Skills of Central PA
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Caring for people is great, priority expectation I'd job first, family last

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They keep raising the starting wage, but do not increase long term employees wages. After more than 15 years only making less than $2 more than a new hire with no experience. Employee share if medical insurance premiums through the roof. To get their best plan, which is lousy, employee share of a family plan is almost $1,000 a month. And with making under $14/HR their is nothing left over. Keep trying to change work schedules and lots of pressure to work overtime.
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I'm only still here because of the individuals I work with

Fulfilling job, but you would be better off doing it at another company with better pay and management that respects your time. If it weren't for the individuals I currently work with, I would have left this company a while ago.
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A fun & never boring place to work.

I truly loved working for Skills. Any request for anything the individuals asked for or desired was honored. Excellent training. Family visits & involvement is encouraged & welcomed. The supports the individuals need is top notch. If they want to go on vacation anywhere, Skills will find a way, pay staff to take them & pay all costs. Social & recreational activities are encouraged & paid for. Just overall, great homes for individuals with disabilities.

Pros

Secure jobs, versatile schedules, excellent working environments, great benefits. Lots of overtime available if you want it.

Cons

Sometimes homes will become short staffed & you will be needed to work long hours, some in management are slow to respond to concerns.
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Dont do it

This place has been the worst to work at. No work life balance, you need to use vacation but they just want to call you in when you try to use it. I was open with them on my disability, and they spat in my face and lied to me so that they could call me in when I legally could not safely come to work. Was told when I put my two weeks in I would be paid my personal and vacation time, don't know why I trusted that. Don't work here.

Pros

You never have to deal with your family.

Cons

By the time you quit you won't have a family.
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I love working

I love working to get a way from ppl to make money. And getting out of the house. It helps me get help with me communicate with special people. Like the old people. But just me I love working with people. They are cool. Trust me I have experience bc I have nana that has problems too but I still love her soo I know what to expect

Pros

I smoke cigs

Cons

Na
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Fun job but can be stressful

Every day was different and overall it’s a fun place to work. You grow to care for your consumers but management sucks. The pay isn’t that good and insurance is way too expensive though

Cons

Low pay, expensive benefits
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Never again

Not the place to work if you have family or friends you'll be over worked and underpaid. Pay tops off at $13 so if you work there for 30yrs you'll never make more than $13. The company knows you'll get attached to clients and use that to their advantage.

Pros

Clients

Cons

Too many to list
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No respect

There is very little respect for others and those who put in the work. So many judgmental people and so much talking about people behind their backs. Toxic work environment
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Nice Place to Work at

My job is straight forward. The management is kind, flexible and understanding. Very flexible with time off. Team leader is supportive and great to work with. Pay is great for the position I am in.

Pros

Good Pay, Kind & Supportive Co-workers, Flexible with time that you need off.

Cons

Currently, not many hours
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Not the worst place i have worked

Poor turn over rate for team leaders and managementSome of the teams leaders they hire are comolete morons. Lack of leadership lack of respect for the dsp's that are the ones actually doong the hard work. Your thank yous for all you do isnt enough

Pros

Paid time off

Cons

Incompetent managers and team leaders
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Dsp

OverallDirect support person to take care of disability people with constant care by giving them meds taking to doctors bathing changing and feeding them doing laundry
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Great pay, awesome employees and Individuals, HORRIBLE UPPER MANAGEMENT

Skills pays well but not enough for what the job Intel's your a cook, house keeper, med administrator, driver, and caregiver all in one ! Also the advertised promote within the company is a lie! They work you to the bone with little reward! You'll get to met and grow a great bond with the employees and Individuals you work with everyday

Pros

Good pay, awesome individuals and co-workers, always open shifts available

Cons

Always open shifts available. They don't care that you have a life, they have favorites in management, they treat people who've been working here for years with no respect.
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Do a good job/Get fired

Skills is not family friendly nor do they reward a job well done. They care about things looking good on paper not about what really happens. The consumers are awesome and it was rewarding to hel them but management is awful

Pros

Consumers

Cons

Management
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Its a joke trying to advance in this company unless your one of the few favorites of managment regardless of how many hours/ years you put in

The individuals we support are wonderful but managment on the other hand not so much! They push most of their work on to the team leaders. Managers don't help/ support the TL's with unruly staff open hours
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Loved the job

Great places to work. I loved making a difference in their lives. It is a family type of setting so you could feel the love everyone shared, even the HR office.
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Fun place to work

This job is fun and very rewarding. They always have this to do for the residents as well as staff. The home was to be inviting with a positive attitude. And it was.
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Hard To Advance

First of all, at our employee meeting back in the beginning of the year we were asked to “please write positive reviews to get our indeed scores back up”, which was ridiculous. Let’s focus on how to organically bring satisfaction up instead of worrying about what we look like to the outside. Secondly, if you are the type of person who wants to do more with your life, use a degree, advance in the company, this is not the organization for you. Very cliquey, and if you aren’t favored you are getting passed over. If you like to come to work, do tasks for some amazing individuals, get underpaid for it, get asked to work a crazy amount of overtime, then go home and do it all again the next day, this is the job for you.
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Was a good job bad management all across the board!

Was employed there 6 years left for personal reasons tried to get hired back they denied me but rehired staff thy was fired! Clients were awesome management not so much Program Supervisors were rude one slammed a door in 2 staff’s faces and got away with it even going to the higher up leadership. No room for growth. Was made to lie in daily paperwork so the state wouldn’t cite them
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Do Not Recommend!

Short staffed. Overworked, underpaid, don't even ask for time off! Overall it says something's pretty bad when they ask employee's to go write good reviews for them to offset the bad ones.

Pros

Nothing.

Cons

Everything. You get paid less to work daylight.
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Love it!

I love working at Skills! It's a good fit for my family, my full-time position allows flexibility. I love that aspect. The pay is good for the area. I would only quit if I move out of state.

Pros

Amazing boss!

Cons

Can be stressful
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Rewarding program

I have worked at various jobs restaurants etc. Skills is the 1st place where I felt like I was making a difference! With the people I assist down to the community I live in! Skills has changed my life!

Pros

Great benefits, like family

Cons

Nothing
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Based on 225 reviews

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2.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.9 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
2.8 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.7 out of 5 stars for Management
3.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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