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Aspire Public Schools Oakland Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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  • Work life balance needs more attention (in 6 reviews)

  • There are the standard long hours associated with all teaching jobs (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic teammates, fairly agile approach to making changes for such a large nonprofit, very dedicated teams. Truly visionary and exceptional leadership team.

    Cons

    Working on equity (still have a long way to go, but it is gaining greater priority). Workload sustainability is also becoming a priority, as is greater investment in human capital.


  2. "Good Company to Work for but Expects a lot of Teachers"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of support, big charter school network so little concern of charter being removed

    Cons

    Long hours, many PD meetings, short summers, misguided salary schedule system


  3. "Great culture, know what you want going in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture
    Some flexibility with time
    Good benefits
    Reasonable time off

    Cons

    Work overload, burn out
    C level focuses solely on teaching staff and not on admin staff


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    At my site, the administrators were competent and really cared about the students and teachers. The work environment was professional and I feel like the admin strove to meet the needs of teachers, students, and families. My colleagues were great, too. The school had all the challenges of under-resourced inner-city schools, but I think Aspire is doing a great job. Much better than the public school system where I am. The pay was slightly better than at a public school. The benefits were very good.

    Cons

    The same cons as working as a teacher in any public school.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Over worked, under supported and sad"

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    Current Employee - SPED in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - SPED in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Aspire's mission" college for certain" does a better job and Oakland Unified. Their mission should be "college for certain or we won't give you a diploma."

    Cons

    Despite all of the PD you must attend there is little to no professional growth. Managers are often unable to provide supervision or guidance. The special education department pushes for full inclusion in general education classrooms but really underserves students with special needs. Aspire refuses to look at alternative more restrictive settings for students even if the parent/student ask for it. The organization talks about solutions but when it comes to an action plan they are unable to organize helpful systems. There is not enough behavioral support for students that need it. As a result the students that try to learn are constantly disrupted and unable to learn effectively. Students are taught to take tests not grow into productive members of society.

    Advice to Management

    STOP TALKING ABOUT CHANGE AND DO SOMETHING!


  7. "An incredible place to learn and grow with smart people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues are amazingly talented, very dynamic work environment with many opportunities to do new things, thoughtful processes for making change, great vacation policy

    Cons

    The work is challenging (not really a con, but something worth understanding), it takes a while to understand the rhythm and ways of being, there's always more to learn and know. Can be frustrating when you're new.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving in the same direction!


  8. "Love the kids, not the staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great HR department, yearly professional development trainings

    Cons

    -Some great teachers, but they can't identify with the kids/population they're serving


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work - turnover frequent depending on the team"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mix of bright, passionate, intelligent people; solid compensation (particularly for cost of living in Oakland); excellent work/life balance

    Cons

    Disconnect between the Home Office and the rest of the schools (and possibly in between schools); vertical mobility is based on restructuring of teams or when others leave Aspire (often depends on luck as well as identifying opportunities on your own)

    Advice to Management

    More diversity on the board and senior leadership team; involve more active educators in the process


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity to do mission-driven work with really smart people."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment, strong culture, admirable mission.

    Cons

    work can be frustratingly difficult, limited budgets to solve some problems

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on the mission and the culture.


  11. "Found a rewarding place with like-minded individuals!"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Aspire is full of individuals who care about the mission of preparing students in under-served communities for college. I've never worked with so many like-minded colleagues who support me and are invested in my professional well-being. Senior Management has been extremely flexible in helping me with a work-life balance over the last 10 years. Aspire really cares about its employees and cultivates this culture. Overall it is a great place to work.

    Cons

    As in many non-profits I think, you end up wearing a variety of hats. It compliments my work style but may not be for everyone. I wish people understood how much Home Office thinks about the entire staff and tries to make decisions with the best interest of our teammates in mind.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on career pathways and options for your staff.


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