Connections Academy Reviews

Updated April 26, 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
  • Not a lot of interaction between office staff and work from home staff (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. Enrollment

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    Current Employee - Enrollment in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Enrollment in Columbia, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Positive attitudes. Compassionate people. Dedication. Some advancement opportunity. Scheduling flexibility. Casual dress. Worthwhile work. Good benefits. Spacious work area.

    Cons

    Low pay. Cliques. Favoritism. Inexperienced (in some ways) supervisors/leads. Procedural vagueness at times. Unclear/skewed performance metrics. Archaic/underpowered computers. Too stringent regarding tardiness (bad traffic is not our fault). Passive-aggressive attitude from supervisors at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the pros going and work on the cons. CA is good, but CA can be GREAT.

  2. I teach clubs and activities from the corporate office.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    flexible work location and hours, paid time off, healthcare and maternity benefits

    Cons

    promotions from within seem to be based on "who you know" and "how well" and are not fairly advertised nor competed for, middle managers lack training and guidance

    Advice to Management

    Increase training for newly promoted managers, openly advertise positions to all internal employees who meet minimum requirements, promote based on education, experience and competency, do not play favorites

  3. Academic Placement Advisor

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

    I worked at Connections Academy full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    -Great work environment
    -Everyone is willing to help one another
    -No micro managing
    -Thorough training
    -Potential overtime during busy season(Summer time)

    Cons

    -Can get extremely busy
    -Definitely favortism in the office when it comes to promotions
    -Compensation could be better

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  5. Elementary Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Connections Academy

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

    Pros

    Teachers work from home which allows you save on gas. The salary is average in comparison to the local school district. You have the potential to earn a bonus depending on your yearly review.

    Cons

    There is large amount of work that requires you to work beyond your scheduled work hours. There were many times I had to work very late at night to meet a deadline. There are lots of deadlines to meet. Because you work at home, you are micro-managed to ensure you are doing your job. The training is mostly online modules and on the job training. So I often learned by doing something incorrectly. After being hired mid-year, I did not feel prepared to take over a class because of the inadequate training.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better training for hew hires and reduce the number of students teachers are responsible for.

  6. IT DEPARTMENT

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

    I worked at Connections Academy full-time

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

    Pros

    Great company activities. Compensation is nice. Great chance for Growth

    Cons

    Discriminatory, Lack of management training.

    We had a guy here they terminated for being openly gay after his manager was fired for discriminating against him.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Worry more about teaching then building revenue.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Totally duped during training, 100% a call center!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enrollment Advisor I in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Enrollment Advisor I in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Connections Academy

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

    Pros

    Free coffee. Unlimited training and coaching.

    Cons

    Being literally connected to your desk feels completely constricting. You cannot talk to your neighbors without it being an issue. Management is entirely cliqueish and the pay is horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about what the company expects from the beginning and so many people won't leave as soon as they are there for a year.

  8. Helpful (3)

    I have been working at Connections Academy for less than a year.

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    Current Employee - Online Teacher in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Online Teacher in Cincinnati, OH

    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

    I love the work at home option. The support I receive in the office is amazing.

    Cons

    The work load is different than what I was expecting.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Online teaching

    Former Employee - Online Teacher
    Former Employee - Online Teacher

    I worked at Connections Academy

    Pros

    Part time employees can/must work from home. Flexible schedule. No lesson planning (but this is also a con because I was not a huge fan of the curriculum I taught)

    Cons

    Very low pay, not so great curriculum.

  10. Great company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - State Testing Specialist in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - State Testing Specialist in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Connections Academy

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

    Pros

    Since joining the team at Connections Academy in Oct 2014, I have loved working with company. They are the future of education for students. They offer competitive salaries, great health benefits and time off. It is a perfect blend for those needing a flexible work-life career.

    Cons

    Wish there were work at home opportunities for all positions.

  11. Decent starting job for those in the education field

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Academic Placement Advisor in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Academic Placement Advisor in Columbia, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, paid time off, and options for extra money during the busy season

    Cons

    Work is repetitive, tasks are not distributed evenly, constantly under a microscope with quality assurance

    Advice to Management

    Have a little more faith in your employees and provide more room for individuality and creativity

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