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It all depends on the school
Paraprofessional (Former Employee) –  Hartford, CTSeptember 11, 2017
My experience with Achievement First may be isolated. It has a good job culture and strong mission and ideals but administration could be more transparent, and support better work life balance. At the location I worked at it really pushed for work martyrdom which is never healthy in the first place. There are plenty of staff that love the students and the mission but all to often feel hindered by stiff and strict code. It has a wonderful idea of warm but demanding, however it sometimes loses the warmth and takes away opportunities for fun and joy for the students.
Pros
Good ideas, good job culture, good benefits, solid pay
Cons
Work Martyrdom, lack of helpful feedback stiff policy for education
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mission driven organization with high expectations
Community Outreach Associate (Current Employee) –  Hartford, CTSeptember 5, 2017
Typical work day is involved with 2+ hours of emails, 2 project management, and the rest is putting out fires.

I learned how to establish a system where there was none.

The relationship between schools and network support is strained
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I didn't like the way the children were treated.
Office Assistant (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYAugust 31, 2017
Kids were constantly being placed on behavioral time out or punishments. Parents were constantly coming to the school with complaints regarding the way their child was deal with.
Pros
I was working.
Cons
It was hectic.
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Tough Place
TEACHER IN RESIDENCE (Former Employee) –  Brownsville, NYAugust 30, 2017
Tough place to work because of the working hours and some of the leadership skills were not there. It was a constant battle between the teachers and the leadership staff
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Good Organization
Saturday Academy Tutor (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJuly 26, 2017
This is a great start for working in a charter school community and environment. They focus mainly on their mission and students academic growth and achievement.
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Highly Demanding + Highly Rewarding Work Environment
Network Support Staff (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMay 21, 2017
Keeping in mind that everything we do is to further the advancement of marginalized and oppressed students helps to understand the intense work environment of AF. Expectations are high, but the education of students is at stake and they demand our best in order to ensure their own success.
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Teacher (Current Employee) –  New Haven, CTMarch 21, 2017
The schools faculty members are amazing and really helpful! They do a lot of the work to make sure our students have the best quality education. The administration team is supportive and receptive to feedback. The operations team is responsible for making attendance calls, printing and distributing school newsletters, set up testing materials, re-stock supply rooms, etc. Teachers are responsible for maintaining an upkeep school culture and excitement among our scholars. The teachers are passionate about carrying our organizations mission which is an equal education for all students.
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love children
Bus Matron (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJanuary 26, 2017
the job itself was fine but there was not enough income to survive off of let alone if your a parent. my issue working with them is that it wasnt full time only an hour to 2 hours but it was better then nothing at all.
Pros
keeping children safe on bus
Cons
not enough hours
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High stress and very busy
Behavior Specialist (Current Employee) –  New Haven, CTJanuary 23, 2017
I feel achievement first pays well but that's only because they demand a lot of there employees there is a lot that must be done on the part of staff that will not always be doable. but they still expect for you to get things done im a good team player and I believe in doing my part but sometimes jobs ask for then you can physically do.
Pros
They do pay good money and benefits
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New Teachers Avoid This Place Like the Plague
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJanuary 17, 2017
Abusive management, long hours, little to no benefits. New teachers eager to work are taken advantage of and abused. If you are new to the profession, avoid Achievement First at all costs. It is a money mill more interested in raising funds by accepting any kind of student than in the profession of teaching.
Pros
Good commute
Cons
Unqualified supervisors, low pay, few benefits
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Overworked, underpaid
Teacher in residence (Former Employee) –  New Haven, CTJanuary 14, 2017
They expect way too much out of their teachers. Not paid enough either. I had to work two part time jobs on top of this full time teaching job with AF and still struggled to make ends meet.
Pros
None
Cons
Bratty kids, long hours, horrible management, no communication, little pay
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NY, Teacher in Residence (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYMay 30, 2016
The company has a nice culture for new employees, however force new teachers to teach and cover classrooms with little to no experience.
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Great charter school network based in NY and CT.
Student Services Manager (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYNovember 4, 2015
Overall, AF is a great place to work if you're ed-focused. The mission is aligned to closing the achievement gap and teaching scholars beyond the content in classes.
Pros
Amazing coworkers, sense of purpose
Cons
Potential for burnout
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Productive and inspiring
Teacher (Former Employee) –  East New York, NYJune 20, 2015
I worked 7-5:30 Monday through Friday. The school is located in a low performing school district. However, as a teacher there I have seen the school narrow the achievement gap with a rigor curriculum.
Pros
Teaching the youth
Cons
short breaks
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AF is a great place to work
Director of External Relations (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYMarch 9, 2015
Overall, AF is a great organization. If you are committed to the mission, you can have a great long-term career. Because we are still growing, there are a lot of opportunities for people.
Pros
Mission-driven
Cons
work-life balance
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Good place to work
Physical Education Teacher (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYFebruary 25, 2015
Good place to work. Need to work on work life balance for all employees. The hours are long and but there is a great staff and welcoming community.
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Great job culture and productive environment
Behavior Specialist (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYAugust 17, 2014
Working days usually go from about 7:30am to 4pm. Great collaboration between co-workers including management. Many opportunities for leadership and advancement. Long hours and some weekends make it hard if you have a family.
Pros
Great benefits and compensation
Cons
Long work hours
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Productive and a great place to work
Food Service Worker (Current Employee) –  Hartford, CTJanuary 23, 2014
Kid friendly environment, structured and well mannered children and working staff
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