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Green Dot Public Schools Reviews

Updated July 16, 2017
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Pros
  • I felt very supported and received very good career development opportunities as well as professional development opportunities (in 7 reviews)

  • Some of the best years of my life were spent working in the Green Dot Home Office (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Professional development is useless (in 6 reviews)

  • conflict of interest exist at every level their professional development and evaluation system is horrible (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Experience with Green Dot"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Green Dot Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    People, Mission, Location, and Experience

    Cons

    The openness to adjust culture and create policies


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Green Dot State"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Green Dot Public Schools (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -2 weeks off for winter break and 1 week off for spring break on top of PTO days
    -Some great colleagues (too bad they don't stay with Green Dot for long)

    Cons

    -Salaries are much lower than what you would get at other non-profits (not to mention the private sector). Senior management says that "the difference you don't make up in salary you should make up in personal gratification you receive in helping kids." That would work except 1) it doesn't appear that we help kids much better than other schools. 2) tell my landlord that I can pay the rest of rent in gratification.
    -Senior management works to really paint a rosy picture of how the organization is doing and how students are performing. The reality is that most schools are not doing better than district schools. In addition, the comparison is not accurate to begin with because students/families self-select to attend Green Dot, which means they are naturally more driven and knowledgeable.
    -Schools don't even offer students all the features that traditional schools would offer (sports, arts, and music programs). In fact, majority of employees would not send their own kids to Green Dot schools. That says it all.
    -Employee retention rate is Extremely low. Most are unhappy and leave pretty quickly (especially the more talented individuals). Many are constantly looking to leave. There is also lack of transparency because it seems that a few people were booted out or left on very negative terms. It's a sinking ship.
    -There is no good compensation structure. You are not rewarded for any hard/good work that you do.
    -Green Dot is trying to do something about Professional Development since many employees complained that there isn't anything in place. The company implemented unofficial PD sessions where different employees volunteer to teach on different topics but they are pretty useless sessions. Easier to just Google what you are looking to learn.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "National Employee"

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    Current Employee - National Home Office Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - National Home Office Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Green Dot Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and time off for employees who aren't working at school sites (2 weeks at Christmas, 1 week spring break + PTO days).

    Cons

    Horrible leadership and management who do not know how to foster teams and develop others in the company. Culture is non-existent, and even veteran employees feel like the mission is no longer clear. CEO is only concerned with expansion to more schools and regions and spinning a positive story about existing schools (which, on average, aren't much better than other low-income schools. Some are worse). Instead of being reflective and focusing on growth and improvement, leadership is more interested in spinning and cutting the data to look good in order to justify opening more schools. Work-life balance is non-existent, and there are many overworked, undervalued, unhappy employees in the home office. There is a mass exodus happening in many of the departments of the Home Office. Because of this, promotions generally seem to happen as a result of who is willing to stick around the longest, not who is most talented or capable. Thus, many leaders are uninspiring with little to no ability to manage projects or teams, or develop and teach their subordinates. Management and leadership refuses to get real about sustainability issues or supporting their employees, but instead pretends issues will be better when they find new employees who are a 'better fit'. Regardless, turnover is crippling many teams, which are already stretched far too thin. Not a good time to join this company, no matter how managers spin it in an interview. While Green Dot has a great PR team, who makes the organization look great, the company is truly toxic.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing a clear mission and building alignment and consensus across regions and departments. Fix what is broken in each region before adding more schools, and develop a clear process for opening new schools before doing so.


  4. "Pros / Cons"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Green Dot Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Helps teachers grow
    - Salary / benefits are above average
    - build connections with students

    Cons

    - admin demands too much from teachers
    - students are often not held accountable for their behavior
    - not a place to retire / most don't
    - needs better leadership

    Advice to Management

    -focus on the 3-5 things that matter to students and the school and get teachers on board with that
    - let teachers run more of the show including pro. develop. ; admin can't do it


  5. "Little support in a toxic environment"

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

    I worked at Green Dot Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    competitive pay and has a union

    Cons

    conflict of interest exist at every level their professional development and evaluation system is horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Need to remember the kids and connect with the communities you're serving.


  6. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Green Dot Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    They have a union which is better than most charter schools. The principal was very devoted and positive.

    Cons

    Some children have a lot of problems at home which they bring into the classroom. There was a lot of student bullying and fighting between the different Locke schools.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "TEACHER"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Green Dot Public Schools (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary.

    Cons

    DO NOT WORK FOR GREEN DOT. Professional development is useless. Teacher evaluation system is out of hand. Too many policies, rubrics, etc...you are better off teaching at a traditional school district. HIGH TURN OVER RATE.

    Advice to Management

    1. Teacher evaluation system needs to be revamped.
    2. Teachers HATE "all green dot days" get rid of them.
    3. PD should not be weekly. Once every other week is more than enough.
    4. Work on discipline policy. STOP allowing kids to get away with everything.
    5, Admin: DO NOT HANG OUT WITH TEACHERS. You are a leader! Teachers will lose respect for you if your out there going to happy hour with them (common sense).

  8. "Great Place to Work"

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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 Green Dot Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great leadership. I felt very supported and received very good career development opportunities as well as professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    I truly can't think of any negatives.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Teacher in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Green Dot Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and you do have the ability to advance in the company if you don't mind seeing more and more kids get the shaft end of the education system.

    Cons

    The administration will not have you back in any situation. Had students physically attack me and were not removed from class. Academics are "praised" but only because they skew their test scores. The principal at the time was really shady when it came to marking kids absent or passing them through classes so they could graduate.


  10. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Teacher in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Green Dot Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay good benefits, staff who care about the staff

    Cons

    Middle management not achieving, doesn't really care about employees, high turnover rate due to no consequences for students

    Advice to Management

    Strengthen consequence system for students and support teachers


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