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National Heritage Academies Reviews

Updated May 25, 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. Helpful (1)

    "NHA all about making themselves money"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some really great teachers worked there.

    Cons

    Horrible pay. Inadequate training. Poor communication. Backstabbing and politics are rampant among the deans and administration. Admin likes to put on a horse and pony show for parents but did not support teachers. Micro management was common. Admin blames others. Deans were all about trying to get bonuses.NO paid sick time. Was told by corporate person that if my kids were sick I may want to consider relying on their other parent. (seriously!!!) Any complaints about local leadership told to corporate was fed right back to local administration.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Don't plan on promotion"

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

    Pros

    Great collegial atmosphere among the teachers.

    Cons

    The admin doesn't support teachers, has no consistent discipline plan, and it is the leadership's attitude that makes the school ineffective.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire your friends. Hire qualified professionals to run the schools. Make sure ALL teachers are certified. Don't buy trinkets for teachers; give them more money!

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Middle School Math teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great community potential. Loved many of the other teachers with whom I worked.

    Cons

    The administration at the school I was at was horrible. The school was run using scare tactics and very little support for the teachers to discipline the students consistently or effectively. I personally was the 3rd 8th grade math teacher for the school year that I taught, and I quit in February. The middle school math curriculum was okay, but the interim assessments were poorly written. I often found mistakes with the questions and/or the answers. Additionally, the work day was ridiculously long. If the work day had ended at 4 PM, like I was told in the interview, that would have been fine. However, at the school I was at, you were expected to call home for every disciplinary action that occurred in the classroom. I had nearly 100 students on my caseload, and was making nearly 20-30 calls a night (and those were not all the infractions...just the worst ones). This was in addition to planning and correcting in the evening.

    Advice to Management

    Look carefully at the administration of your schools. When the teacher attrition nears 5 - 6 teachers a year, you might want to look at the root of the problem and consider finding new, more positive leaders for your schools. Some of the schools are so poorly led, and are not giving National Heritage Academies a very good name.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Heritage Academies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Insurance was wonderful during my time of employment.

    Cons

    Constant change in strategies in an attempt to keep up with the market. Educators rarely had ample time to learn the concept before it was changed. Technology for students was severely lacking. Library facility very small. Too much emphasis on data from student scores, students develop a complacent attitude towards testing;therefore, best effort of testing is lacking. No room for growth within the current structure. Dean model has not promoted a good work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Work environment and climate would be greatly improved with the deletion of the Dean model and O3's. Definite need for benefits that include personal/sick day off policy. Benefits were great during the employment. Work/life balance in favor of company, need to be more considerate of balance for employees.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Service Center employee"

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    Current Employee - Service Center in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Service Center in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with the school staff and receiving gratitude from the office staff.

    Cons

    There is no room for growth. All professional development is for teachers, deans or principals. The Service Center employees are hired for a specific job. Do not spend more than two year here, unless you like doing nothing with your career.

    Advice to Management

    Micromanaging and lacking opportunity to all employees will be the downfall. The culture is already rotting on the inside and the only thing upper mgmt is concerned with is student achievement and seat filling. Students are dollars for this real estate management company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Teachers are not valued, too many expectations without any sort of compensation or assistance."

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Teacher in Kalamazoo, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good mission. There are a lot of cutting edge initiatives.

    Cons

    Teachers are overworked and under paid. While it's not all about the money, the amount of time that goes in should at least keep up with local school districts' pay.

    Advice to Management

    Get into the classrooms/buildings and listen before adding another initiative.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Hearts are in the right place, execution is poor"

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

    I worked at National Heritage Academies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    NHA's healthcare benefits are second to none - tough to find with many employers today. A commitment to help inner city youth succeed.

    Cons

    Low pay, unreasonable expectations, limited support, inexperienced leaders, too much reliance on their mission and not enough focus on the people making it happen each and every day. Annual turnover regularly exceeds 40-50% of total staff.

    Advice to Management

    When you are burning teachers out the way the turnover numbers suggest you are, something needs to change. You get what you pay.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Plan to work excessive hours"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Heritage Academies full-time

    Pros

    The health insurance is awesome! Staff is given rewards(snacks,etc.) regularly. Small Class Sizes. Great teamwork and staff support, mentoring available

    Cons

    Short lunches, minimal lesson planning times, weekly observations with evaluations. Teachers are expected to stay late and babysit after school if their students are not picked up at dismissal (45 min. at times). Work at least 50 hours a week. New paperwork or educational fads to be followed every couple months. Excessive testing, too many meetings, no work days, staff is treated different

    Advice to Management

    Compensate or have realistic expectations for staff, hire more staff for extra work, delegate professional duties appropriately, treat staff the same, longer lunch breaks, hold parents accountable for school involvement and picking up their kids on time, and stop using staff as a parental supplement for out of school life


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good for experience, not a life-long career employer."

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    Current Employee - Intructional Staff in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Intructional Staff in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    NHA likes to stay current on new studies and trends in the field of education, and with a K-8 setting, you really get to know the students personally.

    Cons

    It is a corporation. You are not given a contract- you are an at-will employee, which is stressful. You are often serving low income and urban students who can be difficult and challenging, while often not receiving any support by administration or parents. Also - your 'prep' time is when meetings are scheduled with admin, and you have to eat lunch and supervise your students eating theirs in your classroom. No potty breaks, no time to get to the lounge for anything.

    Advice to Management

    Teacher turnover is important. The longer they stay with the company, the more expertise they have and can be the competent educators that corporate wants. However, with low pay and the overwhelming paperwork, and often unsupportive administration, makes this an extremely negative environment to work in. Even if higher pay cannot be accomplished, a lunch to ourselves would be nice. We often feel more like babysitters than professionals.


  10. "NHA Leadership and Culture"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Charter school provides some freedom and flexibility in curriculum and teaching methods
    Fellow teachers are willing to provide help and support for new and less experience teachers

    Cons

    Lack of leadership experience
    Uncompetitive salary
    McGregor Theory X style leadership
    Blame Culture

    Advice to Management

    Institute an innovative culture that includes a systems theory approach to solving strategic problems. Institute a collaborative and collegial style leadership that is congruent with a learning organization that adapts well to local educational markets.


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