Achievement First Employee Reviews

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Very clique-ish work culture
Teacher, 2 grade (Former Employee) –  New Haven, CTJuly 24, 2018
If you're willing to stand up for yourself in any situation, this is NOT the company for you. There are no collective bargaining protections and the "contract" merely details your compensation package and obligations to AF. Within the contract,there is a clause that states that you will be an "at-will" employee, meaning the contract is useless.
Pros
Work materials, free coffee, decent pay (if you don't count preparation hours)
Cons
Everything else.
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Demanding and stressful no help
Teacher Assistant (Former Employee) –  New Haven, CTJune 14, 2018
No help from administration, working long hours. If you have a family this isn’t a place to work. Also, you’re put into very stressful and demanding situations. You’re criticiqued if you don’t do things their way. And you’re put into situations you don’t want to be put into and seem forced to do things. Also they put people down
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Great starter role
Operations Associate/Student Services Manager (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYMay 15, 2018
This was a great role to start after college. I worked with some very intelligent and passionate people and learned a lot. I moved quickly in the first year due to high turnover but was stagnant following that move. The opportunity for new experiences and skill building wasn't presented as much in an Operations Role as it is teaching.
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Wonderful Mission, Low funding
Principal's Assistant (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYApril 21, 2018
I enjoyed the time spent with the organization. Did not feel cut-throat or overly competitive as with other Charter Networks. If better funded, and with better resources, achievement first would be a greater charter for staff and students.
Pros
Holidays, staff I.D. gets store discounts
Cons
low budget=less perks
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Stressful work environment
4th Grade Math Teacher (Former Employee) –  Hartford, CTApril 16, 2018
very stressful, high demands, lots of critique, little support from administration, little room for creativity as a teacher, set curriculum and expectations across the school.
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Terrible management and awful work/life balance
Director of School Operations (Former Employee) –  New Haven, CTApril 5, 2018
Terrible management, awful work/life balance, little to no support for staff

poor management, awful workplace culture, highly stressful, unrealistic expectations of staff
Pros
money
Cons
poor management, awful workplace culture, highly stressful, unrealistic expectations of staff
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Student Service Manager - Data (Current Employee) –  Providence, RIMarch 2, 2018
Achievement First certainly outperforms many of the Providence Public Schools. They focus on preparing teachers through hours of Professional development and attention to student academic progress.
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You have to want this.
Teacher in residence (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJanuary 18, 2018
The hours are LONG. You must be there by 7:10 everyday. 7:11 is the cut off. After that you are late. Dismissal is over at 4:15. Typically teachers are there at least another 30 minutes to an hour after that (Maybe more, especially if you do after school). You're looking at 10 hour+ work days. I cant lie, the adult culture is great and for the most part people are VERY welcoming which is new to me. There are few who aren't as welcoming/rude but, that's life. I do feel valued though and I love that part. But a lot is expected of you. Especially due to the salaried nature you can easily work 50-60 hours a week for the same check and that can be quite draining. The work-life balance definitely needs to be worked on. The school day has several parts that can be trimmed or cut altogether for the betterment of the staff and students alike.
Pros
Welcoming Nature, Lots of food for staff, staff appreciation
Cons
Work Life balance, Long hours, Lots of rules, Tiring, Lots of running around at times
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Structured enviornment
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJanuary 1, 2018
Achievement First is largely based on clear structures for students and staff and professional development for teachers. One thing they should work on more is stronger work/life balance for staff as hours are long.
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Great learning experience
Math Teacher (Former Employee) –  ConnecticutNovember 9, 2017
A great place to learn to teach. Expectations for students are very high as well as student, teacher, and staff turnover. You get a lot of responsibility quickly.
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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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Achievement First Summary
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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