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The Lab School of Washington Reviews

Updated January 16, 2017
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  1. "No frills job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Accountant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Junior Accountant in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at The Lab School of Washington full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - great hours
    - great holiday/vacation package for an accounting job
    - Amazing benefits

    Cons

    - Monotonous work
    - Not much room for upward mobility
    - Low salary


  2. "Great school for students, much room for improvement for employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Speech Language Pathologist
    Current Employee - Speech Language Pathologist
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Lab School of Washington (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The mission of the school, to educate students with learning differences is outstanding. Freedom to educate these students in the way that they need to be educated is a strength of the school.

    Cons

    There is little to no flexibility in how the employees can complete their work (aka, no work from home options for paperwork, reports, planning, although the infrastructure is there) which is a con in this day and age. The compensation is extremely low for both the location and the level of expertise required, but the budget is not shared with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Increase budgetary transparency, share the budge with employees. Increase compensation, especially with incoming employees, if you truly want to attract what you call "diversity."


  3. "Great First Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    community feel, students and their families

    Cons

    Low salary, excessive report writing,


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  5. "Group Leader"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    The Lab School of Washington provides a very personal interaction with its members of the staff. The company prides itself on its hard work and dedication from it staff in which allows a staff space for the students.

    Cons

    the only downside of the company is the intern position that are available are on a non paid basis


  6. Helpful (2)

    "OK for entry-level to start your career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Lab School of Washington full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with kids is rewarding.
    Professional development opportunities.
    Location.
    Free parking.

    Cons

    Compensation.
    No career growth opportunities.
    Too many people, who are not qualified for the job, are in charge of things.

    Advice to Management

    When you ask people about their opinion, don't just listen, make visible changes. It's not a happy place anymore.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Speech-Language Therapist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at The Lab School of Washington full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative Environment
    Available Therapy Resources
    Smaller Caseloads

    Cons

    Relatively lower compensation compared to cost of living in DC area


  8. "Teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Educator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Educator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Lab School of Washington full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is the best place I've ever worked. Everyone is so happy- students, parents, teachers. It is a dream come true.

    Cons

    Sometimes expectations can be unclear. Also, it seems everyone's salaries are at random.

    Advice to Management

    Overall doing a great job. Thanks for all you do.


  9. "This is a GREAT community and truly transformative school"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Educator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Educator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This school is well ahead of the curve when it comes to working with students with language based learning differences and supporting a community of educators, especially given how challenging it can be to provide a top notch educational experience with a small student:teacher ratio in an expensive city. I've read the other reviews here, and have to say I'm surprised. Most sound like they are written by disgruntled teachers who probably needed to leave. There has been some turnover recently and there were a few years of layoffs, but pruning dead wood is healthy for every organization. I have found the admin to be very supportive and it to be a great community of professional, creative, and passionate educators.

    Cons

    The salary could be better, but in comparing it to other independent schools and considering your student load here, it's pretty competitive. You would certainly make more in public school, but you would never get to make the impact and see the robust results you would in working with LD students in an environment like Lab. Parking can be tricky, but they offer free shuttle service from local metro stops and will even pay for your metro/bus pass and parking.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work established by Sally Smith; light a larger fire under the Board to find financial support to better compensate staff; continue with the great diversity work you've been spearheading this past year.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Instructor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Lab School of Washington (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom to follow my own understanding of students and curriculum needed.

    Cons

    With the organization at a time of change.

    Advice to Management

    Original methods of the founder were the path to greatness both with students and faculty.


  11. Helpful (9)

    "once a fantastic place to work at or bring your LD child to, now not so much"

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

    Pros

    The children are the best part of working at Lab, along with some of the hardworking and dedicated staff

    Cons

    Where to start? Things started to go downhill in terms of not valuing the staff, going away from embracing the Sally Smith approach to learning and towards distancing the institution and its new head of school from all that Sally did and accomplished to help children and towards building up a new high school in order to feed the head's ego, squeezing every drop of energy and effort out of the staff while also increasing their work load but not their salary, and basically not giving a crap about morale, what would help staff do their jobs....as well as continuing to be even more disorganized in terms of failing to establish a clear curriculum that transitions well from division to division, failing at the higher divisions to provide the structured and consistent set of expectations and guidelines/support for the students, and continuing to show favoritism towards those who are "yes men/women" to the head rather than those who are committed to providing the best education the students deserve. Lots of talk about "valuing" the employee but in practice, doing anything but. Not at all the great school that it once was and now just gliding on the "brand" or past reputation of the Lab School under Sally Smith. In my own dept. where there was a change in director, we went from a director who cared greatly about both the students and the staff working under her, to one who smiles and says one thing, and then stabs you in the back with the other. I agree with the other poster that Sally would be rolling over in her grave.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more respectful, kind and considerate towards the staff instead of undercutting them and making their jobs even harder. If you did, maybe the turnover rate of staff would start to slow down....previously, people loved working here and so would put up with a way below average salary. Now they just move on with their talents to another learning institution or private practice.



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