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National Heritage Academies Reviews

Updated May 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. "Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    At National Heritage Academies Service Center (headquarters) in Grand Rapids, Michigan was a great working environment. The teams I was a part of were incredibly supportive and had an emphasis on constructive feedback with managers.

    Cons

    There was a conceited atmosphere around the service center when it came to educational professionals in the organization. The for profit business model in NHA has always been a point of concern for me. Profiting off a public service where your sole purpose is to be helping disadvantaged youth seems contradictory.


  2. "Educator"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Student focused and promotes parental involvement, good benefits

    Cons

    Salary is not based on educator' s experience or credentials.

    Advice to Management

    Align salaries with credentials and experience.


  3. "Happy with my management team and coworkers!"

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    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Bay City, MI
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Bay City, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We're like a family. People listen to you. And the kids need you. It's a rewarding job. I love my job.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to find your footing at times. So to speak, too many chiefs trying to run the village.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your teachers!


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  5. "Paraprofessional"

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    Current Employee - Title I Paraprofessional in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Title I Paraprofessional in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent staff. Extraordinary students. Understanding administration.

    Cons

    Low Pay. High risk areas.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees according to their abilities.


  6. "Great staff and enviornment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harper Woods, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harper Woods, MI

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun and very supportive staff.

    Cons

    Paraprofessionals do not get paid much.


  7. "Teacher"

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

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

    Pros

    Administrators desire to improve students academic growth. Mentoring is available for new teachers. Families chose to send their children to a charter school so often that means they are more vested in the schools. 401k plan if available for retirement and health benefits are comparable to any large organization. NHA does a pretty good job of keeping current with technology trends.

    Cons

    Large class sizes - minimum of 28 - k thru 8. NHA mandates curriculum. Pay is significantly lower than traditional public schools in my area. As with all school systems, some administrators are heavy-handed and rigid; others are reasonable and balanced. Some administrators bend over backward to appease parents or the corporation. The corporation HQ or "service center" is large and well compensated. Many feel that they service center is out of touch with what a real classroom is like. PD is often virtually meaningless.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate your teaching staff. There is little incentive to stay on.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work with many opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have worked at NHA for six years. I have seen tremendous growth in the organization and with that, opportunities for employees to take on positions that help them advance their careers and make NHA stronger at the same time. Leadership expects a lot from employees, but they also reward employees for their hard work. This builds trust between employees and management, which leads to a relaxed atmosphere. People throughout the service center want to see coworkers and our schools succeed. This is a place that makes you want to come to work.

    Cons

    The con to any job is that no employer is perfect and no job is perfect. However, even when something happens or decisions are made that I don't agree with, leadership's open-door policy has made it easy for me to talk about whatever it is that happened. They are transparent in explaining the reasons behind their actions, and it's clear to me that they take NHA's mission and core values seriously.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent and open to discussions with employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good overall"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Teacher in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The kids are amazing and the work is rewarding.

    Cons

    The deans can make or break your experience. If you do your job well they can still make life very hard.

    Advice to Management

    Let teachers do their jobs. Avoid personal attacks for professional situations.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, lots of intentionally training. Lots of feedback given to improve teaching and student learning. Data from students used to help adjust and drive instruction.

    Cons

    Lots of demands and pressure placed on teachers. Lack of student when dealing with students and parents. Pay scale is terribly low, which causes high teacher turn over rates.

    Advice to Management

    Management must be able to reflect, just as the teachers must do on how their management skills are either benefiting or contributing to the low "joy factor" in their teaching team.


  11. "Good place to work with good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees truly care about better educating more children.

    Cons

    The growth of the company has created more bureaucracy.


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