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Ombudsman Educational Services Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
22 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work with students rewarding, but...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Center Director
    Former Employee - Center Director

    Pros

    You get to work withh challenging students. Also get to hone your knowledge of a wide variety of subject areas. My co-workers were great to work with. I took great pride in watching the students change attitude and start to value education. When students graduate was the best part of the job.

    Cons

    There was a lack of involvement by operations manager. Little teacher support by the company. Overwhelming amount of paperwork on unfriendly systems. Failure of the company to treat teachers as professionals. Although you don't have to take papers home to grade, there were many late evening and weekend hours. The personnel guidelines state that the company wants employees to take time off from a stressful job, but gives no time to do so. They give a very generous two whole days of sick time for first year employees. They have a very good idea but extremely poorly executed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want your company to last treat your classroom staff as professionals in very way: respect, salary, benefits. Reduce turnover. In three years we had almost 100% turnover rate. People who are happy do not leave their jobs at this rate. And nobody seemed to care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bottom of the Barrel Employer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. You don't have to take anything home when you leave at the end of the day.

    Cons

    Extremely low play, far less than the local public school system, results in high turnover. Low student motivation due to nature of business. Also, teachers may also have to perform janitorial duties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer competitive salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    I would have scored a 0 if that was possiable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ombudsman Teacher
    Current Employee - Ombudsman Teacher

    Pros

    No work at home, working with a population of students that need a helping hand. Great concept and ideas for education, BUT... (see cons)

    Cons

    ...This company is all about profits. It is hard to believe the people outside of the center staff care about these students. If they did, they would try to keep their best teachers and not promote yes men and women. They don't care about their employs at all. I worked there 4 years with no raise, while making 15K less than a first year teacher in the sponsoring district. The benefits are a joke, cost twice as much as the sponsoring district and are leaps and bounds worse. This company rewards incompetence and punishes those who actually care and are good at their jobs.

    Company loves data mining, and having everything recorded in multiple places. This is a complete waste of time for stuff who should be helping students, but are busy placing grades and other numbers in several locations, in different programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Center staff is normally on the same page and work well together when they have a director who has a clue.

    Try taking care of your employees, giving them the support they need, and you'll be amazed they you are able to retain staff and improve the company culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    They have the right ideas and concepts but to cheap to fully implement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Ability to directly impact kids educational future

    Cons

    Constant changing of policies and curriculum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to hire and most importantly keep good staff members you have to be competitive in the market that you are in. If not then you have constant turnover and the progress of the center and most importantly the kids will not happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Immediate supervisor was wonderful, but no loyalty from corporate management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    Pros

    Opportunity to help those students who may fall through the cracks. Helped many students stay in school and graduate on time and go to college.

    Cons

    Teachers are led to believe upper management has their best interest at heart; however, hard work and true interest in the students result in getting fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate who you choose to occupy these positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Out-of-Date

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great co-workers and students who really need you.

    Cons

    Poor to non-existent technology in a technology school. No resources to speak of and most extras in the classroom are out of pocket.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start spending some money on your employees and provide resources to your centers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Concept, Bad Set-Up.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Mableton, GA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Mableton, GA

    Pros

    You really do get to make a difference in your student's lives. Some of these students need this type of environment and set up to complete their schooling.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and quick turnarounds. You never know when someone will leave or be replaced by someone new. They have the center staff do all of the cleaning. Working with computers that are over 5 years old that break down and haven't been replaced for months is an issue. It is also sad when they tell you to have the students keep working on computers that have lost all sound when at least 1/3 of the students work involves watching videos or listening to a reading program that they have to do and don't get credit for doing. At your interview you may be told that you won't have to take any work home and this is a lie. Unless you have the most well behaved students there is no way you will have time to grade, and control the students, and answer questions, and move students forward in their programs, and deal with IT issues, and speak with parents, and do other in-house paperwork that needs to get done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication. Offer better training. Replace old technology in a timely manner. Don't allow IT to close a ticket until they have confirmation that the issue is resolved or their solution worked. I have put in tickets that were closed and then got a stern response saying that I should not have submitted a new ticket, but no one responded when I commented on the closed ticket for over 2 weeks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Horrible Pay, Horrible Management, Horrible Job!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Greeley, CO
    Former Employee - Teacher in Greeley, CO

    Pros

    No work to take home

    Cons

    Ridiculously low salary
    Expensive benefits
    Little to no useful training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more supportive
    Less talk, more help

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Deceitful company !

    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    Pros

    School breaks.
    Getting some sort of a paycheck.

    Cons

    Lies to employees. Talks out of both sides of their mouth. Backstabbing co-workers and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest. Treat employees with respect and give them realistic expectations. Pay your teachers according to teaching experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    This place sucks!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL

    Pros

    The part about this job is summer vacation.

    Cons

    The pay and unrealistic goals for teachers and students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should spend more time in the centers or classrooms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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