Achievement First Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Dec 28, 2020

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  1. "An ideal educational workplace"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher In Residence 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Achievement First full-time

    Pros

    Inclusivity, Anti-Racism, strong school communities

    Cons

    Hard to find work/life balance in TIR role

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Pros and cons"

    2.0
    Current Employee - Teacher in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Achievement First full-time

    Pros

    Some strong leadership, challenging work

    Cons

    Work-life balance, pay, organization history


  3. "Great place to be!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 5th Grade Math Teacher 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Achievement First full-time

    Pros

    I have been with Achievement First since 2012. I honestly cannot imagine working anywhere else. I was formally a dean and recently transitioned back into the classroom. AF has always felt like home. I've worked with two principals in my time here and both have gone above and beyond to value me as a teacher and individual. We work with some of the brightest students in Brooklyn and am thankful for the opportunity to teach them. Through the years our school and network have worked very hard to ensure this work is more sustainable, but let's face it, teaching is hard, especially teaching well. If you want to work at a place that values you, values your time and pushes kids to continue to be better, AF is definitely the place to be.

    Cons

    Tough to be successful as a first year teacher if you don't put in the time to practice and improve. Although getting better (especially since I started in 2012), work life balance continues to be tought to strike.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Committed to working through the achievement gap."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Achievement First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    An abundance of resources and a fair share of autonomy.

    Cons

    Without proper boundaries, work-life balance becomes tricky.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of work life balance"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Achievement First full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay for even entry level educators

    Cons

    Awful work life balance, administration is relentless

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not a long lasting job"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Achievement First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Long lasting friendships, competitive salary, and strong academic coaching for Teachers.

    Cons

    Work life balance , unclear communication, and no remorse for teacher burnout

  7. "Rewarding but unsustainable"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Achievement First full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Community of adults committed to the kids. Leadership Team is invested in building a stronger student experience and supporting teachers to grow in their craft. -Students are so smart, funny, and kind -Organization is committed to growing and unlearning esp around racial equity work. There’s been a recognition that training for new teachers has been too technical and too focus on classroom taxonomies, and now training involves greater content understanding and mindset work.

    Cons

    -Limited work life balance. Every year when we take the survey on whether we see ourselves +5 years at AF, majority of staff says no. Yet the work that we are asked to do does not change. -Limited definition of success: Success has been defined by test scores, so teachers and school leaders have committed harm against kids in order to bring up up test scores.

  8. "Ok"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School 

    I have been working at Achievement First full-time

    Pros

    They are open to feedback and willing to grow

    Cons

    There is little to no work life balance

  9. "Long hours, constant observations"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Achievement First full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of professional development, good opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Work-life balance is highly challenging, LONG hours

  10. "Rigorous and rewarding work environment"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - High School English Teacher and Literature Department Chair in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Achievement First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Professional development and vast growth opportunties I am excited to wake up every morning and go to work to see our kiddos My team at East Brooklyn High is a family dedicated to doing what it right by kids Our Principal Martin Palamore is a TOP educator and leader

    Cons

    If you are not a self-starter and dedicated to doing whatever it takes, this can be a difficult place to work Work-life balance is highly challenging, LONG hours

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