Instructor Therapist in Ontario
Toxic environment, empty promises, unethical practices I started my ABA career at Portia and was promised so much by management. I quickly learned that what they say and do are two very different things. Management creates a toxic and competitive environment where they incentivize "telling on" your peers have people of the same or similar level rate/grade each other. It is the most demoralizing culture I have ever been a part of. Reviews are supposed to be every three months, and if you meet the criteria you are automatically prompted. However, reviews are very frequently missed and many people "happen" to score one point away from promotion or pay raise. In reality, people are promoted when they are liked by management and often it wasn't following a rewview. Poria offers no paid sick days and despite what the employment contract says, it talks the administration months extra to set up your benefits. In addition, there are frequent mistakes in paychecks ( ex. pays 4 hours instead of 7 for stat holidays) Unlike other ABA centres, the STs keep their doors shut and rarely assist with problem behaviours. They rarely do in-person supervision where they can actually suggest/assist. Instead, they stay in their offices and have someone videotape the kids. I stayed at Portia because I loved the kids, however, their practices put their kids at such a disadvantage. The staff are massively overworked. There is no care put to mental health. Additionally, if there are not enough staff working they will just put two kids with one therapist. They will frequently put brand new staff in therapy alone (despite promising complete training).Management preaches that staff needs to be able to handle constructive criticism ( of which they give A LOT) however, they can't seem to be able to take any themselves. I have since moved on to a different ABA centre and it has honestly just made me realize Portia was worse than I even thought. Please reconsider before taking a job there.