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

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

I worked at Achievement First full-time (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 Management

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.

Other Employee Reviews for Achievement First

  1. Helpful (9)

    Not for the experienced teacher

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Achievement First full-time (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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (9)

    Looks can be deceiving

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The children. Most coworkers. The mission.

    Cons

    Incredibly long work hours - 70-80 work weeks, and they will make you feel that you do not work hard enough. Cronyism will get you promoted or held back - there is little room for dissent or alternatives. Children who don't fit the mould have a very difficult time. Concern is for test scores rather than what the children may actually need most.


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