KIPP Foundation Reviews

Updated June 6, 2015
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  1. Performing Arts Coordinator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KIPP Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great staff, great building, awesome kids, the school itself is in a great location that is safe for kids.

    Cons

    it's a bit out of the way. Construction is still talking place but other than that great place.


  2. Learning Specialist

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    Former Employee - Special Ed Teacher in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Special Ed Teacher in Houston, TX

    I worked at KIPP Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Character Education is the foundation as well as "Climbing the mountain to college."

    Cons

    No modification of lessons for special education srudents-they accomodate not modify-illegal.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the IDEA law.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Inspirational non-profit still struggling with scale

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KIPP Foundation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Inspiring mission. Workplace is filled with bright, thoughtful colleagues focused on trying to find solutions to help the wider school network. Appetite for risk-taking and creative ideas. Data-driven decisions. Feedback-driven culture. Many managers are focused on personal and professional development. Competitive salaries and benefits packages for the non-profit, educational space.

    Cons

    Experiences can vary across teams and managers. As the organization has grown, systems have not always kept up. There are a number of inefficiencies that could be countered with better systems and systemization. Teams can often be silo'd and upper management has not yet nailed how to create an open, transparent environment across teams.


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  5. great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KIPP Foundation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great co workers great training

    Cons

    work summers lower salary little sick days


  6. Work Hard. Be Nice. The motto is very reflective of the culture.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KIPP Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Good people. Very passionate about sector and work

    Cons

    Tremendous growth and consequent challenges associated with growth


  7. changing lives

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    Current Employee - Teacher in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Teacher in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at KIPP Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is an awesome place to work. The leadership are the ones who keep the schools a float.

    Cons

    We have long, extended school days and we also have lots of professional development. Our pay could also reflect the years of experience and education each individual employee has.

    Advice to Management

    Pay us better!!


  8. It has been a great experience working for KIPP

    Current Employee - Educator in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Educator in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at KIPP Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    pay benefits you are able to work hard and see the benefits in the students administrative support constant growth

    Cons

    the long hours that you have to work 7:00-5;00

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow , specifically in the area of developing leaders


  9. Helpful (1)

    Warning some charters are not worth it.

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    Former Employee - Teacher in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at KIPP Foundation full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very structured environment and a lot of KIPP specific professional development opprotunities. Welcoming staff

    Cons

    24/7 hours - you will be provided with a cell phone to be contacted at home. Was not provided a mentor teacher (you need it because it is different cultural/educational model). Pay lower than district and discouragement of sick/PD leave. Did not tell you school has unacceptable rating so school under a lot of pressure to perform.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the principals for new schools are either experienced as a principal or give a lot of support. The principal at my school was ineffective and created a culture of fear. APs were a lot better at managing.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Strong staff, inexperienced administration, with little loyalty toward staff but strong focus on students.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in San Lorenzo, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Lorenzo, CA

    I have been working at KIPP Foundation full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The staff is mostly strong and dedicated. Some of the veterans are among the best teachers in the Bay Area. A lot of good things happen in (most of) the classrooms for our students. Pay is higher than other schools in the area (but see trade-offs in the cons). The students have been wonderful. A good spot for young, single teachers with a lot of dedication.

    Cons

    Administration is young and inexperienced, with little loyalty toward the employees. Teaching here requires much longer hours than teaching at other district schools (the pay bump does not adequately compensate for this difference). You are at school with students from 7:45 until 5 pm every day, plus occasional weekend and event responsibilities (like dances, art shows, community service trips, etc.). There are no employee protections- you are an at-will employee here. 401k plan a poor substitute for CalSTRS. A challenging place to work for teachers with responsibilities at home.


  11. High turnover, make a difference

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KIPP Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Connection to an inspiring movement, ability to make a difference. Many opportunities to learn about education reform, and understand the landscape. KIPP is a premier brand for resume.

    Cons

    Disconnection to teachers and on the ground reality. Sometimes there is red tape and you wonder if the work you are doing is removing obstacles for teachers and principals, or enhancing their work.

    Advice to Management

    Give sr. management an idea of what students and teachers face daily.



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