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UNO Charter Schools Reviews

Updated September 23, 2017
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  1. "Apprentice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UNO Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    The students and the staff.

    Cons

    Administration is horrible. There is no accountability for student's actions.


  2. "Education"

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

    I worked at UNO Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great, health, dental, and vision insurance.

    Cons

    Lots of changes to leadership.

  3. "Organization is lacking just that"

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

    I worked at UNO Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    There are many parents that are quite involved so student behavior is really excellent. The salary is very good.

    Cons

    There are extreme and many changes throughout the school year that require the workers to be more than flexible. There is not enough transparency with how future plans are discussed. Although I received wonderful evaluations, I was transferred to a different school into a different job title and then laid off at the end of the year because my job title was phased out.

    Advice to Management

    Please give more clear information with plenty of time for the worker to make other plans.


  4. "Unprofessional Administration"

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    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dedicated Teachers, Good students

    Cons

    Inexperienced management, micromanagement, unprofessional reviews, cliquish , negative gotcha atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    trust your professionals to be professionals, stop playing favorites and micromanaging


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mediocre Experience, Great Students"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Students are well-behaved, it is unionized, good benefits and decent compensation

    Cons

    Management is inexperienced, classrooms lack technology and resources, weekly meetings are useless, MTs are unqualified and laughable, hours are long, expectations are quite demanding and little support is offered. Administration does not have students' best interest in mind when making decisions. This place feels like a big corporation.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your teachers and do what you can to make their lives easier, not harder. They are the backbone of your institution.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Look elsewhere"

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

    Pros

    great teachers, great teachers, great students

    Cons

    poor management, no curriculum, no support, micro management, high turnover

    Advice to Management

    be there when needed, trust the professionals you hired


  7. Helpful (2)

    "High School Teacher"

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    Former Employee - High School Teacher
    Former Employee - High School Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You will work with teachers that are well-educated and so supportive. It's like a family. The kids- once you form relationships with them- are awesome, too.

    Cons

    UNO is not involved with the parents from the beginning, which does not help in reigning in behavior issues. Administrators are usually just in it for the paycheck and are Teach for America trained with maybe a year or two of teaching in an irrelevant setting. They are so focused on enrollment and budgets that they will allow students to behave however with few consequences because taking a dangerous student off the rosters means losing funding. The admin micromanages to an extreme (making teachers email that they've updated their grades every week? weekly observations?) but when you actually NEED them for advice/help/guidance, they're always "in a meeting!". High turnover which is unfortunate for the kids. Not a family friendly place to work. Transparency between admin and teachers is minimal to none- god forbid you let a teacher or advisor know when one of their students is in a difficult situation! It's all a big secret they like to keep. The parents hate the admin, too. Don't work here!!! It won't be around much longer anyways. Very corrupt upper management. Glad I got out while I could!!

    Advice to Management

    Don't think you're so much better than your teachers- those doing the heavy lifting- when YOU usually have much less experience. Get experience other than teach for America before you act like you can LEAD real educators. Do everything you can to support your teachers and enrich your students' lives. THAT is how you will improve enrollment. Act like you're part of a team, not like you're the elite of the school.

  8. "Growing"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at UNO Charter Schools (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent teachers, students, and families.

    Cons

    High turnover at several of the schools and in administration.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Under-Qualified and Under Performing Executive staff"

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

    Pros

    Students and their families are collaborative partners supportive to their school teachers.

    Cons

    Inept and incompetent individuals at the helm of the organization whose inability to implement clear and transparent policies and systems related to student affairs, school finances and board governance result in the inability to manage student retention and a disruptive rate of staff turnover throughout the school year. Administrators are institutional bureacrats severly lacking vision and academic knowledge regarding its student needs.

    Advice to Management

    Step aside and allow cultural competent innovators to repair the consequences of your short sighted actions and decisions.


  10. "Beware the bonus"

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

    Pros

    Colleagues set high bar for success, facilities were good

    Cons

    Administration didn't seem invested in student outcomes as much as public relations, performance review and bonus process was a farce (I knew no one who got a bonus)


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