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Fulfilling, challenging work environment.

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Current Employee - Network Employee  in  New York, NY
Current Employee - Network Employee in New York, NY

I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for less than a year

Pros

-- Wonderful, cause related work that really changes children's lives. You get to see your efforts in action in real time.
-- Very fast paced work environment where the bar is set high.
-- Every day is different. Working here you hone your abilities to be flexible and be the solution.
-- As the organization grows, so do the opportunities.
-- Team oriented environment. Everyone pitches in and rolls up their sleeves.
-- Constructive criticism is on going and in real time. You're constantly being encouraged to better yourself and given the feedback to do so.

Cons

-- Long work hours. Much more than a 9-5 job.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

As we grow, internal communications will be key.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Success Academy Charter Schools

  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Culture riddled by disfunction

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    Former Employee - Network-level Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Network-level Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Generally the people below the director level are wonderful colleagues and great to work with. People tend to band together to try the best out of a not-so-great working environment.
    -The quality of the education provided to the students really is great and the staff is truly devoted to the scholars they teach.

    Cons

    -Culture - the tone of the organization is driven top-down. Eva and her direct reports are unafraid to bully others and do not show appreciation for those working for them. That trickles down through the organization in a very significant way.
    -Highly-political / not-business minded - Though the organization is a non-profit there is ZERO business sense in making decisions which is sorely needed. Decisions are almost always motivated by political motives.
    -Physical work environment - the actual office is pretty terrible. They signed a 10 year lease on a space that they outgrew in about a year and a half. Some of us were in the former storage spaces with no actual desk phones or any natural light. Some people are in satellite offices with significantly longer commutes.
    -Extremely high turnover with no institutional memory - because people leave so often and the organization does not do a good job of standardizing procedures or capturing information there is a lot of reinventing the wheel that happens when someone comes into a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your employees are telling you - both current and former - and actually try to take some steps to make a change!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Bad Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in New York, NY

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Professional Development, and a seemingly limitless budget to order whatever was needed to make my classroom a success.

    Cons

    Working longer school years, longer school days (7 AM - 5 PM is mandated... and that includes a flexible prep time... some days you have all of your prep, other days you have none), with less pay.

    Couple this with no tenure, no unionized safety, no days off. There are no substitute teachers; if a teacher is absent, you lose your prep time to cover a class. And there is no compensation (of time or money) for this. As a result, the average worker sticks around till 8 PM. 7 AM-8 PM = a schedule that is not conducive to most people's lifestyles.
    Clubs are practically mandated for certain teachers. No choice in this privatized industry.

    This job is not good for anybody who wants to do anything outside of Success. This includes having a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider changing your mentality towards teachers. Yes, students come first, but so do our personal lives. Make it more family friendly, and maybe there will be less of a teacher turnover in future years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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