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Uncommon Schools Reviews

Updated November 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "The leadership and professional development" (in 43 reviews)

  • "Their mission is to close the achievement gap and ensure that every child graduates college" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "The work-life balance/workload/length of school day is soul crushing" (in 48 reviews)

  • "High paced/stressful environment with long hours" (in 51 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Opperations team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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. "No work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to get your certification, the kids are great, the people you work with (other teachers) are great

    Cons

    There is no work life balance. The atmosphere is cultish. 12-15 hour days. If you express any kind of unhappiness they say you’re weak or not committed to the kids. It’s really difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking about having a family atmosphere and actually create one. Give your teachers more days off and support.

  3. "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Uncommon Schools full-time

    Pros

    passionate and mission driven company

    Cons

    hard work and low pay job


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Get Better and Burnt Out Faster"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time

    Pros

    You can learn very quickly through Uncommon's PD cycles and teacher-mentor model. New teachers learn how to manage classrooms quickly and get tons of hands-on experience

    Cons

    Teachers get burnt out very quickly and are very overworked. This network struggles to retain veteran teachers because the work is not sustainable and the network does not hire enough staff regardless of this frequent feedback


  5. "Ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Uncommon Schools full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, prepare the students
    Great results

    Cons

    Drill sergeant
    Long hours
    Not enough respect for teacher from administration


  6. "Teacjer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time

    Pros

    Lots of structure and very organized. Lots of trainings and professional developments.

    Cons

    100% micromanagement. Unnecessary work load and extra meetings at times. Not much support.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great positions with creative control."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time

    Pros

    So much creative control in the SPC role. Constant professional development.

    Cons

    Long hours! Only 2 weeks off in the summer for OPS teams.

    Advice to Management

    More vacation time for OPS team.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Students are amazing and the mission is very real and teachers work very hard. Also, you'll have all the resources you'll need to be successful in the classroom. You will learn a lot about urban education.

    Cons

    There is a lot of micromanagement in the job, regardless of your title. Also, they believe great teaching should be replicated so they want all teachers to sound the same--there is very little room for individuality in the classroom.

    Advice to Management

    Trust teachers to make the right decisions for kids more often. Less micromanagement.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Paranoid Leaders"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good pay and benefits.
    -Uncommon tries to help teachers improve in a system-dependent way of thinking about instruction.

    Cons

    -Leadership cornered certain individuals to find out about what others might complain about at happy hours, or elsewhere after hours.
    - Discipline system is anti-restorative, and simply punitive.
    - Remember, as an employee here, you have no rights.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Closing the achievement gap"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great support from Administration
    Very hard working students
    The school is very mission focused
    You can see the academic growth in the students each day

    Cons

    Although there is a lot of work, it is necessary in order to close the achievement gap.


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