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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Residential Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Peel, ON23 October 2017
KPAS is an amazing place to work and get involved with people within our communities to help spread awareness about Autism. It is a wonderful place full of knowledge and experience from front line to management.
Everyone works as a team and are extremely involved in ensuring that people with ASD are equally accepted in the community.
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Overnight Awake Autism Support Worker (Current Employee) –  Tweed, ON18 October 2017
Good place to work, a lot of available hours.
Many scheduling errors causing employees to be stuck on double shifts, very hard to balance a healthy work and home life.
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Great place to work if you're passionate about Autism Support!
Autism Associate (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON14 October 2017
Kerry's Place is a great place to work if you want to make a difference and are willing to be flexible with your schedule. They are passionate about supporting their staff to understand autism better and take a multidisciplinary team approach!
Pros
Access to multiple training opportunities
Cons
Weekend, evening and holiday shifts
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Support Worker (Current Employee) –  Thomasburg, ON26 September 2017
dont waste your time. go somewhere else for better money and less bs blah blah need more characters and dont want to waste them on talking about kerrys place
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Try the ones outside of Toronto
Autism Support Worker (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON27 July 2017
You were set up to fail. Management didn't take suggestions seriously until someone got hurt. There was a lack of information going back to the parents. They weren't up front
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Enjoyable workplace
Autism Support Associate/Assistant (Current Employee) –  Newmarket, ON10 July 2017
Days/evenings/overnights can be really busy or really slow, but that's the joys of working in residential. It's unpredictable. There have been issues in the past between staff, but management has been able to help resolve those issues. Management is very open and approachable, but they are also trusting of their staff to run the group home in the best way possible. No micro-managing, but more than willing to help if there's an emergency/crisis. On-call supervisors, typically, no the residents of the house so there is no confusion if something happens on the weekends or in the evenings. KPAS offers a lot of in-house training whether it's first aid, CPI, or new developments in Autism treatment.
Pros
Meals, training
Cons
If you're part-time your hours vary from week-to-week
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Autism assistant
Autism Support Associate (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON2 May 2017
Worked in a group home with adult males with Autism had to deal with a lot of aggressive behaviours. Learned about Autism in detail and acquired lots of hands on training.
Pros
free food
Cons
no union
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ideal for those looking for an entry level job
Prefer not to answer (Current Employee) –  Brampton, ON29 April 2017
If you're young, out of college or university or looking to get your career started in the human service profession, this agency is a good start. You experience a lot and are confronted with many different challenges that make you a well-rounded human service professional.
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