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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year
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    Achievement First Forever

    Jul 16, 2022 - Associate Teacher in Cranston, RI
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    Pros

    Achievement First celebrates their Students, Families and Staff… They will always be in My heart.

    Cons

    Covid affected all Student, Families and Staff severely.

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  2. 5.0
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    Aug 12, 2022 - Dean in Brooklyn, NY
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    Pros

    Professional growth opportunities are prevalent

    Cons

    Shorter summers than other teaching positions, dean summers are shorter

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    A good company to develop as an educator//demanding work environment

    Dec 4, 2022 - Lead History Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    *Competitive Pay *Strong Coaching and Development *Many excellent educators and leaders in this network

    Cons

    *High turnover leads to sisyphus-style work each year, which detracts from time spent on tackling larger system wide problems *Depending on which site you work at, management is hit or miss in this organization-- with unqualified individuals leading others. *The work can really pile up at times. We hand good leadership at my school so that schedules were sometimes adjusted to accomodate the highest priority items. This was not the case at each site.

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    No Work/Life Balance and Toxic Work Culture

    Nov 17, 2022 - Teacher in Providence, RI
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    Pros

    Working with a younger group of people is nice. They provide all classroom supplies needed and didn't need to pay much out of pocket.

    Cons

    AF claims they want to retain their teachers year after year yet do not offer a realistic work/life balance. Then they ask for your feedback, but will not take any of it. They guilt their teachers into over working for the "kids", but is actually extremely toxic and burning out good teachers. Teachers have hardly any autonomy over how they teach or any rights. It is AF's way or no way. They also are extremely controlling over students' bodies and how they have to sit throughout the day. I would never recommend any child going to AF or anybody to work for AF.

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  6. 4.0
    Former Employee

    A lot of work.

    Nov 16, 2022 - Associate Dean in Brooklyn, NY
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    Pros

    Working with students and some really inspiring teachers

    Cons

    Everyone was burnt out which made even the best leaders struggle. Hopefully this has improved post-Covid.

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  7. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Low Morale

    Jul 22, 2022 - High School Science Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
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    Pros

    Relatively high pay Many skilled and well intentioned teachers Less draconian discipline practices

    Cons

    No alternative disciplinary system was introduced. students faced no consequences and regular modes of discipline like after school detention were not initiated or enforced. Horrific teacher turnover, we lost over ten faculty members during the year and just as many at the end of the year. STEM team was decimated by three teachers quitting mid-year and the rest of the team quitting after the school year ended. Teachers are generally held responsible for institutional problems. Leadership offered little to no solutions to overall low staff morale. Teachers were constantly criticized for taking PTO while leadership took extended leaves of absence throughout the school year. Turnover among leadership and staff makes it impossible to build a stable thriving community.

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  8. 1.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Horrible -Do not work for achievement First with Ms Diallo

    Aug 27, 2022 - Teacher 
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    Pros

    High wages and good health insurance

    Cons

    , only focus and procedure but not academics. When I got hired, they offered a 5000 bonus. I see why to cause a lot of staff quit once ms Diallo Marrie became principal. She doesn't know about principalship at all. Please go back to school to learn how to run the school. and you can get sick mentally and physically. Achievement First, only focus and procedure but not academics. When I got hired, they offered a 5000 bonus. I see why to cause a lot of staff quit once ms Diallo Marrie became principal. She doesn't know about principalship at all. Please go back to school to learn how to run the school. , and you can get sick mentally and physically. Achievement First, only focus and procedure but not academics. When I got hired, they offered a 5000 bonus. I see why to cause a lot of staff quit once ms Diallo Marrie became principal. She doesn't know about principalship at all. Please go back to school to learn how to run the school. Please do not work with her she will make your life a living hell!

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great for first year teachers

    Nov 8, 2022 - Lead Teacher in New York, NY
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    Pros

    A lot of growth, learning and skill building

    Cons

    Most of classroom time is behavior management

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  10. 3.0
    Current Employee

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    Nov 26, 2022 - Teacher 
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    Pros

    - opportunities to move up - emphasis on equity

    Cons

    - unsustainable work - disorganized

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  11. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Avoid the Toxic Work Culture

    Aug 16, 2022 - Summer Programs Coordinator in Brooklyn, NY
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    Pros

    Teachers care a lot about the kids and work really hard to support them holistically Some great deans in leadership that provide great coaching and support Non-leadership employees are supportive and great to work with

    Cons

    Leadership touts holding folks accountable and will do so in some of the most degrading ways sometimes with teachers and other staff, but fail to hold themselves accountable when they cause harm to staff. Teachers/staff are at the bottom of the totem pole - you are expected to put up with gaslighting and blamed if the kids are failing, even when you’ve exhausted all avenues and they refuse to do the work. Lack of communication is the way things operate. Unrealistic workload and hours. Folks are forced to take work home and be available on off days/hours. You will not be compensated for this. The increased cost of medical insurance after the 3% yearly raise actually cost me money, therefore I took home less even though I made a little bit more. Favoritism runs rampant No professional development or investment in non-instructional employee Pay does not match the amount of work and time they require from you Limited opportunities for growth for non-instructional employees

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Achievement First has an overall rating of 3.1 out of 5, based on over 797 reviews left anonymously by employees. 42% of employees would recommend working at Achievement First to a friend and 35% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -8% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Achievement First employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.4 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Achievement First. This rating has decreased by -2% over the last 12 months.

42% of Achievement First employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Achievement First 2.3 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.9 for culture and values and 3.2 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Achievement First to be benefits, senior leadership, career development and the cons to be management, culture, work life balance.

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Ajay, a sixth-grade history teacher at AF Voyager Middle, volunteered at AF Camp 🏕️ for the first time this summer to help campers grow, develop confidence, and care for one another by inhabiting joy in everything they do! 💜 📖 To read more on AF Camp and Ajay's work there, click here: http://ow.ly/xRVY50KCq7g
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