Sidwell Friends School

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  1.  

    Nice Job environment

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    Former Employee - Specail Police in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Specail Police in Washington, DC

    I worked at Sidwell Friends School full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It was a educational and work friendly experience. the campus has a diverse population and everyone is treated the same.The employees all work together and the campus is really an exciting place to work.

    Cons

    The challenges are learning the staff and campus life but there are not worries because there is always training available for areas that you may need to grow, computer, job wise or exchanging departments all together it an option to look forward to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper management always provide incentives for their employees to gain training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    It's okay if you don't let the politics get to you

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sidwell Friends School full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, free lunches, professional development funds available, two beautiful campuses that are near the Metro, free parking.

    Cons

    Work load can be heavy at times, poor, unqualified leadership in some divisions, obvious favoritism, wasted funds with no accountability in some divisions. Management wants friends instead of good workers. Slow to embrace change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement standard operating procedures at all levels and stick to them. Do something about unnecessary spending.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    A very special place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Sidwell Friends School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    During the time I worked here, most members if the administration worked hard to remain committed to the school's Quaker values. The majority of my colleagues were great people to work with--hard-working, honest, caring, passionate--years after leaving, I have maintained meaningful professional and personal relationships with many of them. Sidwell was truly a special place to work. I looked forward to going to work even during the most challenging periods.

    Cons

    Vacation leave and other benefits were great, but salary scale was a bit on the low side at least for some of the administrative positions. Also, the school did not offer much opportunity for advancement if you worked in the admin offices.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    A wonderful school that values students and teachers

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

    I worked at Sidwell Friends School

    Pros

    Sidwell excels in maintaining a diverse workplace. The school is very supportive of employee professional growth and provides paid stipends for travel and tuition reimbursement for continuing education.

    Cons

    Like any workplace, there are in-house politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice at this time.

    Recommends
  6.  

    This place is a case study when it comes to a dysfunctional workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sidwell Friends School

    Pros

    -teachers have a lot of say in the decisions made school-wide
    -excellent benefits
    -the kids are generally great
    -most people here really care about what they do

    Cons

    -quaker decision making. it takes 3 meetings to decide what brand of pencils to buy. (exaggerating, but there are meetings about meetings.)
    -very passive aggressive faculty and staff
    -some people are resistant to change
    -some people complain about the smallest things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your staff have to spend time in a public school--give them a chance to see how our neighbors across the street deal with problems. Put your foot down when it comes to some decisions--sometimes you all have really great ideas, but thanks to the complaints a few people, some decisions aren't made.

    Neutral Outlook

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