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Rocketship Public Schools Reviews

Updated September 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "Brilliant, hard-working and driven peers" (in 14 reviews)

  • "People are also very interested in your professional development (at all levels) and helping you grow while also being incredibly supportive" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Absolutely no work-life balance; doesn't seem to be a priority" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Long hours with essentially no work life balance" (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Brilliant, hard-working and driven peers!
    - Managment is dedicated to helping you in your short-term and long-term personal goals.
    - Pay! Pay is much stronger than competitors in my area.
    - Instruction is guided, but has become SO flexible! Teachers have autonomy to bring the JOY into their classrooms.

    Cons

    - Long hours (but the pay and impact makes it worth it)

    Advice to Management

    Keep on developing and investing in strong managers! Seems like most negative reviews are due to manager-managees relationships.


  2. "Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Help children get to potential

    Cons

    Lots of time put in

  3. "Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rocketship Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    good pay for everyone, awesome message

    Cons

    work and life balance, long hours


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some students are very willing to learn, tons of resources (all online if that's your thing), very upbeat staff

    Cons

    very long work hours, I put in 60-75 plus a week, plus weekends, very data driven, don't pay extra for masters degrees, test scores weigh into bonuses, management cares about numbers and allows very disruptive students remain in class. almost everyone employed is either single and young (under 30 with no kids), very hard to manage with a family, days are long 7:30-4:30. I would not recommend this job to a new teacher or someone who has a family.

    Advice to Management

    less hours (face time at school), more access to physical resources rather than all online, modeling a work/life balance that is sustainable, hire more aides to help with disruptive students, employ a full-time social worker.

    Rocketship Public Schools Response

    Oct 1, 2018 – Senior Director of Talent

    Thank you for your feedback, and for your dedication to our Rocketeers. We know 9-hour days are common for many teachers, but because our mission to eliminate the achievement gap is so ambitious, we... More


  5. "Intense but cares deeply"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great professional development and support structure

    Cons

    Long hours, data days, data heavy


  6. "3rd Grade Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Very supportive environment from forward thinking people.

    Cons

    The school network needs to help their new hires for on boarding more.


  7. "Hard work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, dedicated teams, amazing families

    Cons

    Long hours, continuous shifting of expectations and objectives, little to no work life balance, under qualified upper management

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who actually care about students and teachers. Not one or the other.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Charter School"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rocketship Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Well written fake reviews on Glassdoor. They get you with salary and benefits and a good sounding mission, but it's at a cost of time and lacks real impact.

      No prep periods and often not even a lunch. 10 hour days.

    Cons

    A brand of schools trying to reinvent the wheel. Very old school type of instruction, think rows and hours of teacher lecture paired with harsh discipline.

    Educators have no voice, you are the way to disseminate a product. None of their methods were valuable after I left.

    Forced company culture.

    Students are below grade level and just passed along. Parents are sold bad data as "growth". Comparative schools are actually doing the same with less time and better resources, but they still claim to be better.

    Leadership is immature and unprofessional. When I decided to move on they reacted bizarrely, cultish even. Working here ended up being a henderence to my teaching career as Rocketship is does not have a good reputation in the educational community.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a better education for students and follow labor laws for your staff.

    Rocketship Public Schools Response

    Sep 26, 2018 – Senior Director of Talent

    Thank you for your service to our Rocketeers, and for taking the time to provide your feedback. I’m sorry you left feeling disappointed by your experience.

    Rocketship’s model neither reinvents... More


  9. "n/a"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Inclusion focused program special education program.

    Cons

    No work time for teachers and long school hours.


  10. "Teachers"

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

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Curriculum Support
    Pay for Performance

    Cons

    Long Hours
    Relationships across the network


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