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KIPP Foundation Reviews

Updated February 4, 2017
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  • Work Life Balance is pretty hard to manage (in 19 reviews)

  • Long hours (between 10 - 12 hr days) (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "KIPP Foundation"

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

    I have been working at KIPP Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great mission & vision; smart, committed team of colleagues; belief in joy

    Cons

    Completely hectic work pace, less than transparent organization, not that easy for people outside of the no excuses charter world to integrate; not much attention paid to team building

    Advice to Management

    pay attention to scope & pace of work; balance passion & goals with creating a sustainable work culture


  2. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KIPP Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Building relationships with students and their families, unlimited access to printers, and teaching the subject that I love.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is nonexistent. My school promotes a "team and family" approach to everything we do, but is hypocritical in practice: the environment at the school is extremely cliquey, and teachers have been caught talking trash about other teachers without consequence simply because they are "close friends" with the principal. Principal is an elitist and rather than support you in any way, prefers to undermine you at every turn. Instructional coaching is give-or-take, but for most, is a joke; whenever your coach drops the ball in providing you with support—and believe me, it will happen—you will be blamed for not showing enough "grit". There is no concrete discipline system, and teachers usually suffer for the willy-nilly behavior of children. Their reasoning? Had you just planned a rigorous objective, the students would have no reason to act out! Lest you drink their koolaid and firmly plant yourself up the rear end of administration, leadership does not respect your time nor your effort and does not compensate you fairly. No matter how noble the cause of KIPP's existence and how strongly you believe in their mission, you will quickly become burnt out and disillusioned because, basically, KIPP in itself is a self-congratulatory lie. We are not the saviors they make us out to be.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce school hours, treat your teachers fairly, and stop spending so much money patting yourselves on the back at the annual KIPP Summit. You can spend that money buying your schools classroom materials that they are in dire need of. The fact that English teachers have to print out novels for their students to read is ridiculous.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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

    Pros

    -Professional staff and great people to learn from
    -Excellent support from management
    -Worthwhile work that makes a difference

    Cons

    -Work Life Balance is pretty hard to manage
    -Long projects with quick deadlines


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    My co-workers and I worked like a team. I really felt like I was part of a Team and Family.

    Cons

    The workload was extensive. 12 hour weekdays and 10 hour weekends was a norm for me.


  6. "Awesome Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great family oriented company. Really provide wonderful resources for child learning.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to speak about!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the excellent work!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible school! The staff is extremely focused on the success of their students. Tons of coaching and feedback from coach/supervisor.

    Cons

    Long hours. No work/life balance. A lot of competition between teachers to have the best test scores.

    Advice to Management

    Continue providing excellent feedback to teachers. Create less competition between teachers and classrooms and encourage more team building as a school.


  8. "Learning Specialist"

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

    Pros

    Great administrative staff! The team and family approach created a very warm environment for staff!

    Cons

    Extended school day made it hard to balance work and life!


  9. "Challenging but Rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They push you out of your comfort zone but you find yourself a better person from the work you've done.

    Cons

    The work is challenging and you don't always see the fruits of your labor as quickly as you would like to

    Advice to Management

    Continue making personal and meaningful relationships with your employees- it makes the experience much better.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Purchasing Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working with the community and the children. See the children get an equal opportunity as everyone.

    Cons

    Tracking system might be needed to make sure we have all of our goods


  11. "Great Mission"

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

    I worked at KIPP Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great Mission.
    Good Employees that are smart and driven
    Great Management.

    Cons

    Underpaid and minimal career opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work



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