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Connections Academy Reviews

Updated January 17, 2019
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Pros
  • "It's nice to have the option to work from home" (in 76 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, awesome and competent colleagues, great administration" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay - 15-20% lower than average salaries" (in 18 reviews)

  • "It is really a call center and you are harshly critiqued on your calls" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (17)

    "Elementary Teacher"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time

    Pros

    Work from home
    Flexibility
    Able to devote more time to each student and family
    Able to meet the individual needsof the child
    Amazing coworkers
    Curriculum is provided, so your focus is not on lesson plans
    Corporate listens to teachers for new ideas.
    Great technical support from corporate

    Cons

    Logging conversations with families can be time consuming, but it is so valuable

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for listening and encouraging us allto be team players.
    Change the name of portfolios to a word that is note as threatening to students or parents. They are such valuable tools of learning.


  2. "Great People. Extremely Flexible"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Bentonville, AR
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Bentonville, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very Flexible Schedule. Family first. Great supervisors.

    Cons

    Lots of travel and school salary.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Connections Academy (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice co-workers and a few nice managers

    Cons

    low pay, micro-managed, overworked--60 hrs a week or so, some scary administrators, penny pinchers, hate to give praise

    Advice to Management

    They have little control since it comes down from corporate.


  4. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at Connections Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, remote work, ability to work more closely with students

    Cons

    Lower pay than neighboring districts (still worth it for remote work)


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Connections Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home
    Great colleagues
    Good relationship with families

    Cons

    Salary low
    Workload overwhelming
    Out of touch leadership


  6. "Good work from home job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Connections Academy full-time

    Pros

    I didn't work there long, good training.

    Cons

    It was a call center type of environment which did not suite my needs at the time.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time

    Pros

    There is great collaboration with teachers and teachers are supported well by leadership.

    Cons

    There is travel involved and teachers with young children can't always make arrangements.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Enrollment Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Connections Academy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1 hour lunches
    Sit and talk on the phone

    Cons

    Work over load with little recognition


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Interesting Students
    Work from home

    Cons

    Favoritism
    Can be difficult to move up
    Low pay for a teacher


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Low pay and terrible supervisors with little to no experience."

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    Current Employee - Educator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Educator in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Educators who have stayed because they care about their students.

    Cons

    Low pay - 15-20% lower than average salaries. Terribly in adequate leadership. HIGH TURN OVER. Most people leave after they get experience. Micro manage mania! Leadership does not value their team members, they blame and talk down to staff. Bonus and review structure is a complete scam. Benefits are sub par.

    Advice to Management

    Pay fairly. Retain experienced educators. Hire and pay for excellent department leaders with EXPERIENCE! Mentor and care for staff. Encourage employees. True leadership takes complete ownership. Create and maintain a culture where you can own your work, and encourage new ideas. Create an open, collaborative and appreciative environment.