THINK Together

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THINK Together Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
106 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The organization is truly making a difference in the lives of the students in the communities they serve (in 9 reviews)

  • Great learning experience while working with kids (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Think Together expects program leaders to lead as if they are experienced teachers but I'm not a teacher (in 23 reviews)

  • Change program operations rules constantly without input from Site Coordinators (in 18 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    AWFUL place to work...STAY AWAY

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

    I have been working at THINK Together part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you like kids, then being with kids is the only pro

    Cons

    Soooooo many. All the positive reviews on here are definitely fake and clearly are coming from THINK employees who were asked/forced to do so. Everything everyone has written in the cons section is ABSOLUTELY true.

    First, there are definitely way too many unnecessary, ineffective "rules" that often stand in the way of a THINK employee actually relating to the kids, and truly making a difference. Instead, the obsession with protocol means EVERYONE HATES being there: the kids, the PLs and the site coordinator; the program is most definitely run like a military camp...truly bizarre, NOT fun (which is one o their stupid agreements), draining, demoralizing, annoying.....

     As for the company at large, it is like a horrible cult that you must escape asap. Again, the stupid meaningless rules, and the attitude of superiority and condescension from upper management. On more than one occasion I've had QACs and SCs who were NOT my direct supervisors yell at me, belittle me, and humiliate me. They obsess over the 4 agreements, "be respectful" being one, but upper management DOES NOT display this AT ALL, especially with PLs....There is severe abuse of power and people who are clearly drunk on power...Honestly, I've never encountered so many rude people in a professional setting.

    As other people have already noted, hub offices are indeed like high school. I've actually worked for a couple of different THINK hubs, thinking maybe another area would be better. Nope. They are all so rude and inefficient. On more than one occasion I was not paid for trainings, and when I pointed it out they took no responsibility (which is another of their meaningless agreements) and instead tried to blame me. Then they ignored me for a couple days and paid me retroactively a month later.

    BE WARNED: If you are interested in becoming a teacher or working with kids, this job will make think twice bout that. Just remember, it's not the kids who are the problem; it's the company and the adults who work for the company. Don't let this horrible job discourage you from teaching, just try to find another company or district to work for and gain experience from them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to obsess over 4 agreements, you should all be examples of those regularly. You need to model those qualities. Don't demand things from lower level employees that you yourself can't deliver...that is a huge pet-peeve. Basically, don't ask things of us that you wouldn't or couldn't do yourself. Treat lower levels with more respect for God's sake. You do so many trainings on how to interact with kids, but you, in all seriousness, need to provide trainings for upper management in how to interact with those working on the front lines. Address the rudeness and abuse of power and get egos in check. Overall, upper management needs to demonstrate more respect for ALL employees; upper management needs humility,; and it needs better "coaching" techniques.
    Lastly, and I think this would seriously make a difference, you should allow lower levels to rate/assess their supervisors. Just like in college, when in the middle or at the end of a semester students get to review their professor's performance and write commentary about them. PLs need to be able to do that, too, ANONYMOUSLY, so that you get accurate feedback. We need a safe way to voice our concerns, too; and we also need a a way to keep our supervisors' performance and quality in check....that just sounds fair to me.

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

    Very unprofessional and frustrating company. Would not recommend!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Leader in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Program Leader in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at THINK Together part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    This job will give you some teaching experience. If you are a student, there is time to take classes in the morning.

    Cons

    I have been working for Think Together for a little less than a year and it is one of the worst jobs I've had. As a program leader, I only spend about 4 hours a day with students and it causes me so much stress it's unbelievable.

    Think Together expects program leaders to lead as if they are experienced teachers but I'm not a teacher! If they want more experienced staff who do a better job, offer higher wages. The company gives basically NO TRAINING! And no, sitting in front of a power point is not effective. I got around an hour or two to observe an experienced program leader and then they just threw me into a classroom with 25 kids. A lot of the kids I've worked with have severe behavior problems as well and it's impossible to discipline them effectively when I need to manage the entire class at the same time. Many of the parents come late even though program ends at 6! Because a lot of the schools are in lower socioeconomic areas many students and parents just DON'T CARE about ANYTHING.

    A lot of their policies are very unrealistic. They want you to use "homework signals." Well what happens when half the class can't do their homework? If I spend 2 minutes with each student do they expect the last one I get to to wait 20 minutes for my help? And no, working with a partner is not effective when none of them know what the heck is going on with their homework. Send us a volunteer or aid or give us a smaller group of students. Line of sight is also unrealistic and site coordinators will write you up for the smallest things if they want to get rid of you. Intuitively I knew exactly what was going on when I was placed at a site I wasn't an energetic fit for.

