Noble Network of Charter Schools

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Updated August 13, 2015
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  1. Great network in Chicago

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy + Accountability. Incredibly smart people. You will learn a ton from all the experienced teachers.

    Cons

    Lots of ambitious people, so it can be a lot of jockeying for position. It can feel like everyone is competing for the same position and no one wants to be a teacher.

    Advice to Management

    Bulid a strategy for teachers to envision long-term career options. Build in more formal mentorship programs.


  2. Disciplinarian

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff and network. The opportunities are there if you want to work closely with the students in extracurricular programs and activities. The structure is very tight. The benefits and perks are a plus.

    Cons

    You will work, work, and when you're done...more work. Because the expectation is high for the students the staff is overworked to achieve great results. Depending on the campus you're at, you will either see a completely diverse staff, or you may be one of only a few.


  3. At Will Employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, great experience of working with at-risk youth

    Cons

    Horrible work/life balance. Bewate, you can get fired for no reason despite how will that you have done on evaluations.

    Advice to Management

    Even though you have employees considered on an at-will status, please don't let new incoming principals have to the power to restructure "and lay off" employees for no reason, without seeing how effective a school's organization would be for at least a year.


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    Pros and Cons

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Very dedicated to behavior management

    Cons

    Work-life balance is difficult to maintain


  6. Office Manager

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    Former Employee - Office Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some really great people at Noble who really care about the students.

    Cons

    It may be hard to seperate work and personal if you don't have a good balanced life.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Some schools are better than others

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    Former Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Teachers have necessary supplies for their classrooms, discipline is clear-cut

    Cons

    High-stress test-prep environment, inconsistent administration, expansion has gone too fast to continue to stock quality teachers

    Advice to Management

    Stop expanding unless the teacher pool has enough quality applicants.


  8. Excellent learning opportunity for driven, mission-focused young teacher.

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    Current Employee - ELA Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - ELA Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy, merit-based pay, culture of positivity, opportunities for advancement, data-driven performance evaluations, supportive and consistent discipline and student culture standards.

    Cons

    Crowded classrooms, lack of tenure, hyperfocus on ACT growth at occasional cost to instructional time and college persistence skills (especially writing).


  9. Rewarding but little time for home/family. Lots of hours put in

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    The families and students are definitely hard working and it is always great seeing the kids succeed with such great opportunities that are given to them.

    Cons

    Always a lot of work and you are expected to put in whatever hours are needed. Work/life balance is very difficult. Unless you are a teacher, profesional growth isnt really encouraged.


  10. They take care of all the basic needs and structure so that teachers can focus on actually teaching.

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    Current Employee - ELA Teacher
    Current Employee - ELA Teacher
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to teach in a high-need area without entirely sacrificing your sanity. Though the discipline system is strict, the administration supports it 100%, so teachers are well supported.

    Cons

    Though the bonus structure is pretty clear, what's not at all clear is how raises work. The emphasis on ACT scores sometimes comes at the detriment of everything else.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Excellent Experience at Focused & Driven School

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    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I work at the Golder campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools, and I am very happy with my current job! I enjoy working at a school that has a clear vision and established values, so that my focus can be on teaching to the best of my ability. Teachers receive coaching from supportive deans and department leads and are able to take advantage of manageable schedules and ample prep time. Administration similarly offers lots of support in pushing teachers towards clear goals throughout the year.

    Cons

    Frequent coaching does not come without high expectations--something Noble is known for. We constantly strive for high achievement, with frequent goals to reach and strategies for tweaking and revising plans & strategies. It can be stressful. In addition, teachers may be required to take on extra responsibilities such as an advisory, which can contribute added stresses and time commitments.

    Advice to Management

    Build strategies to help teachers improve work/life balance!



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