KIPP DC Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Nov 23, 2020

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  • "My manager was very invested in my professional development(in 10 reviews)

  • "Beautiful buildings and classrooms(in 4 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Outside of the long hours, there are no cons(in 32 reviews)

  • "You have to work hard to maintain work life balance but it’s possible(in 22 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Great Place to Work

      Nov 19, 2020 - Director 
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      Pros

      Mission and Vision are inspiring. Lots of amazing coworkers

      Cons

      You have to work hard to maintain work life balance but it’s possible

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Culture, Lack of Work-Life Balance

      Nov 23, 2020 - Teacher in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Pay is great, amazing coworkers, students and family relationships

      Cons

      Long hours, prep time is repurposed by admin, lack of work-life balance

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Prepare to be bullied and hazed

      Oct 21, 2020 - Teacher, Elementary School 
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      Pros

      Higher pay than other local charters

      Cons

      In spite of the higher pay, keep in mind that this is relative only to other local charters and is STILL low. Kipp has a very cult-like culture given that it was constructed by TFA alumni. In DC specifically, prepare to deal with principals from previous years (who no longer work for these schools) anxiously hovering over new and prospective staff to ensure that their toxic legacy never dissipates. Prepare to be bullied (sometimes silently) into having to lie about your future plans. Prepare to be gossiped about by fake recruiters. Prepare to deal with hazing and predatory practices that would be frowned upon elsewhere but are encouraged in this type of environment. Prepare to lose any concept of a work/ life balance while being tricked into thinking you’re actually helping to improve kids’ long term outcomes. Prepare to deal with self righteous folks who will seize your time as if you are being adequately compensated. Prepare to reach the profound realization that you can do more with your life and more to benefit students, their families and their communities elsewhere.

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Forget work life balance

      Jan 3, 2020 - Teacher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      One month off in the summer.

      Cons

      Employers take the “whatever it takes” attitude too far. You’re expected to be a slave to your school, but the work is not distributed evenly and a lot of administrators sit around all day. You will be judged for taking so sick days (if they are even approved). There are schools with better work life balance out there. Would not recommend.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Mentor Teacher

      Dec 7, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Amazing students and incredible fellow teachers. Everyone worked hard for the kids.

      Cons

      Didn't receive the support I needed - felt very little work-life balance.

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Loved it

      Oct 11, 2018 - Data Analyst 
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      Pros

      My manager was very invested in my professional development.

      Cons

      Work-life balance really varied across job titles. Hard to get substantial raises.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Stressful and Demanding Workplace

      Oct 9, 2018 - Lead Preschool Teacher in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      - Welcoming and supportive teaching colleagues - Extensive resources for children

      Cons

      - No work-life balance - Poor management in terms of consistency for behavioral expectations from children - Demanding hours (minimum of 10 hours/day)

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Place to work

      Mar 27, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      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

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Love KIPP

      Dec 28, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      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.

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Not for everyone

      Jan 3, 2018 - Teacher 
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      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.

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