Kerry's Place Autism Services Employee Reviews

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Great management and Co workers.
Autism Support Worker (Current Employee) –  Brampton, ON6 February 2019
All experiences at Kerrys Place will be different due to the different areas for the residential program. The two houses I worked in have a great management team and great workers to support you during crisis. You are never alone and there is continuous support around learning new ways and techniques that will help you to be a better support worker for the supported individuals changing needs.
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Collaborative, inclusive and enjoyable environment and work life
PLACEMENT STUDENT (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON17 January 2019
Working at Kerrys Place was an extraordinary experience. From the clients, to the colleagues, the receptionist and the parents, everyone was fabulous to work with.
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3.0
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Good for some things but not all
Autism Support Assistant (Current Employee) –  Orangeville, ON19 November 2018
Hearts are in the right place; however, there seems to be a disconnect between management (Not all manager, but the majority) and the front line staff. Pay is poor. But personal rewards and experience are there. Good starting point, always looking for staff. Love the clients I work with.
Pros
great experience, make your own schedule, overnights can be sleep
Cons
poor pay, poor management
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4.0
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Room to grow with great benefits
Behaviour Therapist (Current Employee) –  Whitby and Newmarket4 September 2018
Hires internal candidates first before looking at external;
Various locations to choose from;
Great opportunity to have experience working with adults with developmental disabilities and autism living in group homes;
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"managers have the right to manage"
Autism Support Worker (Former Employee) –  Tweed, ON26 July 2018
if your looking to grow this is not the job for you. you are moved around to different houses especially once you have developed a good rapport with staff and individuals. managers "have the right to manage" even if you feel like it is an unsafe/unfair situation.
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Supportive to persons with Autism and supporting with the best possible quality of life
Autism Consultant (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ON20 June 2018
Fun happy work place
Ability to learn and training provided
work and life balance recognized
good benefits and vacation time
Travel required at times between locations
Access to technology (lap top, cell phone, pager)
Pros
Great staff to work with
Cons
none
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2.0
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The intentions are great but support and service are lacking.
Manager Service & Support (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON18 June 2018
The persons supported are awesome and they are deserving so much more from management and direct support staff alike. The mission, vision, values and philosophy of the organization is unfortunately not evident in the organization's culture, workmanship of the direct support staff or the commitment from the management team. There are some great staff at KPAS, but far too many fail to buy in and get the job done. These staff (management and front line) lack morale and true compassion. They are are self serving and lack vision, the well being of the persons supported is not their priority. I remain optimistic however, that positive change will happen and those working earnestly to make a difference in the lives of the supported persons will reap the benefits of their hard work. If you are truly passionate about helping others and willing to work, give KPAS a try.
Pros
Good benefit package
Cons
No work/life balance, support for friends only
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2.0
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Top heavy management with little to no knowledge of what front line staff do every day.
Autism Support Assistant (Former Employee) –  Tweed, ON8 May 2018
Culture is overworked and underpaid, which produces burnt out/ angry employees. Benefit package is poor. Pay is very poor when compared to other agencies doing easier work (CL). High turnover rate due to aggression from supported individuals and assaults occurring in the workplace daily, and not getting to go home at the end of your shift. Poor support to staff getting hurt on the job.

Best part of the job : the individuals supported, and seeing them succeed in life skill building.
Worst part of the job : Defending yourself from aggression, and trying to get fair compensation from employers for the job skills required.
Pros
some great staff, comfortable home based setting
Cons
long hours, no predictability on when you will be able to leave for the day.
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Stay away from this place
Autism Support Assistant (Former Employee) –  Dufferin, ON7 May 2018
Kerrys Place is very unorganised, the front line staff are treated like they are worthless and the pay sucks. The management cannot do their jobs to save their life. Managers are toxic- as they feed off of gossip about employees. The management has no accountability and they do not care about their employees in the least. No time management or efficiency.

The only good thing here was the flexibility ... but that could also work against you if you want a set schedule.
Pros
Other front line staff are great
Cons
Management; Toxic Environment; Lack of resources; Lazy
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3.0
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contract work
contract worker/ co op (Former Employee) –  thomasburg ontario19 April 2018
was a great place to work for but contract work does not give much room for advancement and at that time transportation was an issue and management wasn't the greatest with organization of renovations added stress to the job that was un neccessary
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3.0
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Downward spiral
Autism Support Associate (Current Employee) –  Orangeville, ON8 April 2018
Unfortunately the company is on a downward spiral, poor management, ridiculously intense interviews, and horrible pay for front line for the "leading organization for Autism".

