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  1. Pretty decent company to work for, especially when starting out.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant

    I have been working at SESI full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work is very fulfilling, coworkers can be great, awesome schedule (typical school schedule), almost everyone has been very friendly to me.

    Cons

    Sometimes employees get bounced from school to school a lot which is difficult for the employee, the students and the teachers. Students can be very difficult to work with and sometimes felt undersupported because of staff shortages.

    Advice to Management

    Know more about what is going on at other schools and try to work together more. There is a lack of organization a lot of the time. More consistency is needed.


  2. Degree holders-think short term, a last resort, or a place saver

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at SESI as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    A lot of days offs, young staff, opportunity to make extra money on transportation (at some schools). Easy Interview, quick hiring process, short hours, fun field trips, extremely relaxed work environment and dress code(almost to a fault)

    Cons

    Subpar Training, little to no opportunity for growth, extremely high turnover rate of skilled individuals with Bachelors degrees or Higher due to low pay, poor leadership and physical nature of job..most schools are Level 4. No presents of an HR dept within schools, only at corporate. Little to no staff appreciation or "perks." (limited Tuition reimbursement, 401 only matches 2%, charges for admission to employee sponsored events) at will contract means you can be fired because the boss doesn't like you. Unprofessional, regional director, and no diversity in leadership in region. Leadership at my school was mostly absent, and did not follow a structure of hierarchy.

    Advice to Management

    Better training, offer perks and rewards to staff, (not just students), support staff decisions, learn structure, give respect to earn respect, don't assume some is a leader because of relations, fear is not a leadership skill, don't be so quick to let people go, and value diversity.


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    Do not work here.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SESI full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    School schedule(Long holiday breaks)

    Cons

    If you plan on having a career in teaching, do not work here. The pay is terrible, the local management is sub par. The 'bigwigs' on top have no clue what is actually going on. The students are fed poorly(microwave meals) and mistreated by low-paid teaching-assistants. I've witnessed teachers/directors promoted for no reason. I've witnessed teachers/directors fired for the wrong reasons. As a for-profit business, they find ways to cut corners at the expense of the students and teachers. Schools have been closed, staff laid-off, and student body decreasing.

    Advice to Management

    To the 'bigwigs', try doing an internal investigation on lower management. Figure out why your turn-over rate is so high. The teachers and TA's will accept the poor pay if they were at least respected by their bosses. Try listening to the needs of your staff and develop an open-door policy. Also, Invest in new technologies that will simplify your director's jobs so they can at least enjoy working. Finally, if the students are fed breakfast/lunch with lots of sugar they will react negatively. Stop feeding them junk.


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    Poor operations management

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

    I have been working at SESI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good project variety and great insurance benefits.

    Cons

    Frequent moves from project to project, poor top down communication.

    Advice to Management

    Change leadership in operations.


  6. SESI is a private provider of specialized education services for children and youth facing learning, language, and socia

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at SESI full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Camaraderie, team Atmosphere, Important work

    Cons

    The experience of working for Sesi can vary widely depending on the location of the school and the relationship with the School System.

    Advice to Management

    Provide More opportunities for Advancement


  7. TIght knit family oriented company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Baltimore, OH
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Baltimore, OH

    I worked at SESI

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    When working with students with special needs, it is important to have dependable co workers. During training for this job, employees learn that it is important to stay united in order for success. I recommend this company for anyone who is interested in working with alternative students.

    Cons

    The students are tough to deal with

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring friends of employees



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