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- "Benefits are great and really resourceful." (in 106 reviews)
- "Pay is good for students just graduating with little debt or a low monthly loan payment." (in 90 reviews)
- "Great people and student bonds" (in 70 reviews)
- "They pay well and give you a good salary." (in 56 reviews)
- "Met some great coworkers who cared about kids and were incredibly hard working" (in 46 reviews)
- "no work life balance and data driven system" (in 171 reviews)
- "You must be prepared to work long hours and take feedback in order to grow." (in 156 reviews)
- "Senior Leadership is at times incompetent" (in 92 reviews)
- "The management at the school is poor." (in 85 reviews)
- "The culture is toxic and the pay is in the lower range for charters in the city" (in 65 reviews)
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- 5.0Aug 14, 2023Associate TeacherCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearNew York, NY
They’re gonna pay for my masters in education and everyone I work with is top-tier. You can get a raise within 6-months if your performance is good.
Long hours and lots of documents and communication required.
- 5.0Aug 30, 2023Marketing SpecialistFormer Employee, more than 1 year
Good snacks in the break areas Office is in a fun area of NYC with plenty of lunch and happy hour options
- Constant gaslighting: you simultaneously need to set high goals that are nearly impossible to hit, only to then be regularly questioned why you're not hitting your goals. You are told you're doing a great job week to week, but at review time you're told that you're not nearly good enough for that raise or promotion (if you even get to have that conversation), questioned why you don't know something even if you've never discussed it before. - CEO and management prioritize their friends and people who have been there forever. If you're new, consider yourself the lowest of the low. No one will listen to you or care about you unless you're a "yes man." Don't bother advocating for yourself, they'll use your vulnerability against you. - The job description you apply to might not match the job you get assigned on your first day. - Revolving door of talent: you will always have to pick up other people's slack because no one can manage to stay at SA for very long.6
- 2.0Sep 16, 2023Senior Operations AssociateFormer Employee, more than 1 yearBronx, NY
Great health, vision and dental plans with awesome coverage. 2 Week Paid Christmas Holiday 1 Week Paid Thanksgiving Holiday Technology Provided Decent starting wage for new hires/entry level
The hours can be gruesome and they ask you to be "flexible." My first year working there as an operations associate, we'd have to get to the school by 6:45AM and wouldn't leave until 5PM. My second year as an Operations associate, the typical hours were 7AM-6PM for the first half of the year. And no... there is NO OVERTIME PAY, due to you being salaried. Lunch breaks aren't really a thing. Once again, it's part of their "flexibility" model which really means working you around the clock without adequate rest. I've often had to work well outside of school operations hours, which meant taking work home or having superiors call & text me off the clock. While there's equal opportunity to "move up in the ranks" and be promoted. The training is inadequate and the raises are miniscule. Your typical raise is going to be 3%-5% which is absorbed by taxes and is pennies on the dollars. Excessive "feedback" which is usually documented should they decide to terminate you due to them being an at-will organization. So always be on your P's and Q's! Overall, the expectations are ridiculous for the pay.3
- 1.0Aug 17, 2023English TeacherFormer Employee, less than 1 year
Work with very cute, bright, smart kids..I taught middle school and they were learning high school level material. Can meet some like minded individuals
This school is concerning to say the least. Lets start off with the fact that they expect you to know the ins and out of being a teacher with NO proper training. Umm behavior management ? Classroom management ? Never heard of either of them...I didn't even know how to use the printer (had to find out on my own that you're given a unique code on UniFlow/Print) People saw me struggling and no one offered to help. The staff are questionable, at least at my school...its bullies, and middle aged individuals who are geuninely angry at the world, and probably have some type of mental health issue because there is no way, you should be YELLING at children (like their youre kids) at 7:45am. Let me also mention not only are you a teacher.. be prepared to be a babysitter as well..yup, you are with those kids from 7:45am till 3:45pm...insane..no hall monitor, no lunch lady..no lunch for the staff either... youre given a "prep" which is a fancy word for them to say you are not eating you will be working throughout the 9 hours you are in this school. I wish i was making this up and that this wasn't my experience. I went into this opportunity so excited and happy and have left feeling so drained, annoyed, and concerned for the mental and emotional safety of these kids...also to add on...kids have to use the restroom with the door open...WEIRD10
- 3.0Sep 21, 2023Operations AssociateFormer EmployeeNew York, NY
Pay is good for beginners
They shuffle you around multiple times. Say you are not okay with being put in a far location
- 2.0Jul 16, 2023Associate TeacherFormer Employee, less than 1 yearHarlem
Steady paycheck. The company will pay for your masters, but remember nothing is free, it will cost you your mental health, and will to live.
