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Empty Promises, Toxic Culture
Administrator (Former Employee) –  CaliforniaMarch 4, 2019
While their marketing is flashy, it’s full of empty promises. I found the opposite to be true to the party line, as the bottom line is far more important than fairly paying teachers, or effectively teaching students. Fusion uses high-paid corporate coaches to gaslight administrators into thinking everything is their fault, meanwhile they’re breaking their backs to continually increase student enrollment, and even before an enrollment target is reached, it’s moved higher and out of reach. Regional management in California is especially terrible, as they seem supportive to your face, and yet behind your back, work to undermine you and take credit for your work, so that they themselves can climb the corporate ladder. I liked working for the Head of School at my campus, but he left when he saw the writing on the wall. The culture on the surface is all love and fun, but this is a false front masking a toxic culture that exploits workers.
Pros
Beautiful campuses
Cons
Everything else
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Do you like to eat and pay bills?
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXFebruary 26, 2019
This is a corporation, not a school. Just look at the turnover in faculty. Pretty much a pay to get a degree situation for parents and students.
So, they will sell you on how you can get more students. Well, try paying bills when you only have 5 students 4 days a week (students only have your class two days a week) at 24-26 bucks an hour.
Part of the scheme is that you are pretty much a baby sitter. There were students who went to class for two hours a day, then set off to play golf or tennis for the rest of the day.
Their proprietary software is lousy and time-consuming. It's also hard to plan when students don't even know what textbooks they used in <insert X class at Y school>.
Having said all of the above, it's a good gig if you know what you are getting into. It's not, however, a really sustainable way to make a living. I'd consider it a stepping stone; you can tell this by seeing the turnover at the various campuses on sites like Indeed, etc.
Pros
They have filtered water. Colleagues were nice enough. Students behaved.
Cons
Everything else.
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Teacher (Current Employee) –  Walnut Creek, CAFebruary 9, 2019
Teacher hours are sporadic and not dependable. Your schedule changes all the time and you have to build up the hours you get. Summers hours are low so you should have another job to support yourself from June- August. Management is stuck in high school mode with cliques and behavior to match. Management is unavailable for help and does not respond back to emails when support is requested. Be prepared to kiss butt if you want to keep your job.
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Fun Workplace
Science Department Head (Current Employee) –  Woodland Hills, CAJanuary 22, 2019
Fusion is a great place to work and has a family environment. If you area teacher than you have flexible scheduling. The hardest part of the job is trying to find time to get everything completed that they require of you. Overall, it is a very positive work experience.
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flexible Schedule
Cons
Pay
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Worst Place to Work
Administrator (Former Employee) –  New JerseyJanuary 20, 2019
Fusion pretends to care about supporting students with their academic growth. However, the company focuses more on business. Regional leadership careless about the student need.
Pros
The students are amazing individuals
Cons
The corporate office could care less about the student need. Administrators are inexperience, gossipy and negative.
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Fun but impermanent workplace
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Bay Area, CAJanuary 15, 2019
There is no financial security available here. This is sad considering teachers are the backbone of the place. Please change the culture by providing salaried positions.
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Great people, low pay
Social Studies Teacher, 10th- 12th grades (Current Employee) –  Southlake, TXJanuary 8, 2019
Great people, low pay.
The amount of prep required for each class takes so much time. You get paid for delivering the lesson, just not preparing the lesson.
Pros
great coworkers
Cons
Low pay
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Toxic.
Administrator (Former Employee) –  Ardmore, PADecember 26, 2018
Purely toxic coming from the Head of School down. Waste of money for parents as it's so disorganized. Head of school threatened by other staff members and creates drama and forces those she no longer likes out by bullying them privately until they leave. This has happened to more than one.
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Bait & Switch lies mixed with pay to play grades for the rich
Teacher (Former Employee) –  ctNovember 23, 2018
Was pressured into never giving below a B for a grade. Never enough hours despite what was promised and on top of that forced to work multiple hours each week for free. In order to get enough hours you have to sell yourself to the students which creates a weird power dynamic. Management was clique-y and majorly unsupportive. Was cheated out of sick hours at end of year. No benefits whatsoever available. If people say that Fusion is great school and great place for education and teachers, they're either management or trying to become management. High turnover, revolving door for a reason. Don't do it unless you only want part time work.
Cons
hours sucked, cheated out of hours, clique-y environment, weird power dynamic between students and teachers
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Used and Abused
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 16, 2018
Fusion is a good place to get experience as a new teacher. You can see what works and more often than not what does not work in terms of how to teach kids and how admin should/shouldn’t treat their employees. That being said the pay sucks and the administration is unsupportive. Prepare to have your love of teaching be taken advantage of.
Pros
Good friends.
