The Menta Group
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www.menta.com Aurora, IL 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Mar 29, 2014

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

I worked at The Menta Group full-time for more than 10 years

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

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementShow 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I worked at The Menta Group full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat experience working with LD/BD students.

ConsStaff 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 Senior ManagementAppreciate 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Special Education Teacher (Former Employee)

I worked at The Menta Group full-time for more than 10 years

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

ConsMicro 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 Senior ManagementDon'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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good to get experience

Paraprofessional (Current Employee)
Joliet, IL (US)

I have been working at The Menta Group full-time for more than a year

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 Senior ManagementRecognize and advance employees who actually do the work.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Avoid the Menta Group

Teacher (Former Employee)
Bellingham, WA (US)

I worked at The Menta Group

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

ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementBe aware of your employes strengths and value them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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