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Success Academy Charter Schools Reviews

Updated June 21, 2018
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  • "Very rewarding work with a lot of professional development" (in 52 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and supportive leader" (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (8)

    "For smart people who are driven to change the status quo"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    *smart, creative, hard-working, funny co-workers
    *resources & training you need to get the job done
    *great learning environment -- if there's a better way, try it, do it!
    *failure is ok -- but you are expect to learn from it
    *the kids are awesome

    Cons

    *not for the shy, timid, slow-footed or lazy
    *your work can be all-consuming, in a good way, but YOU have to make time for your personal life -- and it can be done! (hint: exercise!)
    *your days can be crazy and unpredictable & that's good & bad

    Advice to Management

    Would be great to have more visibility into future growth plans...100 schools!?


  2. "Former IT Intern, very satisfied"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with a small team, build connections, friendly work environment, easy to travel to

    Cons

    pretty cramped, sometimes hard to move around the office

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work

  3. "Resources for ALL but People Place - Nope"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    A plethora of resource for individuals - schools are drowning in supplies, staff have access to education, school cultures really determine your happiness - high pay!

    Cons

    - Growth and opportunity for internal moves in or out of the classroom are dependent on who you know. The network is full of young, unprofessional cliques that are disconnected from the schools and swoop in if people are failing. No matter how many times you say "hello" they don't care to know you.
    - That then trickles down to the leaders who start empathetic and then turn into "Success" because of the demands of the network.
    - They will lie and make false promises to ensure teachers stick it out through testing and then ask them to not come back or ensure they can't get hired at other schools.

    Advice to Management

    What is the point?


  4. "Negative Work Encvironment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great snacks in the TWR
    Air-Conditioned Work Environment
    High than average teacher compensation

    Cons

    Incredibly high teacher turnover
    Unrealistic expectations of teachers attire and deliverable times
    No creativity or collaboration in lesson plans or departments
    No clear path for career opportunities
    Favoritism
    No clear manager to report to due to mid-year turnover rates

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and scholars
    Start by thinking about scholars holistic experience


  5. "Lead Math 6th Grade Teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Educator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Educator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, good benefits, friendly and supportive peer-environment, and strong focus on individual development.

    Cons

    Growth in organization on the administrative level. Work/Life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more transparency and communication between teacher-leadership.


  6. "Operations Coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is pretty decent for people starting their first job

    Cons

    Top down management Style

    Success cares about data and test scores more than anything else

    If you fall behind you will likely be fired.

    Advice to Management

    Support and invest in your employees


  7. "i loved working at this place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    amazing people at this company

    Cons

    long days at this company

  8. "Recruiter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Data-driven environment, opportunities to take on leadership

    Cons

    Very hierarchical structure, lack of transparency from leadership


  9. Helpful (1)

    "SA Bed-Stuy Middle School is a Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    dedicated teachers
    supportive administration
    kids are great

    Cons

    A lot to juggle at one time
    Pressure to succeed on tests, can make atmosphere competitive at times

    Advice to Management

    Be more supportive of new teachers, invest in them


  10. "Summer Intern"

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

    Pros

    Great people and work environment

    Cons

    Anti-union, run as a business rather than a nonprofit


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