Uncommon Schools Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2021

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Uncommon Schools CEO Brett Peiser
Brett Peiser
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Pros
  • "Substantive professional development/feedback(in 78 reviews)

  • "BELIEF IN THE MISSION- People often believe that the sole mission of Uncommon Schools is to close the achievement gap(in 19 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work Life balance and sometimes Favoritism(in 93 reviews)

  • "long hours and high workload make work/life balance challenging(in 90 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Mission-oriented schools that put kids first and demand a lot

      Jun 6, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      This is a place that is all about students - everything we do is with them in mind You will be trained and grown in ways that most employers will never spend time on; this is a place that invests in its talent Some of the most talented minds in education work at Uncommon

      Cons

      This work is not for the faint of heart - expect demanding but satisfying work in service of students.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      A great organization to work for!

      Sep 28, 2012 - Director of Recruitment in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Uncommon Schools is a really positive, warm environment. People work hard and have tons of joy in their collaboration!

      Cons

      We are growing quickly, so the work load is busy! This isn't really a con, just something for new folks to be aware of :)

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Mandatory compliance at all times

      May 19, 2021 - ELA Teacher in Roxbury, MA
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      Pros

      No pros to share except the staff snack cupboard was always fully stocked.

      Cons

      Very mismanaged expectations from the interview going into the classroom, as 100% of the curriculum and classroom management is scripted and timed down to the minute for teachers, with administrators coming into the classroom almost daily and stopping in the middle of a lesson to have teachers redo how they were teaching or speaking until it is corrected. Any deviation from the scripted curriculum/lecture results in a meeting with the principal regarding being a team player and the school's values. Over half the teachers quit mid-year in the 2018-19 school year. Kids get little to no un-scrutinized social interaction amongst their peers, except for bathroom breaks. Work days were 8 hours long, with teachers often staying longer due to the workload. School lesson plans required reams of paper printed off for each lesson (most were packets of work) which had to be printed by the teacher during the teacher's free periods, and there were no recycling bins in the school so mountains of paper was thrown into the garbage daily.

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Does not live up to DEI claims

      Jun 10, 2021 - Regional Team Member 
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      Pros

      The benefits are pretty good.

      Cons

      Uncommon seems to have real issues with discriminatory behavior. Their HR and Talent Policies and teams are more interested in protecting the institution not supporting their employees. Career opportunities are not equitable for BIPOC employees.

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Overworked and under appreciated

      Jun 4, 2021 - Middle School Spanish Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
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      Pros

      Your coworkers are your allies and you will make true friends working with them. The students are also easy to love. The pay is hard to beat.

      Cons

      Overworked and under appreciated by administrators. They encourage you to “speak up” but when and If you do speak up (especially in front of the whole staff) you are reprimanded.

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    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Experience

      Jun 8, 2021 - Teacher 
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      Pros

      -lots of efficient and applicable professional development -great starting salary even without teaching experience -you will be trained at a high level using "Teach Like a Champion" ideologies -you will become an effective teacher who produces high student achievement data

      Cons

      -long work hours often 12 hour days -micro managing -excessive observations -little to no autonomy whatsoever -forced to enforce ridiculous and punitive school rules/practices

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    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Little Work-Life Balance, Little Autonomy

      May 26, 2021 - Teacher in Boston, MA
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      Pros

      The pay and benefits are decent. My colleagues are friendly, fun, and care a lot about students. You might like it here if you don't have much going on outside of work and like to do what you're told.

      Cons

      This school is a mess in so many ways, but leadership pretends it’s not. Staff turnover is very high; this year at least half the teaching staff is leaving (it’s more if you count teachers who left mid-year whose roles weren’t filled). Leadership is not very open to feedback and often just doubles down or reprimands condescendingly when given a suggestion or concern. You can have a hundred things to do at any given point and do ninety-nine of them well, but they’ll make you feel terrible about the one thing you missed. Leadership rarely owns up to their mistakes but is constantly communicating incorrect information, changing policies and routines, and scheduling last-minute meetings. There is little autonomy in instructional style and curriculum, and the curriculum is very dry. You get professional development in the summer on culturally responsive teaching and teaching to individual needs, yet teachers have little room to actually make their lessons culturally responsive, and individual needs are an afterthought. Many students are unengaged and failing, and not just during the pandemic; many students get held back or transfer out each year. It’s sad that so many teachers feel totally demoralized and disrespected because a lot of us put in extra hours for the kids and really care about their well-being and academic progress. If you want to teach at a charter school with a similar mission, there are more organized, happier ones out there.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good company to work a t

      May 21, 2021 - Math Teacher 
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      Pros

      Free summers, very structured, master's education reimbursement

      Cons

      Very long hours, mentally demanding

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Awesome Work Environment

      May 21, 2021 - Dean of Students 
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      Pros

      Excellent organization to grow in and work for.

      Cons

      The hours are Very Long .

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    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Worst Place to work

      Jun 6, 2021 - English Teacher in Newark, NJ
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      Pros

      The team members and I could support each other

      Cons

      Horrible place to work, Long hours and not enough pay

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