Achievement First Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Formal professional development process which ensures that I rapidly learned many new skills (in 10 reviews)

  • It attracts committed, smart, hard working people who share common values of making a real difference (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is incredibly difficult (in 15 reviews)

  • You are not valued as an individual, but made to feel like a puppet, simply parroting what is dictated to you (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Concerning work/life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - School Social Worker in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - School Social Worker in Hartford, CT

    I worked at Achievement First

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The kids and school vacations

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance, unrealistic expectations,

    Advice to Management

    Provide additional support to staff to avoid high turn-overs.


  2. Driven

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Achievement First

    Pros

    - impactful work
    - smart, thoughtful people
    - always looking for ways to improve
    - work/life balance

    Cons

    none that really stand out


  3. Great people, hard working culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Academic Dean in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Academic Dean in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Achievement First full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people
    Strong professional development
    High performing culture
    Charismatic and caring leaders
    Fun, young, smart team
    Authentically mission-driven

    Cons

    Too demanding
    Tries to be family-friendly but difficult in places
    Pay is competitive with industry but school leader roles are paid lower

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on it


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Not what it pretends to be

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Achievement First full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of training
    Weekly observations
    Professional environment

    Cons

    If you are not from Teach for America then forget it. You will be passed over for any recognitions or promotions. It is run like a company... I might nickname this the "education corporation."

    Advice to Management

    You are focused on the wrong things when you still have more than 30% of your students in tenth grade reading at a fifth grade level.


  6. Classroom Teacher

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Achievement First

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you want a place to become a better teacher in a short amount of time this is a good place to be. You are paired with a coach who observes you weekly and gives you feedback based on his/her observations. At times you may also video tape some of your lessons so that both you and your coach may reflect on your performance in the classroom.

    Another pro is having a positive school culture in which kids are provided with the support that they need in order to do well behaviorally so that they may then have time to focus on learning.

    Cons

    l have worked at other schools, but never one where there is such a heavy focus on adult culture. Although there may be good intentions behind the focus in this area it may at sometimes cause for people to feel uncomfortable. It may at times seem like you are supposed to be following the norms that have been set by the organization and there is little to no input on that.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to truly be more open to receiving feedback about practices that utilized by the organization as well as being open to teachers who may want to implement things that they have done in their previous work environment.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Want to sacrifice your life for their mission? Work at AF!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Achievement First

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Management is REALLY great at acknowledging school facing teams.

    Cons

    Cliques, silos, and no work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop asking people to post positive reviews on glassdoor.com, when all the honest and true reviews are so negative. Address the issues, don't band-aid so you look good externally. Also, just because a team is internal facing, doesn't mean Doug and Dacia shouldn't know their names or reward/celebrate their accomplishments.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Structured/Exhausting

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Achievement First

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    -Great professional development
    -Clear expectations for students and teachers

    Cons

    -Low work-life balance
    -High turnover rate of teachers
    -Strick discipline system for kids


  9. Review

    Current Employee - Founding First Grade Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Founding First Grade Teacher in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Achievement First (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Dedicated to student achievement and growth

    Cons

    Without time management, work-life balance is difficult


  10. Great Place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Achievement First full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I have worked at Achievement First for the past 3 years on our network support team. I love the environment, the organizational culture, and most of all the people that I work with. AF is a fantastic place to work.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be challenging at first, but I worked with my individual coach/manager to set goals around personal priorities outside of work. I have become much better at creating those boundaries and my work life balance has improved each year at Achievement First.

    Advice to Management

    The individual coaching/management structure is stronger. AF is a work environment that thrives on honesty and direct and constructive feedback. It's a great organization to grow, develop, and learn


  11. Helpful (2)

    AF makes a big difference for the kids and families who work there.

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

    I have been working at Achievement First full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone cares deeply about student academic success. The network is very intentional around what students learn each day.

    Cons

    There is little regard paid to the grueling hours school-based staff often work. Also, decisions are made top-down and it is very much a cookie-cutter teaching model.

    Advice to Management

    Allow teachers to be themselves in the classroom, your kids and staff will thank you for it!



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