to autistic children. My time spent at ESBA was brief and in that time I went form being a temp to a full time employee with almost no visible change to my salary. Even though my work was gradually becoming more complex and valuable. I am uncertain as to whether there were budget concerns or not as ESBA was suddenly the benficiary of a mssive influx of funding from Kaiser to handle it's 3rd party provider billing. There was constant infighting and many people there seemed to be wasting everyone's time. A few good employees were what was really keeping that company together (along with a few hundred very talented therapists) but the operations side of the business was a nightmare with very poor and time consuming records management being the biggest concern. I have no doubt the work we did was for a good cause, but I question the abilities and judgement of senior management there. I will say that the benefits package was pretty good though since it came through Kaiser.
Senior Accountant (Former Employee) – Pleasant Hill, CA – April 13, 2017
Bad Management and lack of growth, The company lacks vision. They have a very good mission but the management lacks initiative and foresight. They have great revenue base from kaiser and have potential to advance.
Behavior Therapist (Former Employee) – San Jose, CA – March 20, 2017
productive work environment, lack of support from your direct supervisor left you feeling alone in the field or in the job, felt very isolated. Driving in rush hour traffic to get to sessions normally 10 minutes away taking an hour very stressful
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Former Employee) – Bay Area, CA – February 16, 2017
Easter Seals hires caring staff and is in the business of supporting children with Autism and their families. However, the administrative side of the behavior services department is inept and lacking in clinical expertise. They won the lottery when they landed the Kaiser contract and then realized they needed to get to work putting together a plan for services. At one point they hired a brilliant woman to head up a newly established Department of Clinical Research and Development, and then promptly fired her when she questioned their version of best practice. This is a company that doesn't accept contrary views, doesn't promote men, doesn't reinforce employees, devalues the role of behavior interventionists, and values efficiency over clinical effectiveness. It is why Easter Seals is, and will likely continue to be, the butt of jokes in the ABA community.
Caring regional office staff, working with children with disabilities
Administration lacks clinical knowledge, little reward outside of working with children and families, little opportunity for advancement, company culture
Program Supervisor (Current Employee) – San Jose, CA – February 5, 2017
This is a company that cares about its clients and their families. The company provides constant training to the staff and makes sure they are ready to serve a beautiful populaton of kids with special needs.
Behavioral Interventionist (Former Employee) – Pleasant Hill, CA – January 9, 2017
Hands on with children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, fun and energetic, helping children with communication and social skills, collecting detailed data based on personal goal set for the clients, helping parents apply ABA therapy in every day scenarios
Behavioral Interventionist (Former Employee) – Fairfield, CA – August 20, 2016
Working with clients is the most rewarding. It was enjoyable to see progress. Definitely the best part of the job.
Hours were variable as there were frequent cancellations and client schedule changes. Cancelled sessions means NO PAY for those session even if we make the effort show up to work that day. There weren't always sub sessions to make up for those hours either. When hours were at its best, it seemed to not last long until another change of some sort happened.
Management was hit or miss. There were very few supervisors who went above and beyond while many get by the bare minimum. Very few of these supervisors provided support and were open to hearing employee concerns and suggestions while others were indifferent.
Don't expect a raise... or wait a really really long time for it even though you worked hard for it.
It's a good transition job if you're still in school, fresh out of college, or waiting for grad school. There is no room to move up unless you go back to school for your Master's or BCBA classes. Definitely not the right job if you're looking to work full time.
Fair starting salary
No room to move up as BI, No raises, Frequent cancellations, Variable hours
Supervisor (Former Employee) – Pleasant Hill, CA – April 1, 2016
If you are able to work directly with the clients you stand a chance. Corporate and upper management is a joke. The intentions of the direct care staff are good. The individuals actually in charge however are very tied up in budgeting, growth planning, and politics. The average age of employees in the company is around mid-30's. Growing too fast and not prepared to support the employees or its consumers.
Productive and interesting workplace. I love what they represent for children with autusm
Accounts Receivable Representative (Former Employee) – Pleasant Hill, CA – March 29, 2016
A typical day at Bay Area Easter Seals consisted of account management. I was responsible for cleaning up old accounts from 2013 - 2014. The co-workers were all very knowledgeable and everyone generally worked as a team. The hardest part of the job was working on a small laptop everyday. The most enjoyable part of the job was the variety of work which kept you busy.
Lots of driving and data entry. You must love kids...
Behavorial Autistic intervintionalist (Current Employee) – South Bay area – September 20, 2015
In the morning check your work email see if your schedule is the same due to a cancelation by client might have occurred the night before. You must have your toys and the right paper work for your clients. You drive to your clients house and began your ABA therapy for however long your session is scheduled. 15 min prior to session you pull out your job issued laptop and use you job issued cell phone that has a wifi "hot spot" built in to bill for your session. Depending on when and where your next session is you might have time to take lunch or do indirect work such as data entry. you typically have 2-3 clients a day you see. I learned some computer skills from this job, I became a better "people person". Management is not very stable this job has a high turnover rate. Co workers are great there is no commission in the line of work and we do help each other. the hardest part of the Job is moving up in the company and getting consistent hours weekly. The most enjoyable part of the job is helping the children you work with.
long breaks in your day, free dress, job issued laptop
lots of driving, no raises, limited oppertunity to move up in the company
BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONIST (Former Employee) – Oakland, CA – May 30, 2015
Easter seals bay area is a productive and engaging work place that highlights the value of constant communication and flexibility staff requires working in this field. Biggest challenge was constant change (clients, hours, etc) and the most rewarding take away is by far the one one one therapy and connections I have made with each individual client and their families. Seeing that continual growth is encouraging and personally immensely rewarding.
Assisting children with autism and their families achieve the goals they wish to reach.
SENIOR BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONIST (Current Employee) – San Jose, CA – May 24, 2015
Love what I do, however, I feel like theres more out there for me. You drive to the child's home, help them with ADLs, help them talk to their parents, help patents talk to their children. You see priceless moments like a child saying their first word, a child swimming or writing for the first time.
Behavior Interventionist (Former Employee) – Oakland, CA – May 10, 2015
At first, I really appreciated the values and attitude they seemed to present. They presented as supportive to their employees and have a great philosophy of services. While I believe the clinical personnel really do want to be who they say they are, something is off. They were unable to follow through with the support they said they would give and they out me in a few very awkward situations. For example, I was asked to have a conversation with a parent that was not appropriate for me to have-- as I did not yet have the relationship necessary for that conversation; when I told my supervisor I did not feel comfortable, she said, "you'll be fine". Not surprisingly, the conversation went very poorly; especially considering they had not even told the parent I would be joining the team!
Aquatic Specialist (Former Employee) – San Jose, CA – August 22, 2013
I enjoyed working for Easter Seals Bay Area. It's focus is the health and happiness of it's patrons and it really shows. The management was sometimes difficult to work with but over all I liked my time there. The most enjoyable part of the job was the interaction you had with patrons every day. There were so many regulars at the pool that got to know you and you them. They had a genuine interest in our lives and us in them. It was rewarding to see them progress and feel better.
Behavioral Interventionist (Current Employee) – San Jose, CA – April 4, 2013
A typical day as a Behavioral Interventionist is very dependent upon your case load and the mood of your clients for that particular day. I see approximately three clients per day at home and work with children and their families on building social relationships and increasing communication. Working with children with Autism has its challenges but is very rewarding. I enjoy the complexity of my job and the constant need to change and adapt my sessions to accomodate my clients.
rewarding, working in the field, ever-changing, a lot of independence in developing sessions
lots of driving, can be isolating because of the lack of consistent office setting, flexibility of hours is minimal