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Success Academy Charter Schools Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2019

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Eva Moskowitz
374 Ratings
  1. Helpful (10)

    "Highly unreasonable expectations, and a terrible work environment for adults and kids"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, Great kids, Nice coworkers

    Cons

    Leadership expects this job to be your life. You’re expected to work at least 10 hours every day, and then bring work home with you in the evenings and on weekends. They say that you have sick days, but if you ever call in sick they put you down for it. Most of the time people don’t call in sick, they work through it until a small cold becomes an infection or worse, instead of taking time to rest so they can be a productive...

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    Advice to Management

    Learn to have some empathy for your employees and the kids you teach.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-03-14

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    March 25, 2019Founder & CEO

    Thanks for your feedback. Yes, teaching can require long hours - particularly in the first year. If you talk to anyone who has ever taught, they will tell you that the first year can be intense. The difference at SA is the amount of support and resources new teachers receive. Our ...

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  2. Helpful (12)

    "Supporting themselves by taking advantage of young adults"

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

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

    Pros

    -Surprisingly decent insurance benefits -You will occasionally have an Ops team happy hour -You will occasionally have an Ops team lunch where you don't have to pay for your meal -Pre-tax commuter benefits comparable to most other organizations in the city

    Cons

    -As an Operations member you DO NOT receive all typical school vacation times off. You receive ONE WEEK during the entire summer break, do not be fooled. -Every single school is massively under-staffed. Operations team members are often asked to go above and beyond to play more than one role at a time in order to off-set this imbalance. -YOU DO NOT RECEIVE PTO. Success chooses to frame "time off" for Ops team members...

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    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and understanding with your staff. Be more involved in the classrooms rather than only popping in to dole out negative feedback. Get to know your operations team and their asks, step up for them as much as you feel obligated to do for the teachers. Not a single senior leader I have worked with has had their Operations teams back. The turnover rate is only going to increase until you start hearing,...

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    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-03-11

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    March 25, 2019Founder & CEO

    Thanks for your feedback and sorry that you are not having a more positive experience at SA. We appreciate your point about senior leader involvement and will look at ways to address this. We encourage and consider feedback from all staff. We recognize that the first year at ...

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  3. Helpful (12)

    "BAD"

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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 less than a year

    Pros

    ...benefits? Cannot think of many pros to working here.

    Cons

    60 hour weeks, no overtime, scripted and robotic, there’s bullying and threats, associate teachers are told to terrorize and yell at students, 6 am - 6pm work then you work hours over weekend to prepare. This place has made me and other teacher associates cry. Recent grads don’t do it.

    Advice to Management

    End this terrible awful charter school. It’s bad for the kids, teachers, public schools. Also, Eva Moskowitz pays herself $500,000....

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-03-07

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    March 25, 2019Founder & CEO

    I’m sorry that Success Academy was not a good fit for you. Your claims are at odds with the truth. Yelling is prohibited at Success. We practice a “warm strict” approach to classroom management: corrections are delivered in a neutral, no-nonsense tone. We give our educators the training ...

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  4. Helpful (17)

    "Literally, the worst job of my life"

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    Former Employee - Education Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The pay is above market rate, but when you factor in the number of hours you're expected to work, it's not -The teacher work room has unlimited snacks -Benefits are good, but good luck finding the time (or energy) to use them -Students often end up receiving high test scores, but they also end up dealing with Success-induced depression and anxiety (check out StartUp's Success Academy podcast series for more info)...

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    Cons

    So. Many. Cons. I should note that your experience really depends on the school in which you are placed. To start, network lied to me, told me the school I interviewed at was not my permanent placement but my training placement and that my permanent placement would be within 50 minutes from my home (the school I interviewed at was a 1.5-2 hour commute each way). A month in, my principal told me not to expect a closer...

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    Advice to Management

    You REALLY need to start valuing your staff members. The type of turnover that has become normalized at Success is NOT what's best for students. Additionally, it is VERY important to have racial bias training. Any teacher white teacher who doesn't believe they have white privilege should not be at Success.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-03-05

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    March 20, 2019Founder & CEO

    We’re sorry that your time with us was not satisfying. Our teachers are trained to respond in a neutral tone when a student misbehaves, and while we believe in close classroom management and have high expectations for student behavior, we absolutely do not believe in or condone yelling ...

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  5. Helpful (9)

    "The chaos of the administration falls on the teachers"

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    Former Employee - Associate Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    The level of passion from fellow teachers is great. Students are often eager to learn. Good food catered.

