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Success Academy Charter Schools Reviews

Updated August 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "Very rewarding work with a lot of professional development" (in 52 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and great environment" (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (15)

    "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. "Good if you want to work there"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Definitely get a good feel for what it's like to work there

    Cons

    It's basically a 6-week teacher training and other aspects are not priorities


  4. "Education Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Salary increases consistently, easy to align to the mission, great coworkers, snacks, etc.

    Cons

    Bonus structure is not explicitly explained, long hours, high demand


  5. "Data Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional environment. I preferred working at the schools and not the network office. Lots of resources to help you do your job. Plenty of opportunities for training.

    Cons

    Work culture can be draining depending on which team you are on. You are not always rewarded for your hard work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Success Academy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Children
    Great learning experience
    Most new hires are extremely passionate about education and making sure that underrepresented groups receive a superior education

    Cons

    Orientation for new hires feels disorganized, uninformative, and time-consuming. I don't know how management chooses who leads orientation but this process should be taken more seriously since it is the first impression for new hires. Many of the "leaders" are culturally incompetent and are teaching a new generation of "leaders" to walk in their shoes. There were so many instances where I thought to myself, "this can't be how white leaders are talking to parents who are primarily from underrepresented backgrounds especially, about a subject as sensitive as special education. In fact, during one session leadership thought it was appropriate to actually name and bash members of the DOE. I literally sat through these sessions angered and confused.

    No work life balance; no lunch breaks, long hours. Employee turnover will continue to decline if these issues aren't addressed. Also, there is no formal way to provide feedback to HR about such issues.

    Advice to Management

    Address company cultural and be careful about what leadership promotes


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Business Operations Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Organized, well resourced, top tier talent, honest + constant feedback

    Cons

    Demanding, unsustainable, scalability uncertain, high turnover due to company culture, feedback can be heavy handed

  8. Helpful (4)

    "The Hunger Games"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Kids, pay, colleagues, opportunities for growth

    Cons

    No break, long hours, not enough pay for the actual work and time put in, lack of knowledge from network, lack of communication, competitive

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees lunch breaks


  9. "Amazing experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - STEM Lead in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - STEM Lead in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very well structured. Curriculum is given to you

    Cons

    Teachers come and go. Very long hours

    Advice to Management

    Co-teaching is not the way to go and shorten the school hours


  10. "Associate Teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Teacher
    Current Employee - Associate Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no pros to working here.

    Cons

    We often worked over ten hours and were highly discouraged from taking breaks and lunch. There was also a highly conpetative and arrogant nature in the school within the management and two returning teachers. The retention rates in all their schools are extremely low because they over work their teachers with what is misleadingly good compensation. For the hours you work you are being paid minimum wage to be a robot teacher that regurgitates their militant methods. Everything you’ve heard about charter schools in a negative light are portrayed by this company. They brainwash recent grads into working here and doing what may seem like the good for low income students, but what is really just exploitation.


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