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James Clay


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    Great for children, not so great for employees.

    (Former Employee)

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

    ConsManagement, 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 Senior ManagementRetain effective employees and fire ineffective ones.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
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    Mixed bag with a few negative aspects

    Teacher (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsParents 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

    ConsHard 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 Senior ManagementFocus 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).

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