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Success Academy Charter Schools Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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  • strong professional development (behavior management, curriculum, leadership opportunities) (in 47 reviews)

  • Great place to start your teaching career, amazing families, decent pay and benefits (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Worst Experience of my entire life!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Teacher
    Former Employee - Associate Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent professional development
    Mac Books
    Opportunity to work with education without teaching certificate

    Cons

    Prepare to give you life away to this organization. Teachers are expected to reach their classrooms by 7 and maybe can leave by 5 if they complete their tasks. The culture here is sooooooo stressful so be prepared to do in humane acts like yell at children, stop them from doing things essential to their living and working to the bone to expect a child to produce results 3 grade levels above without proper instruction. You are a dictator while working for this school. You own health and work/ life balance will be compromised and you don’t even get full summers off as teacher development starts in late July. Go into the DOE or use a program from them. STAY AWAY FROM CHARTER SCHOOLS!

    Advice to Management

    Model like the department of Education and stop running teachers from the education system, due to your rigid, capitalistic dictation of values. Treat children as such and really look into your turnover and understand no one can work under those circumstances.


  2. "Gain your experience elsewhere ..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My current team
    Snacks and drinks
    The kids are adorable
    Good money
    Good if you want to start your career but not something long term (most people stay 18-24 months)

    Cons

    - Long hours (6:30AM-5:30PM) sometimes longer depending on time of year
    - No work life balance
    - Very political in everything you do
    - Upper Management isn't the best
    - Terrible culture

    Advice to Management

    - The company is growing way too fast and it's losing everything it stands for. Reevaluate priorities.

  3. "Lead Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience for someone who is brand new to teaching.

    Cons

    Lack of development. No work life balance. Hardly any new teacher development.

    Advice to Management

    Value the emplyees


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Teacher in New York, NY
    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Your coworkers are incredible and you have a lot of development workshops, which are useful if you're not an experienced teacher. You're also compensated admirably.

    Cons

    ...Everything else. This place treats kids like data points - it doesn't really allow them to be kids at all - and they work you way too hard. The setup is inefficient and bureaucratic, and the culture of the network is just plain cultish. I read reviews on Glassdoor before I applied and I thought, "oh, it can't be that bad," thinking that the people who left bad reviews just couldn't handle a hefty workload, but no. I lasted a month.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Students, Incompetent Adults"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    The kids themselves were amazing, and the resources (paper, classroom materials, etc.) were always well stocked.

    Cons

    Everyone I worked with was miserable from the long work days and the unreasonable expectations for growth.


  6. "Lots of Resources"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Low-cost benefits
    Lots of resources (Thank you private funding)
    Support staff (operations team)
    Lots of PD

    Cons

    The network office is full of cliques that do not involve themselves with school staff unless they are doing poorly in the network or/and have new leaders. Many times Network staff do not speak to you although you could have interacted with them several times.
    Content is pushed aside for testing and students are bribed with any toy they want for behavior and grades. Not positively reinforced...bribed.
    Many teachers leave within the


  7. Helpful (1)

    "High Performing, High Expectations Organization--But With a Cost"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    --Many very smart, dedicated co-workers
    --Tangible results to your work: kids get a better education
    --Great benefits and competitive compensation, advancement opportunities

    Cons

    While Success is a very high-performing organization, this comes with a cost.

    --Employees are held to very high expectations, and since people tend to advance very quickly, very few of the managers have the skills to develop their direct reports. There is a culture of "direct feedback" which is useful when implemented well, but the vast majority of managers lack the professional and life experience necessary to carry it out.
    --Priorities shift often. For an organization now 10+ years old, it has the feel of a frantic startup where new initiatives are hastily identified and implemented without always having a great deal of forethought and long term planning. If there is a sense that a new initiative isn't working, the most frequent response is to pivot to something entirely different, often abandoning work that has been done in whole or in part. This trickles down and results in a frenetic feeling, so you have to be very very flexible to be comfortable here.
    --People work very hard--you will often receive emails late and night and early in the morning. If you eventually learn your role well enough, you may be able to manage this without having to be connected to your email and Slack 24/7, but know that there are not well-defined boundaries around work/life balance.
    --Turnover is high. It has improved, but it is high. Attempts to address work/life balance issues (offering exercise classes before/after work, offering mindfulness courses) don't really get at the heart of the issue: the implicit expectation that you should work nights, early mornings, and weekends to keep up with workload.

    Advice to Management

    --Set boundaries around work time expectations and start enforcing--including at Senior Management levels, as the organizational culture will not change until senior management changes.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Negative Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay and incentives (bonuses, benefits, etc)

    Cons

    Teachers are treated like students, meaning everything they do is critiqued and criticized. Consistently long hours and always more work to be done.


  9. "Great Opportunity"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are looking to jump in to the education field, this is the place to start!

    Cons

    There are long hours and expectations are high. It can be demanding.


  10. "Your School Leader Matters"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Leader development, bonuses, recognition for results, career fast track for high performers, well organized

    Cons

    not much room for flexibility in the curriculum, micro-management, feeling as though the work is about Eva and not the kids at times.


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