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CollegeSpring Reviews

Updated October 1, 2017
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  1. "Mentor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
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    Pros

    I honestly really loved working as a Mentor. Their trainings were very helpful as a new Mentor and we always had the support from our supervisors.

    Cons

    Unfortunately you have to re-apply for the position is you want to continue the next school year.


  2. "Enjoyed working towards a great mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great mission of helping students get to college, good work-life balance for most positions, opportunity to learn lots of new skills on the job, worked with great people

    Cons

    Not much formal professional development

    Advice to Management

    Be ready to make changes to the program to better serve students as the education landscape changes

  3. "Academic Mentor during school year"

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

    Pros

    Everything is fine, people are nice.

    Cons

    Pay is too little, but doesnt really matter.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good Experience in general"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are really friendly. You have a lot of flexibility so it's pretty enjoyable.

    Cons

    Sometimes the communication is not efficient enough.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe have more check ins with the teachers, which will help with communication.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Mission driven staff. Mentors. Skill mill

    Cons

    Slightly disconnected from larger social issues. Misaligned partners create work life imbalance. Petty senior management politics and limited accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Make your talk and walk the same. More civic engagement. Get rid of the bad apples. Work on clear promotional policies.


  6. "mentoring for 2 years!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    really great support system with other mentors and program managers
    flexible to include your own style of teaching
    students are fun to work with

    Cons

    disorganization in terms of scheduling and structuring of lessons
    too many emails sometimes


  7. "Great Company with Good Support for Teachers and Mentors Alike"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor in San Rafael, CA
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CollegeSpring part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good external support. Always went above and beyond to provide resources when asked. Helped create a fun learning environment.

    Cons

    Student Mentors not paid enough. Teaching low-income, underrepresented students takes more work that first assumed

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

  8. "Picking up a few hours with CollegeSpring is so worth it!"

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    Former Employee - Mentor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Mentor in Los Angeles, CA
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    I worked at CollegeSpring part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The curriculum is given to you in a book. You just have to spend about 30 min-1hour planning each actual lesson. My site coordinator was very helpful by email. He was friendly and approachable. Working with the kids is very satisfying.

    Cons

    I wish my site coordinator was actually on site more often so I could talk with him/her more. Also, the training sessions feel like they last forever, but you will learn a couple of things that are necessary for doing the job.

    Advice to Management

    Edit the curriculum books. I found a few mistakes and I would often find that my Lesson schedule pages did not match with my lesson book pages.


  9. "Good Summer Times"

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    Former Employee - Academic Mentor in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Academic Mentor in San Jose, CA
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Had a great time, made some money, got to teach the kids I worked with what it takes to get through college applications

    Cons

    Not much really, it was summer job. I didn't expect to be anything more than what it ended up being

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Mentor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CollegeSpring full-time

    Pros

    Really exciting to see the growth in the kids
    Generally liked my coworkers

    Cons

    Really underpaid for the amount of hours being put in
    Some other mentors didn't know what they were doing at all

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that all of your mentors know what they're doing because their failures fall on their students and the other mentors
    Also, pay your mentors more. They do far more work outside the classroom than you expect.


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