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Value-driven, sees strengths in individuals

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Student Services Manager  in  New Haven, CT
Current Employee - Student Services Manager in New Haven, CT

I have been working at Achievement First full-time for less than a year

Pros

- annual 360 review by all peers
-semi annual performance review with team members
- network wide annual professional development event
- takes soft skills into account in performance
- very humane: life flexible, family friendly
- strong relationship with TFA, very low teacher turn over at most schools

Cons

- internal development is still evolving which can lead to lots of change and readjustment depending on location in company (new programs being rolled out, tweaking job descriptions, etc) - which can be a pro or con depending on your preference
- Career paths still being carved out (but very actively being worked on) - still establishing promotion ladders within each part of the organization

Recommends
Positive Outlook

Other Reviews for Achievement First

  1.  

    Work hard, but get extraordinary support, professional development, and make a positive impact.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Student Life
    Former Employee - Director of Student Life

    I worked at Achievement First full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible roles that you can tailor to interests, entrepreneurial, decent pay, motivated and engaged colleagues, plenty of support, outstanding coaching model

    Cons

    Expectations for time spent working are high and sometimes unrealistic. To be successful, you will need to sacrifice some work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The biggest piece of advice to management is to try to operate in a similar manner from year to year. Drastic changes make the job even less sustainable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Not for the experienced teacher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at Achievement First full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Clear and progressive model for teacher evaluation, small class sizes, adequate resources, stong data systems, lot of professional development.

    Cons

    Never ending demands with little regard for personal obligations, high turnover of staff due to burnout and dissatisfaction, unclear job expectations, exclusive literacy focus leaves other subjects neglected, unyielding carrot and stick discipline system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment that encourages teachers to be thoughtful practicioners rather than carry out scripts created by someone else. Put teachers in leadership positions who have proven track records of success rather than those who will jump through hoops but still need to do a lot of work in their classroom (or who do not work in the classroom at all). Be more clear about your job expectations and give people less to do with a higher emphasis on quality and follow through.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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