    Cons

    It's their way or the highway. And good luck striking a work-life balance. Very demanding with little time baked in the day to prep. Student treatment needs to be revisited. Needs more racial diversity-- how could you not realize the problems with banning headscarves (to name just one example)?

    Advice to Management

    Teachers are spread way too thin between duties and lesson planning. The training felt less like a preparation for teaching, and more like a time to align teachers on their way of doing things. By the end of it, I was not confident in my ability to write a lesson. Restructure certain hierarchies-- content and classroom management ought not be separate.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-02-25
  6. Helpful (14)

    "If you have an interview... RUN! Farrr Faaar AWAY!"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant 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

    - Great health benefits - Pre-tax metrocards - Paid holiday every time students are off - Unlimited snacks - Catered food often - Most importantly, the strong bonds you develop with students (if you are working in schools)

    Cons

    - NO work life balance. It is expected of you to work 50-60 hours a week and you are not compensated appropriately. You will not even receive a "thank you" for all the hard work you put in. - Most leaders do not care about your growth. They are mostly interested in what you can do for them, not the other way around. - If you voice your grievances, you will be blackballed. They will spread rumors about you and speak...

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    Advice to Management

    People are NOT robots. Stop treating them as such. Appreciate the talent you have before they become the talent you HAD.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-02-18
  7. Helpful (15)

    "Avoid At All Costs - UNIONIZE Now"

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

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

      Pros

      Great Health Insurance, Listen to the Gimlet Media podcast about the state of Success Academy

      Cons

      If the choice was to work here or not work at all I would choose not work at all (and work hard at finding something you love), I was hired as an Associate Teacher (AT) last Summer and went through a 3 week 'training' at both the Upper West Side and then the Robeson center near Port Authority. I actually applied and went through the process while other 'teachers' were recruited via LinkedIn. It was strange people...

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      Advice to Management

      Stop ruining low income neighborhoods by taking their Public School funding away from them. Enough with the strict rules they are kids who can learn without all the non sense.

      Success Academy Charter Schools2019-01-31

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      February 8, 2019Founder & CEO

      We’re sorry you were unhappy at SA, but it’s not surprising from your comments. It sounds like a bad fit for you. You seem to look down on “hairdressers, grocery baggers and worked at CVS” as being “strange” and “a red flag” — whereas we have nothing but respect for those who have ...

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    • Helpful (12)

      "Avoid like the plague"

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

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

      Pros

      Lots to do everyday, never a dull moment

      Cons

      Micro-management approach, no delegation which doesn't foster trust. SA manages by emergency constantly, and doesn't seem to mind the huge turnover rates, they just hire more employees and start the viscous cycle over. There is also a penchant to blame individuals for the failures of the leaders who set policies and goals that are not achievable.

      Advice to Management

      Plan. Delegate. Trust. Grow Employees and Treat everyone with respect everyday.

      Success Academy Charter Schools2019-01-29

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      February 8, 2019Founder & CEO

      Thanks for your feedback and sorry you have not had a more positive experience. We take turnover and employee retention very seriously: this is a top priority for the organization and based on a diagnosis of the drivers/causes we are taking a multitude of actions to address and improve. ...

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    • Helpful (8)

      "An Extremely Challenging Year"

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      Former Employee - Lead Teacher in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Kids were truly incredible, opportunities to go on some really cool field trips, very flexible spending budget for classroom necessities, teaching experience without a degree

      Cons

      Extremely intimidating approach from teachers to students and leadership to teachers, perfectionism culture, overly stressed teachers, students, leadership, no work-life balance

      Advice to Management

      -Make time to really absorb feedback from the teachers, students, parents. -Slow down on the expansion. -Build in more time for freedom of expression, curiosity and all around free time so the kids have an outlet. -Build a mentorship program to help with retention for new teachers so they can become successful lead teachers.

      Success Academy Charter Schools2019-01-28

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      February 8, 2019Founder & CEO

      Thanks for your feedback and suggestion of mentoring program — we are in fact launching a mentoring program for new teachers this summer! We agree our kids are incredible. Delivering great schooling every day is hard and it can be stressful: the stakes are high and we do not allow ...

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    • Helpful (8)

      "Associate teacher - Success Academy"

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      Former Employee - Associate Teacher 

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

      Pros

      High pay. Professional development. Great Kids

      Cons

      Overworked employees. Abusive and non cooperative managers that dont care about the teachers well being

      Success Academy Charter Schools2019-01-28

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      February 8, 2019Founder & CEO

      Thanks for your feedback and we agree that our kids are great. We do not condone disrespectful or belittling management and take very seriously such complaints. The role of school and instructional leaders is to support, train, and develop teachers so they are empowered to lead engaging ...

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