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Uncommon Schools Reviews

Updated December 20, 2018
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Pros
  • "The leadership and professional development" (in 44 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 51 reviews)

  • "Expect to put in long hours and a lot of work" (in 54 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. Helpful (3)

    "Teacher"

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

    I have been working at Uncommon Schools (More than 5 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.

  3. "Great mission and a place to grow"

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

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


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Hopefully you won’t have anything else going on in your life..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with students is rewarding.

    Cons

    Unnecessarily long hours. No work life balance. Lack of respect for staff.


  5. "Pros and Cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Uncommon Schools full-time

    Pros

    Folks there really care deeply about students and student achievement.

    Cons

    Home Office culture was not a strong experience. Many interactions were transactional and I didn't feel connected to people working across a variety of functions.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "I do not feel valued"

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    Current Employee - Middle School Science Teacher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Middle School Science Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Operations team runs the school with a lot of resources
    -Diversity among Teaching staff
    -Professional Development

    Cons

    -inflexibility in terms of teaching style and execution of lessons
    -questionable discipline methods that teach compliance not habits
    -an expectation to work 75 hours a week
    -no work life balance
    -proactively expressing concerns with leadership team is met with "we all work long hours" mentatility
    -"We do it for the kids" is used as an excuse to over work teachers and feels abusive
    -lack of diversity of leadership teams

    Advice to Management

    Teachers are in the front of the classrooms everyday. Our concerns matter. Teaching isn't a performing art that can be manufactured. Uncommon needs to work on mutual accountability and providing a platform for teachers to share (and be heard) in a open and honest place. I feel silenced, frustrated and under valued. I am looking to leave before the year finishes. If Uncommon continues the Teacher retention will continue to drop even lower. Uncommon as it is isn't sustainable or healthy for anyone who works at my school. I love my students dearly but I can't continue to work for this employer. It feels like a punishment everyday.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "No work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.

  8. "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


  9. 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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