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Low Compensation
First Grade Teacher (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJanuary 15, 2018
I would not recommend a friend to Uncommon not because of the overall work environment but because of the yearly salary. Uncommon does not pay it's teachers fairly as other competitive networks do.

In order to keep their staff they must think about paying them for the amount of years that they have been teaching.
Pros
Work environment and high staff morale
Cons
Salary
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Inspiring work!
School Leader (Current Employee) –  Upstate NYDecember 15, 2017
This is an amazing place to be a teacher. We truly get to change the world, one successful child at a time. Working in urban schools is demanding and requires long hours anywhere you work. The difference is that at Uncommon, you can be successful.
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The Most Horrible Thing I Have Ever Gotten Myself Into
Lead Teacher (Former Employee) –  New YorkDecember 4, 2017
There is no professionalism when it comes to the day to day interactions. Staff and students' humanity is not accounted for. Run like a prison/military school. Students are simply thought of as their data. This school is run like a business, often working 12 hours a day. Zero consideration for your time; no work life balance.
Pros
Salary
Cons
Treatment of children, stressful environment, no work life balance
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Friendly environment, inconsistent pay
Director of Operations Intern (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYNovember 28, 2017
Although the people that work there are nice, they are very inconsistent with how often they pay you. Even after many conversations about the inconvenience caused by the inconsistent pay, nothing changed.
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Stressful and toxic work environment
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYNovember 14, 2017
Staff is expected to arrive at 6:45 AM until 5 PM; however, some days we would have mandatory meetings or events until 6:30 PM - 8PM. The job is salary based, so no overtime is provided for late nights. Due to the work load, staff is forced to work after hours and weekends. There were tasks assigned on weekends that were due on that same weekend. Impossible work/life balance. Students are also overworked and because of militant discipline they act and respond like robots. Breaks are constantly taken away due to needed coverage or lack of coverage, and meetings. Leadership staff is young and power hungry.
Pros
Students
Cons
Weak leadership, No work/life balance, no breaks
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Great learning experience
Math Teacher (Former Employee) –  Boston, MANovember 9, 2017
Uncommon Schools is a great organization taking a lot of steps in the right direction in urban education. I loved the mission and the kids, I wish leadership had more support and training.
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Driven Workplace
Human Resources Coordinator/Generalist (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 9, 2017
Uncommon truly is uncommon. Staff are very dedicated to supporting the schools and colleagues/managers are supportive. I would recommend working here if you are young and can dedicate 150% of yourself to work. Work/life balance is particularly difficult here. If you are married and/or have children balancing your workload with your personal life will be an uphill battle.
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stressful
Summer Teaching Fellow (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYMay 27, 2017
The culture as a summer teaching fellow is less of a nurturing place to hone your skills as an educator and more of a seven week interview for a job you didn't even know you were competing for.
Pros
pre written lesson plans, lots of structure
Cons
everything else
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Working at Uncommon
Associate Director of Recruitment (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMarch 15, 2017
Uncommon schools is a wonderful Organization to work for. The culture is very strong, and there's plenty of room to grow. Management is very supportive, and you become close knit with your teammates.
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Would not recommend
7th and 8th grade ELA Special Education Teacher (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJanuary 26, 2017
Staff culture needs work. Leadership doesn't consult with staff on whole school issues. Overall learned a lot about teaching, however, be sure that you are able to work with the culture of the school.
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Teacher (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJanuary 22, 2017
Depending on WHICH school you are working at is a major factor in how your day can be. The school that I work at has great culture and strong leadership but can be very overwhelming. The days are very long, jam packed, and largely micromanaged.

I have visited other schools in the network where the school culture (staff or children) is very unorganized and loose. I am fortunate where these things are under control at my school but its hard work. There is not enough time to get things done in the day and you end up taking a lot of work home.
Pros
Great ay
Cons
not enough preps, unmanageable workload, very long days
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Long hours and a robotic feel to the staff.
Spanish Instructor (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 3, 2017
A typical day would begin around 7am, where you have an arrival post. You would then have to attend advisory (co-run with another teacher) and consists of a highly structured time where you reinforce school rules and give a group of about 16 students school announcements. Throughout the day you teach about 4 classes, have about 2 weekly meetings with a coach, have multiple coverages duties during free periods and after school.
As a teacher, you have tons on your plate as it is, but this network does not put the well-being of it's staff first as they put entirely too much work on a single person without giving enough time to be successful at any given task.
Administration tends to be condescending toward teachers and often give constructive criticism without anything affirmative to say.
Staff has a weekly professional development which is helpful, but often redundant. This causes staff to be disgruntled and disinterested, as they normally have a lot of do at any given moment.
The hardest part of the job is not only the long hours, but meeting the expectations set by administration while also trying to manage and improve your craft as a teacher. Co-workers are cordial with one another, but there isn't necessarily a sense of family among staff because that time isn't built into the calendar year.
The most enjoyable part if the definitely the kids. They're genuinely good children that have the best intentions and are highly capable academically and socially.
Pros
Longer Christmas break
Cons
Short summer break, long hours, a lot of expectations for staff
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Hard-working people, very grounded and real. Committed to change.
Sen. Assoc. Dir. Of Real Estate & Facilities (Former Employee) –  New York, NYDecember 19, 2016
A typical day included visiting construction sites, meeting with contractors and school stakeholders, reporting back on construction progress, and participating in any number of other facilities-related projects. I learned the importance of dreaming big and defining the small steps and action plans needed to achieve those ambitions. Management was tough but goal-oriented. The hardest part of the job is bureaucracy. Most enjoyable part of the job is project completion and seeing kids in the building. Great coworkers.
Pros
Great snacks in the kitchen.
Cons
Not enough hours in the day.
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Loved it!
Dean of Curriculum and Instruction (Former Employee) –  Dorchester, MAAugust 13, 2016
Best job ever! Loved Uncommon! Wish Uncommon Schools was in DC! I appreciated all of the training that was provided. It was a great environment to grow in! Great place to really focus on becoming a strong educator!
Pros
Training, flexibility
Cons
Location
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Strong charter organization
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYAugust 10, 2016
Good year overall; strong support from leadership, learned a lot, loved the kids and other co-teachers, many professional development opportunities
Cons: impossible to manage work/life balance, overworked, felt micromanaged at times, no room for creativity
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No Work/Life balance at all
Teacher (Former Employee) –  New JerseyJanuary 27, 2016
Expected to work at all times. Weekends were not really weekends.You are always on call and there is always something that needs to be "submitted". Often spoken to in a passive aggressive, condescending, and disrespectful manner. Concerns are dismissed and used against you. You're told to take the disrespect and look at it as "feedback". Overall, an exhausting and unhappy place to work. If a personal life is important to you, this is not the place to work.
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Productive workplace
7th grade Math Teacher (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJanuary 27, 2016
Great teacher training. Very strict structures and systems. Management of scholars is a top priority. Scholars are prepared for State Testing.
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Great environment to work in
Chemistry Instructor (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJuly 24, 2014
The staff are all a solid team and the culture is nothing less than amazing!
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Exceptional organization to work for!
Office Manager (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJune 9, 2014
Exceptional organization to work for! Great teachers! Strong staff culture!
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Great place to work
Director of Special Projects (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYMay 30, 2014
at Uncommon schools, teachers are changing history – from the way they look each scholar in the eye with respect when shaking hands in the morning to the way they approach lesson planning with deep rigor and genuine joy in mind.
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