Rewarding Job, lots of OT, mediocre management
Direct Care Staff (Current Employee) – Mechanicsburg, PA – May 13, 2019
A typical day at work is overseeing and caring for clients with various types of IDD/Autism. This work alone is very rewarding, but how the company wants you to do things, as opposed to how you have to do things to actually better the life of the clients are 2 very different things. I don't plan to leave unless I would get the job of my dreams because of various factors such as: huge amounts of overtime available (basically this makes the job worthwhile as there is always OT somewhere in the company), 4 weeks of PTO, including paid holidays, pay is fair for how laid back the work can be and how much downtime there is to recollect yourself. Management is mediocre though, not a fault of their own, but they need to pay the managers hourly as opposed to salary, as most Direct Care Staff end up making considerably more than their program supervisors due to getting paid for OT. If you are in management, your yearly average of hours worked per week is probably 55-60. It's not really worth it for 33-34k per year to work that many hours. Benefits are great though in how good they are and how affordable they are. This is another reason that I stay with the company. The hardest part of the job is the amount of hours that you have to work, but it is enjoyable working with the clients, and it doesn't really feel like work half the time which is nice. You can make decent money if you like OT, and it's not (usually) a stressful job, but be prepared to work all 3 shifts to help out when people call off or are on vacation.
health benefits, plenty of OT, laid back atmosphere
mandatory OT, lack of management, always understaffed