Connections Academy Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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Barbara Dreyer
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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. 1 person found this helpful

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Totally duped during training, 100% a call center!

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

    I have been working at Connections Academy

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    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.

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  5. 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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Decent starting job for those in the education field

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Online teacher - lots of data

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    Current Employee - Online Teacher in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Online Teacher in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Connections Academy

    Pros

    Communication is great. Everything is logged.

    Cons

    Difficult to get students to attend live lessons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more work from home days. Hard to teach with others talking in the cubical next to you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Something different... different works for me!

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    After ten years in the bricks and mortar setting, I was looking for something different. I am a teacher, at heart and by nature, but was feeling slightly burnt out and honestly (and sadly) contemplating something outside of teaching. Connections Academy was a blessing in disguise... right from the first email about the interview process - that in my case went extremely quick.

    Connections require a bit more work (okay, no lie a ton more work), especially in the beginning - HOWEVER, I still get the interactions with students, I still get to be creative in my lessons and I have support from educators not only in my state, but from the corporate level too. I feel the impact I make, almost more so than in the hustle and bustle of the bricks and mortar setting.

    Training is intense but necessary. Trainers from my school and the corporate level, really care... they have so many ideas and are just super supportive.

    Cons

    Pay. Pay is significantly less, but there are trade-offs - i.e. working from home.

    Sometimes the demands and travel of state testing can be stressful because there are still your classroom responsibilities on top of testing responsibilities. BUT state testing in any situation can be stressful, right??

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management, especially in my part of CA is tremendous... kind, approachable and REAL.

    PS No on would turn down additional pay ;).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Positive work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Connections Academy

    Pros

    Supportive staff and management.
    Competitive pay, company seems to have unlimited growth potential.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of.

  10. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Developing company
    Care about employees
    Work with you

    Cons

    Work from home is not everywhere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Compensation

    Current Employee - Speech Therapist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Speech Therapist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Connections Academy part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    For PRN staff, there is a base pay rate for clerical duties and a no show rate that is included. Also, free courses are offered which assist with continuation of license requirements.

    Cons

    There is a lot of time spent on services that are not billable. in public schools, full time benefits are offered to employees who work at least 20 hrs. a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A part time option with benefits for 20 hours a week should be offered since public schools offer this same type of benefit. Also, either a larger base compensation or additional billable options should be included to compensate therapists for planning therapy time, consulting with parents, scheduling, and collaborating with other specialists. The rate for a missed session due to an unexcused absence from a student should be increased since the therapist has already taken the time to plan a session and doesn't have time to fill that slot when the student doesn't show up.

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