Reading Partners Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
12 Reviews

3.8
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Rewarding and fun non-profit literacy organization

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    Former Employee - Literacy Intervention Tutor  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Literacy Intervention Tutor in New York, NY

    I worked at Reading Partners as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Personal growth, educational experience, company values

    Cons

    Pay is low but expected for a non-profit

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great cause, bad leadership

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    Former Employee - Development Associate  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Development Associate in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Reading Partners full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - passionate volunteers
    - noble mission
    - committed on-site (school-based) staff
    - significant donor base
    - opportunities to volunteer at a site

    Cons

    - very high turnover, leading to low morale
    - culture of distrust and gossip
    - poor leadership
    - no opportunities for advancement
    - top-heavy expenses (many execs, not enough worker bees)
    - amateur managers
    - systems, infrastructure, and training are lacking
    - overworked, stressed development team
    - lack of mentorship/learning opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Without significantly improved leadership, it will be hard to recruit and retain the talent needed to scale the program. A significant culture shift is desperately needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Educator

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    Current Employee - Reading Instructor  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Reading Instructor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Reading Partners part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I feel like I'm making a difference in children's lives by teaching them how to read.

    Cons

    There are none. Seasonal and volunteer basis. Might help me find a teaching job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start offering more opportunities for advancement.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Rewarding experience and great professional development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reading Partners full-time

    Pros

    very supportive managers, continuous training, great community. you gain experience in many different areas: community engagement, data entry, volunteer management, scheduling, etc.

    Cons

    The AmeriCorps stipend is very small, but that is expected and it's something you're aware of right from the get-go. It can seem like a lot of work for little pay, but in the end it's worth it knowing that you've made a positive difference in education.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Changes in management are having a negative effect on a once very impressive program.

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    Former Employee - Volunteer Tutor  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Volunteer Tutor in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Reading Partners part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working one on one with students. Working with caring and committed Site Coordinators.

    Cons

    Managers overriding the opinions and values of those who really know, and care about, the students in the program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more attuned with the needs of students

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    AmeriCorps Site Coordinator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reading Partners

    Pros

    There are many inspiring people that you work with in this position. I have had great management and lots of training in order to do my job. The site coordinator is given a huge amount of responsibility and that has helped for professional development.

    Cons

    The AmeriCorps stipend is so minimal that many site coordinators end up buying groceries using food stamps. I was underwhelmed with the quality of the insurance offered as well.

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    Incredible management and potential for personal growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reading Partners

    Pros

    -amazing managers who work with you
    -strong culture of developmental growth
    -amazing program mission
    -results driven and organized
    -great working with variety of kids and inspiring individuals
    -may be high stress, but it's incredibly rewarding

    Cons

    -americorps funding makes it difficult to get by for some individuals
    -work/life balance can take a hit if you're not used to jobs like this
    -high stress position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to complete a year of service with, but large gap between AmeriCorps and full-time.

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member/Site Coordinator
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member/Site Coordinator

    I have been working at Reading Partners full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Reading Partners is a really challenging but supportive environment in which to do a year of service. I love having a lot of responsibility as an AmeriCorps member. I got to meet a ton of inspiring volunteer tutors, and learned best practices for teaching literacy skills. Obviously the best part is working with students and getting to see them grow in their abilities.

    Cons

    The main con to the AmeriCorps positions is that there is a large gap between Americorps members and full-time employees. Of course, as for any AmeriCorps position, they stipend is not great, but Reading Partners pays more than most AmeriCorps. Additionally, if you don't want to work very hard, look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be amazing to be able to build more of a bridge from AmeriCorps members to full-time positions, though I understand why that is difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rewarding and fun experience with a non-profit

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Coordinator  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Site Coordinator in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Reading Partners full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very supportive managers, continuous training and education award for Americorps members upon completion of service term. Fun to work with children everyday and you get to meet lots of new people and network. Perfect for recent grads before going to grad school and contracts are year-by-year basis.

    Cons

    Low pay, but you know that going into it. Compensation is more than other Americorps programs though.
    Site coordinator position is temporary; you wouldn't do it more than 2 years.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard work, visible results, great people

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    Current Employee - Site Coordinator  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Site Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Reading Partners full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pros:
    Dedicated, passionate people
    Real opportunity to make an impact
    Good way to get experience working directly with a school and with students without the requirement of an Education degree/teaching credential

    Cons

    Cons:
    Inconsistent management and poor allocation of resources make the job frustrating at times
    Poor health insurance is something to keep in mind if you require good health coverage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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