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Uncommon Schools Reviews

Updated September 20, 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 47 reviews)

  • "High stress environment for teachers with very long hours" (in 49 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Social Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time

    Pros

    The staff at Uncommon Schools are very passionate about their work.

    Cons

    Being employed by Uncommon Schools offers little opportunity for a healthy work-life balance.


  7. "Home Office"

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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

    Employees here are change agents. We are passionate, dedicated to our mission, and operate with urgency because our scholars deserve it. There is no time to waste when working to close the achievement gap and unlock opportunities. We have many successes but are humble practitioners and understand we can always get better. Genuine feedback and professional development are essential parts of every day and help us to improve our work. It feels wonderful to be recognized and appreciated for a job well done. We may be over 50 schools in 6 cities, but as one team we are cultivating a movement and changing history.

    Cons

    No downsides to share at this time.

  8. "Terrible"

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

    I worked at Uncommon Schools full-time

    Pros

    You get paid decently out of the gate.

    Cons

    Working over 100 hours a week.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A technical organization that lacks soul"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Uncommon Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Uncommon is incredibly good at technical skills. It used to be the network that you would go to to that really good at teaching and leading. It does attract some of the best Minds in education in it's classroom.

    Cons

    Most teachers and leaders leave within two to three years because it is clear uncommon does not value its people. The high turnover in leadership is another a testament to that. You cannot grow your network with 300 + new teachers coming in every single year.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people. They are the reason why uncommon is what uncommon is. Uncommon used to be the leader of all Charter Schools but it is now lagging behind all the major CMOS in New York City because it fails to keep its best talent and its schools. It should not be the norm that schools are turning over 12 to 15 teachers every single year.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Making a change"

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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

    I truly feel like I am making a change along side a talented group of teachers. The teachers at Uncommon are dedicated to the mission. We give 200% each day in order to give the students the education they deserve.

    Cons

    I enjoy all moments at Uncommon.


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