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Harker School Foundation Reviews

Updated April 8, 2017
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  1. "Summer camp activity coach"

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Coach in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Coach in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I worked at Harker School Foundation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get paired up and taught some great amazing skills around amazing and supportive people.

    Cons

    I have not come across any issues while working there

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great school"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Harker School Foundation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are amazing
    Teacher go above and beyond
    Great Community
    Dinners for staff & teachers (during the school year)

    Cons

    Low pay / Lots of work not enough staff / Other then that great school~

    Advice to Management

    Your staff go above and beyond..


  3. "Fear and Tradition"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Harker School Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, amazing peers.

    Cons

    No longer able to be a leader in NEW teaching. They fear failure and want parent donations.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what your real product is.


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  5. "Professional Teaching Environment"

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Harker School Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Paid professional development, professional work environment, decision-making as a team for textbooks, curricular approaches. Teachers are generally allowed to teach their subjects as they see fit for their students. Students are given a lot of opportunities as far as subjects taught and a huge offering of extra-curriculars.

    Cons

    Tuition is expensive, so there is a lot of parent pressure, especially for teachers of core subjects (math, language arts), increasing as grade level increases.


  6. "Love working with the Kids"

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    Current Employee - Coach in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Coach in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harker School Foundation part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the brightest young minds.
    Very amazing work environment, those huge tuition checks pay for a ton of the latest technology, both for the students and staff.
    The Harker School has a lot of deals with outside organizations. You can get discounts at some places.
    Fairly good hours and pay if you are part-time. I can't speak to full-time.

    Cons

    Sometimes very demanding.
    Kids can be brats sometimes, I know I was when I was younger.
    A very mild air of elitism and privilege is apparent throughout the corporation.

    Advice to Management

    Make the Portal a little easier to use.
    As an employee one of the most frustrating things is the employee webpage that is used to enter in hours and any sort of paperwork.


  7. "Speech & Debate Tournaments"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Forensics Coach (Speech & Debate) in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Forensics Coach (Speech & Debate) in San Jose, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Harker School Foundation part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work and meet a lot of Harker's talented students and parents, along with other good staff and faculty.
    Good experience working at a private school.

    Cons

    Only worked as needed, and when there were speech and debate tournaments, schedules were long and went for hours on end, leaving little time for sleep or anything like that.
    No benefits for my particular position, and pay was minimum wage.


  8. "Rec Staff"

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    Former Employee - Recreation Leader in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Recreation Leader in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harker School Foundation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment with great employees. Gave all staff free meals and worked with my school schedule. Most of the time I looked forward to going to work.

    Cons

    Some times you have to work early in the morning. You have to deal with school politics at times which can get old. Parents will often get mad at you for no reason.


  9. "Great work environment/benefits, not much career advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harker School Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment, free lunches, good amount of paid vacation/holidays/breaks.

    Cons

    There's a pretty flat bureaucratic organization structure, which can be seen as a pro and con. Pro: freedom to be creative/innovative if you wish to be. Con: lack of career advancement opportunities, lack of standards, and too many people involved in the strategic decision making processes. Also, you don't get paid much, but that's normal for a school.

    Advice to Management

    Create, document and implement standards.


  10. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful people who are there to help you make your job as easy and as fun as possible

    Cons

    Little promotions and long hours sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Have more leadership roles open


  11. "Fun till you grow up"

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    Current Employee - Coach in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Coach in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Harker School Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - fun environment
    - friendly co-workers
    - work with kids
    - growing experience

    Cons

    - little opportunity for increase in pay
    - parents high maintenance because they're paying so much, but it's crazy how much we have to bend over backwards to please these people


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