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KIPP DC Reviews

Updated May 11, 2018
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  • "There is no real work-life balance but you are compensated for that" (in 17 reviews)

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

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  1. "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.


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "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 is good, pd opportunities are also helpful.

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Vesting in 401k literally takes years
    Over emphasis of data
    Discipline involves too much isolation and shouting at children

    Advice to Management

    Humanize your teachers and students. There is more to educating a child than data.


  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. "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not for everyone"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at KIPP DC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Great pay
    -Kids are great
    -Money is really good

    Cons

    -If you are a teacher, it will take over your life. There is no real work-life balance but you are compensated for that

    -Co-workers can be a mixed bag. Sometimes great---sometimes terrible.

    -When you leave, you are dead to them. Doesn't matter if it was good or bad. They no longer care about you and your career development.


  9. "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.


  10. "Love KIPP"

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

    I have been working at KIPP DC full-time

    Pros

    There is a big sense of community and support at KIPP DC. Knowing that everyone is mission-driven and wants to provide high quality education to our students keep m e going every day. It's nice to know we are all aligned and can count on each other

    Cons

    As others have said, work life balance is hard. To me, it's worth it and I wouldn't leave because of it, but it can be tough.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate some of the policies, such as PTO, maternity leave and continue to find ways to make the work more sustainable.


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