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The Cooke Center for Learning and Development Reviews

Updated May 10, 2017
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  1. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at The Cooke Center for Learning and Development (More than a year)

    Pros

    Helpful for children with special needs

    Cons

    Alot of politics - all about who's who


  2. "Decent place"

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    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Cooke Center for Learning and Development full-time

    Pros

    Summers off with pay. Raises. Great students.

    Cons

    Administration overlooking the unprofessional behavior of their favoritw employees. Cliquey environment.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "special education teacher"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with the students and parents. The pay was well and summers off.

    Cons

    It seemed as if you were friends with the right people you would be promoted to a better position. If you agreed and didn't voice your own opinion that was not well received.

    Advice to Management

    be more involved with every staff member not just the ones you are friends with


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Would Never Recommend"

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    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at The Cooke Center for Learning and Development full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary was decent. Ran on a Semi DOE schedule. Summers off with pay.

    Cons

    Administration in the school had their favorites. Didn't know what they were doing. Very poor collaboration/communication with staff. There's no training. Rules and guidelines were outrageous. No one helped the new employees and only looked out for themselves. Everything was sugar coated to the directors, very oblivious to whats really going on. Very non caring fake environment.

    Advice to Management

    Look at What your workers are doing. Don't believe everything that they are saying. Do Investigations or you will likely receive a lawsuit. Visit the schools more often, especially the higher schools. MAKE UNANNOUNCED VISITS TO YOUR SITES.


  5. "Great school for the passionate educator"

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

    I have been working at The Cooke Center for Learning and Development as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working here it is very obvious that everyone wants the best for the students. The teachers and therapists go above and beyond and the administration is willing to listen to ideas and suggestions.

    Cons

    There is such a large range of different students at the school that it makes it difficult to teach to the classroom or the individual child. You have to be really creative to make sure all of the students are receiving the attention that they need.


  6. "good benefits; more professional development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Cooke Center for Learning and Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of dedicated people who sincerely love their work and love the students. The CEO is very nice and smart. There are a lot of really talented teachers here. The company has good benefits -- lots of vacation days, you get your birthday off, and good health insurance. People are pretty nice.

    Cons

    People get defensive and gossipy. Some people are really openly bitter towards their supervisors. There can be some micromanaging. Also, just because some people have been there a long time doesn't mean they're a good fit for the job. There is a high turnover in some departments.

    Advice to Management

    Talk about conflict resolution at the workplace between colleagues and between people and their supervisors. Do more PD on management styles, as some people micromanage and others were pretty negligent of their staff's needs. Also, the staff isn't very diverse.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Wouldn't return, but not the worst place to work."

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

    I worked at The Cooke Center for Learning and Development full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Everyone was very kind and the company offers good benefits especially if you work there longer than a year.

    Cons

    My supervisor was never around or accessible. When she left half of our department lost our jobs. Her predecessor wound up leaving a few months later leaving the school stranded. I think corporate acted first and made decisions too quickly and they lost a lot of good people.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your teachers more. They're kind and wonderful. It's hard enough teaching children without learning disabilities. They're the backbone of the school.