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Success Academy Charter Schools Reviews

Updated February 18, 2018
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Pros
  • Very rewarding work with a lot of professional development (in 52 reviews)

  • Great benefits and supportive leader (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Misleading about work life balance (in 81 reviews)

  • Long hours and at times a stressful environment (in 76 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

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

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    • 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. "Depends on what youre looking for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great mission and acheivments, Great benefits, great place to grow as a teacher and receive feedback to better your practice quickly.

    Cons

    Time dedicated to work is > 80 hours per week. No lunch breaks. Hard to have a work-life balance (although many people are able to and definitely gets better with more years experience).

    Advice to Management

    Success should have a group of substitute teachers willing to substitute on short notice when necessary.

  3. "Operations Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Strong community, energetic and smart co-workers
    Challenging work that develops individuals

    Cons

    Long hours and at times a stressful environment
    Testing season is intense


  4. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Efficiency in education, curriculum provides, supportive leaders

    Cons

    Sustainability, hard to work and balance family life


  5. "Great curriculum but overwork their employees"

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    As a teacher you have everything you will ever need to be successful - curriculum, feedback, materials.

    Cons

    Even after working here for several years the work life balance was very difficult and teacher retention was horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Create a work place that teachers don't get burned out so easily and can stay teaching with a work life balance.


  6. "Associate Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Associate Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Teacher in New York, NY

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn, quick promotion

    Cons

    Misleading about work life balance


  7. "Great Mission"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Mission aligned colleagues who love kids

    Cons

    long days and endless work

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Long Work Hours and Crazy Management"

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    Former Employee - Community Relations Coordinator
    Former Employee - Community Relations Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -You are there for the kids and get to see them smile every day
    -I had some great coworkers that I still keep in touch with
    -As my first job out of college, I learned a lot that I can take with me in my career
    -Free snacks and lunches

    Cons

    -They will work you until you drop. You are expected to be there from 7AM (often earlier, especially in the spring) until 5PM or later. And despite it being illegal, you will not get a lunch break. You are "chained to your desk" and it is impossible to leave the building if you want to get food.
    -Management will email, text, and call you all night long. And I literally mean all night- emails at 2AM, 3AM, 4AM. When your boss does not care about work-life balance, it takes a toll on you and you don't feel appreciated. I was always anxious and felt like I had to be checking my phone (even after 10 hour days!)
    -Management does not respect the operations team (which includes the CRC role). At an event I planned, all the signs I had created were torn down and I was told to re-do multiple things minutes before the event was supposed to start. I'm all about feedback, but when upper management is ripping down someone's work that they put a lot of time into and not even providing this feedback beforehand, that is disrespectful and creates unnecessary stress.
    -The week before school opens, expect to work insane hours. On the Friday before, I was there from 7AM to 9PM. After 14 hours spent at work that day, we were forced to do a final walk-through of the building, where tiny marks on the wall were pointed out that we had to scrub off. These are the crazy demands you will come to expect if you work at Success Academy.

    Advice to Management

    You will never be successful in employee retention if you do not emphasize work-life balance. 50 hour weeks plus emails/texts/calls all night makes it extremely easy to burn out. In addition, training principals and leadership staff to treat the staff with respect. It feels like we are just there to serve them and their crazy demands when they don't even have the decency to speak to their employees as human beings.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Most Rewarding Job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are surrounded by people who are passionate and hardworking. There is a startup feel to the organization as everyone is constantly coming up with new and creative ideas for how we can reimagine public education and best serve our students, teachers, and parents. Whether you're at the Network office or inside our schools, you build relationships with students and teachers and are able to see the positive impact your work has on thousands of children.

    Cons

    Some may not like the challenging and fast-paced environment but it is rewarding work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It Feels like a Big Family"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work with some of the most educated and motivated people ever and it feels like a big family. It motivates me to work hard and to keep pursuing higher education. Such a great organization to be part of.

    Cons

    As the organization grows it needs to continue developing their leaders.


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