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2.9
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33%
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45%
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Preston Smith
53 Ratings
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  • "Lack of work life balance and inexperienced managers(in 19 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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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time for more than 2 years

    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. Smart, Passionate and Hardworking Team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Mission Driven, Smart and Thoughtful Colleagues Working with amazing students and partnering with their parents everyday.

    Cons

    A current teacher shortage can make staffing difficult at some schools.

    Advice to Management

    Continue taking and implementing feedback. Thank you!

  3. Fun Experience

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    Former Employee - Special Education Paraprofessional 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rocketship Public Schools full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    A pro would be working with many different people within the network. A pro is knowing that you are making an impact on our future generation.

    Cons

    There really isn't a way to move up the system without a credential.

  4. Teacher

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Rocketship Public Schools full-time

      Pros

      Colleagues are smart, hardworking and dedicated. You'll learn a lot

      Cons

      Lack of work life balance and inexperienced managers

    • Helpful (1)

      Operations Coordinator

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

      I worked at Rocketship Public Schools full-time

      Pros

      Having a positive impact on kids

      Cons

      Organization does not do well vetting and developing school leaders, as a result there is an adversarial relationship between principal, teachers, staff and parents.

    • Helpful (2)

      meh

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Rocketship Public Schools full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      you learn a lot, whether you want to or not. Depending on the school, some leaders can be great. Very involved parents

      Cons

      The company/network is not very receptive to feedback from teachers/staff at school sites. no work life balance. Network does not provide developmentally appropriate lessons. Too many useless PD sessions for returners/seasoned educators.

      Advice to Management

      LISTEN to your teachers.

      Rocketship Public Schools Response

      December 17, 2018Senior Director of Talent

      Thank you for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear that you feel we are not receptive to feedback from teachers. Many of us at the network have been teachers ourselves, and so we know how important it is to listen to our educators and take their feedback seriously. We've made many ...

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    • Helpful (2)

      Do better for yourself and the community

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

      I worked at Rocketship Public Schools

      Pros

      Students, parents, and community are wonderful

      Cons

      Working here is horrific. They follow the churn and burn model. They don’t expect teachers to stay for more than a year. Since they know that most people will only stay a year, they will get anything they can out of you. Teachers will start dropping like flies in November and December (and I don’t blame them). It leaves the school severely short-staffed and the kids are the ones who pay. Rocketship preys on the poorest...

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      Rocketship Public Schools Response

      January 25, 2019Manager

      Thank you for your feedback. Based on some of what you shared, it sounds like you may have worked with us a number of years ago. We’ve made many changes since then that we'd like to share, and there are also some claims you made that we'd like to dispel. At Rocketship, we’re extremely ...

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    • Helpful (3)

      Find Somewhere Else to Work

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

      I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      The kids have a lot of personality. You learn a lot in your first 2 years.

      Cons

      Where do I begin.... Many teachers stay until 6 at night and come in on the weekends just to get by. Many teachers will only last a year or 2. Rocketship does pay well for your first year of teaching but they bank on you not lasting more than a year or two so that they can just replace you with someone young and dumb looking to make a decent amount right out of college. I have heard the CEO and other leaders from network...

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      Advice to Management

      Get and stick to a solid curriculum. Make teacher happiness a priority. If you really cared about the families you serve you would keep strong teachers by allowing them freedom over their class room and STOP MICRO MANAGING. You love to say you don't micro manage but that is exactly what you do so you might as well own it. If you keep teachers and continue to develop them, by their 3rd or 4th year they will be incredible...

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      Rocketship Public Schools Response

      December 19, 2018Senior Director of Talent

      Thank you for your feedback, and for your dedication to our Rocketeers. At Rocketship we're deeply proud of the people we hire who work hard and commit to this important work. Closing the achievement gap is an ambitious mission, and the teachers who take on this challenge are often ...

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        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

      • Helpful (2)

        Teacher

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

        I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time for more than 4 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...

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        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

        October 1, 2018Senior 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 tend to attract teachers who are eager to go above and beyond to make real impact ...

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