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Rocketship Education Reviews

Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
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    Good Intentions

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    Former Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Passionate co-workers who put in an exorbitant amount of hours to achieve amazing results with students. Each school is largely shaped by the leadership at the school and teacher experiences will vary based on leadership.

    Cons

    Lack of support from knowledgable sources. Leaders are not trained sufficiently to support staff. Constantly changing structures and processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Be prepared to work your butt off.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rocketship Education

    Pros

    Staff is very talented and hardworking. All co-workers are under 30 years old - very young. That's about it.

    Cons

    Be prepared to be observed weekly. Rocketship loves to micromanage. You will be told what to do and how to do it everyday. Too much professional development. 3 hours/week. You'll be working AT LEAST a 10 hour work day. School starts at 7:30 and ends at 4:30. No recess, only a 40 minute lunch. On top of the full extended school day, you still need to lesson plan, having meetings, etc, etc. Not sustainable and HIGH HIGH HIGH turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let teachers do what they want. Stop micro-managing every single thing. Teachers should be able to decide what is important to them and be consistent with it. It's hard to be consistent when you don't care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Idyllic mission with insufficient leadership experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rocketship Education full-time

    Pros

    Amazing concept and mission. I love the idea of providing these severely at-rick kids with educational resources that they would otherwise not be able to receive.

    Cons

    The entire staff is 30 or under with extremely limited teaching experience (almost all are first year teachers through TFA or AmeriCorps) The leadership has little teaching experience and even less experience in school administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in more leadership training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great concept, poor implementation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rocketship Education full-time

    Pros

    -Great kids
    -Good benefits
    -Hardworking & teachers and staff
    -High standards for kids
    -Pretty good results

    Cons

    -Dehumanizes students and teacher
    -Administration not very open to any suggestions or feedback, and will view it as an attack on them or the culture and gets way too defensive if anything is questioned
    -Lack of diversity among administration and teachers. MOST minorities are para's, lab aides or low paying staff
    -Not a lot of professional development for anyone but teachers
    -Not enough support for students with IEP's and need special accommodations
    -bilingual education looked down open and will not consider ESL for students who barely speak any English
    -The blended technology model isn't working. Kids aren't interested in the computer programs that are supposedly tailoring their lessons to their level and ability. They click on random answers to just get through their lessons. That isn't an accurate portrayal of their actual abilities which makes the "personalized lessons" ineffective and pointless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hiring someone who can foster a positive team atmosphere on your staff; your staff morale is low and the exercises that you do come off as inauthentic. Diversify your staff. If your mission is to address the achievement gap, then you need to also walk to walk and show students that race will not hinder them from being successful in their future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Would Never Recommend - Do not be fooled by "Launch"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    - Teachers are, for the most part, highly motivated and hard-working.

    Cons

    - Hours: 7:45-4:30 with kids, then add prep. Also at least 1 late evening event each month that teachers are expected to prep and attend.
    - Data driven to the extreme. Student scores = your salary. This creates a high pressure environment which is made more intense since individual teacher scores are compared within and across Rocketship schools.
    - Have personally witnessed teachers/administrators cheating to make data numbers higher.
    - 2x the kids for literacy, 4x the kids for math. Hard to build relationships with students and families.
    - NO FOCUS on science or social studies.
    - Inexperience at all levels of leadership (principals with 2 years teaching experience...)
    - Most teachers are new teachers (1-2 years experience, heavily TFA).
    - Dishonest to the community about time students spend on computers. 1.5 hours for K and 1st, higher for upper grades.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    this place sucks.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rocketship Education

    Pros

    cute kids, not much else to say. Higher ups are horrible. Teachers are nice.

    Cons

    corporate culture, morons in charge, stay away from this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    this isn't for you. Work somewhere where being verbally abusive and rude will earn you respect. Or take a business relations , humanity or common sense class for God sakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience but burnout quickly.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Rocketship Education

    Pros

    Staff itself is great! Intelligent and hardworking people

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations and demands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Be ready to deal with constant change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rocketship Education full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -awesome kids
    -mission driven company
    -most of your coworkers are awesome, innovative people who genuinely want to create change in a community
    -really excellent benefits packages, even for hourly employees

    Cons

    -really high turnover in teachers since most are hired from Teach for America
    -things are CONSTANTLY changing
    -hourly employees are not well compensated for what they are expected to do
    -many problems that occur are embedded in the model of Rocketship, and sometimes it feels like you're either with them, or not...trying to address critical problems to management is difficult because it is often taken as "Anti-Rocketship" culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -allow a safe space for employees to address their issues
    -if possible, double the outdoor space of each site (or consider building on larger sites when opening new schools). this would seriously solve so many unnecessary issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Insulted that students from communities I identify with are stripped out of their identity and forced to conform.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rocketship Education full-time

    Pros

    Nice budget for classroom supplies.

    Cons

    Lack of multicultural pedagogy.
    Lack of creativity or free thinking.
    History and science are excluded from the curriculum because it is not tested.
    Parents do most of the housekeeping work to fulfill their "volunteer hours."
    Inexperienced leadership team. (most have not taught for more than 2-3 years)
    Lack of diversity within the staff.
    Overworked teachers. (80-90) hour weeks.
    They critique bilingual education, this is from a current employee in a leadership position- "Spanish will hinder their performance."
    Dehumanizing to both teachers and students- only one way of doing things.
    Retention rate looks okay because Teach for America employees have a 2 year contract, therefore it's harder for them to quit, but most leave after 2 years.
    Parents don't like a number of things, but seems to be a better option than the school next door.
    Unhealthy working conditions.- you are expected to work through lunch before and after school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't dismantle the masters house using the
    masters tools. Read pedagogy of the oppressed. Listen to parents, take care of your teachers. Yes, you are saving money in ways, but throwing a lot of talent in the garbage and most schools lose a lot more from having a low teacher retention rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very busy work that will keep you on your feet

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    Former Employee - Individualized Learning Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Individualized Learning Specialist in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Rocketship Education full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great vision that this non-profit organization has in ending the achievement gap and consistently involving parents.

    Cons

    Very stressful job that consists of managing childrens' behavior, making sure that the Learning Lab is consistently up-to-date and clean (you deal with the whole school and many kids will do things that are unsanitizing), constant multitasking in making sure the kids are cooperative and quiet, and making sure the kids are doing their computer programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please acknowledge that the ILS can only do so much in making sure the kids are on task with their programs and that we are doing our best to manage their behavior. Sometimes it gets hard and having us doing lesson plans during our scheduled work time is very difficult as so many things can get out of hand in the learning lab.

    Also, please do not say that the Learning Lab ALWAYS needs improvement but is still a wonderful and important place. We are doing our best to make it important and pristine for all the parents to see.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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