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Noble Network of Charter Schools Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Noble provides the environment where both students and staff see the results of their hard work (in 7 reviews)

  • Students are very respectful and hard-working (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • It takes skilled management to find work-life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Often long hours, many "asks" beyond the typical school day (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Rauner College Prep"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Small school environment
    Great school culture
    Students are focused on college prepatory work
    Some opportunities to make a little extra cash

    Cons

    Low-- horrible pay
    Poor people management and treatment if you are support staff by a certain manager
    Poor job structure and guidelines for reviews

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of management that treats coworkers poorly
    Listen to support staff as well as teachers
    Allow for more of a dialogue with support staff and top management
    Put someone in charge of internal operations if the principal is going to be the hiring manager
    Focus on long-term internal campus goals that align with network goals (no clear campus goals)


  2. "High school teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of support and materials you can't get in public school

    Cons

    Terrible miltary like approach toward education.

    Advice to Management

    Teach for more then four years


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    "Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good and relevant professional development.

    Cons

    No work life balance.
    Judgmental staff- if you don't stay until 6pm, you don't care about your kids.
    Placement outside of appropriate content area- individuals with math/science background doing college counseling with no experience.
    Entitled mentality.
    Lots of buzzwords but no actual guidance or instruction on how to implement strategies.

    Advice to Management

    Put teachers where they are trained.


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  5. "Undervalued in a System of Politics and Favoritism"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities for possible growth and some bonuses

    Cons

    This network is governed by a system of favoritism. You can be overly qualified and educated, but its all about who the dictator principal once to put into certain positions. And if you're a classroom assistant or facilities employee, you are treated like a second class citizen.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people that are dictators and start hiring real leaders who care about all of their employees.


  6. "science teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    high expectations for students, nice facilities

    Cons

    unprofessional administration who views faculty as incredibly disposable. Most of the teachers are in Teach for America and have very little experience so they don't know any better when admin is making decisions that go against best practices. Lower salary than public schools with many more professional obligations. Get ready to work nights and weekends if you want to keep up.

    Advice to Management

    implement a teacher evaluation system that is based on something other than just ACT growth.


  7. "At Will Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, great experience of working with at-risk youth

    Cons

    Horrible work/life balance. Bewate, you can get fired for no reason despite how will that you have done on evaluations.

    Advice to Management

    Even though you have employees considered on an at-will status, please don't let new incoming principals have to the power to restructure "and lay off" employees for no reason, without seeing how effective a school's organization would be for at least a year.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Work Hard/Play Hard"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning Specialist
    Current Employee - Learning Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Overall young and inexperiences teachers who work hard instead of working smart.

    Cons

    It is not a sustainable work/life balance if you want to have a life outside of work.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Rigorous academics and less behavior problems in comparison to the local public schools, the kids are wonderful, many of the teachers are compassionate and in the work for the right reasons, but the same cannot be said for...

    Cons

    The administrators. Shady dealings, arbitrary firings, talking down to staff, making huge school-wide changes without consulting the staff, consistently berating individual teachers at all staff-meetings if their kids didn't "grow" enough on the ACT (which the kids have to take 5-8 times per year), little to no experience in education, criticizing teachers for asking for help, "auditing rooms" and disciplining staff if a kid's shoes were so much as untied, playing favorites with staff...all were part of the "Noble experience" for this teacher.

    Advice to Management

    Your administrators need a clean sweep. Focus on recruiting former teachers for these positions who know the struggles of the classroom and actually know how to EMPATHIZE with teachers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Homogenous C-level Suite, Serious Lack in Cultural Competency"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Noble pays their teachers well.

    Cons

    Homogenous C-Suite. Lack of cultural competency among chiefs, managers, and teachers. A great deal of back biting and passive aggressive management styles. School culture to share real feelings in surveys versus verbalizing them to actual people.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in a consultant to do some serious work in cultural competency for professional staff. Many teachers lack connection with students because they do not understand them. Managers do not do a good job at working with Staff of Color, giving them a seat at the table.


  11. "IT Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Our Team consists of amazing individuals.

    Cons

    Work/personal life balance is slim to none.


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