Residential Aide (Current Employee), Berwyn, PA – April 10, 2013
Every company has it's bad apples but as a whole this is an okay company. Some. but definitely not all, of management actively express concern about employees work experience. They consistently ask for feedback and try their best to meet staff requests for a better work environment. They offer discounted lunch but only for those who work on main campus. – more... If you don't (like me), you are on your own with food (which I don't mind anyway). One of the negatives about this company is your personal driving issues could cost you your job. For example, if you get a ticket on your own time, pay if off and have no more issues with the DMV, this company still feels as though it's their business. I don't get that. – less
Helping others have a fulfilling life, self-rewarding
Applied Behavioral Analysis Counselor (Current Employee), Berwyn, PA – March 28, 2013
Pros: free food, company outings, residents, overtime
Cons: politics, strict rules
At melmark i work 2nd shift from 3-11pm/40 hours a week with a double shift on Sunday. I work with individuals with mental disabilities using applied behavioral analysis. I collect data both clinically and academically on these individuals in hopes of improvement behaviorally and in basic fine motor and academic skills. I am certified within the company – more... to administer medication to the residents. I also am responsible for case management work which requires entering the data into the database, parent contact, and maintaining the overall well being of at least one of the residents. The management can be unprofessional at times, but there have been instances of good management skills and leadership. I enjoy working with my co-workers because everyone has great teamwork and communication skills. The hardest part of the job is dealing with the politics that go on within the company and dealing with challenging behaviors that often times lead to injury. The most enjoyable part of the job is simply building close bonds with the residents. – less
ABA Counselor and case manager (Current Employee), Berwyn, PA – January 8, 2013
Good first job for recent college graduates Work as an ABA Counselor consists of assisting residents with daily activities of living, working on goals and skills to provide further independence with life
Vocational Instructor/ Residential Aide (Former Employee), Berwyn, PA – November 13, 2012
Pros: advancement, family'staff, clients
I was there for four years. This company helped me grow alot. I started as a residential aide and became a supervisor in a short time. Beside personal feelings making alot of the choices in the company it is a great place to start your career.
Great place to work if you like being treated like a dog!
Former Employee (Former Employee), Berwyn, PA – April 17, 2012
Cons: horrible pay, short staff, everyday getting injured, management, no time off
Melmark makes you feel like the company is a great place to work and that they care for you. Then you realize that everyone who is in adminstration thinks of you as trash and treats you that way. They are constantly short staff leaving agressive students alone. You get written up for every little thing. If you call out or get sick on the job you get – more... an occasion which they call free passes. You get paid little and they expect you to do everything for little pay such be a nurse and give meds. There is no leadership and with the behaviors instead of jumping in to help they just watch and then write you up for not following the BSP. There is a huge reason why there are a ton of open jobs at Melmark. It's because everyone is leaving to find better jobs. So if you want to work at a place where they are always short staff and get treated badly then this is the place you want to be. I say don't waste your ink on sending your resume! – less
ABA counselor (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PA – April 10, 2012
A typical day at Melmark would start off by picking up your assigned individual from school. Talking with the individual to see what kind of mood they are in. Setting up a schedule for the individual to follow throughout the day and making sure the individual understands the schedule. The counselor will make sure the individual does their homework and – more... chores.
Management at Melmark are usually people that moved up from a direct support position.
Having a great team working with autistic children was very helpful and reassuring that the job was getting done with all support possible.
The hardest part of the job was to restrain the individuals if they acted out in aggressive behavior in order to protect themselves and others.
The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing smiles on the individuals faces. It was also enjoyable to see individuals you work with personally reaching their goals. – less