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STAR Education Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "False Hope at its Finest"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Literacy Teacher in West Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Literacy Teacher in West Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The children. They have an insatiable hunger to learn more about what they're passionate about and it's truly moving to watch them grow.

    Cons

    Management is a poor representation of the company's mission and flat or do not care about it's emplyees. They would rather promote a family member or favorable friend instead of a hardworking employee who is credentialed and deserves it. Site directors might appear friendly enough at first, but are completely different people when they are on site. Be prepared for department heads to make excuses for their rude and unprofessional behavior, when it really isnt that difficult of an issue to resolve. Meetings are long, boring and unhelpful. The same people stand up to share the same story about how they either were in the star program, or how their kids are. It feels like a distraction from them being unprepared like most of the meetings are. The CEO along with other henchmen will talk for endless hours about unrelated topics and likes barking at you if you are on your phone. In the past, some people have gotten fired for doing it, and they show no shame in continuing to do it, regardless of the fact that we are all adults. Classroom management training is held by a site director who supervises an elementary in an affluent area and mind you her tactics will not work at every school nor will the children respond as abruptly as her own. Be prepared to have your own appropriate ways to keep your classroom in order. Tons of quality teachers disappear yet the same gossipy, fake, uninspired people remain getting placed on a salary to refuse teachers of raises and management will approach you to write a fake review to simply make their company look good.

    Advice to Management

    A pie does not cover up the fact that teachers have not received raises. Hire people who can handle stress and know better than to blow up on teachers over the natural shortcomings of their jobs. Keep the names of people who have voluntarily quit out of your mouths, because it's sheerly none of your business why they've left and is in no way professional. Do not use children a teacher has a repore with as a way to manipulate them into working countless days for little pay.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Bad management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructor, College Or University in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor, College Or University in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You get to visit schools, be in nice areas, employees are usually friendly, not really deal with a customer service/retail type job. Kids can be cool (although not always the case)

    Cons

    You're gonna get a cool number to as a wage but then realize you're gonna get close to no hours because no school wants a star program, you're gonna have to do all sorts of stuff you're not even qualified for. You're gonna have to go to meetings really early in the morning and you'll never get a raise. Also, people will call you at the last minute to try and get you to work a spot. Also, the CEO will tell you the same damn story about her self every time you go to one of these meetings.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "STAR is full of empty promises..."

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with the kids, most people at the company were cool.

    Cons

    Not compensated for set-up and clean up times, absolutely no upward movement within the company, management will flat out lie to your face in order to string you along and keep you working for them, accounting department makes frequent mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Get your company in order. You waste people's time with your carelessness.


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  5. "Inconsistent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (8)

    "Really care about the Kids but serious mismanagement of company and poor compensation."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people that you work with on a regular basis are extraordinary. Very flexible schedule and the company is All About the Kids.

    Cons

    The upper management of this company is atrocious and is driving it into the ground. The CEO pays her two children for doing negligible work and distracting current employees. Many days they don't come in, when they do you wish they didn't. "No longer offering raises to any employees". There is very little room for upward movement in the company and once attained is extremely stressful. The accounting department has a couple bright spots but overall is overbearing and incompetent at their jobs. The people that run the company really have no idea how many of the employees feel about the environment or the amount of work that people actually do on a daily basis. Most people feel under appreciated and overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Need to completely change upper management and restructure power scheme within the company. CEO and family need to go.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Star education is an a nonprofit ran like a dictatorship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teach/Administrative in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Teach/Administrative in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at STAR Education part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    helping children and a part time schedule

    Cons

    Do not receive raises and there isn't any real upward mobility. The CEO and CFO are every insulting when talking to staff. Not to mention the classroom management trainer is very rude and treats us all like children. The CFO and CEO want more and more from staff without any incentive. While the CEO's son and daughter make $100,000 and year and they barely doanything. Most people leave with in the 1st 2 years of work because of the unfair practices.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to treat your staff with respect and give raises.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Best Education Non Profit in LA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Head in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Department Head in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working for STAR and with STAR is a real treat. Their programs help improve the lives of children all over Los Angeles. The office atmosphere is very laid back and everyone is very friendly. All of the employees are helpful and engaging! I have learned tons about managing people and organizing events working for STAR.

    Cons

    The parking at the offices is very limited and you must own a car to work for them as the schools are all over Los Angeles.

    Advice to Management

    Please buy more parking space!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "I feel like I am contributing to something bigger than me, and helping to make other people's lives better."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at STAR Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Every day is a new challenge. I invite the variety problem solving skills necessary to preform my job. I have learned a lot about myself, and what I am capable of because I work with a dedicated and diverse team of people who are willing to hold each other accountable, and tow the line.

    Cons

    Sometimes life is stressful, but it is always rewarding. However, the incentives for employees to stick around for the long term are not very enticing. There is a high turn over rate among the instructors that work for STAR, but not everyone is committed to education and being an youth mentor.

    Advice to Management

    Expectations are difficult to fill when you don't have the tools necessary to complete the task.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Great Place to Work For the Most Part"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Amazing place to work with great mission and wonderful people

    Cons

    Communication and planning; many things would get done sooner, smoother, and cheaper with greater attention to both.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul the corporate structure and communication system


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