STAR Education

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STAR Education Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
19 Reviews
2.4
19 Reviews
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    Okay experience, but Seriously Flawed

    Former Employee - Math and Literacy Instructor
    Former Employee - Math and Literacy Instructor

    I worked at STAR Education part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with children from all over the area. You learn a lot about school and education. You get to be up and moving around all the time.

    Cons

    Very disorganized. You could come in prepared to teach one thing, then be asked to teach something completely different. As a substitute, everything's very last minute, many assignments are scheduled the day of the class. Training, only an hour long, left me largely unprepared for what I would have to deal with on the job. Also, it took them several weeks to coordinate with me to set up the CPR class I needed to get hired. You are given the materials and then expected to handle several rotations of 20 people on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better training, more than just an hour the day before work starts. Have better communication between the main offices and the sites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Employee Retention and Happiness is not a Concern.

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

    I have been working at STAR Education

    Pros

    Being part of a large team that works hard to provide incredible learning opportunities for children. Teachers truly enjoy the teaching experience, are good at what they do, are fun to be around and work with. Events are fun, over-the-top, and are miraculously pulled together last minute. Programming is excellent and the forefront of the organization's mission. Everyone works very hard at their own projects, and swoops in to assist others as needed.

    Cons

    Executive management is not truly interested in holding accountability, otherwise more structure would be in place. They claim to want to oversee everything, but don't pay attention when you try to consult with them. Money is mismanaged, its difficult to tell where funding goes once it comes in. The large events are never approached early enough, and outcomes are unknown until days beforehand. Fundraising is not a true concern, which is mind-boggling for a non-profit. In fact, "Development" as a department is not respected or trusted by the executive level, who is rapt with paranoia about letting others do their job. HR as a department is nearly non-existent, as there is ZERO confidentiality when discussing issues and no consistent method of handling situations. The CEO often accuses people randomly of stealing or child abuse before listening to details or talking to the people who might be involved. The employees who have stayed the longest are comfortable in positions that exhaust them and are treated to and spoken to as subordinates. Although job descriptions and responsibilities change frequently amongst employees, there is ZERO opportunity for real advancement... and as was recently announced "NO RAISES FOR ANYONE."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A complete overhaul of management procedures is desperately needed. Get therapy for Founders Syndrome.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Star education is an a nonprofit ran like a dictatorship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teach/Administrative in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Teach/Administrative in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at STAR Education part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    helping children and a part time schedule

    Cons

    Do not receive raises and there isn't any real upward mobility. The CEO and CFO are every insulting when talking to staff. Not to mention the classroom management trainer is very rude and treats us all like children. The CFO and CEO want more and more from staff without any incentive. While the CEO's son and daughter make $100,000 and year and they barely doanything. Most people leave with in the 1st 2 years of work because of the unfair practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to treat your staff with respect and give raises.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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