STAR Education Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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  1. Inconsistent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at STAR Education part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and you'll get to be very comfortable after a while. The other employees are usually willing to help you out if need be.

    Cons

    You can't expect much work unless you try coaching,subbing,teaching multiple classes all of which can be really inconsistent in terms of scheduling and hours. Tons of nepotism. Everyone is friendly enough but you'll come to learn that other people are usually working much more comfortably than you are.

    Advice to Management

    make sure you've got schools that will commit, I'm sure that goes with out saying but there's just to many people looking for work that have to find all sorts of round about ways to make a paycheck, like teaching wood shop when your speciality is sports, art, science etc.


  2. Helpful (2)

    False hope at its finest

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - NOVA Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - NOVA Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at STAR Education part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Basically the kids. Each child has something so unique about them self that makes them so delightful and will make you stay. Site staff isn't bad at all either. Very relatable people with well-meaning tendencies.

    Cons

    Management is fluent in being dishonest about upward movement and promotions. They claim to always want to say "yes" but when it comes to their own employees they would much rather promote their family members/favorable friends for a position they most likely are not credentialed for. Meetings are long, boring and unhelpful. They're held early in the morning and you are expected to be attentive as ever and to remain off your phone. Otherwise, you're under scrutiny for firing or being "let go". The same people talk about the same thing with no different wording or concept, and the same people are called up to share their stories about the star program, which feels like an odd distraction from being unprepared. Classroom management training is very one-sided and doesn't necessarily apply to EVERY school you work at. The lady who does them is a site director at a school in an affluent area and doesn't necessarily realize that children at other schools in rougher areas might not respond as abruptly as her own. Be prepared to have your own appropriate ways to keep your class in order. The CEO enjoys guilting people into unpaid volunteer events on early weekend mornings, and awards staff members with cupcakes/baked goods at all staff meetings like children.

    Advice to Management

    A pie doesn't cover up the fact that we haven't received raises/promotions. Stop using children a teacher has a repore with as a way to manipulate them into staying and working long hours for dismal pay. Get the site directors in check. They're not all angels and need frequent reminders that taking teachers at their site for granted is never acceptable. If there's an issue with a teacher, be a big person and talk it out like an adult instead of being caught up in your own opinion/viewpoint. Listen to your employees. Some of the ideas heard in the past that could potentially help others have been snubbed/ignored too commonly.


  3. Bad management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructor, College Or University in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor, College Or University in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at STAR Education part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    You get to visit schools, be in nice areas, employees are usually friendly, not really deal with a customer service/retail type job. Kids can be cool (although not always the case)

    Cons

    You're gonna get a cool number to as a wage but then realize you're gonna get close to no hours because no school wants a star program, you're gonna have to do all sorts of stuff you're not even qualified for. You're gonna have to go to meetings really early in the morning and you'll never get a raise. Also, people will call you at the last minute to try and get you to work a spot. Also, the CEO will tell you the same damn story about her self every time you go to one of these meetings.


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  5. Cake and Scare Tactics

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

    I worked at STAR Education full-time

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

    Pros

    Kids are great to work with, and you get the opportunity to make a positive contribution to society. Lots of cake, if you work in the main office.

    Cons

    Poor management. Nepotism runs wild and you have no opportunity to advance unless you play this game. Nothing is based on merit. You will receive cake instead of a raise, as the Executive Director doesn't really understand modern business. Extremely high turnover, as people catch on to the major problems with this company.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house! Get rid of the phony 'Controller' and employ some people in management who understand business and the value of respecting employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Pass up the opportunity

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

    I worked at STAR Education

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The only pro is the kids. They are fun and vibrant and although they're lack of listening can get rather frustrating, they are worth the effort.

    Cons

    Star is a very misleading company. They will provide the resources you need for your lessons, but besides that they do not provide much training, and by much I mean none at all, specifically for teachers developing curriculum and lesson plans. They are flawed in that there are some site supervisors who are very unfit and unprofessional. Coordinators and upper management are extremely gossipy, and rather than creating a healthy atmosphere for growth and productivity, make it feel very uncomfortable to ask for help and ridiculed particular staff and showed favoritism to others. There was no real healthy relationships among staff and supervisor because of the unprofessional and even two-faced environment. (If you come to certain supervisors in confidence, expect for parents and other staff to know all of your business) If you make a mstake, possibly even the same mistake that one of the more favored staff members make, you will be fired on a whim, because you are indisposable. Don't let the idea of intolerance fool you. The company as a whole has lots of holes and there is something not quite right about it. Do not work here find something else that can better fulfill your needs and help you keep your sanity,

    Advice to Management

    Rather than firing staff for trivial mistakes and taking the word of some as gold, take a look at site supervisors and upper management because there is a lot of truth that is either embellished or withheld. Your company does good thing for kids, but as far as morale employee relations, you guys suck and do not have a very discerning eye.


