Kennedy Krieger Institute

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Kennedy Krieger Institute Reviews

Updated 1 August, 2014
Updated 1 August, 2014
24 Reviews

3.6
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    Clinical Assistant

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    Current Employee - Clinical Assistant I
    Current Employee - Clinical Assistant I

    Pros

    You get to work with special needs children and you gain a lot of experience. The Perks are great.

    Cons

    Whoever is writing the reviews of 4 and 5 is obviously the recruiter. This job is dangerous. Be prepared to bitten, kicked, slapped, thrown up on and everything else. You are with the children 24/7. Since this is the inpatient unit, be expected to work around the clock! The only reason there is so many college students here is because of the college reimbursement incentive. That's if you make it to 6 months. The supervisors just sit behind a glass window and bark orders all day, while we inside a room being slapped around by children. Also if there is a big patient, they don't care about weight class, they will put a small person in the room to handle them and pray they don't headbutt you to death. Management show favoritism. Whatever horror stories you heard about this job is the TRUTH, don't let the supervisors fool you into thinking it's not! Most ppl leave as soon as they realize what the job entails, that's why they are always hiring Clinical Assistants!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so quick to fire someone, because they don't understand something. None of the supervisors stepped up to the plate to help me during training, when they knew I was struggling!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Insightful!

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Baltimore, MD (US)

    Pros

    Great benefits! The tuition benefit and live near your work program are great incentives!

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth depending on what department you work for but is a great place to gain experience. Needs more training and professional development programs for mid-line managers and lower level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make human capital management more of a priority.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people work here!

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    Current Employee - Clinical Assistant  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Clinical Assistant in Baltimore, MD (US)

    Pros

    Kennedy Krieger Institute is a great learning experience. The employees here are caring and intelligent people who you enjoy working with. They put patient's best interest at heart. Health benefits are great, and there is free parking!

    Cons

    Low compensation. Depending what your job is, there may be a high turn over rate due to the nature of the job (understandably). May have politics within the department you work for, but that may be true in most work places.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Since I have a Psych degree the one-to-one care, and treatments I learned were worth it. I worked there for 3yrs.

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    Former Employee - Clinical Assistant I  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Clinical Assistant I in Baltimore, MD (US)

    Pros

    -You meet great people that will most likely become life-long friends.
    -If your into human behavior this is definitely a perfect place to gain experience with harder disorders.
    -A great place to move up in your career. (The overall hospital not the Neurobehavioral Unit).
    -Tuition reimbursement after 6 months.

    Cons

    -Time off is difficult depending on staffing.
    - FT you have to work all weekends. PT you have to work 1 weekend day most likely an eve shift.
    -No union due to the hospital being Non-profit, meaning your job is not secure and a rumor may get your fired so be careful.
    -Expect to be injured, and they will not compensate you until your 4th day out of work.
    -Turn over rate is high due to injury, and severity of how dangerous the job can be.
    -The recruiter looks for former graduates and college students because school is reimbursed, however you may not receive this reimbursement until after 6 months and during the interview you are told that you probably wont make it to six months because the turn-over rate is so high.
    -Employee appreciation rarely exists, so expect long hours, mandatory overtime, lots of on-calls, no weekends off, no holidays off, sometimes you will not have a break, and write-ups are very common.
    -Supervisors can be unreliable, childish, and treat employees as if they are children despite the knowledge or work ethic.
    -While training on the unit current employees are told to hide the truth behind the job as a means to not scare prospective employees off.
    -Almost every employee hates the job and expresses it while working.
    -For the amount of work and hours, the pay is just a touch over minimum wage. (And this includes the raises that were given in 2014)
    -When asking a supervisor a question expect to be redirected multiple times because no one ever knows the solution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Increase pay
    -Appreciate employees.
    -improve working conditions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Clinical Assistant I

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    Current Employee - Clinical Assistant I  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Clinical Assistant I in Baltimore, MD (US)

    Pros

    Very hard work and out of this world experiences, people will not be able to relate to you or understand the work you do and that's what makes this job so special. Because you're doing one of a kind work and helping children and others with autism and behavioral disorders that are extreme cases from around the world.

    Cons

    Hard work. Be humble. Prepare to be a father or mother in training, you'll be picking up and cleaning your patient, and more likely yourself of your patient's pee, vomit, poop, and God knows what else. If something like this can turn you off, don't bother. It is an acquired skill to tolerate all these and definitely possible. Very stressful at the beginning but you get used to it, and stress goes down after 3 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The more rules, the less the job is enjoyable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Mostly happy.

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    Current Employee - Developmental Pediatrician  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Developmental Pediatrician in Baltimore, MD (US)

    Pros

    Great people. Positive work environment. It's all about helping children with disabilities and disorders of brain and spinal cord.

    Cons

    Large organization. Relatively low salaries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Providing cutting edge education and research for children with special needs.

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    Current Employee - Special Education  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Special Education in Baltimore, MD (US)

    Pros

    Good environment, talented coworkers, great benefits

    Cons

    Low salary range and poor parking availability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible about telecommuting when possible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It is a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow with the best in the industry.

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    Current Employee - Faculty  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Faculty in Baltimore, MD (US)

    Pros

    Working on cutting edge research with industry leaders and world recognized personnel. It provides a diverse and challenging workload that can be very rewarding.

    Cons

    Low salary and very demanding work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that tolerating poor performers is frustrating and demotivating to the top performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Hire people for their skills and not because they have family there

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    Former Employee - CNA  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Former Employee - CNA in Baltimore, MD (US)

    Pros

    Great Doctors and caring Physician Asst

    Cons

    no more family working in the same job area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better training in dealing with truthful people not untruthful ones respect everyone no matter what title people LIE!!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great overall company to be apart of

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very lenient with PTO
    Not very many people you won't get along with
    A lot of locations so depending on where you're at is where you'll most likely be

    Cons

    Certain jobs don't have very much room to move up, more lateral moving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If theres not much room to move up then allow for better increases. This can be hard though until the economy improves.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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