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Capitol Region Education Council Reviews

Updated January 26, 2017
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Bruce E. Douglas, Ph.D.
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  1. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Capitol Region Education Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A wonderful place to work

    Cons

    We get a lot of emails a day

    Advice to Management

    Limit the amount of emails


  2. "Associate instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Capitol Region Education Council full-time

    Pros

    The kids and the teachers are great

    Cons

    With a masters degree you still only make 23,000 a year

    Advice to Management

    Pay more according to degree


  3. "Be so careful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Capitol Region Education Council full-time

    Pros

    Overall diversity and opportunity mission and financing

    Cons

    Bullies, bullies, bullies-- that are tolerated by school admin- don't want to hear it at all and who find it easier to align themselves with the Aggressor, rather than the tormented, even when a long history of such negative behavior from the Bully existed prior to the events involving the new Whistleblower... Political alliances are rampant- the Whistleblower is expendable, not the Aggressor.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the validity of the Whistleblower- and do not immediately remove the person from the building as a solution (because this is not one!)


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  5. "Changing organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Capitol Region Education Council full-time

    Pros

    Money spent on infastructure, good team of teachers, funds to support projects

    Cons

    Business model in education does not work, antiquated HR department.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with us!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Crec or Crap"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice Co-Workers and a nice parking lot and that's about it.

    Cons

    Horrible Pay
    Management Takes advantage
    Company Delta T - Human Recourse- Since we have a Contract the Contract makes it seem like they will have you only for a 3 month period, but i have been here for 4 years and still considered a temp and can only have 5 sick days a year. Let me say that again we work year around and we get 5 sick days, No Vacation time and all sick days are not paid for. We get under paid by about 8 dollars. The normal rate in Hartford for a CSR is around 16-19 $ Dollars because of the abundance of work we do as CSR's,

    Five out of the Twelve month a year we work, They call it Mandatory over time and make us work 5am-8pm Everyday and again only 5 sick days, and before the 5 months of overtime they say do not miss a day in this time frame.

    This Place is a joke people working for 5+ years and they consider them temps because "CREC" Cant afford to pay them a decent so they get around the system with a Temp Contract. But i see supervisors and Managers with Lexus and Mercedes Benz's. This place is just so unbalanced and there is really no way to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Help get this company to a point where people don't have get hired and Fired because of a contract, Help this place not be under staff, Open your mouth as a supervisor to Crec and Make them understand that this department shouldn't be taken granted for because its us that deal with parents daily and speak with parents about everything. Its Crec Transportation employees that have to have knowledge of everything including bus driver rules, Open Choice rules, but we get paid as much as a monitor that sits on a bus that barley knows the walking distances.

    Get this place together and make it a true call center.


  7. "Great vision - only for the hard-working!"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Capitol Region Education Council full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility; good salary and benefits; visionary public education

    Cons

    Heavy workload; limited funding, especially with respect to investing in new ideas


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good benefits and does a great job with schools but you're either in the clique or you're not."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Capitol Region Education Council full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexibility and the organization does great work with children and families in the Greater Hartford region.

    Cons

    If you're not "in the club" at CREC, you can forget about advancement. Blatant favoritism and nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes to people working in the trenches who may not be getting recognized because they aren't the among favorites.


  9. "Pretty package, no substance."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fair pay, good benefits, generally high quality programming. Beautiful schools and smart employees.

    Cons

    CREC is more interested in packaging than content. Upper management is more interested in employees blindly following directives than in new ideas. No planning or thoughtfulness before actions are taken on a million different initiatives. Totally dysfunctional culture with lots of people with informal authority that outranks their actual titles and responsibility. Two management tracks, one based on favoritism and the other in actual work. Competitive and undermining behavior is encouraged between divisions and individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Reach out to staff other than upper level leadership to find out what is really going on. Learn to prioritize.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Discouraged by unrealistic expectations"

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    Former Employee - Student Services
    Former Employee - Student Services
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Capitol Region Education Council (More than a year)

    Pros

    great pay and benefits, room for advancement, able to collaborate with fellow staff during many PLC/planning times, good use of technology in the classroom and for staff

    Cons

    unrealistic expectations from supervisors, disconnect between central office and what really happens in the schools, minimal administration support and guidance for part-time staff


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Fancy on the outside."

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    Former Employee - Social Work in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Social Work in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Capitol Region Education Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    CREC Magnet Schools spend a lot of money on buildings, students, and materials.Their pay is generally very competitive, and they have a lot of opportunities to receive free/cheap trainings/professional development. CREC Magnet Schools serve white suburban students well.

    Cons

    - Low-quality services for special education students. CREC Magnet School refuse to provide better services for special education students, waiting on sending districts to provide that funding. This means it is not uncommon to see a student with Autism engaging in severe behavior and no CREC service providers are trained to intervene. It is not uncommon to see students with disabilities in the back of the classroom. There is a culture in CREC Magnet Schools to do whatever you have to do to get a student with a disability out placed if their behavior is in any way an inconvenience to the teacher, staff, or principal.

    - Low-quality services for minority students. If you suspect you or your child are being treated differently based on race or zip code, you're not crazy. It is not uncommon to see African American students removed from the classroom for minor infractions (i.e., for doing the same thing their white peers are doing). If you report improper discipline, restraint, or seclusion to CREC Magnet School administrators, nothing will be done. Responsibility/blame will continue to be placed on the student/family despite mistreatment.

    - High levels of restraint and seclusion that go undocumented.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less on the fancy stuff and put money toward improved special education services and train school staff on the nuances of urban education.



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