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KIPP DC Reviews

Updated July 24, 2018
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Pros
  • "Numerous tools for professional development through the KIPP Network" (in 7 reviews)

  • "This organization had great benefits and paid great" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is no real work-life balance but you are compensated for that" (in 16 reviews)

  • "long hours, strict discipline, low salary relative to work, tough environment" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Art Teacher"

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

    I have been working at KIPP DC full-time

    Pros

    Community, Benefits, Compensation, Support, Facilities, longer holiday breaks, wellness days

    Cons

    Extended school year, Work 10 hour days


  2. "Great Schools with lots of work"

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    Former Employee - History Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - History Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KIPP DC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation is great, but they expect you to work really hard with little to no support.

    Cons

    Little to know support if you are not a core teacher, (English or Math)

    Advice to Management

    Take time to help out other subject areas

  3. "Teacher"

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

    I worked at KIPP DC full-time

    Pros

    Salary was good and coaching opportunities can sometimes occur.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Principals play favorites and there is a feeling that data is the only thing that matters. Culture is also extremely toxic with principals asking employees for personal information about other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Give more coaching to your principals on culture building to try and break the churn and burn cycle.


  4. "KIPP"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KIPP DC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very diverse place to work. Friendly coworkers and supervisor.

    Cons

    The work can be tedious.


  5. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at KIPP DC full-time

    Pros

    - Motivated colleagues
    - Great benefits
    - Great compensation

    Cons

    - Work-life balance can be hard
    - Lots of staff turn-over
    - Young staff/admin -- missing seasoned professionals

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining veteran teachers


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Typical evil charter"

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

    Pros

    Kids and families are genuine and excited usually

    Cons

    Administration practices actively harassing their residents to not complete program.

    Advice to Management

    Fire your lack luster management and stop covering for abusive administrators.


  7. "Get certified and then get out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KIPP DC full-time

    Pros

    Excellent training and support - prepared me well for my current position at another school.

    Cons

    No room for autonomy, voice, creativity, using your brain, etc.

  8. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KIPP DC full-time

    Pros

    high salary, easy to work with people

    Cons

    long hours, strict discipline, low salary relative to work, tough environment


  9. "Classroom Teacher"

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

    I worked at KIPP DC full-time

    Pros

    KIPP DC has an incredible mission, an extremely talented team of educators and leaders ,and amazingly resilient students. They consistently perform among the best charter schools in DC (though there is some variance among schools) and they are always committed to getting better.

    Cons

    Teacher workload is often unsustainable and the schedule can be inflexible (though the network has recently made some changes to the school calendar and length of the school day to improve that).

    Advice to Management

    Continue finding ways to make employees feel valued and justly compensated for the incredible work they do.


  10. "Great place to work and make a difference"

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

    I have been working at KIPP DC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get a hands-on experience working with students and families, as well as having autonomy to design your own teaching style. The schools are geographically accessible. You get support and coaching from a leadership team who is interested in growing the human in addition to the teacher.

    Cons

    This job is very time consuming and requires a large amount of pre-planning on the teacher's end in order to maximize free time.


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