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Success Academy Charter Schools Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2019

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Eva Moskowitz
374 Ratings
  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "If you want to make a difference in a child's life, SA is the place for you!"

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    Current Employee - 4th Grade ICT Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Professional Development is provided throughout the school year and in the summer so you are always getting better as a teacher -Leaders are constantly in and out of classrooms providing in the moment feedback to help you improve your trade -Materials are supplied for you (this was a huge PRO after coming from a public school where all of my supplies were purchased using my own meager paycheck) -The Education Institute...

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    Cons

    -This job is not easy, but how can a job that yields such positive results be easy? You have to be in it for the right reason. -Sometimes it is hard to avoid taking home work, both physical work and the mental stress of the work. I found this to be the case in my 3 years of teaching prior to coming to Success, unfortunately, I believe it is simply part of the profession.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-02-28
  2. Helpful (2)

    "You Will Be Sold a Scholar Driven Mission Used to Exploit You"

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    Former Employee - School Leadership in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you can make it 1 year with Success Academy, and are truly passionate about education. You can take one year of experience with Success to obtain a job with any other CMO in the city and earn 10k-25k more annually depending on your role.

    Cons

    Before we begin, if you click on "Rating Trends" in the above section next to metrics box above, you will notice that Success' rating on Glassdoor jumped from a 2.6 star rating in February 2019 to a 3.2 star rating as of the day of this review. The improvement did not occur because there have been sweeping reforms to organizational practices, it is because there was an internal push to improve ratings to help with staffing...

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    Advice to Management

    As Eva races to destroy teacher unions, consume as much space as possible in New York, and establish her 100th school, remember that driving a mission focused in change can be powerful, but driving a mission that idolizes an individual is dangerous. This CMO with its Wall Street Headquarters is more about Eva's legacy than the children the organization serves. Bring your focus back to education.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-07-15
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Bitter Sweet"

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    Former Employee - Art Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Kids and Parents are great. Especially club parents they were so supportive and really came together to help for shows and performances.

    Cons

    No unity among the teachers (Very Clicky) , No support for teachers, No work/life balance, often it felt like you were on your own as a talent teacher. I can not even imagine what the homeroom teachers went through.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to your staff. There is no need for intimidation in the workplace to get your point across. This is why the company has a high turn over rate.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-07-09

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    July 17, 2019Founder & CEO

    Thanks for your feedback and I’m sorry that your school was not a better fit. We agree that the kids and families we work with are wonderful, and thank you for your commitment to them.. We’re surprised to hear you felt unsupported. Arts teachers have two hours each week during which ...

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  4. Helpful (6)

    "Enormous Lack of Integrity"

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    Former Employee - School Leadership in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    They Provide Solid Teacher Training

    Cons

    If you decide to leave the organization and you are in school leadership— you will not receive your full salary. This is the policy even if you work every day of the entire school year. This applies even if you are a long term employee who gives 4 months notice, is in good standing and have met all of their academic goals. Your last day of pay will be the last day of school. Meanwhile you are actually owed at least another...

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    Advice to Management

    Pay non-returning leaders their full salary after working a full school year.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-06-28

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    July 17, 2019Founder & CEO

    We appreciate your years of service to SA, as well as your transparency in providing lead time notice of your plan to leave SA at the end of the school year. SA is clear about our policies regarding compensation for school leaders. The Success Academy Employee Handbook clearly explains ...

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Too many non art tasks"

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    Former Employee - Art Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The students are fantastic, they love art and are dedicated workers. Most parents are supportive. Fun field trips are planned. A large budget is provided for the art supplies. There are monthly art professional development training courses planned. A big art show (held in a gallery in chelsea gallery district) that includes all schools (elementary, middle and high school) is held yearly. Big art shows in schools are...

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    Cons

    -55-70 hour work weeks -Wednesday is a short day but you do not leave early. -Hours of proctoring tests every month, where you are not allowed to eat. -Scheduling is changed constantly, which makes it hard to memorize a schedule. -Many meetings on how to proctor tests (this happens monthly) -Art teacher is labeled as a reading teacher and you are required to think of ways to help children improve their reading. ...

