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STAR Education Reviews

Updated February 13, 2017
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  1. "After school instructor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - After School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - After School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at STAR Education part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team to work with. Great support from the company!

    Cons

    Traveling to different school sites and the traffic!


  2. "After school teacher review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at STAR Education part-time

    Pros

    It's nice because you get to design your own classes. It's a good experience to have under your belt if you want to get into education.

    Cons

    Negative atmosphere. Not compensated well. Borders on creepy and cult-like. They have required "volunteer" hours that you need to do, so that's interesting. They don't respect your time. This is especially bad for part-time employee who have other commitments.


  3. "part-time job"

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

    I worked at STAR Education part-time

    Pros

    They are flexible with your schedule

    Cons

    Unnecessary mandatory emails and limited organization


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Work on Site, stay away from Office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at STAR Education full-time

    Pros

    -the rewarding nature of working with children
    -work in subject matter that interests you, many options

    Cons

    -CEO is mad with power
    -Upper mgmt makes mal-informed decisions
    -threatening office politics evironment

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who actually teach every day and improve program quality that way.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Family of Incompetence"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at STAR Education full-time

    Pros

    Working with kids. I've been a teacher for many years, and the students that are part of the program are great. Wonderful students.

    Cons

    CEO is crazy and terrible at her job, she will fire anyone for any reason. You are completely expendable here - they don't care about keeping the employees happy. They will give you cake instead of a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Change the CEO. This company will continue to be under-performing as long as there is an incompetent CEO. This family may not be any good at running a business.


  7. "star education"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    easy to work with, can be fun if you make it fun, good pay to survive while in school

    Cons

    no cons as of this time


  8. "Good job if you don't mind driving."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Pays well for minimum hours.
    -They supply all the equipment.
    -Always pay for your time ( unless its a *volunteer event or driving.)
    -Minimizes interaction between you and the parents as much as possible.
    -Always willing to work around your schedule.

    Cons

    -Lots of driving you don't get paid for ( unless you leave from the office, but that's out of the way for most events.)
    -*Mandatory volunteer time because its a non-profit.
    -Pay Day schedule

    Advice to Management

    Animals at Eco-Station need more room.
    Drive compensation exceptions should be made for long distance events.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Ups and Downs"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrator in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Administrator in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at STAR Education full-time

    Pros

    The organization has a generally positive attitude and great employees. As a children's educational company the organization truly puts family first and provides great flexibility in work schedule for family engagements, continued education, etc. And with such diversity through its enrichment programs there's an opportunity to meet people from all sorts of different backgrounds which provides a unique and fun working environment. It operates on a pretty casual basis in terms of attire; nothing too tight or too loose; closed-toed shoes; and a company t-shirt whenever at site. Compensation is low, but benefits are okay. Benefits available include medical, dental, vision, supplementary insurances, and a 401k (the company does not match contributions).

    Cons

    This organization has undergone rapid growth and therefore has some managers that are not necessarily the most suited for leadership positions. They are all qualified at what they do but are not always the best at leading a team and setting goals for team members. Upper managers also often misdiagnose problems placing blame on incorrect departments resulting in delays to solutions. Compensation is low, but benefits are okay. Administrators on average will likely be making 25% less than at a comparable position here in Los Angeles.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to recognize the strong talent that is present. It should foster and incentivize exceptional talent. Many great employees pass through the organization, but are not retained because management does not provide the growth opportunity those individuals need.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - After School Teacher
    Current Employee - After School Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at STAR Education part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I happened to get an excellent supervisor. I've received 3 raises in 4 years. I basically work by myself.

    Cons

    I was never trained, I was thrown into a school. Unless you become a director or lead teacher there aren't really any promotions or a chance at more hours.

    Advice to Management

    Train every staff member before placing them @ a school. Within my 4 years I haven't come across one employee that's been trained. I have common sense and great leadership skills, but unfortunately everyone that gets hired doesn't. That's why so many people quit.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Enrichment Teacher ("NOVA")"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - After School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - After School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at STAR Education part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -After school enrichment classes: teach a topic you're passionate and knowledgable about.
    -Afternoon hours allow for other jobs/commitments in the morning or evening.
    -For the most part, my department head was very helpful if something went wrong with my equipment or I needed help teaching a class.
    -Staff at STAR are enthusiastic about kids and education. They love their jobs.
    -A lot of kids are smart and genuinely passionate, and they're a lot of fun to teach (and they teach you just as much, if not more)!

    Cons

    -Sometimes computers would malfunction and I would need to troubleshoot technical difficulties on the spot, coming up with creative activities if class didn't go as planned.
    -Lots of driving around LA to different schools (as a NOVA teacher, I'd teach a different school each day of the week, some close to home, some across the county).
    -Maintenance/prep take a little time in the morning, so it can be more time than just the couple hours of class (depending on your department, what things you're working with, etc.)
    -Some kids can be a pain.

    Advice to Management

    Regular (weekly?) check-ins with teachers just to make sure everything's going smoothly.



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