The work environment is toxic. A lot of cliques, the staff will talk behind your back, and get you in trouble if they don’t like you. Leadership it’s always in meetings, so they don’t have time to train the new teachers. The school is always understaffed, so they will throw new teachers with no experience, and expect them how to swim, although they lie and tell the new hires that there is support. You’re expected to be at the school by 7:20 am, and to stay even longer for meetings. There is no life-balance. The starting pay of 50K is low, which comes down to 750 per week, after taxes. The students are treated like inmates. Talked down, and disrespected. The expectations set for teachers, and students are unattainable. And if you bring it up to management, they will hold it against you, saying “you’re not meeting the expectations”. They say they’re “inclusive”, but I only saw black people getting hired. I was treated differently for being a different kind of minority, and not fitting their “clique”. This place will ruin your mental health, and destroy every glimpse of hope. If you need a job, take it, but as soon as you can, leave.12Success Academy Charter Schools Response2mo
Thanks for your feedback. What you perceived as “cliquiness” is probably the very close friendships experienced by many of our school staff, which many often cite as one of the great benefits of working here. We’re sorry it was not a better fit for you and we urge teachers to speak to their managers or a trusted colleague if they feel social discomfort. Regarding leadership, teaching is hard and for that reason, we treat it as a team sport in which school leaders play a vital role in supporting teachers. Our school leaders and assistant principals work closely with teachers to help them become great educators and their guidance and feedback is welcomed by many of our teachers as highly relevant and actionable professional development. Through this collaborative effort, our teachers make swift and palpable improvements in their practice and help their scholars achieve dramatic academic growth. We encourage teachers to have a straightforward conversation with their manager if they are struggling with their manager’s communication style: we believe in continual improvement and managers also benefit from feedback! Regarding working hours, it is inevitable that teachers will have less flexible schedules because students and families rely on their presence. On the other hand, SA teachers have 11 weeks of paid time off each year, including two personal days.
- 3.0Aug 4, 2023Lead TeacherFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsHell's Kitchen
Behavioral Management System is solid for new teachers.
Teachers are required to do everything and anything including making moral decisions. I enjoyed working at Success, but under the new administration no one seemed to care about the children anymore. We were flooded with ideas of the moonshot at the start of this year, a verbose way of saying we will teach/speak to children in a normal way, but we deviated hard during testing season and never returned. Children/staff were burnt out at the end of the year. This is a decent place to start working, but be mindful of long hours/additional duties. -Also network is so disconnected it’s ludicrous. They made seasoned teachers who have taught the regents for more years than they’ve been out of college listen to tips on how to get students to pass the regents. Felt bad for my colleagues who were forced to listen to multiple hour long conversations about how their kids were failing when they had a 90+% pass rate. -Pay is lowest in NYC for teaching!!4Success Academy Charter Schools Response4w
We have high expectations for adults and students, and a relentless pursuit of excellence is at the core of who we are and what we do every day. But even in schools without our high standards, teaching is not an easy job!
- 4.0May 25, 2023LeaderCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsNew York, NY
Impact. SA provides an excellent education to thousands of children for whom there are few other options. This can be seen in the reading levels, test scores, and graduation rates, but also in the excitement about school that you can feel when talking to the students. It is uplifting to come home from work knowing that I have contributed to reducing the opportunity gap between children from different neighborhoods. Community. Everyone working at Success, both in the schools but also at the network (headquarters) is committed to the mission. This creates a strong sense of teamwork and camaraderie among your fellow workers. Access. Despite having over 300 people working at the network, there is little sense of hierarchy. New, junior employees have the opportunity to be in discussions with the most senior leaders. Dynamic. Success Academy is constantly looking to improve its processes, curriculum, training, and its people. Ideas and suggestions on how to do better are welcome, and you are constantly working on something new. Well resourced. If you can convince senior management that an idea or new program would be worthwhile, it will likely get piloted or implemented. You rarely hear "that would be a good idea but we don't have the people / money / time to do it"
Learning SA style. SA has a lot of idiosyncratic terminology, practices, and work habits. It can take new employees a long time to learn how to communicate and be fully productive. Top down decision making. Most decisions are made by a few people at the top of the organization.1Success Academy Charter Schools Response4mo
Thank you for your feedback and for all you do to support our scholars to ensure their future is bright.
- 3.0Sep 11, 20237th Grade Math TeacherFormer Employee, more than 5 yearsNew York, NY
School-based team was sociable and friendly Hands on training and constant feedback, especially for new staff Large salary increase first 3 years Half days and PD days Early end of the school year
Salary increase is minimal after 3 years. Long hours, many duties, little prep time during the day. Early start to the school year. No pension/long term incentive to stay besides moving up in the network.
- 3.0Aug 28, 2023Operations AssociateFormer Employee, less than 1 yearNew York, NY
Pretty great benefits, a lot of young people if you're just coming out of college or grade school, and the amazing opportunity to make a difference in family's lives. Kids are all awesome and fun to be around.
Long hours, no real break time, you end up doing things you NEVER would have thought of. Your performance is also based on a scale which doesn't fully encompass your true performance.1
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Success Academy Charter Schools has an overall rating of 2.7 out of 5, based on over 1,973 reviews left anonymously by employees. 30% of employees would recommend working at Success Academy Charter Schools to a friend and 32% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -6% over the last 12 months.
30% of Success Academy Charter Schools employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Success Academy Charter Schools 2.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.5 for culture and values and 3.1 for career opportunities.