Autism Initiatives Reviews

Updated 22 Mar 2020

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Autism Initiatives Director Elizabeth Veronica Slater (no image)
Elizabeth Veronica Slater
18 Ratings
  1. "N/a"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Cafe Assistant in Southport, England

    I have been working at Autism Initiatives part-time

    Pros

    Fast paced, friendly, busy and always something to do

    Cons

    Can be stressful when short staffed

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Awful - Not caring - Un-supportive"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Support Worker in Blackburn, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Autism Initiatives full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with some great clients made the shift.

    Cons

    Managers don't care what happens at the service as long as its staffed. If you have a grievence it won't get further than your line manager, and then I wouldn't want to be in your shoes. Expected to work all hours for no pay. Managers had a complete lack of experience. AVOID.

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    "I'd say seriously think about it, read my review.."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Support Worker in Blackburn, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Autism Initiatives full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some great staff members Service users are brilliant

    Cons

    A clicky culture that if your not in the click then your tossed aside. Barely any management presence lack of support 3 shadow shifts and then left to work alone called at all hours (6am) etc to see if I would work Seniors getting jobs when they have only been in the job for a matter of weeks

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    "Poor"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Support Worker in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Autism Initiatives full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay only recently increased, was poor up until this point.

    Cons

    Lack of experienced staff, understaffed, poor management...

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  5. "Friendly management. great clients..."

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Support Worker in Blackburn, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autism Initiatives full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Mileage paid between clients, which is alot different to anywhere else I have worked previously. They care about clients and staff match wherever possible. Management listen, and if they aren't available your team leader will. I have been working in care for years and this is by far the best company I have come across. They care about the staff and the client's equally and understand that staff need a work/life balance. The company tend to promote from within as-well, and I would definitely recommend this organisation to somebody who's looking to start out working in this sector.

    Cons

    Very occasionally asked to do long hours.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding job, low pay"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Support Worker 
    Recommends

    I worked at Autism Initiatives part-time

    Pros

    Rewarding working with service users.

    Cons

    Low wages for level of responsibility

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  7. "Staffing"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Support Worker 

    I have been working at Autism Initiatives part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits and opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Staffing issues cause working hours to vary greatly

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding work and continual investment in training and to achieving leading autism practice"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Manager in Liverpool, England

    I have been working at Autism Initiatives full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities as organisation is developing

    Cons

    large organisation can sometimes feel disjointed

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Stay Away!!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Autism Initiatives part-time

    Pros

    Great service users and great support worker colleagues

    Cons

    Terrible company from start to finish. I stayed a year as I really cared about the service users and hoped things would get better. >Management was terrible - suited themselves and treated support workers terribly. >long shifts (12hr +) and no breaks >Constant feeling of management talking about you as they were always talking about someone >Unfair rotas >Terrible pay >Service users were the last thing on managements mind which is appalling > Driven for money and care packages yet supposed to be a charitable organisation I could keep writing!

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Loved working with the service users"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southport, England
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Autism Initiatives full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working with the service users is amazing. Such a range of different people and experiences. Very rewarding when you feel like you’re making a difference. Good staff team in the residential setting I worked in as well. Good fun. Training is good.

    Cons

    Lack of support from head office. I don’t feel like they’d have my back should something occur and aren’t very sympathetic. Seem to place their money-making needs as a priority at times and don’t seem to respect those at ground level who are actually supporting the most important thing, the service users. At ground level, the hours and pay aren’t great. Challenging behaviour isn’t for everybody but the training packages are there to support that.

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