Direct Support Professional Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Direct Support Professional?

Direct Support Professional in Staten Island:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: I like that my job is flexible and theirs growth within the company. Mostly the importance are my guys and they are the ones who brighten up my day.
Cons: Coordination can be a bit overwhelming at times along with communication towards the employees.

Direct Support Professional in Johnson City:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Taking care of these people is the best thing ever they give so much back to you, and are so thankful.
Cons: The management doesn't Lways listen to suggestions, even though we are with the clients everyday.

Direct Support Professional in Washington:
"Awesome & Needed."
Pros: The response from my client and how they look forward to my presence for any assistance.
Cons: Severe behavior issues, abuse stories and mis handling of our more physically challenged adults or children.

Direct Support Professional in Portland:
"Assisting adults with intellectual/developmental disabilies."
Pros: The participants and my coworkers. The benefits are pretty good.
Cons: Very low wage, high stress environment - constantly understaffed, high turnover, potential for physical violence or mental health crises daily is emotionally draining. Physical safety hazards for a vulnerable population due to neglect from Albertina Kerr.

Direct Support Professional in Kansas City:
"Not too bad."
Pros: You can dress casually, paid sick leave, no hard lifting required, and extra hours can be acquired. You can choose to be prn, part-time, or full-time. You can go out with clients to eat or participate in events.
Cons: Hard to keep up with mileage sheets. Take clients/residents to appointments. Coworkers can be mean and/or bad. Can be very stressful.

Direct Support Professional in Kansas City:
"Not too bad."
Pros: Health insurance available. Can pick up extra hours. Can go out with clients out to eat, take part in events. You get to help and make a difference in someone's life who needs it.
Cons: Hard to change schedules. Coworkers slack on the job. Vacation time is small. It is hard to have a schedule that makes study and work possible. Can become stressful.

Direct Support Professional in Cleveland:
"Rewarding."
Pros: I love experiencing my consumers success. I like feeling of accomplishment.
Cons: I do not enjoy how everything involving the consumer is black and white with no grey area.