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Updated February 5, 2018
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  • Ridiculous requirements; long hours; have to dress a certain way even though the salary offered is lower than almost all public schools (in 15 reviews)

  • Low pay and they pile a lot of work on one person (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Human Resource"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charter Schools USA full-time

    Pros

    It was a positive experience.

    Cons

    There are no negatives at working here.


  2. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charter Schools USA full-time

    Pros

    Ability to make impact, exposure

    Cons

    Pay is at lower end of market

  3. "Current Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Charter Schools USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Coaching, Supportive Administration, Dedicated Staff

    Cons

    Work load, Work hours, Longer School Year


  4. "The Charter schools"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charter Schools USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The school does not have the difficult evaluation system like CPS. You are not locked into a contract.

    Cons

    The insurance benefits are not good. There is not a Union to advocate for teachers.

    Advice to Management

    The current leadership needs lots of work


  5. "Still Growing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charter Schools USA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Constantly growing without a clear direction. It's like boat without a sail.

    Cons

    Should focus on staff retention. High turn overs can become a security vulnerability. Very political company.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on bottom line, but also focus on keeping good staff.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Probably Better off with the District"

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    Current Employee - MS Teacher in Port Saint Lucie, FL
    Current Employee - MS Teacher in Port Saint Lucie, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charter Schools USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to create your own lessons.
    Good opportunity for someone with little to no experience to get started in the field.

    Cons

    Pay is about 10% less than Public Schools.
    Restricted budget doesn't allow school to be fully staff so teachers ended up pulling double duty or teaching multiple courses.
    Many expectations of staff but no compensation for all of the excess meetings and events that are mandated.
    Ed Model encourages teachers to give unlimited opportunities for students to retake assessments (even if they never plan on studying).
    Not allow to grade homework or give 0's for not turning in assignments so there's very little accountability for students.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with the ALL of the employees on pathways to move up. Pay us in US dollars (not cookies and coffee) for all of the extra hours we are required to work (student-led conferences, afternoon duties, weekend carnivals).


  7. "Run from this company"

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

    I worked at Charter Schools USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sweet, kind students and fellow teachers

    Cons

    Terrible company to work for. No protections for teachers. Administration concerned with filled seats more than teacher and student safety. Never felt safe at work. Company absorbed bonuses meant for teachers from county.

    Advice to Management

    Stop expecting teachers to work for free. This company is an insult to educators everywhere.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Expendable pieces"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charter Schools USA full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for new teachers to develop their skills

    Cons

    They treat teachers like expendable pieces of the puzzle...if you push back against anything that is asked of you (and much is asked of you), they will be happy to terminate you and hire the new college grad or career changer

    Advice to Management

    try to remember your people...not just your profits


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Corporate office needs to be educationally concerned human"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Charter Schools USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have worked for Charter USA for over 2 years. The only pro I can think of it is a paycheck.

    Cons

    The corporate office changes things on a whim. The administrators in the school will not back any employee up. The corporate ONLY cares about money, not the children or the teachers at all. The teachers have a lot more ask of them than a county school. You never know when or if you are going to loose your job.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate you need to remember that the money is the only reason you have charter schools, but TRY to remember the students.
    Principals and vice Principals stand by your teachers and office workers. Stop showing favoritism among your staff and faculty. If you make your building a pleasant place to work ,you will have happier and more productive employees.


  10. "Good Part Time Start Up"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charter Schools USA part-time

    Pros

    Kids are great and you get to see what teaching is like

    Cons

    A lot of unprofessional activity


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