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KIPP Foundation Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
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Pros
  • great support staff and true "team and family" mentality (in 10 reviews)

  • A lot of professional development opportunities (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Co-Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Co-Teacher in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Co-Teacher in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at KIPP Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great leaders and team. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Low pay. Management was always stressed.


  2. "Fulfilling Education/Support"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great program to work for.
    Comparable pay to similar jobs in education.
    Good work culture

    Cons

    Non-educator/administrator positions can be a little nebulous when it comes to responsibilities and authorities.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more clearly defined roles and responsibilities for support/operations positions.

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    "Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Students are awesome. They make coming to work fun.

    Cons

    Overworked
    Underpayed
    Poor Leadership
    Prioritization of expansion hinders establishment of excellence on each ccampus

    Advice to Management

    be honest and show that your staff is valued


  4. "Negative experience"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at KIPP Foundation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - The way the academics is set up is awesome. I love the way they assess and push the students.
    - Great pay

    Cons

    As a teacher, I did not enjoy my experience at this school. The admin is inconsistent which trickles down to the teachers and students. Many teachers and administrators are inexperienced and unprofessional. I would encourage them to hire more certified teachers. The academics are good but the overall culture of the school is not great. I personally would not send my child there. The NEW principal (Reaves) does not understand how to deal with demographic that she leads. I've seen teachers LET students fight and administration degrade faculty and staff.

    -Long hours

    Advice to Management

    -Hire certified teachers
    - Hire admin that understands the demographic they serve
    -Hire admin that actually have leadership qualities
    -Consistency


  5. "Paraprofessional- Chicago"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really believe that all kids can go to and through college

    Cons

    Do not treat employees equally. Doesn't make employees a priority. Some members of Regional Office are disrespectful and bad mouth other employees. Believes in One Team and one family but don't uphold it across the board. Superiors do not take feedback from others well. School Leaders don't handle conflict well and automatically blames it on someone else

    Advice to Management

    Watch what you say and do because you may lose out on a opportunity that could help. Treat your people fairly that includes the Paraprofessionals and the Americorp Members


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    "Run away quickly"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Instructor in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KIPP Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great starting salary and really good health benefits.

    Cons

    Where to start? The "pro" is a good salary. However, the starting salary could have been DOUBLE what it was and it would have still not been worth it. I started after the school year started and had ZERO training. No training on systems, discipline, polices, NOTHING. Everything I learned I learned "on the fly." I was asked to write a curriculum and given no direction as to the format of how they wanted it (even after I asked several times). The time commitment is unwieldy, 7:30am until at least 5pm each day. Much of this time was after school "meetings" or "professional development" which was in no way tracked. They didn't give teachers any proof that and PD was completed (which in NJ is mandatory). I personally had a clash with a student who was physically violent with me. I complained and was told that I just had to "deal with it." I was hired to teach 5 (out of 8) periods per day. I was assigned 6 periods per day with no additional compensation (on our "block" day, I had zero prep periods). I was given curriculum assignment on a Monday (at 6pm) and it was expected to be completed by that Friday. This was to write 7 weeks worth of lessons for 3 grades. When I told the school head that I didn't have time to write these lessons (especially with little to no prep) I was told that the school day is 7:30am-4:30pm and that teachers are "expected" to work 20-30 per week in ADDITION! This place was NOT for me...oh, and they don't comply with state regulations either. They play very "fast and loose" with IEP requirements. Also, since they don't use subs, they had teachers teaching classes for which they were not certified. Like a writing teacher having to teach biology classes on a Maternity situation. Also, teachers were required to walk the streets of an inner city handing out flyers to encourage enrollment...we're teachers...we aren't in the marketing department.

    Advice to Management

    Watch out...Charter schools may start to come under fire. You'll want to be sure that you are compliant with all state regulations (because you certainly aren't now!). Don't just assume that the TFA kids you hire will just cow tow to anything they are told.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Working as a Teacher at KIPP"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay, you definitely grow as a teacher

    Cons

    Not enough support from admin. There's no accountability on the students for their actions or performance. No sense of community among the teachers, it always feels like you have to watch your back. Certain individuals of admin are not personable and tend to use intimidation.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just focus on creating better teachers, but also try to help them grow professionally as well, even if they may not end up working in your region.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Misaligned Vision"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Teachers work hard and all have the same values

    Cons

    Leadership is misaligned in its vision. Some deans will yell at students, while others won't. Some will use behavior trackers, while others are against them. There is also a mixed signal on what sort of autonomy teachers have in planning their lessons.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Workload Overload"

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    Current Employee - Payroll Accountant in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Payroll Accountant in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Values, the love of public education.

    Cons

    The work load is overwhelming for line employees. Positions are made up for most employees and those employees are paid high salaries, little work, free to come and go as please, or work from home.

    Advice to Management

    Advancement from within. Develop and appreciate your employees.


  10. "Great place to be as an educator"

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    Current Employee - School Counselor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - School Counselor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KIPP Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Awesome staff that works relentlessly to create a great learning environment for it's students

    Cons

    Long Hours. Lack of professional growth for certain specializations


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