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Updated January 11, 2018
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Pros
  • Working with children and staff (in 6 reviews)

  • It's a great place for part-time workers (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • A lot of work just for a part time position (in 18 reviews)

  • There is no clear direction and there is a lack of support from upper management (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harlem Children's Zone full-time

    Pros

    Amazing culture, great people, good cause

    Cons

    No cons really come to mind


  2. "Nepotism, poor use of funds"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY

    I worked at Harlem Children's Zone full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teachers have the supplies they need to implement the curriculum.

    Cons

    Leadership is decided by who grew up with the principal, feeding the principal rumors benefits your pay scale and favoritism is rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the feedback you've received from satisfaction surveys.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Blind Directors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harlem Children's Zone full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fare pay and decent benefits

    Cons

    Some departments are "Click" oriented, if your not in...Your not in! You will only be tolerated but never accepted, you will always feel like a second class citizen if the group doesn't feel you belong, your skill and hard work will count for nothing. Plus reviews are made by people who don't see all your hard work, and will be given to you based on whether the click accepts you, not what your job performance is really about. You've been warned!

    Advice to Management

    Wake up, you are blind to the fact that you have a click in your department, nepotism is the run of the day, Plus these clicks hide things from you and cover for each other, that's why they've gone through 4 directors already.. those other directors didn't see it coming until it was too late, Please wake up for your sake if not for the poor mistreated workers, that didn't make the clicks cut...


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Bittersweet"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harlem Children's Zone full-time

    Pros

    Hands on experience with children, you get practice with implementing lessons and building impactful relationships, very fun job if you stay out of the drama. Overall great experience I just wish more of the staff was more professional

    Cons

    unprofessional staff and sometimes there are issues with your check. It will be handled but you have to stay on top of it!

    Advice to Management

    Fire staff and re-hire professional ones. People think that just because they have been there for years they won't ever get fired and it shows! Some employees do whatever they want and it isn't a good look for the business.


  5. "Work here if you're desperate."

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    Former Employee - Baby College
    Former Employee - Baby College
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harlem Children's Zone full-time

    Pros

    HCZ name
    Connections with employees
    Fun Events
    Free food or treats from time to time
    Understanding about events outside of work

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations
    Low pay especially for the work
    nepotism
    No value towards employees who actually work
    Management demands respect without giving it.
    You're always wrong.
    Will fire you without a thought
    Only care about the numbers

    Advice to Management

    You know everyone who's doing a bad job yet you cover them and give a hard time to the ones who put a major effort. You claim you want quality but really prefer quantity. Stop giving unrealistic expectations you know can't be met.
    Learn to value and. keep people who actually work!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Former Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harlem Children's Zone full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits and insurance

    Cons

    Lack of administrative support
    Lack of scholar behavior
    Too much chaos without structure
    Very who you know and if you are liked

    Advice to Management

    Get it together, and work as a team to respect your teachers. You treat them like they are disposable, thats why people leave and you have a huge turn over rate each year.


  7. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harlem Children's Zone full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Students do well State mandated exams. Nutritious meals are served and students feel safe.

    Cons

    School administrators lack vision and play favoritism amongst staff. Students are aware of disorganization.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring administrators that have no classroom experience.

  8. "Director"

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

    I worked at Harlem Children's Zone full-time

    Pros

    Great reputation, but that was yesteryear

    Cons

    Poor showing on the old rep, current trend is to CYA, less about community

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the old school trend of looking out for community not making numbers


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Health Educator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harlem Children's Zone part-time

    Pros

    A great stepping stone that further your career. Lots of great people to meet and great events.

    Cons

    A lot of work just for a part time position. Lack of staff


  10. "Draining"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harlem Children's Zone full-time

    Pros

    The organization looks good on your resume.

    Cons

    They have a terrible turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Have more respect.


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