THINK Together Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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Randy Barth
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Pros
  • The organization is truly making a difference in the lives of the students in the communities they serve (in 9 reviews)

  • Great learning experience while working with kids (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Think Together expects program leaders to lead as if they are experienced teachers but I'm not a teacher (in 23 reviews)

  • Change program operations rules constantly without input from Site Coordinators (in 18 reviews)

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  1. I absolutely love my job!

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    Current Employee - Program Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Program Leader in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at THINK Together

    Pros

    It adds Variety to your day
    Excellent experience
    Making a difference with all of the kids
    Growth opportunities available if you're interested in moving up

    Cons

    It's Part time all the time unless you move up to Site Coordinator.
    There really isn't a lot of time to prepare for your lessons, so you never really feel like you're giving a quality lesson delivery, unless you've been there for a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your team. Always make sure you praise your team. Don't always find something wrong with their program. Try to look for the good, and if there is a red flag, then talk with them about it. I think looking for positive things when being observed instead of looking for negative things will really make a difference in the team who follows your leadership. Your team will work hard for someone who they feel appreciates them and their hard work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. heartless company and poor communication

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Leader
    Former Employee - Program Leader

    I worked at THINK Together part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    initial experience with children was rough but it prepared me to become a teacher

    Cons

    management, confusing and unclear expectations, ridiculous expectations, lack of staff training, rude coordinators, unhelpful coordinators, poor pay, lack of resources, charter-school like mentality, for profit mentality it's all about the $$$ and not the kids enrichment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the growth and development of your employees with fair evaluation and feedback. Create a plan similar to teachers, they get a number of evaluations that are administered to show evidence of effectiveness or ineffectiveness. OR MODEL YOURSELF AFTER THE YMCA AND ACTUALLY GOOD EDUCATION BASED ORGANIZATION THAT CARES ABOUT THEIR STAFF AND CHILDREN.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. We don't get paid enough to do the work we do.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Leader in San Bernardino, CA
    Current Employee - Program Leader in San Bernardino, CA

    I have been working at THINK Together

    Pros

    The kids! I love my students so much. When I started I didn't have a patient bone in my body, but what can I say? These kids grow on you.

    Cons

    11 dollars an hour is not enough compensation by any means.
    They don't give enough time for prep. A half hour is not enough time to prep for a week of lessons and still be expected to do a good job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it worth our while. Probably wouldn't have such a high turnover rate of that was the case.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Site Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at THINK Together

    Pros

    The work with children is truly valuable. This is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children.

    Cons

    The company is cutting hours and expecting an unrealistic amount and quality of work for the pay. The stress is overwhelming from the management with no real support offered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are unable to give more hours to your coordinators than you need to honestly cut the workload. Do not expect the same quality of a 30 hour coordinator as you did from an exempt employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Unrealistic Expectations and Unfair Treatment of Site Coordinators and Other Employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Site Coordinator in Moreno Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Site Coordinator in Moreno Valley, CA

    I worked at THINK Together full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working closely with the school staff and faculty, getting to know the parents of your students, working with children.

    Cons

    EVERYTHING ELSE.

    You are faced with unrealistic expectations, and if you fail to meet any of them (of course without having undergone the proper training), you are penalized and made to feel about as small as a cricket.

    No one is on your side. About anything. They are more worried about protecting the company image than backing up the loyal, hard-working employees they have.

    QAC's are basically paid to visit you once in a while but not really train or help you. QAC's act like high-school age children, laughing and giggling amongst themselves and showing little interest in your problems. But, the moment the GM acknowledges that problem and brings it to the QAC, they will throw you under the bus. And quickly. Don't get me started about Home Office. God forbid you call and try to work out an issue with a superior. They will NOT offer any help or advice. They do not know you on a personal level, so they feel they can give you the brush off and you will just disappear. They just sweep you and your problems under the rug.

    There are not enough resources available to make your site run effectively and efficiently. And no one helps you figure that out, either. You will, however, be called out if it does not meet THINK standards, despite you asking for help in areas that you are lacking.

    There is no guidance.

    There is no loyalty.

    There is no honesty.

    DO NOT WORK FOR THIS COMPANY. They only care about the numbers and awards and recognition they receive from the communities. They do NOT care about their employees and they sure don't care about the kids.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually MANAGE your employees. Help them, don't belittle them. My own QAC (who I worked for prior to working for THINK) talked about me behind my back to my peers (other Site Coordinators) and treated me unfairly and very poorly in front of them. It was humiliating and degrading. When I when to HR, the only thing I got was eventually fired. Thanks a bunch, THINK Together.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    PL

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at THINK Together

    Pros

    Summer hours and nice site coordinators

    Cons

    Pay and lack of yearly hours

  8. 2 people found this helpful

    It's Like getting a Masters in Management and Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Site Coordinator in San Bernardino, CA
    Former Employee - Site Coordinator in San Bernardino, CA

    I worked at THINK Together full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Allowed for individuality in how you managed your site. Appreciated frank discourse about policies and procedures. Gave you autonomy

    Cons

    At times middle management got in the way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow Site Coordinators to earn more. Don't just promote them as a way to earn more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Fast pace demanding work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Leader in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Program Leader in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at THINK Together part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    employee collaboration of events and activities. Working in schools allows for continuous interpersonal development for relationship and communication strengthening.

    Cons

    Compensation is not based on experience or education. Demanding...not a place to work if personal needs become an issue. Not compassionate regarding employees health.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Young staff and college students with a passion for education or retirees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Mission Driven Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at THINK Together

    Pros

    The company values hard working and dedicated employees. The best part is serving the kids and their families.

    Cons

    There is not enough time each day to do all that we want to do to help kids.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Not a bad job if you are good with kids

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sub Program Leader in Victorville, CA
    Current Employee - Sub Program Leader in Victorville, CA

    I have been working at THINK Together part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    It will give you experience working with kids and look good on a resume if you are going into a related field.

    Cons

    Training isn't all that great or prepares you for handling the kids. No shadowing or supervision in the field either. The job is real just a stepping stone or a filler job till you can move on to something better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need more training on the job, instead of 2 days of just sitting around talking about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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