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STAR Education Reviews

Updated September 26, 2016
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  1. "Good job if you don't mind driving."

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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Ups and Downs"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership"

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    • 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.


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  5. "Inconsistent"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and you'll get to be very comfortable after a while. The other employees are usually willing to help you out if need be.

    Cons

    You can't expect much work unless you try coaching,subbing,teaching multiple classes all of which can be really inconsistent in terms of scheduling and hours.

    Tons of nepotism. Everyone is friendly enough but you'll come to learn that other people are usually working much more comfortably than you are.

    Advice to Management

    make sure you've got schools that will commit, I'm sure that goes with out saying but there's just to many people looking for work that have to find all sorts of round about ways to make a paycheck, like teaching wood shop when your speciality is sports, art, science etc.


  6. "Great employees but needs better organization"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - After School Teacher in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - After School Teacher in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at STAR Education part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teaching the classes is by far the best part of the job. The lessons and classes are always fun and enriching. All supplies are provided. Fellow teachers are amazing. Ability to teach the class as you choose.

    Cons

    Disorganized at times, things go missing, a lack of accountability generally.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "The kids are what make you stick around... Despite working few hours for little pay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Being given the opportunity to teach standards based material that is focused on fun. Classroom instruction is run formally, but you also get the chance to play and enjoy lots of much needed recreation with the kids. This job provides great experience if you are working towards becoming a certified teacher. The satisfaction you get from this job will come solely from the relationships you build with the children and families.

    Cons

    This is not a job to keep long term. No possibility of a raise or increased hours. You are expected to write curriculum that often requires time outside of the work day; they say that you need to do curriculum on site but then don't provide the time to do it. Sites are often understaffed, causing stress and strain on the available staff. They hire mostly high school graduates / college students and it shows. Much of the staff lack common sense and/or simply don't care enough about the job, leaving most the work to those who do.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees that are responsible and trustworthy with raises or bring back the head teacher position.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, not so great upper management"

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

    I have been working at STAR Education full-time

    Pros

    The company spans most of southern California, so it makes a huge impact. The programs are well thought out, and the children are the main priority. Unique and passionate instructors and lessons, and its clear that everyone here is good at, and cares about their job.

    Cons

    Employees are under-compensated, and under-stimulated, and often stressed out. Upper-management seems paranoid.


  9. "positive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunities, challenges, flexibility, team environment

    Cons

    I do not have anything to say


  10. Helpful (1)

    "good oppurtunity to get teaching/ child care experience but thats about it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    brings good experience working with children

    Cons

    poor work schedule and not enough resources given



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