Kipp Reviews

Updated March 7, 2015
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  1. An Organization with an Amazing Mission

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    Former Employee - Leadership in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Leadership in Houston, TX

    I worked at Kipp full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This network of public charter schools has a clear vision and mission to assure that underserved students are prepared for college and the world beyond. A sense of team and family is clear across the organization.

    Cons

    The long hours and extended school year can cause burnout. Young leadership can stifle continuous growth and/or forget time needed in the change process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the focus on strengthening relationships within schools just as it is clearly kept with students and families. Rethink the length of the school day and year to provide more down time for teachers and leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. It was ok.

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    Current Employee - Kindergarten Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Kindergarten Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Kipp full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very structured, business, lucrative opportunities to move around. High standards for children, adults, and parents,

    Cons

    Lack multifaceted learnig approaches, strict, unreasonable work hours, micromanaged by administrators, lacks transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please study the neighborhood culture before bringing in new teachers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Excellent colleagues, tough job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kipp full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Other teachers are driven.
    - Upholding the KIPP mission of raising the bar for education for the lower income population is very real.
    - Development opportunities as a teacher within and outside the school.

    Cons

    - Not every school is the same, even under the KIPP umbrella.
    - The workload is hefty.
    - Reducing but high turnover due to burnout.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - One-on-ones are invaluable, two-way conversations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Decent Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kipp

    Pros

    Freedom to make a difference

    Cons

    Way to much office politics

  6. Great place to get an inside look at the education world and the inner workings of charter schools

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Kipp as an intern

    Pros

    Great people-everyone there is dedicated to the mission and to the kids. Great, tight-knit culture.

    Cons

    As an intern, I mostly had administrative tasks and did not have work with children the way I was told I would be able to. Make sure you are pro-charter and your values align with the organization's as they don't take too kindly to those with differing opinions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing as it's clearly working for Kipp schools.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. I have a great experience at KIPP during my Teach For America-2 Years, especially since this was my first year teaching.

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Kipp full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The Leadership at KIPP Chicago was very excellent.
    Summer Training is rigorous and you really get to dig into the meat of learning

    Cons

    Promotions: you must at least have 2 Years of experience to be a Lead Teacher.
    Spring Break: Vacations have very excellent perks working at KIPP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great mission...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kipp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    KIPP has such a great culture and mission, that it makes you feel like you have a purpose.

    Cons

    When change needs to happen, there needs to be a more sense of urgency.

  9. Changing lives

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

    I have been working at Kipp full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The leadership is amazing. I feel there is always opportunities to become a better teacher at KIPP.

    Cons

    The long school days are probably the most challenging part of working for a charter school. We also have lots of profession development days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us better pay and more time off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good place~

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kipp

    Pros

    Good job, kind of performance pay, opportunity for quick leadership, travel if you would like.

    Cons

    long hours, kids sometimes are difficult (that comes with any environment that one would teach in), administration at times, compensation

  11. KIPP Houston lives up to it's mission: Closing the achievement gap by getting students to and through college.

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

    I worked at Kipp full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small schools allowing teachers to build strong relationships with students and stakeholders. Teachers are allowed to make decisions regarding classroom instruction.

    Cons

    The mission is powerful and the demand is great so at times, the time requirement is demanding and it is challenging to truly create a work life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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