Gems Education Reviews

Updated Sep 15, 2020

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3.6
62%
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79%
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Gems Education Chief Executive Officer Dino Varkey
Dino Varkey
38 Ratings
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  • "No Career Advancement &High Turnover(in 5 reviews)

  • "Because it's such a labor of love, people work long hours, and yes it's all for the kids, but leads to little work-life balance(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (14)

    "Educator"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gems Education full-time

    Pros

    Great Colleagues! (We are part of a global team of educators improving the world through education). Great Kids and Families! Great Professional Opportunities! Great Mission, Vision and Core Vales! Great Resources!

    Cons

    None really (but Glassdoor requires a 5 word minimum response)

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  2. "If you dont have another choice"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gems Education full-time

    Pros

    You get paid on time. Students are great.

    Cons

    Micromanagment at its finest, teachers are over worked and exhausted. Expect to work 12 hour days minimum and add in weekends. Everyone is in it for themselves trying to climb the coperate ladder.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Teaching with GEMS"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gems Education full-time

    Pros

    The salary and benefits were better than average.

    Cons

    The school is definitely a for-profit entity. It was hard to get budget approval for things that we needed.

  4. "It is a for profit education company and tuition and fees are more important than student needs."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gems Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The school is well resourced and the housing is included for expat hires.

    Cons

    Teachers are not always supported, classrooms are small and overcrowded. Not able to provide some services and yet children that would greatly benefit from those services are still accepted. Tuition continues to go up but services, classes, and budgets keep getting cut.

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Teacher"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Teacher 

    I worked at Gems Education full-time

    Pros

    fellow colleagues are dedicated, good salary

    Cons

    admin not transparent, reactive instead of proactive in handling situations. nepotism at its finest.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gems Education full-time

    Pros

    Housing provided, but that seems to be standard for the area.

    Cons

    Where to start...many of the benefits are not competitive. Housing stipend is below average for the area, and only benefits offered are with GEMS owned companies. Additionally, schools are managed like businesses, seemingly without much consideration for the teachers, educational community, or students. It's really sad actually that so much potential seems to be wasted in order to make a buck.

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  7. Helpful (2)

    ""Beware""

    2.0
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gems Education

    Pros

    International network Makes Impact at scale

    Cons

    Low Pay Poor Management Profit vs. child-centered

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  8. "Great Place to Work and Learn"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gems Education full-time

    Pros

    Values-based high performing learning community Mission driven organization, good salary and benefits - committed to professional growth Kids and families are amazing

    Cons

    This is a great place that is growing. The upper school is under construction.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "For-profit environment"

    2.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Gems Education full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent salary and nice accommodations

    Cons

    Uneven quality of admin and low morale

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Poor treatment of staff."

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Middle City East, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gems Education full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Other staff are nice and work very hard. The other teachers are good teachers and go well beyond what is expected of them.

    Cons

    Management are only interested in money and not in the happiness of the staff and children. Resources are difficult to get and staff are often expected to pay themselves. Management are out of touch with teaching themselves and treat staff as a commodity, expecting them to work well over 9 hours a day as a minimum.

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