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Not a social workplace, full-time employees are treated like temps
Community Engagement (Former Employee) –  Independence, OHNovember 20, 2017
Once this company get what they need from you in the short time being they will let go of you despite promising yearly work. Asked to work weekends and out of town on numerous occasions.
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Nightmare
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Cleveland, OHOctober 30, 2017
Horrible principal, micromanaged daily, talked to like a child. Low pay long hours, planning period spent in meetings that were a waste of time. School falling apart, mold ceiling caving in. Overcrowded classrooms.
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Poor management
N/A (Former Employee) –  Cleveland, OHOctober 3, 2017
Company grew too quickly for current management to successfully handle expansion and or employees. No encouragement. Lots of management errors that resulted in increased work load for employees. Expected to work various job positions outside of job description without additional compensation.
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Like Selling Your Soul
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Cleveland, OHAugust 11, 2017
I'm sure this will come off as a disgruntled employee, but people should know what they're in for. The only redeeming quality of working for ACCEL Is the staff who've also been caught in the foxhole with you and the shared comradary you feel from the abuse they pass out. Teachers and aids are required to work 9 hours, and often without a lunch break because they can't, or won't, hire subs to cover for absent teachers. The kids are viewed as nothing more than a paycheck from the state. Students with severe and even violent behavior who have physically or emotionally abused staff and peers are allowed to stay because corporate doesn't want to lose money from the state. The pay is low and the out of pocket cost of benefits is high. Staff turnover is ridiculous (which hurts the kids and the remaining staff). Some positions see multiple teachers fill it in one school year (how can a child learn when they have a new teacher every month?). Corporate promises bonuses and incentives but never follows through. Staff is often demoralized by corporate bigwigs who insist they jump through rediculous hoops but provide little or no support making their goals unattainable. (For example: asking teachers to provide more hands-on activities but not providing any materials for them. Setting deadlines for teachers to print report cards but there is no paper, and so much more) Working for them felt like selling my soul to the devil. I never met an employee that had positive things to say about the company. It's sad that they continue to get away with mistreating staff and treating the kids they  more... are supposed to be servicing as walking dollar-signs. They care more about profits than they do about educating kids.  less
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health benefits
Cons
Low Pay, Long Hours, Lack of materials, Lack of support
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Great and fun place to grow and work
Paraprofessional (Current Employee) –  Tempe, AZJune 12, 2017
Great and fine place to work and grow. I've learned so much from working here. If you love helping people and working with kids then this job is perfect for you!
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Not a good company to work for
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Cleveland, OHApril 3, 2017
If you have a real teaching license find some place else to work. Too many kids to a class and long hours without a lunch break. Really high turnover of staff. Administration is poorly qualified to administer anything successful.
Pros
some of the other teachers
Cons
pay, administration, class size, lack of breaks, long hours
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Great place to work
Teacher's Assistant (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZDecember 4, 2016
A typical day at work is dealing with special needs kids as well as physically challenged children. I had learned many things about the kids and the company including patience and organization. The most enjoyable part of my job is being with the kids and enjoying every minute with them.
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learned alot
Office asst/Teachers asst. Crisis team leader (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZJune 7, 2012
staff truly care about making a difference in the childrens lives.
Pros
great benefits
Cons
to much district interference
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