Connections Academy Reviews

Updated August 2, 2015
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Pros
  • Generous work from home privileges (may vary by department) are a nice perk (in 20 reviews)

  • Connections provides excellent work-life balance for the employee with life, health, and financial insurance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • If you work from home you can sometimes feel disconnected, you have to work at connecting and networking outside of your team (in 3 reviews)

  • Work long hours without overtime pay (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Secondary Special Education Teacher

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Secondary Special Education Teacher in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Secondary Special Education Teacher in Harrisburg, PA

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Complete change from brick and mortar after 15 years!! Supportive co-workers and directors. Great support system in place for new teachers.

    Cons

    I am to new to this position to give any cons just yet. The only thing I can thing of is I waited 6 weeks to hear from management to offer me the position.

    Advice to Management

    Quicker response to new teaching candidates


  2. OK place to start

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Connections Academy full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    This can be a good place to get okay experience, especially for those just beginning their careers. There are pathways for advancement but raises are not large and some people can wait years before promotions. You have the opportunity to earn a lot of overtime during the July to September "busy season", however, the hourly pay in the teens means you HAVE to work a large amount of OT to make enough money to come out with a decent annual pay.

    Cons

    The pay is low, the work becomes quite monotonous. Your immediate managers and the department directors do want to support you, however, the company (and in the end, Pearson) do not put any money into employee satisfaction. Morale was typically low. Annual raises are between 1.4-1.6%, which obviously doesn't even take into consideration inflation. A lot of effort and money does go into making sure the tech/development teams are happy, but I believe the company sees enrollment as its red-headed step child that must be there but does not deserve love or attention.

    Advice to Management

    Fight with corporate leaders to better fund salaries and programs for work place satisfaction/morale.


  3. Excellent people, difficult job

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Online Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Connections Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent and supportive colleagues. I felt admin responded to my needs and were helpful as I got my footing.

    Cons

    The population of students and families can be challenging. There is a high population of students with special needs and not enough support instructionally from special education teachers. It's not their fault; their caseloads are very high. There is also an issue with student engagement. Many students and families don't do their work and are truant. The problem is that the sole responsibility of getting these students on track is in the lap of the teacher. With 130-150 students in a class, continually reaching out (phone calls many times) is just not a reachable expectation when you consider the other responsibilities of holding lessons and grading. Ultimately, the work expectations just couldn't realistically be met and this hurt my sense of efficacy and upped my stress levels.

    Advice to Management

    I think the management has their hands tied. They are responding to the demands of the board and the corporate administrators, and to state mandates. I honestly don't know what they could realistically do, but more compassion for teachers not meeting call quotas would go a long way.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Lead Substitute

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Substitute Teacher in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Lead Substitute Teacher in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Connections Academy (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Not enough work for those that like to keep busy


  6. Great Company

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

    I have been working at Connections Academy (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great leadership, and very laid back environment

    Cons

    A little more structure would be great! But this isn't a huge problem


  7. Helpful (3)

    Great place to work for now!

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

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very laid back environment. Great people to work with. Great benefits, especially paid time off during Christmas.

    Cons

    Some of the changes made since merging with Pearson. The pay raises aren't really good either. It would take years for me to be able to make a comfortable living with one job only right now.

    Advice to Management

    Give us proper raises please!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Connections Academy

    Pros

    People to work were really fun, smart and great team work.

    Cons

    I don't have anything bad to say

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. QA

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

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and employee oriented.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive and raises are minimum.


  10. Helpful (1)

    I love my job!

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    Current Employee - Secondary Science Teacher in Dickson City, PA
    Current Employee - Secondary Science Teacher in Dickson City, PA

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, love my coworkers, and I know I'm really making a difference with my students! Better than working in a brick-and-morter school

    Cons

    I don't really have any cons working here. My coworkers are awesome and helpful and I can work from home if I need to.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Enjoying a great experience!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enrollment in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Enrollment in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great growth plans! Paying a lot of attention on staff development. You can be heard at all levels of the organization. Very good benefits. Many celebrations. Dynamic culture

    Cons

    Growing pains with new ownership (normal and expected). Base salaries could be better aligned with the market.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the voice of your staff. There are some incredibly smart talent within the organization.



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