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National Heritage Academies Reviews

Updated August 2, 2017
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  • Low pay scale, Over ambitious in expectations (in 14 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is off; ALOT of work; very little support in some campuses (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Talent Acquisition Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Met some outstanding people at National Heritage Academies.

    Cons

    No clear direction on assignments but hold to a standard that seems to change. No consistency from upper management.


  2. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Teacher in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Heritage Academies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are zero good reasons to work for this company

    Cons

    Lack of training, inflexible work schedules, do not set up their employees for success, inconsistent expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Think through the impact of decision made at the executive level on the teachers.

  3. "Great company to start off with"

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

    I worked at National Heritage Academies full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Great pay everyone loves the CEO.

    Cons

    Hard to move up in company

    Advice to Management

    Raise


  4. Helpful (2)

    "They don't like you when you get older."

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Heritage Academies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great training, nothing else, nothing else, nothing else, nothing else

    Cons

    Benefits, long term pay, no teacher retirement in NYS, switching of classrooms 3x a year, no opportunity for growth

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees, stop micromanaging


  5. Helpful (2)

    "2nd grade teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good !! Also great professional development

    Cons

    Lotsssssssss of over working, kids are not behaved well, nooooo support


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Teacher in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies full-time

    Pros

    Good benefit package Always job positions open

    Cons

    Overly excessivie Micro management excessive: Paperwork, excessive testing/assessment Teachers are expected to direct traffic, greet parents and students every morning and at dismissal stay late as come early.overworked and underpaid.Will take your life if you let them Expect you to take work home. IN one month 4 employees quit.

    Advice to Management

    Management knows what improvements are need.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Stay Far Away!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Your co-workers (non management) are supportive.

    Cons

    I truly wish I could give no stars.

    The buildings: Classrooms tend to be small and cramped, holding as many as 35 students in a room! Most schools have no lunchroom, so students are forced to eat in the classroom (to save money.) This results in classrooms getting dirty from students spilling and dropping their lunches on the floor. The building does not appear to be designed for children, as students in lower grades often have trouble reaching the soap, sink, and paper towels. Furthermore, the playground area at my school was far too small to accommodate the 90 kids that were out there.

    The schedule/curriculum: There is absolutely no flexibility. Teachers are expected to be on the assigned lesson (at a specific point) at a certain time in the day. If you are not, you will get docked on your evaluation. There is also a lack of clarity about what to teach given that the curriculum is far too extensive to teach in the limited time period the school allots for it. I was told to read off the script word for word, but also told to cut out the fluff. However, it was unclear as to which parts they considered to be fluff and I tended to get different answers depending on which person I asked for advice. They emphasize rigor, which is a good thing, but put WAY too much focus on teachers teaching every single minute of every day. Recess is almost nonexistent, which gives students almost no opportunity to get their energy out. When I tried to do a morning meeting with my students in an effort to build classroom community, I was told it was a waste of instructional time. In terms of teacher scheduling, your thirty-five minute daily planning time is often spent meeting with administration. As a result, teachers often spend long hours outside of school planning and preparing lesson materials.

    The Management: I can't say enough bad things about the management. They behave like bullies and resort to personal insults rather than fair and honest critiques designed to grow teachers. They promise all sorts of support that never happens. Upper management in Grand Rapids is worse. They are so focused on making a profit that they ignore the needs of the children.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the administration and bring in new people who know how to lead. Stop focusing on making a profit and worry about giving children a real education.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Run For the Hills!"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Teacher in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most fellow staff members were friendly.

    Cons

    NWEA test scores are padded extensively to ensure that classroom teachers get some sort of monetary bonus. Total ghetto school. Dirty bathrooms and classrooms. Lunch food for students often half frozen with uneaten food put back into the freezer for the next day's lunch.

    Advice to Management

    Take your eye off of the money and concentrate on student need for once!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    decent benefits, great co-workers, awesome internal support system

    Cons

    low pay, long hours, too many responsibilities per person, terrible work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Needs a Dean of Middle School Behavior and a true follow-through Behavioral-Plan


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salary was great and the benefits were fantastic. The intentions of the organization were theory based and benefited student learning.

    Cons

    The expectations were too high for students to grow in one academic years, since most of the students who attend are 4 or more grade levels behind. Also, the school has had five principals in 5 years.


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