Scottish Autism Pay & benefits reviews: Support Worker
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If you want to bow down to queen bee then this is the place for you. When you work here you have no life, no time and all the managers work put on your shoulders. Managers have plenty of time off (even 2 weeks at Xmas) and don't give a toss about you or your home life. If you don't drive it doesn't matter if there's no public transport on or if there's a red weather warning you're still expected to travel in expected to go in for your shift.
Scottish Autism has high staff turnover for a few reasons. The pay is typically low, there is very little choice in shifts and you can be sent anywhere at short notice. That can mean working a shift in Largs and then going straight onto a shift in Kirkintilloch. You will have no say over your shifts and they will change quickly at short notice or you will find out a shift is cancelled when you have already arrived. This often means you will be using your annual leave to cover the hours of these cancelled shifts if there's no other shift available at short notice. In certain services a shift might only be 5 hours long which means if you're on a full time contract you're working 6 or 7 days a week to make your contracted hours. It's an expensive job to do as well, especially if you're on a service such as outreach. These will typically involve going out for a meal with a service user and usually you will receive no meal allowance. So a 5 hour shift can make you £45 but easily cost you £10. Raising these issues with seniors will you do no good at all. Apparently 'EVERYONE'S miserable, this job is killing everyone!' cos that makes it better? If you have a complaint about your working conditions the message you will receive is that you are the problem. There's also been a problem that concerns raised are never really acted upon - safety suggestions are ignored, support users are stuck doing the same activities year in year out because there's no movement towards changing anything, training is perfunctory and full of cliches - requests for specific training about issues facing - more...
there's lot of nice people working here. And lovely clients.
You probably won't know those nice people for very long.
service users are fantastic. get to do lots of fun things on a daily basis. Management will come across very friendly and chilled at interviews. once you get through the door you learn they are very intimidating (one or two are an exception but mostly higher-up management that are the problem). lower grade staff are to be seen and not heard. can feel like staff treated like children. very hierarchical. the center is based in the city centre so its hard to find a place to park your car. they have a staff car park where staff used to be able to park cars for years... but they changed that and made it management only or executive visitors. so, you need to park far from town and walk, or park far away and get a bus (unless management give you permission). but if your a driver they will make plenty of use of you and your car!! No concern for staff safety or work life balance. if youre full time you get two consecutive days off which is very good. but they text and phone all the time because there short staffed. if you have other commitments such as childcare or college, they will honour it but make you feel guilty for doing so. Very, very high turnover of staff. Lots of people off on the sickness which is mostly stress or depression or anxiety. they can make you feel really bad when you're phoning in sick, and ask a lot of personal questions which aren't necessary. They offer promotions to very young staff who have not worked in the job/industry that long and aren't good at their job. The experienced and long-standing autism practitioners are very good. but the younger - more...
living wage, good service users, two consecutive days off
intimidating magaement, no work/life balance
Not too many split-shifts low pay for the sector decent working environment requires you to micro-manage everything yourself can be very stressful at times
occasional help towards lunches out depending on shift allocation
no official breaks, lunch, tea breaks etc. You work for whole shift without a break.
Poor management poor pay for the floor staff,overworked run as a business and constantly looking for ways to not pay staff a decent wage in comparison to what the directors are getting to the real workers.
constant changes to rotas long hours one weekend off a month no real support from some managers.
I have worked for Scottish Autism for 6 years and have found it to be a very flexible and supportive place to work. The job is very rewarding and offers a lot of flexibility which encourages a healthy work life balance. The job is very difficult at times but is also very satisfying to see the service users grow and learn with your help. I have had the opportunity to gain qualifications through this role and development is actively encouraged.
pension, health benefits, flexible working
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