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Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
31 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very little respect and general feeling of unappreciation for math tutors

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    Former Employee - Math Tutor  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Math Tutor in Austin, TX

    I worked at Catapult Learning part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some flexibility with scheduling, I got to learn how to use a calculator for graphing purposes

    Cons

    Math tutors were only part time, but because of the school schedule(lunch, not teaching during certain periods of the day), the majority of the work day was taken up, making it hard to have another job. We were severely underappreciated at the job we were performing, the teachers didn't interact with us hardly at all, we really had to seek them out if we needed anything. We had to spend too much time on class management (making sure students were behaving) with no training on that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the math tutor position a full-time job with benefits. This being a primary job for most tutors, benefits are needed. Have better alignment with the school, unless this was the one I worked at only.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management & Employee Treatment

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    Former Employee - Tutor  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Tutor in Austin, TX

    I worked at Catapult Learning part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -teaching experience
    -students
    -lesson plans provided by company
    -paid training

    Cons

    -no employee benefits/insurance
    -high turnover rate (a minimum of 10 people left employment within 6 months)
    -low salary in comparison to job requirements (employee education not taken into account)
    -large amounts of paperwork per week
    -employees must buy own supplies (materials provided are in poor condition)
    -poor & inefficient management by education coordinator
    -employee opinions and well-being ignored
    -subservient treatment of employees by education coordinator
    -low motivation portrayed by staff, employees, & management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Professional behavior should strongly be practiced and pursued by education coordinator and top management. Top management should be present during meetings to allow employees to feel comfortable verbalizing comments for/against procedures without retaliation. Top management should monitor workplace environment ONCE per WEEK and UNANNOUNCED to ensure ideal proceedings on site.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good teaching experience,but too much paperwork.

    Current Employee - Title I Teacher
    Current Employee - Title I Teacher

    I have been working at Catapult Learning part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I love teaching a variety of small groups. My supervisor is great but she is clearly overworked and under informed. She is great at following up on problems or "chinks" in the system.

    Cons

    Tons of paperwork. I have been here for 6 wks and I am still waiting for materials. I finally received a pay check today. I don't make enough for them too assume I will buy all of my consumables and wait for reimbursement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a better system for procuring supplies. I should ave been given a box of basics when I wallked into my school. Instead, I am locking my almost empty cabinets everyday while waiting for deliveries.

    Recommends
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible employer.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Catapult Learning full-time

    Pros

    Nothing. This job transformed me from a normally happy and upbeat person to a miserable, underpaid and underutilized drone. Staff were underapreciated, and looked over for promotions and raises. Very political company; hired upper management by status and connections, not by experience and education, and then expected other employees to pick up the slack.

    Cons

    First of all, for a company that is making huge profits, full-time employees had to pay an arm and a leg for terrible benefits. Then, they cut health benefits for all teachers, which is downright despicable. The upper management is completely out of touch with the employees that are actually doing the work. The salary differences are atrocious; when in fact the lower and entry level employees are doing the brunt of the work. I actually heard a member of the senior management team ask an entry level employee to complete something for him, complaining that he just didn't have enough free time that day. Then, he took complete credit for the assignment. Employee relationships were farced, and I have never met a group of people as unhappy as Catapult employees. It was quite depressing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking about profits before your employees- sooner or later the economy will get better and you won't be able to bank on teachers needing a job so desperately that they resort to your company. Offer them benefits like any profitable large business would.

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

    Quality of your teaching does not matter.

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    Former Employee - Title I Teacher  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Title I Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Catapult Learning full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Small classes. Teaching materials used by the children have improved. Most peers are good and care about the progress of the children.

    Cons

    More interested in student scores than the child's overall improvement. Teachers have to do a lot of "busy work" that is often duplicative. Managers do not listen to the satisfied parents regarding the effectiveness of the teacher. Monthly inservices meetings are rarely beneficial; mostly a time-waster. Little upward growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not base terminations on gossip of coworkers rather than facts. Fairly evaluate teachers rather than using covert surrogates who make decisions based on one-time events. Company staff should fairly represent the population and demographic you serve. Stop hiring relatives and close friends over people who are qualified for the positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Harassing supervisors childrens education not important

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Catapult Learning part-time

    Pros

    there are no pros for this company or job

    Cons

    the quality of your teaching does not matter. It only matters if you are doing things their way. The students really do not matter. Supervisors will tell you one thing and it ends up being something totally different. You are out of the classroom for so many meetings that there is no benefit to the children. Some employees who are in good with the supervisors get away with a multitude of sins. Supervisors do not appear to have much education when you read emails and letters sent company wide. Not a good company to work for at all!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually treat your teachers with dignity and care about the students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love the teaching but had limited support as an employee.

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in New York, NY

    I have been working at Catapult Learning part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with children in small groups.
    Very organized supervisor who helps with getting paperwork in order.
    Independence in teaching and lesson planning.
    Monthly meetings with other teachers.

    Cons

    Lack of benefits for teachers who spend all teaching day in their Catapult job. Must get health insurance on one's own. I have to work afterschool as well in order to pay for it.
    Upper management does not seek feedback from frontline teachers about what their needs are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out what your employees need to do their job better.
    Support them with benefits to promote company loyalty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Catapult Learning

    Pros

    flexible scheduling, excellent curriculum, supervisor is very supportive, small groups, paid vacation, friendly people to work with. Collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Some of the teachers complain and bring negativity to us who really enjoy teaching for Catapult. Lots of paperwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the complainers who have nothing positive to say. Management seems to have a lot on their plates, bring in more help to offset the amount of work they have.

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall it was good

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Catapult Learning

    Pros

    they are very flexible if you have things that you need to take care of. The staff

    Cons

    Government funded program dealing with education, so you don't know from one year to the next whether you will be employed or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to understand that the foundation of the business and everything that supports it comes from the bottom and not the top. Technology--Technology--Technology ----> if you forget this you will soon become obsolete.

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The manager is overworked, and the company tries to be too much of a chameleon without that reptile's natural abilities.

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    Current Employee - Math Teacher  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Catapult Learning

    Pros

    competitive pay

    classroom teachers from schools that Catapult contracts with were gracious and helpful

    high expectation re: students' behavior

    it's a job

    Cons

    supervisor would consistently say opposite things: one thing to my face and the 180 degree opposite when speaking with the school principal, like a compulsive "yes man"

    not given a key to the Catapult classroom so that I could leave my and Catapult's valuables alone while using the restroom or making copies

    no parking anywhere within blocks; walking with heavy supplies and wheelie-cart, then having to manipulate all of the above up and down flights of stairs all day

    severe lack of necessary and important supplies such as official forms that have to be present in students' and teachers' files; I usually provide my own office supplies, but the lack of official forms, and then working at two different schools made following the rules impossible

    lack of actual file cabinet required by Catapult to house all the files, portfolios, and forms in the order they prescribe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to simplify and to realize that you can't be everything to everybody, while still following your own guidelines.

    Try not to have opposing or contradictory situations that make it impossible to do the task at hand.

    You can deal with the elephant in the middle of the room professionally and diplomatically without pretending like he or she isn't really there.

    Doesn't Recommend

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