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Connections Academy Reviews

Updated November 3, 2018
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Pros
  • "It's nice to have the option to work from home" (in 75 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Do not think that work from home means you have down time" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Low pay, have to be tech savvy, if you're willing to work for teacher pay it's great" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (12)

    "Elementary Teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "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


  4. "Enrollment temp"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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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

    Great team and mission statement

    Cons

    None right now. Salary could be higher


  5. "Adjunct teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Connections Academy part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Only one scheduled lesson per week, only a few scheduled office hours per week
    Friendly coworkers
    A lot of great retire, rehire teachers with good experience

    Cons

    Admin has preferred but not required expectations, and you get penalized for not going the extra mile even if the duties aren't required
    No advancement at all for part-time people
    No benefits
    Barely any raise from year-to-year
    Horrible curriculum for some subjects, which makes it hard to help students success
    Admin/corporate don't understand how bad the curriculum is for some subjects and don't listen to teacher feedback about the matter

    Advice to Management

    If teachers are having to rewrite lessons to compensate for bad curriculum, there is a problem. If students are constantly having to redo failed assignments across the board because the material is poorly-written, there is a problem. Listen to your teachers--they're experts in teaching their subject matter. Also, part-time employees have no incentive to go the extra mile because they don't qualify for any benefits a full-time teacher has (raises, bonuses, FMLA). They only get a $300 raise each year, and only for the first 5 years. I had to resign when I had my baby because I was part-time and didn't qualify even for unpaid leave. So, I lost my longevity pay and would have had to take a cut in pay even though I had been a good employee for four years. I ended up taking a different job instead of returning to the company after finishing what would have been maternity leave.


  6. "Pretty Awesome Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Walpole, MA
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Walpole, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Work-at-home, transparent administration, helping alternative populations, positive work environment

    Cons

    High student-teacher ratio, purchased curriculum that teachers can't easily edit

    Advice to Management

    Buy a new curriculum!


  7. "Connections New Hire Impressions"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Juan Capistrano, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Juan Capistrano, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have felt more welcome and comfortable in 3 weeks in this online setting than I did an entire year at my former school.

    Cons

    It's a different environment! Getting to know the students is tough but not impossible.

  8. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Teacher in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from home. Supportive staff

    Cons

    Case load high, student turn over too high

    Advice to Management

    Lower class sizes


  9. "Teacher/Master Teacher"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time

    Pros

    You are able to work from home.

    Cons

    Lack of socialization with coworkers


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Indiana Connections Academy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from home
    Computer supplied
    Some flexibility

    Cons

    Insulting pay
    Secretarial job
    Administration is incompetent and do very little work
    No staff input
    Diversity is non existent

    Advice to Management

    Staff input goes a long way. Stop hiring friends and hire competent professionals for INCC and INCA.


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