Kerry's Place Autism Services Employee Reviews
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When working with autism, it presents itself in many challenges which requires you to be trained in many different areas at many different levels.Such as working with the individual, the different levels of government or the company itself working on the growth, development and safety of said individuals.The best intervention is a peaceful one, the no reaction reaction.Now let's get to work 💪
the chance to apply yourself to many different levels of training
sometimes situations are unpredictable
Interesting climate to work. They hire people with no experience. Management does nothing to increase the residents quality of life. It’s a business. The pay is low and the hours are long. Only perk you can work OT hours quite often. Not a lot of support for frontline workers. Nobody gets fired even if the staff don’t do there jobs. Very cliquish and certain homes are worse then others. Houses are falling apart and if fixed it’s done the cheapest way possible and not right. My suggestion is to apply elsewhere but if desperate apply to Kerry’s Place. It’s unfortunate because it could be a great place to work if they hired experienced ABA staff and staff with ASD experience not just train them through Kerry’s Place as it is not enough.
Over time hours
Work climate, management and upper management
Staff behave worse than the clients! The gossip, rudeness and disrespect from staff is something i simply could not stomach. Within 2 weeks of starting, i already had coworkers spreading false things about me behind my back and making me wanna quit. The part timers get bossed around and made to do all the grunt work that the associates don't ever feel like doing and the environment just sucks. Oh and the location is the worst! On paper its in Pickering but in reality, its in the middle of nowhere and you have to drive on dirt roads full of pot holes that destroy your car.
Meals are provided on shift and the residents were sweet
The staff and the horrible atmosphere they created
The staff turnover is like a revolving door and it shows. As soon as you walk into head office everyone is walking around like a zombie completely miserable and quite rude actually. There is no sense of direction for this agency and they lack the ability to be sensitive to on going events in the world such as covid, cultural sensitivity and do NOT operate with an anti oppressive lens. One step into head office and you can see that right away.
If my title didn't scare you ...then continue to read. Absolutely a horrific place to work for. Low pay, ceo seems to think you can schedule like nurses but pay as low as min wage, no flexibility with anything at all, management is horrid and most have less work experience than the frontline staff (not to mention have absolutely no heart when it comes to their staffs lives), the directors are as useless as they come, did I mention their hr department? Just stay away they treat their long time staff (just ask some belwood folk) like garbage and no better than new peeps. No room for accomodations...from having a disability to being pregnant...stay away!!!!
Low pay, favouritism, abuse
The pay structure here is ridiculous. They have a "range" with 4 different levels of pay and they can start you anywhere within that range based on previous experience. It's very possible (and has happened many times) for two staff to both be hired at the exact same time, start the same day, and have the same position but one staff is getting 2 to 3 dollars more an hour than the other, even though both staff are doing the exact same position. If they try to start you at the very bottom of the pay scale, do NOT accept it. Try to fight it and negotiate it and if you can't then go elsewhere. The most stressful part of working here is the common practice of being stranded and not being allowed to leave at your end of your shift. Guess what, if your working an evening shift and the overnight staff is late, no shows, or calls in sick at the last minute, guess what? YOU'RE STAYING. It happened so often. It got to a point where staff would bring an extra set of clothes and their toothbrushes to evening shifts but they never knew if they were actually leaving at 10PM like they were supposed to. This happened on every shift too. Messed up place to work and not worth the terrible pay.
Working at Kerry's Place was fun and challenging as every client is different. However, the workplace itself does not offer any advancement which I found challenging as I am very goal oriented. The culture of the workplace was a little cliquey but supportive when needed.
I too was a former employee at the new Balsam program. I loved the 4 guys that lived here, they all had great qualities. Management was good and our co-ordinator was one of the nicest people you could ever met. He was a 30-year veteran of KP and we were lucky to have him. Unfortunately some of the staff made this place horrible to work at. There was a clique of 3 women, two of which were associates and one was an agency staff that worked full time hours that made the environment unbearable. Angry, abusive, hostile, controlling, mean and bullying. It was such a dangerous situation because we were so short staffed and the 2 associates in particular constantly worked overtime hours so it felt like management overlooked alot of their behaviour because they were just deseparate for coverage. Just a really sad situation all around.
I was an assistant at the new Pickering/Balsam location. Management was respectful and I enjoyed working for them. Some of the co-workers were horrible though and made this a very uncomfortable place to work at. There was a small group of full-time, female staff here that engaged in workplace bullying towards others. They were very controlling, rude, and disrespectful. They were controlling despite not having any actual authority and had no problem embarrassing other staff in front of everyone else. If they didn't like you, they went out of their way to make you feel unwanted and unsafe. I developed major anxiety while working here. Management was never able to really do anything about it because the managers were stretched so thin and had so many different houses to run. It really was a shame because this residence has so much potential and could be so much more but not with these staff working here.
Ok place to work, hard job/life balance with shifts since it is a 7 -2:30 shift or 2:30-10 shift. For some of the things they want you to do, assistants should really be paid more. You either get a motivated individual as your shift partner or someone who is there to collect a pay check which makes your shift very unenjoyable. Individuals whom we support are always a good time, rewarding supporting them to be independent as possible and being there to help them reach their personal goals.
Enjoyed the paid training. Learnt alot and great professional instructors. Enjoyed co-workers...very helpful to assist Management was very understandable
I had so much fun working at Kerry's Place Autism Services because the team is so supportive and would always check on you. The team also practices the organization's value statements.