Business Development (Former Employee) – Mebane, NC – April 4, 2018
This was a great company to work for. Not like most jobs where everyone is micromanaged. When I first started with this company they were based heavily on Holocracy..Very shortly after working here that changed..along with a lot of other things.. Salary and benefits were good..Great work life balance..Very cut throat however..The hardest part of the job was trying to keep my job...The most enjoyable part of the job was fighting to keep my job!
I managed the entire network for 9 years. ARCA is a true non profit organization so their budgeting is always very tight. This would be challenge at times when it came down to purchasing IT equipment and software.
Instructor (Former Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – March 4, 2018
ARCA is a great place for individuals with intellectual disabilities but not so much for the employees. Employees, on the front line, don't get paid enough for the work we do (teaching the individuals, dealing with behaviors, dealing with demanding family members, and providing personal care). However, if you don't like a house you can move to another one. They're somewhat flexible. Hardly any raises. Some managers are awful and some are great. Management doesn't take action against awful managers. You need to be very, very careful with what you say or do. You can easily be fired. Be aware that you are being watched by everyone! Opportunities for advancement is low and most opportunities are internal. It's not what you know but who you know (you have to be the chosen one). Lastly, this field isn't for everyone. Don't feel bad if it's not for you and don't let anyone make you feel bad for thinking that.
Enrich an individuals life, can go on some outings for free
Awful management, pay is not great, don't get to clock out, can be overworked
Direct Support Staff (Current Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – January 23, 2018
I’ve been with ARCA for 2 years, and I love it. It brings challenges, and requires you to really care about the individuals we support. It can be a mentally taxing job, and will test every ounce of your patience, but it’s easily the best place I’ve worked for. You get plenty of training at hire, and then trained as much as you need depending on where you choose to work. The company is flexible, and understands when you need to take time off. If you have a job or environment that isn’t a good fit for you, you can always move around within the company, and they encourage you to find that perfect fit. The offices are well-organized and friendly environments, management is very personal and also professional, and you’ll feel valued as an employee. You won’t get rich working here, they even say it at hire, but it’s a job where we get to really make a difference in the day-to-day lives of those we support.
Health insurance, 401k, Pto, choose your hours, choose your workplace, very inclusive workplace
Group Home Instructor I (Former Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – September 26, 2017
I learn that each day could be different, depending on what clients were prepare for or expected to accomplish. The hardest part of the job was providing an explanation to the clients when things did not go right for them.
More worried about getting the CEO another award rather than employees
Systems Test Engineer (Current Employee) – Mebane, NC – September 20, 2017
While they boast having a great and fun culture and environment, its all a sham. People are constantly back-biting each other, and people spend more time claiming things arent their jobs rather than working. Since the company implemented Holacracy, people spend more time in meetings than they do actually working. They claim to have competitive wages, and its true if you only compete with other companies within the same town rather than the same industry.
Community Service Coordinator, RN (Current Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – June 29, 2017
I found this environment to be very critical and not patient centered. I had to fight bullying in the work place and was given three "safe places" to hide instead of them resolving the issue with the other party.
Route Helper (Current Employee) – Decatur, IL – June 15, 2017
No work day was ever the same. Each day had something new to provide and teach for everyday use. The hardest part was being away from my family for so many hours. The traveling wasn't bad because we got to see new and interesting things.