Edison Schools
2.2 of 5 19 reviews
www.edisonlearning.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 26, 2014

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Jeff Wahl

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11% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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I love that there is a focus on teacher quality under Edison Learning.

Teacher (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Edison Schools full-time for more than a year

ProsIt's a difficult population of students that we work with, but there is a school-wide expectation of excellence that I like. It's a lot of work, but completely worth it.

ConsSalary is not on par with county/state averages.

Advice to Senior ManagementDiscipline policies need to be clear and consistent.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Works people to the bone!

Teacher (Former Employee)

I worked at Edison Schools full-time for more than 3 years

ProsJobs are relatively easy to get

ConsAs a teacher you are treated horribly. There is little to no support at all. They give you a lot of work to do that has nothing to do with your job and they expect a ton out of you as a teacher.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to change things constantly! Stick with one thing and go with it. Also, learn how to treat your employers better~

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not focused on student success

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Edison Schools full-time for more than a year

ProsThe school's posted mission is honorable.

ConsDay to day worry about who is getting laid off or fired.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet people in headquarters who are qualified to run a school.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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At times stimulating and collaborative; at other times frustrating, isolating, and poorly-managed.

Coordinator (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Edison Schools full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSome leadership is passionate, extremely dedicated, and inspiring. Some employees worked very hard with the schools directly and cared a great deal about their success. The philosophical core of the company--education--was motivating. Compensation and holidays were generous.

ConsSiloed departments, dissatisfied clients (schools), lack of transparency, mismanagement, constantly changing procedures, strategies, and structuring. General unease amongst employees who were constantly anxious about their jobs. There was a feeling that, despite being a public education company, the most important thing was always the bottom line.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Only interested in the money.

Teacher (Former Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

I worked at Edison Schools full-time for less than a year

ProsGood healthcare benefits. Low payments.

ConsLow pay. They only hire "at will" so they can let you go at any time.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Wish there was something better to say

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Edison Schools full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat people (when you get to see them), Holiday Break, Some great e-learning products

ConsSenior management makes decisions that dramatically affect the organization and the people they serve based solely on personal ego and self-serving interests. Talented, passionate people are being wasted and potential successes are being squashed.

There have been leaders who tried to bring vision to company but people never last long enough in CEO's graces to make initiatives stick

The fact that the company talks about core values is very ironic.

Advice to Senior ManagementThink about the mission

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great deal of talk, little support

Principal (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

I worked at Edison Schools full-time for more than a year

ProsA great deal of PD

ConsNo patience to let initiatives grow

Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your people

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great flexible work schedule, but little else

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Edison Schools full-time

ProsChristmas break, co-workers, flexible work schedule.

ConsUpper management has no idea what's going on. If you weren't involved in the making money side, you didn't exist. No raises. Bonus was a joke unless you're upper management. People are losing their jobs, meanwhile the company is paying for a couple in the #2 and #3 position to fly back and forth to England monthly and their fancy apartment in NYC.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening to the little people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Beware

Teacher (Former Employee)
Baton Rouge, LA

I worked at Edison Schools full-time for more than a year

ProsDomestic partner benefits, decent health and life.

ConsLittle HR support, very unorganized at the local level. Somewhat unethical in their business practices.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the folks in the field. You don't know everything about education.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Another re-org

Director (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Edison Schools full-time for more than 5 years

ProsChristmas break
Your peers
After 5+ years all I can say is I have a job

ConsThe CEO is an ego maniac
Most of senior leadership is clueless
None of our schools actually improve-sorry kids but thanks for your money
technology is 10 years behind
They had consultants come in and layoff 1/3 of the staff but have never asked what work was being done or how it will be done now.
CEO building resume no loyalty
I challenge you to find one school that improved.
We change the model and the people who deliver it, like you change your socks
Its only a job
No work life balance
No raises
No career ladder
Terrible medical
401k is 500 dollars a joke
No organization or support, everyone is on own from day one.

Overall i need a better job

Advice to Senior ManagementBoard should evalute CEO
Try some loyalty these people are working hard.
Its not about the money its about respect - Get a clue

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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