I worked at School For Friends
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 Senior Management – Retain effective employees and fire ineffective ones.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2012-06-13 10:13 PDT
I worked at School For Friends full-time for 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 Senior 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).
2012-07-02 13:56 PDT
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No thanks –