Cons
Used and abused teachers.
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Okay
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAOctober 26, 2018
pretty laid back, but not something you could make a career out of. admin could play favorites. sometimes classes with only one kid were super weird, boring, sad or a combination.
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Easy Teaching job
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYOctober 9, 2018
Terrible management and but the teaching environment was ideal for students with low grade anxiety. Staff of teachers was colorful with a lot to offer but the head of school didn't provide the proper support.
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Easy, low stress
Cons
Terrible mangement
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unsupported with low hours, poor management and huge turnovers
teacher (Former Employee) –  ilSeptember 17, 2018
it is a corporation first and foremost. an example of a company that talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk when it comes to supporting the staff. if you're not turned off by the bizarre promise of "paid planning time" (which amounts to five minutes per hour taught), then you've drank the kool-aid here. the admin team is only focused on making the parents and students happy because that's where the money comes from. granted, it's a private institution but it's a poorly run one with dollar signs on their minds in place of a solid education. the culture seems great, the focus on the arts and the individual teaching will draw you in initially. but there is an indisputable reason for the large teacher turnover rate there. teachers feel used, degraded and less valued the longer you're there. it panders and only serves teachers that truly try to appease the admin team. and you may think you've got 40 hours for the long haul but wait until it drops to 14 or 4 per week, particularly in the summer. the schedules waver for a variety of reasons so there is no chance to achieve full-time even if that is promised as a possibility. maybe it varies location to location but the one i worked for had a completely unsupportive admin team that collaborates with one another on a daily basis but rarely with the teachers that need the support. there's a fast company article circulating about this school and the reasons for union-like support pay and benefits so i suggest researching that and the reviews here and at glassdoor before committing to the smoke and mirrors attitude on display here. i  more... just feel bad for the students since they deserve a much better education in a more steady setting than Fusion could ever hope to achieve.  less
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the students, co-workers, the individualized approach
Cons
management admin, no benefits, profit-driven school with little care for staff, insane workload demands in-between classes with no pay
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Avoid
Music Teacher (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCAugust 22, 2018
This is not a school, it is a corporation. The administration is more about making money than education, and they are unapologetic about it. There is no disciplinary structure, so teachers are left to fend for themselves when students misbehave. The turnover rate for teachers is tremendously high, as they are not taken care of by the administration in pay or support. Do not bother with this school. It will make you miserable.
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Teachers are good, passionate people
Cons
Everything else
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Look elsewhere first, things are done at the employees expense.
Instructor/ Teacher (Former Employee) –  Walnut Creek, CAAugust 9, 2018
First of all read some recent reviews, its pretty much there.
The company does not treat their employees well. One has to look no further than the insanely high turn over of teachers.
Fusion corporate is completely blind and deaf to the multitude of issues the company faces. The company culture is absurd at best. I have never seen management work so ineffectively. I could go on and on but the same is there in many other employee reviews.
Bottom line, if you can find a job somewhere else, do that.
Cons
not enough hours/planning time, high teacher demands, clique culture.
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Stepping stone position for teachers
Spanish Teacher (Former Employee) –  New York StateJuly 14, 2018
Fusion academy was my first teaching job. It was a good way for me to keep up my knowledge of Spanish after completing college. This position was a great work environment.
Pros
experience
Cons
home/work balance, compensation
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Part Time Only
Department Head (Former Employee) –  CaliforniaJuly 5, 2018
Part time positions only for the most part, summers come and there's zero hours for many, very high demand on teachers - bordering on totally unreasonable expectations. Mission to students is doubtful, due to strong corporate focus on expansion and profit maximization.
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Under paid and delusional
Math and Science Teacher (Current Employee) –  Princeton, NJJune 27, 2018
As a teacher, this place should be a pit stop until you find a real job. They pay horribly, will lie to you about hours, and will steal your time. It takes more time to do the job than what they will pay you for. This is a for-profit school and it is run like it. Monetary goals are always more important than education goals.
Pros
Laid back
Cons
Low pay, steals your time, money over students/teachers
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Low pay high standards
Teacher/Mentor (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJune 21, 2018
Parents pay top dollar at this school for the most part, unless the DOE was paying for students to come here for reasons unbeknownst to the staff for the most part. In my opinion, the Director of the school at the time was not experienced enough and she runs Fusion as a business not a school. There were students that obviously needed a different learning environment and she allowed them to stay at the school even when teachers like myself felt unsafe around the student in question.
Pros
Staff was friendly
Cons
Too laid back not enough structure, not supportive.
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Teacher (Former Employee) –  NYMay 26, 2018
Management is extremely ill-equipped, demeaning, and degrading towards all staff. Teachers are not valued. There's significant time spent at work where you are unpaid.
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