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  1. "Great school"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great school, beautiful neighborhood, lovely students

    Cons

    There are no noticeable cons.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a terrific job


  2. "Mathematics Teacher"

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

    I worked at Packer Collegiate Institute full-time

    Pros

    Small class size, motivated students

    Cons

    Horrible management, too many meetings

    Advice to Management

    Decrease time in meetings

  3. "Tech Support in classrooms, offices and other areas."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson Heights, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson Heights, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Packer Collegiate Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging, busy work place with a lot to learn.

    Cons

    Poor work condition, 8 1/2 hour work shift.

    Advice to Management

    Technology knowledge with teaching skill.


  4. "Okay place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great kids, great facilities, most people are very friendly and care.

    Cons

    Group dynamics in the upper school can be a little undesireable depending on the department.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "MS/US Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Packer Collegiate Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of support for professional development, hard working students, diverse, use of technology is very much supported. High caliber colleagues.

    Cons

    Meetings, very stressful culture. I sat through so many unproductive meetings and felt that they not only wasted my time, but added to my stress. I have worked at other independent schools and still find that Packer's obsession with meetings was very particular to Packer. I learned a lot during my time as a teacher there, but wasn't especially happy. Very unhealthy work/life balance. There was this unsaid rule that if you don't stay at school until late in the evening, then you're not a hard worker.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your teachers do the good work that they do by giving them the time to do it. Stop with the useless meetings.


  6. "Great students, nice location"

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    Former Employee - Middle and Upper School Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Middle and Upper School Teacher in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Packer Collegiate Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice facilities, laptop program, close to subway

    Cons

    Lots of minutia, unfortunate direction for upper school


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great colleagues, but stressful school culture."

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    Former Employee - Middle and Upper School Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Middle and Upper School Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Packer Collegiate Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of support for professional development. It is more diverse as compared to other private schools in New York. Colleagues are wonderful, hardworking and serious about their discipline.

    Cons

    Stressful culture -- among both students and faculty. Faculty often feel overstretched with duties that go beyond teaching. There are many poorly organized meetings both during and after school. High turnover among faculty.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the poorly organized meetings. Allow your talented faculty the time and space to focus on what they do best: teach.

  8. "Salary transparency"

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    Former Contractor - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Contractor - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Packer Collegiate Institute as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a clear system for salaries

    Cons

    Administration not loyal to its employees

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on your middle management


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Teaching"

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    Current Employee - Upper School Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Upper School Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great and so are the students. Kids and teachers are encouraged to be themselves, and work to be their best. There isn't a culture of perfection.

    Cons

    Just like in any bureaucracy, there are always struggles.

    Advice to Management

    Create a common vision that people can rally behind.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Relatively good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice facilities, good location, great colleagues, largely academic work environment, many opportunities for collaboration (self-driven)

    Cons

    Administrative oversight isn't meaningful (much more talk than action); far too many ill-planned meetings that should have been conversations between one or two people instead of ten; administrative first priority should be more focused on providing the best education possible; administration is not always as pro-active or intellectually grounded as I would like.

    Advice to Management

    Show more respect for teachers by providing more self-directed time to work; strive for a more consistent institutional identity instead of trying to be all things to all families.