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Brett Peiser
117 Ratings
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  • "No work/life balance, but thats teaching in general; sorry to break it to you(in 52 reviews)

  • "Expect to put in long hours and a lot of work(in 55 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Opperations team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Uncommon Schools part-time

    Pros

    Forward thinking educators. Everyone in the school wants the scholars to succeed.

    Cons

    Expect to put in long hours and a lot of work.

  2. "Strong Professional Development Long Hours"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Strong Professional Development Competitive Salary

      Cons

      Poor Work-Life Balance Negative Staff Culture

      Advice to Management

      Show hard working employees you value them to retain them

    • Helpful (2)

      "Little To No Work Life Balance"

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        Current Employee - Special Education Teacher 

        I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time

        Pros

        - Competitive Salary - Excellent Networking

        Cons

        - Almost no work-life balance. We are expected to go on overnight field trips, stay late nights, come in on weekends, and all of it for no extra pay.

      • "Nice people and nice facilities"

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I have been working at Uncommon Schools

          Pros

          Full healthcare and dental package

          Cons

          Long hours and lots of work

        • "Changing youth's lives for the better!"

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time

          Pros

          making a difference in urban education

          Cons

          non that I can see

          Advice to Management

          Never stop reaching for better success!

        • "Bad"

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          Former Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
          Doesn't Recommend
          Negative Outlook
          No opinion of CEO

          I worked at Uncommon Schools full-time for more than a year

          Pros

          Pay benefits Vacation. Students

          Cons

          Everything else Lack of acknowledgment

          Advice to Management

          Be nice to your teachers

        • "Great for Novice Teachers But..."

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
          Doesn't Recommend

          I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time for more than 2 years

          Pros

          -Intensive coaching -Top notch professionalism from leadership -Data-driven instruction

          Cons

          -Micromanagement -Extended school hours and extended math and english for middle schools (1.5 hrs of math, 2 hrs of english) -Pay is way subpar to state public schools (almost by 30-40%)

          Advice to Management

          Please trust teachers. Don't treat us like how you treat the kids. We are adults.

        • Helpful (2)

          "Teachers Not Appreciated"

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          Current Employee - Teacher in Rochester, NY
          Doesn't Recommend
          Negative Outlook
          Approves of CEO

          I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time for more than 4 years

          Pros

          The students and families! School staff become very close with one another. Professional development can be effective.

          Cons

          Teachers have very little time during the day to plan lessons or tutor students. Thus they are expected to do this at night, when some small changes could be made to give teachers a bit more time for intellectual prep. Upper management do not appear to promote healthy school culture. My co-leaders always seem stressed and on edge when they are here. It seems that people's jobs are always on the line.

          Advice to Management

          I have been asked to share feedback with upper management before, and i know what i have shared is similar to what others have shared. While management always 'seem' interested, often there is a PD a few weeks later by my Principal in which we are given a new explanation for why what we had given as feedback isn't productive for student achievement. It is disheartening, and the whole episode seems like an act.

        • Helpful (3)

          "Teacher"

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          Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Rochester, NY
          Recommends
          Positive Outlook
          Approves of CEO

          I have been working at Uncommon Schools for more than 6 years

          Pros

          Great students and schools are organizationally run very well

          Cons

          The school school hours are very long. A lot of extra responsibilities are expected of teachers.

        • "Great mission and a place to grow"

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          Former Employee - Senior Associate Director in New York, NY
          Recommends
          Neutral Outlook
          Approves of CEO

          I worked at Uncommon Schools full-time for more than 6 years

          Pros

          The newest hires do not have the same focus and commitment to the mission this is leading to a big culture shift and making uncommon less “uncommon”

          Cons

          Long hours and poor work life balance

          Advice to Management

          Put the recruitment focus back on mission aligned

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