Not a pleasant place to work
Scottish Autism is a very unpleasant place to work, which is a shame because the service users are lovely and it's enjoyable building relationships with them. However, the managers are awful, they expect so much of you and never thank you for anything, they sometimes just point blank ignore any queries you have about rotas and so on. There's so many changes to rotas and you work ridiculous hours for a very poor wage. Management never consider how staff or service users feel about things yet constantly make changes that attempt to make the company look good on paper, but in reality does the exact opposite. Very low staff morale and so many things sadly ruin what has the potential to be a good place to work.
Support Worker in Perth, Perth and Kinross
Great support for you and the person you are helping
It was genuinely lovely in an age of social care strain to witness the level of support Scottish autism gave the people it supported and its staff and to be part of that. I really liked all of my colleagues: they were exceptionally nice and very easy to work with and the workplace culture was very positive and relaxed. My bosses, especially those immediately above me who I had the most contact with, were immensely supportive and accommodating and took the time to make sure that staff were coping and felt confident and able to do all aspects of their jobs. They made sure that you felt able to talk to them and gave clear times when it was possible to do so (you also always had on call support if really needed and could contact colleagues on Microsoft Teams for less urgent help). I felt that they had my back - it never felt cut-throat. The training is comprehensive and you are not left to feel out of your depth at any point or just plunged in at the deep end. Moreover, you get several fully-paid shadow shifts prior the real thing and will never be put in a position in which something could happen that you are not trained to deal with. Even if you were to make mistakes, if you are open and honest about it as soon as you or someone else realises, you aren't made to feel terrible about it or like you're hanging on to the job by a thread - everyone is really understanding (again provided you are always upfront). There are also a lot of checks and balances for most things, which means you don't feel like everything is on you. In fact, if things go wrong, quite often the first thing you would be asked is: "Are you ok?", which is a nice change from many workplaces. I worked on a casual basis and found it exceptionally flexible and accommodating, despite a fairly difficult schedule to work around. Furthermore, I worked alongside full-time people on too (with guaranteed hours) and so it really can be fitted to suit what works for you. You generally get the job first and then hours are decided (if they need more hours done they just hire someone else as well), so it is designed to work for you. Moreover, when I needed to leave due to external factors in my life, everyone couldn't have been nicer about it - there was no element of guilt.Finally, the job is extremely rewarding and working with Scottish Autism, you would genuinely feel like you are helping people - a truly wonderful feeling.
Poor Management and staff are not valued
Management like to make it look and sound like you are valued and ‘have a voice’ in decisions being made for changes within the organisation but this is certainly not the reality of it and they will implement whatever changes suits there cost cutting exercises, no matter the impact these changes have on staff or service users. Piling more and more extra duties and increased responsibilities onto Support staff with pay rate still being minimum wage. Staff with years of experience and service within the organisation are paid the exact same as a new staff member to the organisation. No thanks to staff whatsoever, with being a frontline key worker during this awful pandemic, just a case of staff having to get on with it with no support or guidance from management.Staff shortages within the services across the whole organisation, causing staff stress and anxiety constantly and service users not receiving the full support and care they should be as staff are trying to support service users and juggle 101 other tasks at the same time. After the upheaval and uncertain times to everyone’s lives this year with the coronavirus, this organisation thinks it’s the best time to implement the no smoking ban on the 31st December 2020 and furthermore staff are not entitled to a break, paid or unpaid, whether you work a 7 hour shift or a 14 hour shift, you will not get a break as they have managed to add a Claus in the small print of contacts. The organisation have lost hard working, very caring and experienced staff due to all the above facts and more. Person based care is right out the window with this organisation.
Support Worker in Alloa, Clackmannanshire
My time here was unbearable. Flung in at the deep end with no training or support in place, getting left to deal with aggressive kick offs with no experience or training. Constantly feeling on edge in case a kick off happened since you couldn’t do anything to help yourself or the people you worked with. Hope you never expect a day off if it’s not them adding in extra shifts without asking you they will text you every day off you have asking you to come in. Shift patterns are horrendous constant backshifts with a random dayshift chucked in so finishing at 11 at night and starting at 7 the next day. No help from management at all, no interest in there staff as long as you are there to do the shift that is all they are fussed about. All take take take and no give in that place, work you to the bone then wonder why they can’t keep staff. Full of empty promises to keep you there, won’t get holidays you request either if it doesn’t suit them. Never know if you’ll actually get to go home after your shift or if they’ll ask you to stay on and do a 24 hour shift then either get attitude or ignored if you don’t do it. Unhappiest I have ever been in a job, was really looking forward to starting here and experiencing a fulfilling job however it was the complete opposite. Constant turnover of staff in here and after a week of working there you would understand why. All of this for just over minimum wage. Avoid at all costs.
Autism Practitioner in Alloa, Clackmannanshire
Depressing, clique culture, nor what you know but who you know in order to get ahead
A typical shift would start as an eight hour shift and end up being a twenty four to forty eight hour shift and then at the end of the week you would be chastised for doing too many hours even though you were begged to do them.I did learn a lot about autism, but not from the staff, from the service users. Management were a joke, worked Monday to Friday 9-5 but the service is24/7.Staff very lazy and would leave a lot of jobs to one person, usually the newest team member.Hardest part of the job was trying to fit in with people who thought they knew better than you.Best part of the job was trying to make a difference in service users lives