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Connections Academy Reviews

Updated February 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work from home opportunities (in 49 reviews)

  • Good benefits are the primary reason to work here (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Some people work from home most of the week, others haven't had a snow day in years (in 13 reviews)

  • Low pay and not enough flexibility (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Best job I've ever had"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work from home for some departments, 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid volunteer time, founder/CEO truly put the students first

    Cons

    Some people dislike working for a for-profit elementary/middle school, which is logical, but keeps us competitive. The public schools I've been to weren't 1/3 as motivated.

    Benefits and hours vary greatly between departments- some have no dress code, some want button up shirts, others wear shorts and flipflops. Some people work from home most of the week, others haven't had a snow day in years.

    Advice to Management

    Continue bridging the gaps between Pearson and us.


  2. "Love working for Connections Academy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Genuine interest in student learning. Great work from home opportunities. Able to manage own time, within regular business hours.

    Cons

    As a remote employee, feeling connected to the home office can be difficult.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "SC"

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

    Pros

    -many support systems
    -more contact with students than traditional schools
    -caring teachers, school support

    Cons

    - too many job assignments for one person (e.g. enrollment, withdrawals, transcript entry, 504 lead, NHS, tutoring, testing coordinator, technology coordinator) all on top of traditional job duties. It makes it difficult to be particularly effective at any of them.


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  5. "Teacher"

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

    Pros

    Connections is a growing company with a good direction.

    Cons

    If workers focus on the little tasks that go with online learning and lose track of the families and students, then it is easy to get negative.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working with various employees as the company keeps growing.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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

    Pros

    Incredible, hardworking, educated, professional staff

    Cons

    Difficult to keep up with demand.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging employees and consider hiring additional staff.


  7. "Teacher"

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

    Pros

    work from home for some departments, 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid volunteer time, founder/CEO truly put the students first

    Cons

    Some people dislike working for a for-profit elementary/middle school, which is logical, but keeps us competitive. The public schools I've been to weren't 1/3 as motivated.

    Benefits and hours vary greatly between departments- some have no dress code, some want button up shirts, others wear shorts and flipflops. Some people work from home most of the week, others haven't had a snow day in years.

    Advice to Management

    Continue bridging the gaps between Pearson and us.


  8. "Love This Company"

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

    Pros

    This company had changed significantly in the four years I have been here. A lot growth and it's not stopping. We are one of the biggest school in California.

    Cons

    Lower pay than brick and morter
    Insurance costs are horrible

    Advice to Management

    Lower insurance costs and raise pay.


  9. "Customer Care Agent"

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

    I worked at Connections Academy full-time

    Pros

    Employee motivation days, time to grow

    Cons

    Reading scripts accurately to avoid violating HIPAA

    Advice to Management

    Need to have more coaching


  10. "av technician"

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, very patient

    Cons

    not enough hours, out of the way jobsites

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  11. Helpful (2)

    "teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time

    Pros

    -great workers
    -a lot of training and support
    -amazing administration
    -focusing on each individual child and their success instead of the whole class losing time because of one kid acting up
    -excellent peer support
    -love meeting kids at field trips
    -very flexible
    -challenging curriculum

    Cons

    -benefits recently changed and went to cigna from BCBS...horrible decision
    -need to allow teachers to vet courses before they are released to the students...or social sissies curriculum is crazy hard!
    -families trying to hide or and not working...wish the state would take educational neglect more seriously!

    Advice to Management

    make sure your expectations are similar across all administrators



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