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- "Pay is good and beneficial" (in 54 reviews)
- "Great people to work with!" (in 39 reviews)
- "Competitive salary depending on number of years and education Day to day truly depends on the specific school" (in 35 reviews)
- "Strong professional development" (in 34 reviews)
- "Great coaching during live teaching and documented summary provided." (in 25 reviews)
- "No work life balance and a high" (in 93 reviews)
- "Long hours and overly tolerant of negative student behaviors." (in 57 reviews)
- "Long hours (9 hours a day required for teachers)" (in 24 reviews)
- "The leadership is alright at my school, but I've dealt with issues around toxicity in the workplace and teacher cliques." (in 23 reviews)
- "l have worked at other schools, but never one where there is such a heavy focus on adult culture." (in 17 reviews)
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- 4.0Nov 27, 2023TeacherFormer EmployeeProvidence, RI
Good work atmosphere between coworkers, overall good kids, good work/life balance
Micromanage, leadership is a bit scrambled (different folks not on the same page), chaotic student behavior at times.
- 1.0Jul 27, 2023Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, less than 1 year
There are no pros at all
I am a former employee of this organization. This organization is horrible. The three months I spent here were the worst times of my life. I have never seen people more disrespectful and unsupportive than at Achievement First. When I applied to work here, I was promised that I would teach social studies, but they ended up putting me in another subject, which I lacked knowledge in, so I struggled to teach it. They blamed it on my inability to adapt, but it was them who put me in a subject that I lacked knowledge in. I would also like to add on that I was forced to work overtime everyday, as in staying in the building until 10 pm. On average, I would cone to work at 6:30 am and stay until 7pm, but on certain days, I would stay until 10pm. In the middle of my employment here, they were saying that I was uncommitted. What did they expect? I was put in a subject I had zero interest in, and they have the audacity to say that I'm "UnCoMiTTEd". Eventually, I was terminated. By the then, my physical and mental health took a huge toll, but I was also very happy the nightmare ended. Personally, I think being smoked and yelled at by RDCs (abbreviation for Recruit Division Commanders) for 10 weeks was far more enjoyable than working here. And to put a cherry on top, the health insurance is terrible.4
- 3.0Nov 6, 2023Lead TeacherFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsBrooklyn, NY
The students are phenomenal and my direct coach was very supportive without being overbearing
There were 3 principals in 3 years. With constantly shifting leadership, it was difficult to establish and maintain a school culture
- 4.0Nov 4, 20236th Grade ELA TeacherFormer Employee, more than 1 year
Students were hardworking and a joy to teach
Dictatorial style of teaching, oppressive behavior management, joyless test prep disguised as rigor
- 1.0Jul 5, 2023Middle School TeacherFormer Employee, more than 1 yearProvidence, RI
- rarely took work home - pay is slightly higher than nearby public schools (if you are certified)
- long hours - additional duties for teachers (lunch/recess, arrival/dismissal, hallway duties and "posts," etc.) - no substitute teachers, teachers provide coverage - lack of professionalism from admin and coworkers - unqualified admin and staff (uncertified, out-of-field teachers with unrelated degrees; very young admin with little qualifications or experience outside of AF) - toxic work environment (cliquey administration and staff; gossip-driven culture) - micromanaged and nitpicked teachers about school systems (no teacher autonomy; must conform to AF style of teaching) - little to no support for student behavior (teachers often blamed for poor classroom management despite classes having 30-36 students with solo teachers) - non-transparent and misleading hiring practices (as well as pay) - non-transparent and misleading family and staff communication - no ESL services provided; no certified ESL teachers on staff - highly illegal and non-compliant special education practices - Network (district) more focused on expanding the charter network rather than improving current school conditions4
- 4.0Sep 29, 2023TeacherCurrent Employee
Opportunity for growth and development
Often asked to do things outside of your role
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Achievement First has an overall rating of 3.0 out of 5, based on over 880 reviews left anonymously by employees. 37% of employees would recommend working at Achievement First to a friend and 28% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -3% over the last 12 months.
37% of Achievement First employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Achievement First 2.4 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.9 for culture and values and 3.2 for career opportunities.