Brooklyn LAB Charter School Reviews | Glassdoor

Brooklyn LAB Charter School Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2019

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3.3
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57%
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59%
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Eric Tucker
35 Ratings
Pros
  • "Brooklyn Lab is a school that really stands out for me as a teacher(in 10 reviews)

  • "Many people might not realize that a running a charter school has many stakeholders we are beholden to (all with different agendas(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "The challenges of having so many young Fellows in the building can mean that you have some unprofessional behavior among younger staff(in 15 reviews)

  • "to work directly with Erin I’ve learned to identify certain habits of hers(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Growing"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Excellent models of "kid and family first" teachers and staff.

      Cons

      None at this time.

      Brooklyn LAB Charter School2019-05-25
    • Helpful (1)

      "What I wish I knew before I took this offer:"

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      Current Employee - Teacher 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      It’s sort of incredible how terrible of a place this is to work. The kids I taught are, by far, my favorite group of kids I’ve ever worked with, and it makes it even more unfair that this school is atrocious. Here are some true, concrete examples of things I wish I knew I would deal with when I started here: 1. You cannot lock your classroom - you will never be given a key, and when your laptop gets stolen, this policy...

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      Cons

      Here are two emails I sent my boyfriend (who teaches at a different charter) in February that exemplify a little of what it's like to work here: "we're giving kids a mock ap on wednesday. there is still no schedule for that day, or room assignments, or copies, or training for teachers on how to proctor it. there aren't enough classrooms to test faithful to the college board requirements if...

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      Advice to Management

      I wish Eric Tucker and Erin Mote cared about the kids (or their teachers). Students demanded a town hall with Dr. Tucker to talk about their credit problems, but they left saying things like, “I feel like that man thinks I’m stupid” and “I don’t think he really cares about us… He was just talking to fill time." It was so sad to see kids try to use their voice and push for change, and leave feeling so empty and defeated....

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      Brooklyn LAB Charter School2019-06-17
    • Helpful (1)

      "They are crooks"

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      Former Employee - Math Teacher in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      the black professionals are actually nice.

      Cons

      the founders are crooks- parents do not send your kids to this school- no structure for success period, then they fire you for it.

      Advice to Management

      get out of the education business b4 you go to jail for educational fraud.

      Brooklyn LAB Charter School2019-05-26
    • Helpful (3)

      ""The kids suffer the most in the end""

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        Former Employee - Lab Fellow, Resident (Teacher) 

        I worked at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Every positive experience comes from the students and my dedicated colleagues. Otherwise, there are none.

        Cons

        Where should I start? It's a school - the mission should be to uplift, inspire, and teach inner city kids. Learned quickly that this was not the goal of the founders. Clearly, when the priority is not meeting the kids academic needs and supporting educators/other professions to that end, the goal is not to educate. I can go on and on (the neg. comments are true). The school needs to shut down. It is truly unfair...

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        Advice to Management

        I dont know, find Jesus. You need a conscience. The students will remember...

        Brooklyn LAB Charter School2019-03-19
      • "Supportive community with strong growth"

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        Former Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        LAB is a fast paced environment where every single person is working hard. There is a lot of feedback and support because the mission is critical: closing the opportunity gap. As a result of this feedback, you can grow at a super fast pace. I taught for many years here and am now a leader. I've been able to grow my career in a relatively short amount of time as a result of my own hard work and all of the development I...

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        Cons

        It's hard work and long hours. Some people can't handle that. However, if you are willing to work hard and own your development, there are many pathways to promotion and recognition.

        Advice to Management

        Better onboarding for new staff

        Brooklyn LAB Charter School2019-02-10
      • "Good place to work"

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        Former Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        If you are looking for an organization that supports you Brooklyn Lab is the place to work. I have never worked at an organization where one leader is Black and the other is hispanic and most of the leaders are black especially in education. This is one of the most diverse and inclusive organizations I have ever been a part of. I was sad to go but had to relocate because of family down south. I got so much coaching,...

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        Cons

        I did not like the punch in system

        Advice to Management

        Take away timecards and don't be so strict on the dress code - let us wear sneakers

        Brooklyn LAB Charter School2019-01-28
      • Helpful (1)

        "Wonderful place to work with a real focus on a new approach to teaching"

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        Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        This is my third year teaching at Brooklyn Lab and I love this school and community. This school makes me feel like we are a family - sometimes we have struggles but we pull through. I have loved working the kids here. I was not sure I was ready to take on kids with disabilities or learning challenges but my coach said I was and created an opportunity for me to do it. It is the best decision I made. I feel the impact...

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        Cons

        The challenges of having so many young Fellows in the building can mean that you have some unprofessional behavior among younger staff. I would like to see less Fellows in the building.

        Advice to Management

        I would like to see the start time moved to 8am.

        Brooklyn LAB Charter School2019-01-20
      • "A place that really stands out"

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        Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Brooklyn Lab is a school that really stands out for me as a teacher. I have taught at two other charter schools and frankly I have never been in such a positive enviroment with so much support, feedback and coaching. The support I get includes coaching more then once a week, daily PLCS, professional developmentn every week and help with subject coaches. I am struggling with the burden of curriculum - this is a tough...

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        Cons

        The lesson planning and grade entry every week can be tough

        Advice to Management

        Nothing

        Brooklyn LAB Charter School2019-01-13
      • "A great place to work and make an impact"

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        Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        I have worked at Brooklyn Lab for a little over a year and have really enjoyed my time at the school. When I read some of the negative reviews here I can't believe they are describing our school, staff or team. The fact is the school has high expectations of staff and leaders and when you don't measure up there is a pretty aggressive performance management system to help you succeed or identify if this is not the right...

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        Cons

        The hours can be long especially if you are doing grad school and teaching here full time. They pay for grad school.

        Advice to Management

        Nothing

        Brooklyn LAB Charter School2019-01-06
      • "Nasty Reviews are Not True"

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        Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Great colleagues and students; investment in leadership this year and changes are really noticeable; genuine care and concern about the staff; great benefits; good coaching structure and tons of support; professional learning communities are really helping me grow

        Cons

        Turnover in the central office; inequity in the facilities

        Advice to Management

        Really positive changes this year are noticeable and so is the desire for feedback

        Brooklyn LAB Charter School2018-11-12
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