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Uncommon Schools Reviews

Updated June 18, 2018
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  • "The work-life balance/workload/length of school day is soul crushing" (in 45 reviews)

  • "Long hours and competitive politics" (in 46 reviews)

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  1. "Great School"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Uncommon Schools full-time

    Pros

    Tons of training and professional development.

    Cons

    Lots of work to do.

    Advice to Management

    Use you time super efficiently


  2. "Principal"

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    Former Employee - Principal in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Principal in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Uncommon Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Uncommon provides great professional development for teachers and has rigorous and joyful classrooms for students. I loved working with my colleagues and felt like I was able to grow as a professional every year. The work itself also is so rewarding. You feel connected to the mission of closing the achievement gap and this pushes you to work hard every day.

    Cons

    The work at Uncommon can be overwhelming for some. The school day is long and the culture, although supportive, is one that expects a lot from everyone on the team.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support your staff with the goal of keeping folks as long as possible in this work. Remind them that although it is hard work, it is incredibly rewarding.

  3. "Good pay and benefits, but you'll pay with your life"

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

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

    Pros

    -Great swag
    -Amazing benefits
    -Great pay
    -Best coworkers you will ever have
    -Structured PD for operations and teachers, alike

    Cons

    -Operations only gets one day of PD when they are essentially running a school with little to no training beforehand.
    -Difficult work/life balance. 11-12 hour days are normal for office staff...the demand is crazy and it appears that across school levels, the most work is attempted to be done with the least amount of people, possible.
    -robotic leadership

    Advice to Management

    -Young leaders are being trained to run schools before they can even hold their heads up. This hurts your staff and the kids, most of all as the attrition rates do not speak to happy staff.
    -Keep Operations staffed to at least 5 per school, especially elementary and middle
    -reduce the demand and workload and maybe the satisfaction would increase.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Fulfilling, rewarding, enormous growth"

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

    I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time

    Pros

    Lots of support, lots of feedback, and amazing coworkers. You will always have what you need. Really great professional development sessions that feel intentional (and not repetitive). Strong culture of meritocracy.

    Cons

    Competitive young staff - you need to ENJOY being pushed to be the best. You're not going to coast here.


  5. "High highs and low lows"

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    Former Employee - Special Projects Coordinator
    Former Employee - Special Projects Coordinator

    I worked at Uncommon Schools full-time

    Pros

    -the students are amazing
    - being a part of an institution that is making a change
    - the team was awesome, worked really hard all super dedicated

    Cons

    - work load
    - could be very stressful
    - expected to work more than regular hours all the time
    - small ops staff to large faculty


  6. "Relay resident"

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

    I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time

    Pros

    Staff is very welcoming
    Students are well behaved
    Great friendly environment

    Cons

    Long hours
    A lot of work


  7. "Special Project Coordinator"

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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

    Incredible mission
    Dedication to children
    Highly collaborative

    Cons

    Long days
    Demanding work load

  8. Helpful (2)

    "If you want a job that will burn you out"

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    Current Employee - Special Projects Coordinator
    Current Employee - Special Projects Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -You'll learn a lot
    -You have weekly check-ins with your boss to get feedback
    -The kids are amazing.
    -Good health insurance

    Cons

    -You don't get paid well
    -You have way more work then is possible for one person
    -You'll find yourself working 11-14 hour days.
    -Your work life balance is pretty much non-existent

    Advice to Management

    All operations teams should be 5 people. Pay people what they deserve which is a lot more then you are paying them.


  9. "Operations"

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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

    Mission Driven
    Small Schools
    Incentives Swag and gifts

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Low salaries
    High turnover

    Advice to Management

    create systems for better work life balance


  10. "Office Manager"

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

    I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time

    Pros

    Perks of working in education like vacation time. Also provides excellent professional development

    Cons

    lack of work life balance


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