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The Menta Group Reviews

Updated 29 March 2014
Updated 29 March 2014
5 Reviews

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher  in  North Aurora, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in North Aurora, IL (US)

    Pros

    Teaching children to behave better and improve their academic ability and progress.

    Cons

    The administration is poor, not competent and holds double standards to their "preferred staff." The working conditions are not tolerable after a length of time. Teachers are expected to stay in classroom contact with students for the whole day and even eat lunch with the students. No scheduled breaks and very little if no planning time. Expectations are not followed and preferred staff disregard and do what they want. Others get reprimanded and/or fired for doing the same exact things that preferred staff do. Admin are hypocrites!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show your staff what they need to be like by being a role model and helping out with the students. Don't expect from your staff what you will not do yourself. Help out with the teachers and substitute when was is needed. Train your staff and give them scheduled breaks to improve morale throughout the buildings. Reduce your gossip because it gets back to the workers. The workers are watching you as admin and are very frustrated by what they see.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Social Worker/Counselor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great experience working with LD/BD students.

    Cons

    Staff is over worked and under appreciated. Morale among staff is low due to lack of any kind of staff recognition for working hard. Management does not train new staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the staff you have that work hard for the well being of the students. Train staff in the beginning rather than be demoralizing after the fact.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Unprofessional School

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher

    Pros

    You can make a difference to underpriviledged children and help teach them new coping skills.

    Cons

    Micro managed badly. Teachers are overworked and held to double standards than to other employees. There aren't break periods. Staff expected to work straight through the day with no break and have to eat lunch with class. Preferred staff get more leeway on issues. Administration is often not qualified or competant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't micromanage your staff and expect the company to run better. You can start by following Illinois labor codes and hiring qualified staff. Give better benefits and pay, and better communicaton of expectations. Treat staff better. Care about what they teach. You seem more concerned with your staff behaviors than those of your students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good to get experience

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    Current Employee - Paraprofessional  in  Joliet, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Joliet, IL (US)

    Pros

    -Working with LD/BD kids
    -Hands on approach
    -Admin laid back

    Cons

    -Admin too laid back, usually delegates tasks to people who are underqualified in order to just brush off tasks which leads to "too many cheifs and not enough indians environment"
    -pay is half of what other teachers and paraprofessionals get in other schools.
    -No staff appreciation or recognition no matter what the tasks completed
    -expectations and workload is high but pay and morale is low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and advance employees who actually do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid the Menta Group

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Bellingham, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Bellingham, WA (US)

    Pros

    You are able to serve kids who need mentors and advocates. There are many opportunities to work with at risk youth.

    Cons

    Management is arbitrary and capricious. There is little recognition and the working conditions are poor. The non profits are run by a for profit which is a bad situation. Raises are arbitrary, salary is about half that of other teachers or adminstrators and poor leaders are often left in charge because competant ones leave. Coorporate staff are out of the loop when it comes to day to day issue on the job and job performance of specific employees (good and bad)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of your employes strengths and value them.

    Doesn't Recommend

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