Connections Academy Reviews

Updated May 10, 2021

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Connections Academy Managing Director Tom ap Simon
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34 Ratings
Pros
  • "work from home; benefits; complete autonomy over my class(in 99 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, helpful training, opportunities for advancement(in 14 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Low pay - 15-20% lower than average salaries(in 23 reviews)

  • "Do not think that work from home means you have down time(in 17 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years
      Featured Review

      Fantastic job for a teaching career.

      Jan 2, 2021 - Teacher in Jacksonville, FL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      work from home; benefits; complete autonomy over my class

      Cons

      sometimes I have to work more than 40 hours per week

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Online K-6 Teacher

      Apr 11, 2021 - Online Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fully remote. Great training and online platform

      Cons

      Can work all the time.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great Job

      May 10, 2021 - Teacher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I have been with Connections Academy for a number of years, and love the teaching environment and I feel supported by the administration.

      Cons

      There is no salary schedule, and the salary does not match the school ditricts.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Amazing place to work

      May 4, 2021 - Online English Teachers in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible hours Work from home Friendly/welcoming staff

      Cons

      Not many opportunities for in person interactions

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Flexible with tons of procedures

      May 1, 2021 - Special Education Teacher in Columbia, SC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible, great pay, meaningful work environment

      Cons

      So many procedures, lots of stress from management

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      HS SPED teacher

      Mar 19, 2021 - Special Education Teacher in Columbus, OH
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Part of Pearson which is a 10,000+ employee company, so good benefits and 401(k) matching -Very, very talented teachers and administration (principals, AP's, etc) -Very tech friendly -Wonderful students/families -Working from home full-time -Pre-COVID, there were in-person field trips and meetings a few times a year which were always fun

      Cons

      -For SPED only: The workload is horrific. Caseloads can be large at times (at one point I had almost 40 kids) because Pearson decides if hiring is allowed or not, not your actual school. You could actually end up doing the job of 3 people between teaching, the SPED paperwork, and having to talk to families about graduation planning and course placement for their IEP's, which is honestly a job for guidance counselors, but guidance doesn't handle that aspect. -Also SPED only: IEP compliance is prioritized over all other aspects of your job. You could spend 6-8 hours on one 40 page IEP document only to have the SPED director or other administrator refuse to sign it over a single wrong sentence or checkbox or whatever. Highly frustrating and it wears on you after awhile and feels like a personal attack even though they do it to every SPED teacher on the team. This is to ensure that audits always go well for the school. -Pay is OK, but for the workload it was unacceptable, to be honest - another $15,000 per year would go a long way to make up for the intense workload -HR is an absolute joke. Each school does NOT have their own HR team in-house. Everything has to be referred to HR at Pearson, which is not even in the same state as your school in the vast majority of cases so that disconnect makes them seem to...not care? The only way to reach them is an e-mail address. If you call the employee line, you get someone on the line who ONLY answers the phone and who tries to push you back to using the e-mail address, even in emergencies. This phone individual is not an HR person and does not know how to address any HR situation. Meanwhile, the e-mail address will take days to receive a response, if at all. All employment verifications have to go to Pearson HR as well - your supervisor at school is not allowed to verify - and I almost had a job offer pulled at my new job when my new job's HR had difficulty reaching someone to verify for me.

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      Connections Academy Response

      Thank you for your thorough feedback! Reviews like yours will help us ensure that we are meeting the needs of both our staff and students. We will be taking your recommendations into consideration. If you would like to further this conversation please contact Human Resources, at humanresources.obl@pearson.com.

    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work

      Apr 20, 2021 - Teacher in Scio, OR
      Recommend
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      Pros

      They are a great team

      Cons

      there are no cons here

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      Connections Academy Response

      Thank you for your review! We are happy and excited that you are having a positive experience being employed with Connections Academy! Your feedback will help us continue to work towards our goal of being a healthy and inclusive work environment where our staff and students are fully supported.

    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great way to teach from home

      Apr 13, 2021 - Teacher in Bloomfield, NM
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work from home and receive great salary for a teacher

      Cons

      Sometimes the amount of students is a lot which leads to a lot of grading

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Teacher

      Apr 15, 2021 - Lead Teacher in Las Vegas, NV
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working from home was apro

      Cons

      Some mismanagement was not a good thing

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Turbulent Times with Poor Leadership

      Mar 11, 2021 - Director in Columbia, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Employees are dedicated to mission of providing quality online education.

      Cons

      Current leadership are gutting the company of Mgr to VP level positions, losing years of experience in favor of executives and their minions from online higher ed rather than experienced leaders from the K-12 online industry. According to those still at Pearson the reports qre of chaos and huge knowledge gaps. All of this during a pandemic--Leadership are not really living the company valuesz Dropping much of the company during the worst job market in over a decade is a baffling move that only demonstrates their poor judgment (yet again).

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      Connections Academy Response

      Thank you for taking that time to leave a review of your Pearson – corporate position. We are disheartened to hear that your experience was poor. In order to leave a review for a Pearson position please visit the Pearson Glassdoor page to ensure that your feedback is received.

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