The Menta Group Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great experience and many life situations taught

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at The Menta Group

    Pros

    Everyone is a family in this place, when there are issues they are addressed and handled. There is always a helping hand when a situation occurs. Good job security, if you're willing to put everything you have into the job/career, you are definitely noticed. Will absolutely fall in love with the kids, especially the lifeskills students, they're an absolute blast. It is a challenging job but at the same time the challenge doesn't compare to what the rewards are. Watching a student improve in academics is one of the most accomplishing feelings in the world. To show students a world they never thought in a million years they would see is also an amazing feeling, as well as making a difference in a child's life that no other teacher could do. There's always someone in the school where you can change their lives for the better. An absolute all around great program and put into place for all the right reasons.

    Cons

    The students are challenging, in my eyes that's a good thing though because the more challenging the more opportunities you have to make a difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for all you do and thank you for putting all the hard work that the kids deserve just so they have an opportunity to have a change in their lives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Place of Employment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Menta Group full-time

    Pros

    Great experience working with the kids, benefits and pay are above average making moving up in the company a great opportunity. Menta is willing to invest the time and money to further yourself as an individual and to help the company grow.

    Cons

    No real cons, work life balance is a little tough with the drive, but that will happen anywhere that you go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing! Management makes sure to put the kids first and always looking out for employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent organization

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Menta Group

    Pros

    Excellent place to work.I learned more in my first year of teaching here than all 4 years in college. Leadership is compassionate and caring. Feels like family.

    Cons

    The work is not for someone who doesn't like a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue providing training to staff. Love the kids and staff.

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

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

    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
  6.  

    Social Worker/Counselor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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
  7.  

    Unprofessional School

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher

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

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good to get experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Joliet, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Joliet, IL (US)

    I have been working at The Menta Group full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and advance employees who actually do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid the Menta Group

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Bellingham, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Bellingham, WA (US)

    I worked at The Menta Group

    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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