  7. Helpful (1)

    STAR is full of empty promises...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - After School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - After School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at STAR Education part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Working with the kids, most people at the company were cool.

    Cons

    Not compensated for set-up and clean up times, absolutely no upward movement within the company, management will flat out lie to your face in order to string you along and keep you working for them, accounting department makes frequent mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Get your company in order. You waste people's time with your carelessness.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Okay experience, but Seriously Flawed

    Former Employee - Math and Literacy Instructor
    Former Employee - Math and Literacy Instructor

    I worked at STAR Education part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    You get to work with children from all over the area. You learn a lot about school and education. You get to be up and moving around all the time.

    Cons

    Very disorganized. You could come in prepared to teach one thing, then be asked to teach something completely different. As a substitute, everything's very last minute, many assignments are scheduled the day of the class. Training, only an hour long, left me largely unprepared for what I would have to deal with on the job. Also, it took them several weeks to coordinate with me to set up the CPR class I needed to get hired. You are given the materials and then expected to handle several rotations of 20 people on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Give better training, more than just an hour the day before work starts. Have better communication between the main offices and the sites.


  9. Great employees but needs better organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - After School Teacher in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - After School Teacher in Culver City, CA

    I worked at STAR Education part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Teaching the classes is by far the best part of the job. The lessons and classes are always fun and enriching. All supplies are provided. Fellow teachers are amazing. Ability to teach the class as you choose.

    Cons

    Disorganized at times, things go missing, a lack of accountability generally.


  10. Helpful (3)

    The kids are what make you stick around... Despite working few hours for little pay

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

    I have been working at STAR Education

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Being given the opportunity to teach standards based material that is focused on fun. Classroom instruction is run formally, but you also get the chance to play and enjoy lots of much needed recreation with the kids. This job provides great experience if you are working towards becoming a certified teacher. The satisfaction you get from this job will come solely from the relationships you build with the children and families.

    Cons

    This is not a job to keep long term. No possibility of a raise or increased hours. You are expected to write curriculum that often requires time outside of the work day; they say that you need to do curriculum on site but then don't provide the time to do it. Sites are often understaffed, causing stress and strain on the available staff. They hire mostly high school graduates / college students and it shows. Much of the staff lack common sense and/or simply don't care enough about the job, leaving most the work to those who do.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees that are responsible and trustworthy with raises or bring back the head teacher position.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Employee Retention and Happiness is not a Concern.

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

    I have been working at STAR Education

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

    Pros

    Being part of a large team that works hard to provide incredible learning opportunities for children. Teachers truly enjoy the teaching experience, are good at what they do, are fun to be around and work with. Events are fun, over-the-top, and are miraculously pulled together last minute. Programming is excellent and the forefront of the organization's mission. Everyone works very hard at their own projects, and swoops in to assist others as needed.

    Cons

    Executive management is not truly interested in holding accountability, otherwise more structure would be in place. They claim to want to oversee everything, but don't pay attention when you try to consult with them. Money is mismanaged, its difficult to tell where funding goes once it comes in. The large events are never approached early enough, and outcomes are unknown until days beforehand. Fundraising is not a true concern, which is mind-boggling for a non-profit. In fact, "Development" as a department is not respected or trusted by the executive level, who is rapt with paranoia about letting others do their job. HR as a department is nearly non-existent, as there is ZERO confidentiality when discussing issues and no consistent method of handling situations. The CEO often accuses people randomly of stealing or child abuse before listening to details or talking to the people who might be involved. The employees who have stayed the longest are comfortable in positions that exhaust them and are treated to and spoken to as subordinates. Although job descriptions and responsibilities change frequently amongst employees, there is ZERO opportunity for real advancement... and as was recently announced "NO RAISES FOR ANYONE."

    Advice to Management

    A complete overhaul of management procedures is desperately needed. Get therapy for Founders Syndrome.



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