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Making Waves Reviews

Updated November 12, 2016
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  1. "Challenging and Rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Making Waves full-time

    Pros

    Making Waves Academy is one of the up and coming Charter Management Organizations in the Bay Area. MWA students and community has amazing potential, as well as incredible resources available.

    Cons

    This organization has been through several transitions and changes in leadership, and continues to adapt each year. This requires significant dedication, patience, and hard work on behalf of all employees.


  2. "Well-funded, poorly managed school"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Making Waves full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of financial support and a lot of good intentions for serving a specific population -- black and brown students in an economically disadvantaged area.

    Cons

    Every decision from the top seemed political, not pedagogical. An obsession with "data-driven instruction" was so poorly handled that students were never given a legitimate assessment. However they were judged (as were the teachers) on how they scored on assessments that, due to technical glitches, had not accurately recorded the student responses.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put saving the world before teaching the children how to read, write, and think. Stop treating students like test cases.


  3. "Sub"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can really make a difference in a community where it is sorely needed.

    Cons

    Was not paid during holidays. I brought this up to human resources and they were not willing to change this.


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  5. "College Preparatory Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The community is a great place, and the staff is extremely friendly.

    Cons

    There was not as much structure as I would have liked.


  6. "Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Tutor in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Tutor in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Making Waves full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best place to work in the world! If you are into helping kids with get a brighter future and get to college, this is the place to do it at!

    Cons

    Pay is great, but of course, would like to get paid more haha. Love this place! Keep doing what you are doing !

    Advice to Management

    Pay more!


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Making Waves needs organizational structure change."

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    Former Employee - - in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - - in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Making Waves supports kids in a community who really need help.

    Cons

    AWFUL management. The folks in charge are passionate about what they do, but the intense micro-management does a disservice to the organization. Furthermore, the main person in charge is not an educator and makes unilateral decisions based on her intuition. Unfortunately, her intuition is not sufficient.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a human resources specialist and give that person the autonomy needed to get authentic feedback from employees.