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Connections Academy Reviews

Updated March 23, 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 (20)

    "Elementary Teacher"

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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

    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 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)

  3. "A great deal of support"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have been substitute teaching and have had a great experience so far. Thorough on boarding process, supportive staff, flexible schedule. Work from home. Sub pay more than local school district.

    Cons

    I do not have any so far.


  4. "Awesome place to work!"

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    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

    Great benefits, helpful training, opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Software could be updated more and with more urgency.


  5. "Nice benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work from home; feedback regularly requested

    Cons

    Lots of turnover in management


  6. "Work from home is a benefit."

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    Former Employee - School Data Coordinator
    Former Employee - School Data Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Hourly rate is not bad and you can work from home after few months of training.

    Cons

    The work can feel repetitive as you are making calls back to back. If you are not comfortable making cold calls, this job might not be for you.

    Advice to Management

    Management was supportive.


  7. "It's all about the numbers"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Walpole, MA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Walpole, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *work from home, colleagues, students

    Cons

    *Admin is all about increasing enrollment and meeting quota
    *"Superintendent" is not behind the teachers, he plays favorites.
    *School is really run by Pearson
    *Only interested in $$

    Advice to Management

    *I don't think management has any real control but push back against the money mongers in Pennsylvania
    *Support Special Ed more
    *Managers in Pennsylvania should check in more on the "Superintendent" and ask how the teachers are doing; more self care is needed.

  8. "Students are great"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Costa Mesa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Curriculum is the best part of program

    Cons

    Lack of experienced leadership and teachers. Management only wants to enroll more students, so focus is on marketing. Administration is not supportive of teachers and requests teachers to change grades if parent complains (against the California education law by the way!). Most teachers are brand new and do not even realize that the administration is breaking laws. Anyone can get a 504 plan or IEP since staff has little experience in special ed. or RTI process. This school is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Close this place down! For profit organization is no place for K-12 education.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  10. 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