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Gestalt Community Schools Reviews

Updated May 8, 2018
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  1. "Gestalt Community Schools (GCS)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gestalt Community Schools full-time

    Pros

    - Gestalt & its schools do ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE work for the kids in the Memphis community. If you want to be part of something life-changing for the youth in this area, definitely work for Gestalt.
    - Opportunities to make positive change in Memphis from all levels of this organization
    - Competitive pay + benefits for full-time positions
    - lots of time off at any level of position
    - many opportunities for teacher & leader advancement

    Cons

    Just like any other position, you may be asked to help with events outside of regular hours or help with projects outside of your position. If you're schedule is flexible with reasonable notice, this shouldn't be too much of a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Management works really hard to hear voices from any level of organization. The CMO is always open to innovative solutions to problems and love to promote from within. Though decisions are sometimes made that some do not agree with, I can say that management is always open to being approached with options and suggestions.


  2. "They care about the wrong things."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gestalt Community Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some decent, hardworking people working there who truly care about the kids.

    Cons

    The leadership cares more about keeping friends in good paying jobs than about the kids or the teachers. Teachers beware: they don't care about your skills or your safety. They want you to read from a script and agree with everything they tell you to do.
    Glassdoor still has Derwin listed as the CEO. He left 2 years ago. The new CEO is bad.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people that you hire and let them do their jobs.

  3. "Review"

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

    I worked at Gestalt Community Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great principals, supportive co workers, great salary

    Cons

    Unorganized CMO, intimidating CMO staff, no work/life balance


  4. "Ok place to work if you don't have children"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gestalt Community Schools full-time

    Pros

    High Pay
    Flexible days off
    Good place to work with co-workers

    Cons

    Long hours and poor organizational management


  5. "Administrative Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gestalt Community Schools full-time

    Pros

    Smaller company feel within the business.

    Cons

    None currently available for comment.


  6. "Has some problems, would not advise working there."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Gestalt Community Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great co workers
    Some good instructional strategies being used (also some not so good ones)

    Cons

    Unorganized!
    Fired people without warning including the principal right before state testing


  7. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Teacher in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gestalt Community Schools (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The scholars are excellent.

    Cons

    The management is not teacher friendly.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  8. "Just Know What You Are Signing Up For"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gestalt Community Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They certainly have competitive pay and benefits if you are leaving the SCS system. They do offer quality professional development.

    Cons

    The district is very young and figuring things out. Turn over is super high and there is almost no notice when they go to do a round of cut backs. Your job is only as secure as the numbers in seats and to pad this reality, they put forward the idea that you are family to make you feel secure, Teachers and even principals come and go, when you interview ask how long they have been there because that is really telling.

    Advice to Management

    The turnover isn't good for the students you serve. Literally losing a teacher is just another trauma that child has to negotiate in life.


  9. "I love the school system as a whole"

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

    Pros

    Great school system especially elementary and middle /high

    Cons

    Need more space for high school


  10. "Flex English Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Flex English Instructor in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Flex English Instructor in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Gestalt Community Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Autonomously work, employee functions and supports integral in HR relations

    Cons

    poor facilities, high turn over, changing student and management culture

    Advice to Management

    Focus on effectively educating students more and focus less on creating costly leadership roles.


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