- Easter Seals Serving Dc/Md/ Va, Inc.20.Oct 2016
Headquarters includes two day care centers, one for children and another for adults. So the building is full of caring folks dedicated to giving it their all. The regional staff are likewise enthusiastic about their jobs.
Support from management
Goals are clear, but information is dictated down: very little staff involvment.
Good folks, good teamwork.
Freedom to work independently
Individual managers allow for different levels of autonomy. Personally, I've had lots of flexiblity, but others are micromanaged.
The monthly employee newsletter is useful and the org's president sends out regular emails with company-wide goals/events.
As caregiver roles are low paying at Easter Seals (as with most care centers), these roles Seals are mostly women (who traditionally accept lower wages.) Likewise, since non-profits pay less than for-profits, the Easter Seals' staff are mostly women. Same career opps, few of which are well-paid.
Attitude towards older colleagues
A wide range of ages and very supportive environment for all.
No advancement criteria is established, no training is provided or financed, and no personal development is likely. It's pretty dismal.
Overall compensation for your work
Pay is very low in all areas, from care givers to office workers.
Office / Work Environment
New building = professional surroundings.
Recycling containers abound.
Very family friendly for office workers. Flex time is available and hours are reasonable.
Easter Seals is a well-known brand name, and well-known in the DC area for its work. Its annual Advocacy Event is well-attended, its media coverage favorable, and its mission easy to love.
Organization is stable, without likely restructerings. BUT the staff rollover is very high. Not clear why: maybe drama with executive staff or because of low pay. Lots of staff changes all of the time and entire departments (communications/marketing especially) have complete turnover.
Since enabling disabled folks is part of our mission, yes, there are tools and resources handy. Elevators and power-assisted doors help folks get around.
Yep - the place is safe and security is good. We have monthly video training about safety.
Inclusive / Diverse
The staff in most departments is diverse, while the top executive staff is not as much.
What I like about the company
It's satisfying to see how our work translates to direct assistance for other people.
What I dislike about the company
A lot of money is concentrated at the top: well-paid executives, fat expense accounts, fancy fundraising dinners. But the folks earning $9/hr are barely scraping by, which is shameful.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyEaster Seals Serving Dc/Md/ Va, Inc.
- CitySilver Spring
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Current employee