Pros: benefits, opportunity to learn, working w/people w/disabilities
Cons: low pay, change is slow, top heavy, undervalued staff
Your experience will greatly depend on what dept. you work in. Residential (CLS, namely the group homes) services is hands down the most difficult dept. and most under appreciated by the agency.
Group homes run 24/7 unlike the rest of the agency. Pay is the lowest here and these folks work the hardest. If you're just looking for work experience and – more... are in a place in your life where you can commit everything to an employer (that doesn't value you as they should) then you'll be fine. Or if you need/want experience working w/people w/disabilities this is a great training ground and there are some really wonderful and dedicated employees.
It's unfortunate that those at the top don't understand just how difficult it is to work in residential. If you're looking at a management role it's no better. Perpetually overworked and understaffed. The Arc has potential but they would benefit greatly by spending less money on the executive team and actually practice what they preach. – less