School For Friends

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  1. Mixed bag with a few negative aspects

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC

    I worked at School For Friends full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Parents are generally great and usually supportive. Activities and materials available to children is diverse and top notch. Pay and benefits are good, if not great (in this economy). Some staff are helpful, some are slightly and subtly passive aggressive in their approach

    Cons

    Hard for new staff to find proper support and solid training to further do the job well. Director is very dry and snarky adding a tense and sometimes awkward vibe to the overall enviroment and/or situation. Was often told what I was doing wrong rather than offering alternatives and ideas/advice in regards to how to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on new employee integration and training. Staff who legitimately care about the children should be celebrated and retained, not let go for petty issues (like possible personalitly differences between employee and management, like sense of humour style).

  2. Great for children, not so great for employees.

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

    I worked at School For Friends

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Creative, inclusive environment for children. Tuition assistance for families. Diverse student body and staff.

    Cons

    Management, i.e. the director, creates a highly disfunctional environment for staff. Employees who are cronically late, ineffective, and troublesome are retained while truly good teachers and staff are fired. For example, the "bookkeeper" rountinely makes errors in paychecks, tuition receipts, etc. But she is still there. Any firings are usually due to "personal reasons", meaning the director doesn't like the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Retain effective employees and fire ineffective ones.

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