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YES Prep Public Schools Reviews

Updated January 14, 2019
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Pros
  • "Professional Development, Mission, and Vision of YES Prep are unparalleled to any other district or professional organization I've been apart of" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Chance to make a difference in some students' lives" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "If you want to be successful, there is no work life balance" (in 22 reviews)

  • "Long hours (little time for a personal life or anything else)" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great People & Learning"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at YES Prep Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    - Amazing team
    - A lot of opportunities for professional development
    - Increasing amount of benefits
    - Great district leadership

    Cons

    Some systems could really use updating - and I know that's in the works.
    Need more competitive perks


  2. "Admin"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YES Prep Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Pay, People, Culture, rewarding, benefits

    Cons

    Stress, hours, responsibilities, travel, people

  3. "employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YES Prep Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    pay is good and they help with lesson plans, and certification

    Cons

    no work life balance


  4. "Teacher"

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

    I have been working at YES Prep Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    *great pay
    *amazing coworkers that are truly dedicated
    *you will have a great experience if you work at a strong campus

    Cons

    *bias teacher evaluations
    *no work life balance
    *they require you to spend your money on students and supplies. If you don’t, they will lower your observation score
    *too many people in leadership that lack experience and knowledge to properly help new teachers


  5. "Scarred for life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at YES Prep Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    I can’t think of much pros. A fridge in the two break rooms? A working microwave?

    Cons

    Teaching at a Yes Prep school was horrible. It was a toxic and hostile work environment, especially at Yes Prep SS. I don’t recommend working here unless you are passionate about changing students’ lives and don’t mind being disrespected daily. The culture is scary. Everyone has their guard up and wants to act tough. It’s not professional at the school; everyday seemed like a circus, not even knowing what to expect.

    Advice to Management

    Check in with the teachers at least once a month. Don’t make teachers feel bad for using a sick day. It’s life. People get sick.


  6. "I think it could work for some, but not for me..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YES Prep Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    - Great Coworkers
    - Admirable purpose and mission

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - Quality of support varies


  7. Helpful (1)

    "AMAZING organization! But too much focus on politics."

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

    I worked at YES Prep Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    YES Prep is full of GREAT people who are doing incredible things for kids throughout Houston. Their result are truly outstanding.

    Cons

    For all the talk about diversity, YES Prep is a very unwelcoming (and openly hostile) place for those who aren't politically liberal. If you're conservative or even moderate, you'll need to hide or misrepresent your beliefs in order to fit in with the culture and have any shot at advancing. This wouldn't matter in most places, but politics are constantly injected into professional development sessions, meetings, and all-staff e-mails from district leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to educating kids and leave the politics at home.

  8. "Home Office Staff"

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

    I have been working at YES Prep Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    I've worked at YES Prep for over 5 years now in the Home Office and have found it to be an organization that is dedicated to improvement and is far more focused on accountability than the average educational organization. While this is a double-edged sword, I've found that it results in productive, difficult conversations.

    Cons

    At times, the org can be seen as acting in a reactionary way without determining if the actions are truly what is best for staff and students. Action is usually better than inaction, but not all actions are created equal.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership at the organization (at all levels, actually) tries to do too much. When the end result is student-achievement, this is certainly a noble pursuit. However, in trying to do everything, they often become jacks-of-all-trades, and masters of none. Having a more concrete focus on the things the organization does best (people development, data analysis, etc.) might allow the true strengths of the org to serve as the rising tide the lifts all boats.


  9. "Tons of work, not for everyone. You really need to be dedicated."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle School Math Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Middle School Math Teacher in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at YES Prep Public Schools (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The kids make everything worth it.

    Cons

    If you want to be successful, there is no work life balance.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission, solution-oriented, growth-mindset, great administrative support

    Cons

    sometimes there seems to be a "popularity contest" in who gets promoted or put in positions for clear growth/leadership