PH facilitator (Former Employee) – oh – December 4, 2016
Education Alternatives is a stressful environment to work in, due to the traumatized kids, the owner of the company, and lack of proper training. While it can be fulfilling to build relationships with the kids, the lack of staff aid in a dangerous environment. Due to the owner being a bully (i.e. yelling and blaming employees, targeting employees who question or disagree with the owner, and lack of communication between the husband and wife CEOs) there is a high turn over rate. In addition, the owners rarely check into their different locations or offer assistance. Overall, I would not recommend working for this company.
Relationships with kids and co-workers
Owners, dangerous environment, low staffing, lack of training
Therapist (Former Employee) – Cleveland, OH – September 7, 2016
I loved my time working for this company and I am not the only one who feels this way! The job is tough and not for everyone, but it is about as rewarding as it gets. I recommend this job to anyone who is in either the education or mental health fields and wants to do your part making a difference. Also, seeing as EA was nominated as one of the top companies to work in Northeast Ohio, they must be doing something right! Keep up the good work.
Support Staff (Former Employee) – Bedford and Brookpark – September 7, 2016
The only rewarding part of the job was seeing the youth succeed. The owners will break you and belittle staff. If you disagree with them or bring policy and procedures not being followed to their attentio, You will loose your job. They will break any and all rules to make money. They do not care at who's expense including the children.
Therapist (Former Employee) – Ohio – August 31, 2016
The psychologist -- who is basically the boss of this company -- needs serious therapy! She is manipulative, significant anxiety and anger issues that she takes out on her staff. She only hires young people she can control, easily...and pays them poorly. Go to a real Agency with a Director who has worked out his/her issues. It's amazing how many psychologists have mental health issues....the owner on this company is one if them.
DRIVER/MONITOR (Former Employee) – Cleveland, OH – March 1, 2016
This company strives on helping young people learn, strive to be the best at what they are doing, and focus on being better individuals in society to be able to make a difference in there lives. Most important is having patience with young people to help them overcome diversity and become leaders , and seekers of self sufficiency.
food service assistant (Current Employee) – Cleveland, OH – December 19, 2015
Rewarding; Preparing,transporting and serving meals to alternative school children leave me with a special feeling of accomplishment. This maybe the only hot meal that a lot of these children receive daily, and I'm happy to be the one to give it to them.
I love to drive, and transporting these meals satisfies that desire.
mental health (Former Employee) – Ohio – November 27, 2015
This is actually a NEW small, family owned business that has many issues to work out. The required paperwork is completely unmanageable. The CEO 'bullies' staff into submission. Most all staff that I knew were displeased AND looking for another job. This job can also be dangerous due to the client population. This company offers very little, if any training; no room for advancement and you will be expected to work overtime-- without comphensation. Employee turn over is VERY high and this should tell you a lot about this poorly managed company. It's not worth your time.
Staff (Former Employee) – Northeast Ohio – March 16, 2015
You think family operated and think "they like to support you and your family, flexible" and while this can be true, this family will hire you and tear you down. There is little to no training and development and they expect you to be a "yes" man. As soon as you question them, you can kiss your job goodbye. Directors, who seem to have power, are just pawns in their game. They hire their family, without them having necessary job qualifications. Overall, you become overworked, underpaid, and under appreciated.
Qualified Mental Health Specialist (Former Employee) – Cuyahoga Falls , Ohio - Bedford, Ohio – August 1, 2014
Working with kids who have behavior and disability issues that effect their education. I had a great team to work with. Most Education Alternative locations will say the same thing. The job can be very emotional. The important thing is to pay close attention to detail and follow training. The hours are great. The pay is real decent. The Supervisors listen to team members.
There is a great deal of structure, which is necessary to meet the needs of the students. I learned many new organizational skills, especially regarding Alternative Assessments (state mandated). There are some warm, caring administrators, and it is clear that the common goal is the success of the students. My colleagues were supportive and encouraging. The most difficult part of the job was seeing the struggles that some of the students deal with on a daily basis. The most enjoyable part of this position is seeing the success of the students, knowing that we aided them in the process. The students know that they have options in life, and a good future may be had by working hard and applying the life skills that they are learning.
Teacher's aid (Current Employee) – Cleveland Ohio – January 24, 2012
Education Elternatives is a great place for employment if your interested in working with special need children. You will have the opportunity to provide a caring healthy relationship with traumatized kids.