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Great Place to Have an Impact

Former Intern - Intern in Brooklyn, NY
Former Intern - Intern in Brooklyn, NY

I worked at Achievement First as an intern (Less than a year)

Recommends
Recommends

Pros

Working behind the scenes, you have the opportunity to work with amazing group of people who have already achieved some amazing things and really just want to make a difference in these student's lives.

Cons

For a smaller organization, there does seem to be a decent amount of bureaucracy--I had to set up an official appointment just to talk with someone about my future.

Advice to Management

Let loose and let the employees run with their idea

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  1. Helpful (8)

    School culture and expectations are oppressive

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

    I have been working at Achievement First full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great coworkers make work somewhat tolerable and provide the support needed to get through the days and weeks. Being around kids also helps.

    Cons

    No life outside of work; poor school culture; expectation that poor kids and kids of color need discipline because "lacking" outside in their family lives.


  2. Helpful (14)

    Disappointment After Disappointment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Achievement First full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    1. Most of the teachers genuinely care about the academic and social development of their students. Since you're at school almost 24/7, you can choose to participate in activities with the scholars. 2. You might meet some great coworkers but they won't stay for very long.

    Cons

    1. Having a work/life balance is essentially non-existent. I was having a difficult time getting to work right at 7 am (arriving at 7:01 am is considered late and I usually arrived at 7:03 am) and my supervisor "advised" me to stop wearing makeup, shower at night, and limit my physical and social activity so that I could get to the school before 7 am. 2. There are no opportunities for growth if you're not a teacher. 3. I spent 10-12 hours at work almost every day but if I tried to leave on a Friday after working 8 hours, I would be scolded and told that it would be counted as a half-day. 4. While working on the operations team, I was made to feel like a slave and for the most part ignored throughout the day by non-operational staff. 5. Don't expect to get paid according to the quality of work you put in if you are not an instructional staff member. Teachers frequently get raises however I was told that there was no room in the budget to give me a raise of even $1/hr if I stayed for another work despite the great job I did for the school over the year that I was there. 6. This list could go on on.

    Advice to Management

    The world doesn't revolve around your crazy ideas.


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