Those looking for employment: don't settle for "variable."
TSS (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – August 23, 2017
If you're variable, you are guaranteed NOTHING. This includes yearly raises and health insurance. I was hired as variable and told when a full-time position opens, I would be notified.
However, if you're hired as variable or part-time, don't expect to be informed when a full-time position opens up unless the company is in desperate need of staff. May I add, they're in desperate need at this moment.
If you are assigned 30 hours/week, you might not even get the entire 30. You are at the consumer's mercy. If the consumer is unavailable for a scheduled session and are not there (school, home), you don't get compensated for driving to the school/home. If they are unable/unwilling to make up missed hours, then you just have to deal with it.
Oh... there are kids who need staff more than others, yet don't get it. For example, if there's a child that elopes constantly and engages in self-injurious behaviors, you would think they'd be staffed first. NO. It's all about who signed up "first," not about who needs it most.
I will be looking for employment elsewhere. So another position will be opening soon.
You won't be moving up.