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Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Change in Leadership Changed Workplace Quality

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Building Educated Leaders for Life full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Staff were passionate about the mission.

    Cons

    Our founder left and the new regime started to clear out the leadership team.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Such wasted potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - strong vision and mission in theory
    - diverse staff, especially when compared with similar nonprofits
    - since so many people are utterly apathetic, it's possible to maintain work/life balance since putting in the minimum (or lower) is expected
    - as with even the most dysfunctional organizations, there are at least a few very talented, bright folks working here (though they typically leave ASAP)
    - many of the frontline staff, i.e. those actually in the schools doing the program work, are absolutely phenomenal and having a real, life-changing impact on students' lives
    - if you are working at a school as an educator for BELL, there's a fair possibility you'll have a pretty positive experience; god help you if you're office-based (see below).

    Cons

    - the CEO... everyone (except the board, apparently) knows she's wholly ill-equipped for the job and yet nothing changes. Professional courtesy is the only thing stopping me from truly offering my real opinion of her.
    - this appears to be changing (albeit at a glacial pace), but a number of other senior leaders are also transparently incompetent, or at least a terrible fit for their role. Even the fairly good ones are unwilling to make the hard choices in order to make progress happen.
    - executives get absurd bonuses, even during financially lean times... and even when program results and org performance is struggling
    - the HQ office is laughably awful in terms of physical space, comfort, amenities, etc
    - be prepared to encounter multiple cases of unethical, and borderline illegal, behavior/situations; racism & sexism are bizarrely tolerated

    If this sounds too bad to be true, just ask in your interviews about the incredible turnover rate at BELL. Morale among office staff (whether HQ or elsewhere) cycles between "very low" on good days and "extremely low" on bad days. At least on the positive: BELL's total dysfunction reveals itself very quickly, so you can start job hunting soon after joining instead of burning years here before finding out the truth.

    Advice to Management

    This is for the board of directors: ask Tiffany to leave and you'll at least have taken a baby step toward improvement. I can only assume you all on the board (and I've met some of you) have absolutely no idea what's really happening inside BELL, otherwise you simply wouldn't stand for it.

    Building Educated Leaders for Life Response

    Apr 13, 2015VP of HR

    If you have observed or experienced unethical behavior, or racism or sexism at BELL, please bring that forward to someone in a leadership role or bring that information to a member of the board of ... More

  3. Rewarding and Gratifying Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dorchester, MA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dorchester, MA

    I worked at Building Educated Leaders for Life

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -BELL's core values are straight forward and clearly enforced each and everyday of instruction.
    -BELL provides employees with extensive training as well as opportunities for professional development.
    -BELL allows for promotions when there are openings and when an employee displays their hard work and determination for the organization.
    -Upon being hired, I was given options as to which school location would be most convenient for me.
    -During my time at BELL, I was always supported by colleagues as well as received constant feedback and assistance from my cite manager as needed.
    -BELL's mission to help scholars in a free after school program is one that is had not to support. I found that BELL was always looking for ways to improve upon the teaching methods, behavioral management systems, and various other aspects of the organization. I cannot express enough how rewarding and gratifying my experience at BELL has been. I plan to continue working for BELL in my future.

    Cons

    -Cite location made using and having a classroom difficult. In my case, my class was subjected to use a small gymnasium. Luckily, the supplies given to us as teachers helped to adapt the gym into a classroom compatible for my students.

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  5. Great seasonal job for college student

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Representative in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Enrollment Representative in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Building Educated Leaders for Life part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    When I worked at Bell during the summer of 2012 , I really had no complaints. The position was easy and paid well. In addition to the perks of flexible scheduling I got to meet a lot of different people.

    Cons

    Co - workers who really did not want to work , or was not committed to the projects. Another set-back was trying to persuade team work from individuals who preferred to work independently.

    Building Educated Leaders for Life Response

    Feb 17, 2015VP of HR

    Thank you for the feedback on your co-workers. We are actively working to improve our interview and selection processes as the attitude that staff bring to the program each day is critical in terms ... More

  6. Good work experience in the moment, lousy with follow up

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Trainer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Contractor - Trainer in Charlotte, NC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Staff is friendly and competent. Expectations are clear and reasonable. There is travel involved to schools in surrounding towns, but it's not bad.

    Cons

    There was supposed to be feedback from participants after training sessions, but I never saw the feedback about my sessions.

    Managers are either slow to respond or don't respond at all to contacts after the time of the contract, even concerning applications for other positions within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Respond to messages and applications in a timely manner.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Can get a bit overwhelming at times

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Building Educated Leaders for Life

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

    Pros

    Working children, great staff, noble mission

    Cons

    Too much time spent on disciplining children

  8. 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. Helpful (1)

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

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Pay more attention to what is happening at different campuses.

  10. Good Mission/Vision, Ineffective Management

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

    I worked at Building Educated Leaders for Life

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

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Good intentions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

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

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