Frustrating, Challenging, Poor Management, and No Reward.
Pros: most meals are free.
Cons: stricter-than-necessary smoking regulations, poor management
Penn-Mar might be an overall okay organization to work with for other people; however, my experience with it has been less than satisfactory. Benefits are terrible; expect to pay $3,000-$5,000 in deductibles alone if you are the type that visits the doctor often. Management is more often than not poor, and Penn-Mar seems to have a history of hiring incorrect people for supervisory positions. The consumers are very challenging at times due to the lack of consequences for their negative behaviors; for example, a consumer could walk up to you and spit in your face and you would only be able to tell them how "not nice" that was. You are not permitted to tell the consumers "no", so many of them display learned maladaptive behaviors due to the lack of negative reinforcement. The consumers do not receive the proper education and learning through Penn-Mar's adjunct facilities, and are unprepared to immerse themselves in their communities due to this fact. Also, do not expect any reward if you are employed with Penn-Mar for any lengthy period of time. Seniority does not entitle you to promotions, pay raises, or transfers. A person with less experience than you will be hired on as your supervisor- this happens quite frequently.
Using earned vacation time is difficult as well; in order to use vacation hours, you must find coverage for every single hour that you plan to not work. Therefore, if you do not find the coverage (which is very possible here), you do not take the vacation.
Overall, there are better organizations where the employees are better able to truly make a difference in lives of people with disabilities. Three years was more than enough for me.