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Universal Companies Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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  1. "Fair but Strict"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Universal Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fair salary, great staff members

    Cons

    Probation period of 90 days for new employees where you cannot use personal or sick days for absences in the first 90 days of employment. If you are absent from work within the first 90 days, you do no not receive pay.

    Advice to Management

    Less strict staff attendance policies.


  2. "RUN!!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Companies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are the best. Supportive and caring.

    Cons

    Administrations and upper management had no backbone to stand up to disruptive students. Never ask opinions and if they do never do anything about it. Lack of educational resources for teaching all subjects.

    Advice to Management

    LEAVE


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Liars"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Universal Companies full-time

    Pros

    Nice place to work, great co-workers and administration at our school.

    Cons

    Liars run the company. Had meetings about salary schedule at the end of 2016 school year for the 2016-2017 school year. Salary based on years of service and education level. Get a letter a month ago about new salary but now it has a condition about level 2 certificate. Not what was spelled out in meetings or salary schedule. They lied to us to keep us from looking elsewhere. Now that school is back in it's too late to quit. Lawyers are our net step with these liars.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to your teachers. Pay them what you said they'd get. Be professional.


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  5. "Teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Educator in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Educator in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Companies (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get the summer off.

    Cons

    Long hours, unprofessional coworkers, teachers have a uniform they must wear.


  6. "Making Progress"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great caring staff, lots of professional development opportunities. Lots of diversity in teaching staff.

    Cons

    Difficult student behaviors with very little action or support.

    Advice to Management

    Begin holding students accountable for classroom behavior by having students call parents immediately to report behavior


  7. "You can do better than Universal"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro Beach, Broward, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro Beach, Broward, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Universal Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free benefits and a few amazing people.

    Cons

    This is a very disorganized organization. Due to their lack of leadership on a central office level, the inability to strategically plan and absolutely no cohesion amongst school operating procedure this organization is literally not structured for success. Failure is inherent and while everyone recognizes this, the politics of the organization keeps even the highest ranking staff from doing anything to fix it.

    Advice to Management

    Fire your CAO and rebuild the central office to unify operations between the disparate corporate and educational entities that currently exist. Establish a school culture and leadership by normalizing process, procedure and policy across all schools. Develop 360 degree appraisal and acknowledgment systems for all staff members in schools.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Be Careful of them!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrator in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Administrator in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, awesome staff and students on the school level.

    Cons

    High turnover, nepotism., cut-throat. Upper management appears to be making it up as they go.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and their efforts to create a positive school environment. Stop the nepotism! Invest in your employees.


  9. "Don't Waste Your Time"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Abingdon, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Abingdon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful outdoor path where you can escape the insanity
    Kitchen facilities

    Cons

    Behind a beautiful spa catalog lies a company primed for growth but one that just can't make the leap under present management. Competitors continue to bite large chunks of revenue out from underneath Universal as the company plods along a decade beyond the industry. Primarily, upper management is comprised of high earning, unqualified friends of the CEO. Locals hang onto their positions (many in fear and resentment) since there are no other opportunities in the rural backwoods of Bristol VA. VP's stay knowing that they would never be able to pull these salaries in other companies. Narcissism and nepotism is the company culture where the lower ranking employees are often sabotaged by both co-workers and management and asked to spy on each other, reporting back to superiors. Managers demean or "make fun" of others in "public forums" and in a passive/aggressive manner. Once you have your initial interview, you'll understand the dynamics of the company. The salaries (except for VP's, is far below the national standard).

    Advice to Management

    Try to stay awake at your own management meetings and ride the gravy train as long as you can.


  10. "No consistant consequences for anything."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Companies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The teachers mamke a great team to work with every day. They are supportive and helpful in all aspects of the job. Whever I had a question I asked another teacher because administration had no clue or time.

    Cons

    Administration has no clue on how to run the school. Every policy keeps changing almost weekly until June, IE dismissal procedure. There is always favorites teachers in the eyes of the administrators, so sad. Behavior problems in the school have no consequences even when a teacher is put in danger.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your teachers who have been there and LEARN what has worked. Grow a back bone and have consequences so the students know what is expected and what will the outcome of behavior will be!!!!!!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "They forgot what the mission is about"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Universal Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Individuals who truly are eager to educate and make a difference in their schools and community.

    Cons

    Individuals who forgot that the mission is to educate and make a difference in their schools and community.
    No discipline structure.
    No organizational structure.
    It's who you know and not what you know.



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