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Stone Academy Reviews

Updated July 1, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014
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    Ups & Downs of Trying to Create Positive Anything Out of Chaos

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Stone Academy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to teach and execute new ideas to a mixed audience of those eager to learn, those who know they need to learn, and a few belligerent types who will challenge you.

    Cons

    Lack of consistency & cohesion as to teaching, intern/externship, & placement strategies from management; everything seems to be different at each campus. Mixed support from peers; each decides whether or not they like you before working positively with you. More than one teacher sees themself as a nurturer: I'll help you pass rather than professional educators who create independent adults. For staff: no training, no contacts or history of procedures and outreach other than in task-oriented classes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update staff & classroom technology to be reliable and consistent with the world of work. Provide training for proprietary systems. Encourage employees to interact with peers @ other campuses. Encourage teachers to reach out & socialize with guests rather than each other at events.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Do As You Say/Instruct Your Students

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Haven, CT

    I worked at Stone Academy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Clean, welcoming, supportive and friendly environment for students and staff. Accreditation was current. Students are participatory and paychecks didn't bounce.

    Cons

    Other than the L.P.N. program, Stone Academy in West Haven is focused on numbers of students rather than people genuinely interested in and suited for the health care programs offered. This leads to attrition, too many ill-equipped, uninterested, and poor to failing students. This creates discipline problems, apathy, and negatively affects even the most independent learners.

    Externship and Placement opportunities are limited. For a school that has been established 100 years, employers should be contacting Stone for new grads to become externs and employees. That being said and not happening, Admissions and Career Services should be creating marketing campaigns together to find prospective employers.

    From Day One, students must receive instruction about professional attire, attitude, behavior, and how to look for a job in an organized, efficient, and direct way. Stone Academy must focus on seeking, creating, and sustaining student & graduate-to-employer relationships as it became obvious repeat business was inadequate to sustain the numbers of students and graduates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline and consolidate so all three campuses work together and support each other in every department.

    For example, provide Career Services with the same training and resources and the opportunity to support and rely upon each other. A consistent and established program of up-to-date job search preparation including attire, attitude, communication, finding opportunities, and follow-up. It is so easy now to create and establish an easily updated database of prospective employers. The world of work has changed drastically in the past ten years and focusing on how companies hire now is the only way graduates will land jobs.

    Introduce yourself to all new employees, there aren't that many. Hold management, such as School Directors, to the same dress and behavior codes expected of students.

    Update the computer systems for staff and students. Systems need to be consistently new and reliable. This is reality, no one has time to waste "due to technical difficulties". Examples: needing to repeatedly log online because the internet connection is lost. Microsoft Office 2010 is considered outdated and Stone still uses considerably older versions.

    Recycle all of that wasted paper in the computer labs. All people have to do is turn the paper over so it feeds into a printer properly. Stone would save thousands of dollars on paper costs as well as be environmentally responsible.

    Communicate clearly and directly about expectations, not thru a middle manager who may or may not deliver the information correctly or promptly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Poorly managed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Educational in West Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Educational in West Haven, CT

    I have been working at Stone Academy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Students have opportunity for personal and professional growth when they complete educational programs

    Cons

    unethical methods of modeling, Management incompetencies, bully tactics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink conscience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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