    If you need extra help with your job they will push you out to become a substitute without any explanation. So basically you wait around all morning and waste your day in case you "might" be called, which can be as little as an hour before program begins. When this happened to me no one sat down with me and told me what was going on or why or how being a substitute works. Apparently they just expected me to know? I was completely out of the loop and wondered if I still had a job. I feel as though this is very poor communication on behalf of my supervisors.

    One of my site coordinators was extremely unprofessional. I showed up for work one day and she told me a new program leader was coming to take my place THAT SAME DAY. I had no warning ahead of time from her or HR or a sub coordinator. I wish they had a replacement for me arranged before I arrived at work. My site coordinator began training her in front me of me and my class. I was humiliated when my students asked me why I was leaving in front of staff and other students and I didn't know what to say. That day I left frustrated and it tears. During a future training that same site coordinator was talking bad about other program leaders to another site coordinator which I found very disrespectful and rude.

    I stayed with the company and got placed at another site and it's just as bad as all of the other ones I've been at. As a college graduate I am waiting for the opportunity for another job to show up so I can quit. There is a very high turnover rate because anyone who can see what is really going on would not put up with it. Students have told me numerous times about all of the other program leaders they have had who came and left and they "don't know why."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let new program leaders spend a few days in a classroom with an experienced program leader so that they have a model and know what to expect.

    Hire more employees so that the ratio of staff to student stays under 20:1.

    For the amount of work required, consider giving program leaders a pay raise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love working with the kids, but the company is terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Leader in Moreno Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Program Leader in Moreno Valley, CA

    I have been working at THINK Together part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The children. They are what keeps me with the program seeing hope and love in these little ones keeps me striving to finish my college education.

    Cons

    We don't make enough for all that is expected. Rules and expectations are getting heavier and heavier, while we make only 11/ hr and because of budget cuts despite now having more duties we are making less money. I went from starting the company 2 years ago at 23-25 hours now 2 years later at 17-19. It sucks. SC's & PL's are the modern day slaves we do all the dirty work for little to nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a PL I recieve feedback from both students and parents stating how shocked they are that we are doing lord than the teachers. It amazes me because while they get a very we'll pay we have to live off of 700 a month doing a teachers jobs. PL's deserve to be paid just as much as SC's considering the fact they are the ones working with the children doing the hardest part.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what they seem!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Coordinator in San Bernardino, CA
    Current Employee - Site Coordinator in San Bernardino, CA

    I have been working at THINK Together full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with the kids, school staff and site staff, holiday pay, Christmas Special Holiday pay, getting experience.

    Cons

    Little to no praise from upper management, they change policies and procedures yearly (sometimes mid-year) and expect quick adaptation, pay is way too low for the amount of workload, upper management reprimands and expects change for improvement but does not give much support to assist with said change, you must be almost completely self sufficient in writing lessons, scheduling, and all other admin tasks, very little training is given to new hires especially the part time staff, no job advancement opportunities unless you are willing to work a ridiculous amount of hours, is difficult working here and having any kind of life outside of work (particularly if you're married and/or have kids.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Praise your staff at least once a week, stop trying to chane things so much (it confuses the students and parents).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ridiculous

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

    I have been working at THINK Together part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The children obviously, mentoring youth and seeing them grow. Children looking up to you, coming to you for advice and being a positive role model for them.

    Cons

    You have to actually love students in order to put up with this company.
    I started as a volunteer and got hired part time two months later into a problem school (meaning low attendance to the program) I tried very hard to get students to come to class, collaborating with my Site Coordinator about school events and promote the program, no one else at that site tried as hard as I did. The year after that I applied for site coordinator training and I got accepted. When I asked one on one with the trainer about how I can personally improve to become a better employee she said she didn't understand why I was being trained to become a SC because I would never be one. According to her, my supervisor and I were too close (we were friends) and she didnt like my supervisor so that meant I wouldn't get the promotion. Shortly after that I was demoted by force to a substitute program leader and removed from the site that i really loved. I decided to look for another job and then I got a letter in the mail saying I was fired because I missed opportunities of being a substitute. I didn't know I could get fired, I wasnt trained as a susbstitute and I just lost my job of two years basically in the blink of an eye.

    The company DOES MAKE YOU WORK OFF THE CLOCK AND BUY SUPPLIES FOR THE PROGRAM OUT OF POCKET. They can deny it all they want, the fact is that sometimes during events I would work 11 hours straight and it would get reduced to six hours and unpaid lunch break...which I never took.

    The workload is tremendous and they don't offer proper training. New employees are thrown in and they literally either sink or swim. In my two years I saw many new employees leave.

    Favoritism is a thing, and it sucks because people who are actually passionate and involved in education dont get the opportunities they deserve. Right before I left my supervisor told me that in this company you don't get promoted or appreciated unless you already know someone from high up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to this company is a waste, because they'll always deny any wrong doing and continue to be a crappy company.

