KIPP Foundation Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Less dysfunctional than typical non-profits; plenty of great people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KIPP Foundation as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone there seems to genuinely enjoy their jobs. Very few, if any, jaded souls. Most of the staff are curious, dedicated people who truly care about improving educational outcomes. Some politics and drama, but less than most non-profits. Great location in SF. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    HR is disjointed. Some positions are processed internally. Others, through a third-party recruiter. Slllllllllow hiring process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay us better!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow , specifically in the area of developing leaders

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  5.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  7.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ditto

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at KIPP Foundation

    Pros

    I couldn't agree more with the first reviewer. KIPP is a feel-good place to work and it's very clear why we get up int he morning.

    Cons

    The first reviewer hit the nail directly on the head - very few people seem to actually be doing anything at KIPP. There's a lot of thinking, a lot of planning, a lot of meetings, and then a lot of...hiring consultants. People at the top don't execute like they used to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know what it involved with the work you're asking others to do. Be more closely involved in it. We're wasting a lot of time and resources because people do not understand how to execute the task that they are asking others to execute.

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  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Well-meaning, positive workplace facing maturation challenges

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at KIPP Foundation

    Pros

    The KIPP Foundation is an extremely satisfying work environment that supports a nonprofit network of charter schools providing under-served children with access to high-quality education. It feels really good to be there. The Foundation is filled with remarkably smart and hard-working people. Benefits are excellent, and compensation is quite reasonable for a nonprofit. The organization is ambitious, and is good at self-reflection and adaptation.

    Cons

    There are some downsides. There are strong personalities, and a lot of people with competing visions, and not a whole lot of people who actually implement these grand visions. In some departments, there is a 1:1 ratio of managers and non-management staff. The organization is ambitious and self-critical, sometimes to the point of being maladaptive. The organization is struggling to transition away from a "hero model" of passionate, hard-working staff willing to burn long hours and into a mature, stable model of working smart, not hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    KIPP needs to balance ambitious planning with a lot more people to actually execute the work. Management tends to hire people like them - e.g. more management with vision.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great Mission - Great People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KIPP Foundation

    Pros

    The KIPP Foundation is a terrific place to work for mission driven people who want to make a difference in their day to day work. Very inspirational to be part of a movement that is making a positive difference in the lives of children.

    Cons

    At times it is challenging working in a virtual environment given the national spread of the organization.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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