Kipp Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Overall a good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Operations in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As an organization KIPP truly cares about children and it shows.

    Cons

    Leadership at the school level. Not all people who are good with children are meant to lead schools. It takes a special person to lead a school. That person must be a level headed business professional, a master of people, and a phenomenal education innovator. KIPP struggled with that mix while I was there. I hope they are better at it now.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the quality of the people you choose to lead your schools. Leading a school encompasses much more than loving children.


  2. Needs work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The KIPP Foundation puts a lot into making the school work.

    Cons

    It's a rough school that has historically underperformed.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not Okay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kipp (More than a year)

    Pros

    The students are the only pro

    Cons

    Management. I have no problem with the long hours, hard work and dedication that it takes to be a teacher. I have a problem with management playing favoritism. Management giving their favorites interview retries on several occasions instead of seeking a more qualified person for the position. I have a problem with the people who received promotions to administration are not professional, lack of leadership , class room management skills and produced lower test scores than the local schools district. Their is a lack of support for first year teachers and result in poor results. Poor results means we are not living up to our standard of a college prep.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote qualified people


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Avoid at costs

    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cannot think of any. This place is so disorganized. Terrible place to send your kids. Even worse place to work.

    Cons

    - bad leadership; favoritism toward certain individuals - very arbitrary; very unwelcoming; kids are awful and the discipline is terrible

    Advice to Management

    Don't put former teachers in higher management - they cannot handle a budget nor people managing


  6. Helpful (1)

    Demanding but Rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kipp full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hours (7-4:30), the family feel, a united mission, and working with people just as passionate as you are.

    Cons

    Normal teacher stressors, high stakes lead to high stress


  7. Helpful (2)

    No job security for teachers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a national organization, KIPP has an incredible mission and many very well-intentioned, high-energy people on board.

    Cons

    Multiple teachers were laid off the same week with no notice and no severance. This wasn't a case of not renewing a contract for the following school year. It was in the middle of the school year. I have never heard of this happening at any organization -- inside or outside the education sector, non- or for-profit. No rationale was given for why the individuals were selected to be laid off - only 'budget cuts.' If you are serious about your teaching career, realize that you are taking a huge risk in choosing to work at KIPP because the 'at will' contract is not exercised with respect for the employee.

    Advice to Management

    KIPP should do a better job training its school leadership team in budgeting and ensure that people in admin are good leaders with strong emotional intelligence. The organization should make a national commitment to retain all employees throughout the duration of the school year unless there are performance concerns. If there is a budget shortfall, the administration should be the first to take a salary cut. Capricious lay-offs hurt the entire school culture, the laid-off employees, and the teaching profession as a whole.


  8. Excellent colleagues, tough job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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


  9. It was ok.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kindergarten Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Kindergarten Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Please study the neighborhood culture before bringing in new teachers.


  10. An Organization with an Amazing Mission

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Leadership in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Leadership in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Decent Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Freedom to make a difference

    Cons

    Way to much office politics



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