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    Advice to Management

    Art Teachers should not have to support in non art subjects. Additionally, they should not have to coach children to do well in non art tests. They shouldn't have to proctor tests. Art should be the priority for art teachers and not other subjects.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-06-25

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    July 17, 2019Founder & CEO

    Thanks for your feedback and I’m sorry SA was not a better fit for you. We do consider all of our teachers to be “whole school” teachers, working with all school staff to build magical houses of learning for our scholars. Reading is so foundational to our scholars’ success that every ...

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  6. Helpful (8)

    "Seriously consider before working here."

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    Current Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you can manage being really strict with work/life balance it makes working here easier, but it's a very difficult task, as management will constantly try to delegate more and more work onto you. This is a Non-Profit, so their tax information (including highest compensated employees) is visible if you look up their 990s.

    Cons

    In my experience, the C-Levels do not care about the employees that help keep the business up and running- the current business model of burning through 22-year-olds fresh from college (No joke. The expected 'lifespan' of most employees here is 18 months) is going to end up being their undoing because they care so little for talent retention. I've never before worked for a business who is so ok about their workforce...

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    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-06-17

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    June 21, 2019Founder & CEO

    Thanks for your feedback and sorry you have not had a more positive experience. Our organizational culture is indeed fast and intense. This can be energizing and inspiring for some, and a bad fit for others, but it is important to note that we are not fast and intense for the heck ...

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  7. Helpful (5)

    "Pay is good, but that's about it"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most children and families are great Good pay Paid summers off

    Cons

    Mostly everything Extremely data driven 12+ hour work days No work/life balance Get good or get out mentality Extremely unhappy and disposable employees

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that employees are people who have a life outside of the building. They have feelings, too. Not every kid needs to be the best at everything. Children are more than their test scores!

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-06-07

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    June 21, 2019Founder & CEO

    Thanks for your feedback. Teaching is not easy — and the first year of teaching is particularly (and famously) challenging. We recognize that and provide many supports to teachers — beyond the ample training and guidance that allows them to experience rapid growth in their practice. ...

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Associate Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with the children is challenging at first but then improves greatly once trust is established

    Cons

    Horrible leadership, cliques, draconian oversight, no flexibility with hours

    Advice to Management

    Invest in teachers with actual education experience instead of thinking "well, we can always just hire another fresh graduate and see how that works."

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-06-04

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    June 21, 2019Founder & CEO

    Thanks for your feedback. What you perceived as “cliqueyness” is probably the very close friendships experienced by many of our school staff and that they 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 ...

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "A Sinking Ship"

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    Former Employee - Technology 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The paycheck and the people. Also flexible working hours and the ability to work from home. Team is accommodating with personal and family needs.

    Cons

    Everything else. Where oh where to start. The CEO only cares about test scores and the amount of enrolled students—if you aren't an executive you aren't worth getting to know since. She simply doesn't understand technology, doesn't care to see the value in it, and berates a team of hard working employees she doesn't care to know. Then there's the lack of organization. This place should be called a "dis-organization"...

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    Advice to Management

    Treat people the way you want to be treated. Pretty basic stuff.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-05-17

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    June 6, 2019Founder & CEO

    I’m very sorry that you did not have a more positive experience at SA. This year we have been very focused on improving systems, structures, policies, and procedures at the network that will allow us to run more effectively and efficiently as we scale to from 46 schools to our goal ...

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "Awful! SA has no respect for their employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyone there (who hasn't been brainwashed) hates SA so at least you have people to commiserate together with over a drink.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. No room for mistakes. Managers expect you to be on call 24/7. Expect to be micromanaged—after 3 years, I wasn't even allowed to send an email without my manager reading it over and editing it for me. No respect for other people's ideas. Uses guilt-tripping ("it's for the children"). Unfair pay for the amount of work you put in. Not worth it.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-05-06

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    May 13, 2019Founder & CEO

    Thank you for your feedback. I’m sorry that Success Academy was not a good fit for you. Our work here tends to be fast and intense — we have made a commitment to kids and families that we will deliver outstanding schooling and we take that commitment seriously. We have a high bar ...

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