Building Educated Leaders for Life

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Building Educated Leaders for Life Reviews

Updated June 10, 2014
Updated June 10, 2014
16 Reviews
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16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Can get a bit overwhelming at times

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Building Educated Leaders for Life

    Pros

    Working children, great staff, noble mission

    Cons

    Too much time spent on disciplining children

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Working at BELL was gratifying experience doing work that really makes a difference in a scholar's life.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Building Educated Leaders for Life full-time

    Pros

    BELL has a ambitious mission driven culture focusing on closing the achievement gap. The work effort is rewarding and community interaction opportunities are plentiful.

    Cons

    Jobs and opportunities are dependent on funding which must be renewed or replaced as a non-profit resources are limited and need is great. Financial Compensation if ok given the funding budget and scholars served.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow and being relevant with the times, tools, and techniques of the 21st century learning patterns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The organization has good ideas and values, but does not put them into practice well

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Building Educated Leaders for Life as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you like kids, the students are great. Also, the hours are pretty manageable and you aren't really expected to do work after hours.

    Cons

    Lots of disorganization and not very much accountability. I was the first and last person there every day and was just an assistant. The materials we were given were also unhelpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to what is happening at different campuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Mission/Vision, Ineffective Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Building Educated Leaders for Life

    Pros

    Good life/work balance. A few good people who are passionate about the mission. *Seems* promising, but will they deliver?

    Cons

    Where do I begin? Senior Leadership is disconnected from other staff, also LAZY in many aspects. Would rather turn a blind eye or pass it on and then point the finger rather than take ownership - or even more novel - BE LEADERS! #irony

    Low morale is the result. Many are discontent or disillusioned so they skate by or "get comfortable" collecting a check without making a true impact -- all while Leadership knows this.

    No real staff development, no open-door policy, no real sense of culture or "family" as they claim. Teams do not work cohesively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As someone else here put it, listen to your staff. They are on the front lines and there are some who want to be invested in the growth and success of the organization. Stop making false promises. Be more involved and really evaluate those who are there and either develop them to be stronger or replace them. Need stronger project/change management to realize the vision you're aiming for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good intentions

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer TA in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Summer TA in Boston, MA

    I worked at Building Educated Leaders for Life full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company structure is well organized. Contact with recruiters is systematic and staff is responsive. They also screened their hires well.

    Cons

    The company has a great model, but the program was a little unorganized. The program manager was responsible for way too many employees and was not available to really help any of us due to work overload. Although the program itself was well organized, the support wasn't there, which made things hectic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be an appropriate number of program managers for smaller groups of staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Program Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Building Educated Leaders for Life part-time

    Pros

    Great experience. BELL is a well run after school program.

    Cons

    None, it was a great experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, BELL was amazing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Disheartening

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

    I worked at Building Educated Leaders for Life

    Pros

    The perception of the mission

    Cons

    The Cons far outweigh the Pro's which is unfortunate. I will repeat what others have said- Leadership is ineffective with little to no business acumen and outdated experience. The CEO is asleep at the wheel and has no clue what is going on. Turnover is high and there is no interest in retaining top performers, very old fashion way of thinking with old fashion way of leading/ managing. A organization of silos with no collaboration. The fact that the VP of HR only responded to one negative comment should tell the story.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the people that work for you, you are not the smartest people in the room and could learn a little from your teams. roll your sleeves up and get dirty. It isn't all about your bonus..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Wonderful Organization

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    Former Employee - Academic Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Academic Teacher in New York, NY

    I worked at Building Educated Leaders for Life part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cohesive unit, common goals, great work hours, cool staff

    Cons

    Teachers aren't paid enough for the amount of education that they are expected to come to the table with. No opportunities for decent raises based on longevity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many of the employees working for the program deserve raises, especially if they are returning teachers. This is how you retain the great staff instead of losing them to organizations that are just as successful and pay well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Dedicated, disorganized

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Building Educated Leaders for Life

    Pros

    Want to work with kids with problematic histories and try to create a positive environment? Here you are!

    Cons

    Disorganized; Lots of movement among administration creating confusion

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Yet another nonprofit with no real impact

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Building Educated Leaders for Life full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a few, dedicated, smart people - not many though. Dedicated program managers who make it happen for children - at least giving children an opportunity to gain confidence (but no real change in school performance)

    Cons

    CEO is out of touch - lacking realness, depth. Does not visit regions, staff. The company has high turnover, it allows mediocrity. The curriculum is outdated, not Common Core aligned. The senior management is only focused on bottom-line, not children. The mission does not exist - it is a fraud. Overcompensated senior management that rely on consultants to do their job. Overlooking and under-compensating those who actually make the mission happen - program staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The board needs to replace the CEO and other senior management members

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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