Only plus is they have a pretty good benefits package and vacation days.
Pros
good benefits
Cons
lowest pay in the field, poor management
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Treated like dogs and paid worse
Autism Associate (Former Employee) –  Orangeville, ON26 February 2018
Front-line staff are not treated fairly. We are told we are the "back bone" of the company but we are paid the lowest in the field, management does not care if personal emergencies come up, no regard for our own families. They expect us to go above and beyond and not be compensated for it, not even a thank you. When staff give other staff "awards" they are not given out.
The people we support do not have the resources to build better quality of lives, no programs, behaviour therapists who are absent. Staff are reprimanded for bringing someone to the hospital as a precaution.
Too many managers, directors, HR, etc.
Pros
It's a job, Good vacation time
Cons
Expected to be a robot, not a person
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Keep Looking
Autism Support Worker (Current Employee) –  Orangeville, ON31 January 2018
Management is bloated. Frontline have no staff due to treatment from higher ups. Schedulers can't schedule, managers can't manage. Pay is at the bottom for this field. More HR 'managers' than needed. Upper management keeps expanding, this leads to nothing for the people who are living at the homes. Kerry's Place like to look good to the community and have a nice facade, yet they don't run any programs or have centres to serve the people they support.
Pros
It's a job, unionized
Cons
Everything
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4.0
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Okay company to work for
Autism Support Assistant (Current Employee) –  Brampton, ON15 January 2018
Pay could be better. Otherwise very good place to work. I have a good manager so that helps.

There seems to be a room to advance. Would recommend to new graduates.
Pros
Flexible, low stress
Cons
Non-Competitive pay
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2.0
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Loved working here when young and a workaholic
ASD Support (Former Employee) –  Thomasburg, ON21 December 2017
Then when I wanted to spend time with my kids, it was clear that to keep management happy you had to stay late and work without pay. Management either doesn't know or care about ESA. People are burnt out and that impacts the people living there.
Pros
Know how good I've got it at my new job in comparison
Cons
i would never want to be treated like the way people with autism are treated
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5.0
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Wonderful work environment
Autism Support Associate (Current Employee) –  Scarborough, ON19 December 2017
A typical day at work consist of:
Assisting with hygiene
Meal preparation
Administering medication
Liaising with families, medical team, management, etc;
Household duties
Looking for activities or day programs
Banking

I have had so much self growth since working at Kerry's Place. Over the years I have learned to be more assertive... Working among the team have surely made be able to identify my strengths and my weaknesses
Pros
Flexible
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3.0
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a day in the life
Austism support worker (Current Employee) –  Tweed, ON13 December 2017
This job is very busy, and fulfilling. You get the opportunity to support people with Autism and Dual Diagnosis with their daily lives and help give them opportunities to benefit the good things in life.

You are able to implement ideas that the people you support would enjoy and being to take them on outings, trips, classes and so on.

You work with a staff who are just as dedicated as you are and are able to grow with the team.

there are several sites to work at, and its quite easy to get more hours if you get orientated within other homes.

benefits are available for certain positions, and family is very important for the company.
Pros
amazing people
Cons
difficult behaviours
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4.0
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Interim Chief Financial Officer
Interim Chief Financial Officer (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ON9 December 2017
Kerry's Place provides an important service to clients with Autism. they are the go-to people with the resources for quality care in Southern Ontario.
My contribution there was to support senior management during a period of transition.
As with most government funded organisations, it has had to live within the means provided - often matching a legacy of long term commitments to clients against relatively shorter term funding commitments.
If your passion is the care for people in need, I encourage you to look to Kerry's Place.
Pros
Care oriented, they are service focused, good character people.
Cons
In Aurora, far outside of the GTA
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Contract Job
Technical Support Analyst/Interim Manager (Former Employee) –  GTA, ON9 December 2017
It was a contract base position where they only wanted to extend my contract an additional 2 months with no team except for myself and the director...
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AUTISM CONSULTANT (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON26 October 2017
It’s the kind of company people are proud to call their own. Here you’ll find a collaborative and caring workplace, where an innate drive to excel is matched by a sense of responsibility to the communities where we live and work.

At the same time, we never lose sight of the importance of our own people. This is a place of inclusion, where every day unique cultural and intellectual perspectives empower us to build a better business and a better workplace. And – above all – have fun while we do it.
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