    They probably know who I am but I really don't care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor organization and thought processes going on at the top level.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Coordinator in San Bernardino, CA
    Current Employee - Site Coordinator in San Bernardino, CA

    I have been working at THINK Together full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The kids are great. I've landed a supportive site so my pros all relate to the school I'm located at and not Think Together.

    Cons

    For the second time this year, payday fell on a Sunday and I didn't get paid until Monday. Illegal. They pay a salary to work 9a-6p but the program ends at 6p which means kids aren't picked up until then. Often parents are late which bumps that time even further and by the time cleaning is done, it's often 7 before I'm off. They expect me to create a month long program on a very tiny budget of about $2 per child in my program. $2 power month! They are trapped in the last century when it comes to paperwork. I have to make so many trips to the hub to drop off forms that could easily be emailed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a better payroll department. Change working hours to accommodate late parents, cleaning, etc. (Especially since we're being switched to hourly now to "save money" even though legally you're going to spend more money because overtime is going to get very expensive. Increase the monthly budget if you want our programs to flourish. Stop holding pointless meetings that take up prep time when you can just as easily send an email.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employees Expected To Use Own Money

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

    I have been working at THINK Together full-time

    Pros

    One thing I really love about THINK Together is the amount of money spent on team/regional meetings. I love that no expense is spared when it comes to partying!

    Cons

    Question: It's great that THINK Together offers sports for the kids How do the team jerseys/uniforms stay clean?

    Answer: THINK Together asks Site Coordinators to take laundry home and bring it back clean. If a site coordinator does not have access to free laundry from mom or dad, they can go to a laundry mat and pay to have it washed.

    Question: That seems unfair to ask your employees to pay for laundry services. Are there any alternatives?

    Answer: Yes, Site Coordinators can ask their Program Leaders to take the laundry home and bring it back for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is very instant that Program Leaders shouldn't pay for anything with their own money. But solutions are few and far between when it comes to site coordinator paying for things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    THINK Together Response

    Jun 23, 2014HR Coordinator

    Thank you for your review. THINK Together does not encourage any employee to use their own personal resources for program needs or materials. We urge you to discuss this concern with your Regional ... More

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely stressful!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Leader in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Program Leader in Riverside, CA

    I have been working at THINK Together part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some kids are extremely life changing! Some kids care about you and they see to it that they put a smile on your face!

    Cons

    The parents. This is a free program yet parents are still ungrateful and will make your life a living hell! I go home thinking about how stressful work is everyday. I may need counseling. Also, don't even think about moving up in the company unless you know someone who knows someone. This company is very "clique-y". I hear the hub (rc region) is like a highschool hallway. Beware of it! Lots of yucky gossip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please start drug testing for the love of God! You'd be surprised what you find.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Either the site is completely disorganized or completely unfriendly.

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

    I have been working at THINK Together part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    If you manage to land a positive site, you will enjoy the structure and direction the program offers. Anyone who enjoys working with kids will enjoy working here, except of course if you land a position at one of the many unstructured, disorganized and downright negative places to work.

    Cons

    Supervising staff is a joke. Superiors are a joke. Most of the training is for face-value and many locations are extremely disorganized and not fun for the majority of the students. Other locations are structured but staff is very negative with the students and again - supervisors are either great at what they do or are keeping the site from flourishing positively. Unfortunate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire supervisors and staff that not only take their job seriously but enjoy their job as well. Nothing harder than working for someone who doesn't enforce company policy at all, or working for someone who hates their job and doesn't like kids!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hours/ Job Description completely different from interview to reality

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Leader in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Program Leader in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at THINK Together full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The only pro to working at Think Together is getting to feel a bit of fulfillment working with the kids.

    Cons

    As a college graduate who has had the blessing of working with several amazing companies in the past and needed this job simply as something to hold me over till I get another full time gig, this has been a miserable experience. Think Together promised me several things in the interview that were very different then reality. I was given less hours and days and was placed as a sub instead of working full time like I was told I would be several times. The pay is very low and the hours are very inconvenient if you are attempting to find a second job. Several of the supervisors are totally incompetent in their positions and are terrible leaders/ encouragers. If you are reading this review don't spend another moment considering whether or not you should apply here. The company sends out emails asking their employees to write good reviews and so you should not be fooled by any that you see.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your staff with reasonable wages, give them better training, provide better opportunity for growth, provide more then one t shirt you have to wear each day, prepare better curriculum for the kids so they can actually learn something instead of wasting their time, make sure that checks are sent in the mail on time instead of several weeks late, don't promise one thing in an interview and then make reality something completely different.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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