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Success Academy Charter Schools CEO Eva Moskowitz
Eva Moskowitz
305 Ratings
Pros
  • "Very rewarding work with a lot of professional development(in 54 reviews)

  • "Strong connections are built with other staff members through hard work(in 25 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    Extremely rewarding if you are willing to work hard

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - The school community is an incredible work environment. I have made lifelong friends through this organization and I can't imagine my life without them. The kids are also a source of daily joy, and kids do truly love coming to school. - The organization itself is completely changing the landscape of education in NYC. I have rarely seen an organization that lives up to its mission to the extent that SA does. The work...

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    Cons

    - The hours are long. You have to know how to take care of yourself and manage your time effectively to be successful here. - You have to take initiative if you want to implement a program or idea that is not built into the curriculum.

    Advice to Management

    - Provide more effective avenues for feedback to leadership and more structured training for new hires

  2. Great Place to Learn and Grow Your Career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    SA is a fast paced environment where every single person is working hard. There is a lot of feedback and support because the mission is critical: closing the opportunity gap. As a result of this feedback, you can grow at a super fast pace. I taught for many years here and am now a leader. I've been able to grow my career in a relatively short amount of time as a result of my own hard work and all of the development I've...

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    Cons

    It's hard work and long hours. Some people can't handle that. However, if you are willing to work hard and own your development, there are many pathways to promotion and recognition.

  3. cutthroat politics and nepotism + best curriculum for children

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    Former Employee - Assistant Principal 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    refined best quality curriculum that champions critical thinking, best instructional delivery practices

    Cons

    constant reshuffling/reassignments mean you could end up with a principal you don't gel with, many principals are on power trips and keep their social friends in junior leadership roles not necessarily the most competent people by their side

    Advice to Management

    stop championing ruthlessness to get ahead and focus on the actual instruction for kids

  4. Team Work

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    Current Employee - Community Relations Coordinator in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Success has the environment in which you truly need to be passionate about children in order to fully reap the joys of the position. Awesome Children, Great benefits, team-oriented, excellent compensation

    Cons

    work life balance, doesn't offer masters program for teachers

  5. Helpful (1)

    Stressful

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time

      Pros

      Almost unlimited resources, coaching support, great curriculum

      Cons

      Long hours, intense leadership, testing culture

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      February 8, 2019Founder & CEO

      There are no two ways about it: Teaching is a demanding career, and this is especially true in the first year when teachers are learning new skills and knowledge while teaching a roomful of students. We work hard to support teachers by giving them an outstanding curriculum, providing ...

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    • Great Place to Intern

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      Former Employee - Intern - Hourly 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools part-time

      Pros

      Great compensation Very motivated co-workers Many opportunities for growth

      Cons

      At times very long hours

    • Teacher

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time

      Pros

      Pay was pretty good compared to other schools.

      Cons

      Leadership is not helpful depending on your school, Sometimes more focused on scjo review then actual scholars

    • Helpful (9)

      Unorganized, stressful, tough to grow in or maintain positivity, extremely high turnover

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      Former Employee - Community Relations Coordinator in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Great benefits, good time-off schedule, PTO for operations staff is generous, lots of "perks"

      Cons

      Nonexistent of work/life balance, feeling of not being heard by local and network management, constant unrealistic and tone deaf demands trickle down from above, excessive adherence and devotion to hierarchical structure of organization, organization refuses to acknowledge high turnover issue and scapegoats its young employees (stating that they have a tendency to leave jobs frequently), constant scrutiny and evaluations...

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      Advice to Management

      Listen to your employees, empathize with individuals doing the groundwork when considering making changes or creating new processes, acknowledge that retention is a problem and ask employees how it can be fixed, trust your junior employees and cultivate their skills, deliver constructive feedback that actually helps schools improve and grow, and do not treat people as lesser simply because they are lower than you on the...

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      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      February 8, 2019Founder & CEO

      Thanks for your feedback and very sorry you did not have a more positive experience. Building great schools is incredibly demanding. The reality is that any meaningful career at a high-performing organization will sometimes ask for more than a 40-hour work week. This is true in journalism, ...

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    • Helpful (5)

      Avoid

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time

      Pros

      Great mission and supportive colleagues depending on the team you’re in.

      Cons

      - As someone else mentioned, SACS is a teacher mulching factory that preys on college graduates with no work experience. - Senior management does not encourage cross functional collaboration/interaction so it often feels like you’re working in a coworking space. - Disjointed HR & Talent processes. - Questionable recruitment practices. - Temporary staff are disregarded and not converted to permanent staff members...

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      Advice to Management

      Put a pause on trying to open more schools and fix your internal issues.

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      February 8, 2019Founder & CEO

      Response: Thanks for your feedback and for your time with us. We agree that our staff members are consistently supportive — one reason why college graduates, for the most part, do well at Success. There’s no question that the first year in the classroom is tough. At many district ...

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    • Helpful (2)

      Some good, some bad, mostly bad

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      Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Vey good experience, decent benefits and salary is decent for a recent grad, kids are great! Great behavior management training.

      Cons

      Unreasonable expectations, extremely high pressure, no work life balance. Poor content training.

      Advice to Management

      Give more support to teachers. They need time and guidance to become better teachers.

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      February 8, 2019Founder & CEO

      We’re sorry to hear you are feeling insufficiently supported. We understand that the first year of teaching is tough. Veteran SA teachers always recall that the single most important thing they did their first year was to ask for help! If you are struggling or facing challenges in ...

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