Challenger School Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Good job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Challenger School

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

    Pros

    Don't need credential to teach elementary school. Child benefits

    Cons

    Lower pay scale than public school.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within


  2. Helpful (1)

    Many problems that are not readily visible

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Jordan, UT

    I worked at Challenger School full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Most of the teachers and school staff that I met were there because they loved kids and loved to help kids learn. That made for a great, day-to-day work environment. Being a full-time employee and a parent can be difficult so the tuition discount can benefit a work-life balance.

    Cons

    I was disappointed by the constant micro-management, the way upper management would berate employees (calling them "stupid," for example), how long-time employees were either overlooked for advancement or treated as expendable and how my location was extremely political. I felt that the company was suffering because HR wasn't working to retain good employees but to weed out the ones they didn't like.

    Advice to Management

    More tact and more compassion toward employees would go a long way.


  3. Great school for students/parents, awful for teachers.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Challenger School full-time

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

    Pros

    I applied to this job because of the school's mission statement and philosophy, as well as the advanced curriculum. All are huge pluses. The teachers really care about the students, self responsibility is a big thing. The students *love* this school.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low side, benefits are not that great. The administration is truly terrible. None of them are on the same page, neither with each other nor the company handbook!! Besides that, they treat the teachers as if they are second class citizens, yelling at us in front of students, teachers, and parents. They also listen to random rumors going around, rather than either ignoring them or doing their own research into the matter.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in mind that we are all there because we love kids and love teaching.


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  5. Challenger for life!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Challenger School

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

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work! I never stop learning and it's so fun being with the kids!

    Cons

    It is a lot of hard work.


  6. Career Growth Opportunities

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    Former Employee - Extended Class Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Extended Class Teacher in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Challenger School (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Wonderful staff. Good pay, career growth opportunities

    Cons

    Corporate was a nightmare. School leadership constantly micromanaged.


  7. Teacher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Challenger School

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

    Pros

    Heath insurance
    Child tuition discount
    Great learning environment
    Excellent training

    Cons

    Very strict
    Micro management
    No advancement opportunities


  8. Helpful (1)

    Teacher

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher
    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher

    I have been working at Challenger School full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent school! Amazing curriculum. Really great teachers!

    Cons

    Supervisors/Directors are not the best I've worked for.

    Advice to Management

    People are people. Teachers have families, and private lives. Management needs to recognize the level of dedication that the teachers offer and be more flexible in supporting the teachers so that the turnover is not so high.


  9. Helpful (1)

    teacher

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Challenger School full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get a discount for your child if you work there. The curriculum was pretty good, it taught children to think for themselves

    Cons

    The management was obsessed with power, the individuals who got there were great at deceiving others, and only had their eye on money not students or parents. I heard many of them flat out lie about things to parents, and I've seen many teachers in tears because of the way they've been treated. While I was there I was told I wasn't allowed to tell parents if the children were struggling. I was to only point out the good things. If the pre school children did something mean to another child, we were not allowed to make them apologize. The management was constantly telling us something different, and lacked consistency. The teachers were over worked and underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. Learn Barber Bakers ways and go back to them. Realize you're dealing with humans and not just money.


  10. teacher

    Former Employee - Teacher in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Challenger School

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    being around and teaching great kids

    Cons

    This company is deceiving, it deceived me at first too with its strong beliefs and patriotism, but it turned out to be a very anit-military, anti-government, and prejudice company. They are brainwashing children into a very creepy sense of idealism. In order to save $ they have the teachers do a lot of the cleaning. The teachers are treated poorly and talked down to. They take advantage of employees and over work them to save $. The majority of the teachers are all untrained and very few of them have college degrees; they do this in order to pay them as little as possible. There is very little training for any of the staff it is all a façade.

    Advice to Management

    Respect employees and be HONEST with staff, parents, and children. Don't raise children to be anti-government.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Excellent Curriculum

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Teacher in Boise, ID

    I worked at Challenger School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was on the low side, but close to the market. Outstanding school, far superior to public schools. Emphasis on personal responsibility. Great parent involvement.

    Cons

    Management was a little scattered.



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