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PUC Schools Reviews

Updated October 3, 2017
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  1. "Inclusion Specialist Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PUC Schools full-time

    Pros

    It was been a pleasure in being part of an amazing organization, being able to grow a professional. By far a company that is willing to support any growth in a individual.

    Cons

    Needs more attention for other staff that are not only teachers. Keeping a type of equality amongst staff.


  2. "High expectations with little support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Fernando, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Fernando, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PUC Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Classes are kept small. There is a focus on consistency between grades and between subjects. Parents are invested in their children's education.

    Cons

    Daily lesson plans must be submitted weekly. No textbooks but no electronic resources for building curriculum. Emphasis is placed on building relationships but excuses are made for parents all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Be a stronger support for your teachers. Not in coaching or listening but making them feel like admin has their back and isn't bending to the will of parents and students

  3. "Toxic Environment, Horrible Senior Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PUC Schools full-time

    Pros

    Mission and vision is the only thing.

    Cons

    Some of the worst leadership I've seen. Nepatism runs throughout the organization which prohibits positive evolution and true change. Superintendents are a joke with no true leadership. HR is a gossip mill. If you speak up and it goes against the grain you are targeted and either treated so poorly until you quit or fired the first chance they get. They've lost all their good employees and continue to just fill spots with any warm body which has truly damaged not just the organization but the schools.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the leadership.


  4. "Cold corporate environment"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They offer extensive professional development yet it is rarely applicable to your content area, and is "data" driven -- not helpful or a good use of time.
    Fakeness from staff and admin is cringe-worthy.
    Teachers quit left and right due to student behavior -- I have never heard such foul language and been disrespected on so many levels (daily) in my life.

    Cons

    Student behavior is atrocious -- little or no consequences
    support from office staff is available yet not effective -- very little follow through
    Long exhausting days
    Little appreciation for teachers
    "Puc speak" from admin -- demeaning and politely disrespectful

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic in your demands and expectations of your teachers.
    Pay your teachers MUCH more for what they deal with on a daily basis
    Offer effective and appropriate teacher training and PD


  5. "PUC Teacher"

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

    Pros

    The staff and students are amazing! Everyone is committed to establishing a strong culture of trust and achievement.

    Cons

    Striking a work/life balance can be tricky at times. The school is growing rapidly and like any rapidly growing establishment it is experiencing growing pains along the way.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Substitute Teacher Friendly"

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Gardena, CA
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Gardena, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at PUC Schools part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The office staff at each school I worked with were always very pleasant. Their system for signing in and signing out is simple and efficient. Payment was always received on time, and there was no inconvenient process for tracking hours like I've experienced from other school districts.

    Cons

    There are no schools near the South Bay/South Los Angeles, thus I am currently unable to return to work for them.

    Some school sites are a little hidden and hard to find.


  7. "Love organization despite its imperfection"

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    Current Employee - Support Staff
    Current Employee - Support Staff
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The organization values hard work, which attracts people who are willing to go above and beyond. It creates a wonderful, growth-minded environment.

    The organization is very supportive of the students and families and is very consistent and loyal in its mission to support the students in their path to college.

    The organization is open to change and new ideas. This is refreshing and exciting. At PUC, if you can think it and justify, it it can probably be done.

    Cons

    The organization leadership in their zest for constant improvement can be unrealistic in their expectations for the staff and students. They want to offer "the best" so badly that they push, push, push and add programs, raise standards, etc. prematurely. You need to make sure you are sound in point A before you move to point B if you truly want to be excellent.

    Advice to Management

    I wish the organization leadership spent more time in the trenches to see what the students and schools are really ready for before creating new initiatives. It's easy to say "do it" and "it's possible" when you aren't the one who is actually responsible for getting it done. Most improvements can be done and done successfully, but only if you roll them out at the appropriate speed.

  8. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at PUC Schools full-time

    Pros

    Lots of professional development. Weekly faculty meetings for 2 hours or longer.

    Cons

    HR made a verbal offer for a salary about $10,000 higher than was actually given after school started. If I were to do it again, I would want a written offer before I started working there. I felt terribly misled. Working conditions need improvement. Students assault teachers; restorative justice model is ineffective.

    Advice to Management

    HR needs serious improvement. Don't mislead people about their salaries because you struggle to fill teaching positions with quality people. It's dishonest and unethical.


  9. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PUC Schools full-time

    Pros

    As a first year teacher, you can learn a lot because you have no support from administration and have to do everything on your own.

    Cons

    Too much micromanaging and administration is subpar! Similar to corporate America where everyone steps on each other's toes to move up. Can't believe these schools still exit!

    Advice to Management

    Hire credentialed and experienced teacher! Clean house and start over with a new vision and goals!


  10. "Program Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at PUC Schools full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great management and willing to put the time in to develop you as a leader. The culture is focused on teamwork and helping each other out.

    Cons

    Talk to your employees more about how to climb career ladders.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


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