Look elsewhere first, things are done at the employees expense.
Instructor/ Teacher (Former Employee) – Walnut Creek, CA – August 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.
not enough hours/planning time, high teacher demands, clique culture.
Department Head (Former Employee) – California – July 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.
Math and Science Teacher (Current Employee) – Princeton, NJ – June 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.
Low pay, steals your time, money over students/teachers
Teacher/Mentor (Former Employee) – Brooklyn, NY – June 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.
Staff was friendly
Too laid back not enough structure, not supportive.
Assistant Director (Current Employee) – United States – May 23, 2018
The mission is powerful, worthwhile, and attracts wonderful people - the execution is about profit, smokescreens, and does not match the mission one bit. Typical day is unpredictable. Teachers schedules change frequently, since teachers are paid per hour of instruction, they will often overwork themselves when hours are available to them, which dramatically effects the quality of the education. Management is focused on the bottom line, not keeping or caring for the students/ teachers they already have. Those that play the game get promoted, and fast, meaning often they will be promoted before they are ready for the demands of the role. Culture claims to be about a happy, loving and supportive atmosphere, but it is not genuine. Admin work so hard to make it look good instead of actually doing good work. The kids are often on display for new hires and visitors, the admin carefully selects students who will say the right thing. Administrative base pay, plus bonus potential. Only 5 sick/vacation days annually for admin. The CEO is a kind man but is very out of touch with the reality of what happens on campus as when he visits only the best version is presented. The hardest part of the job is not being able to deliver on the stated mission. Most enjoyable part is the kids. I learned Fusion does not align with my personal values.
working with awesome kids that need you
Management panders to regional demands for more and more numbers instead of quality
Teacher (Current Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – April 23, 2018
I enjoyed being a teacher at Fusion. The pay is a little less than desirable considering the amount of work expected outside of class (paid planning time is not enough), but the environment made up for some of the faults. The students are great, teachers are fun, and admin very accommodating to needs of the teachers.
Teacher/ Mentor (Current Employee) – Solana Beach, CA – April 22, 2018
Fusion definitely has a great culture itself. However, it is not a secure job to support family as a teacher here. You may loose hours to work around March and April which last until the end of summer. The longer you work, the more you feel like you should leave this position because new teachers are coming in constantly and some are leaving regularly. You start wondering why....
great atmousphere to work
less secure job depend on what you teach as a teacher
Teacher (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – April 22, 2018
I worked here for almost 3 years. I loved my work there, and each day was comfortable and happy. The major reason I left was simply money; I was expected to keep my schedule open 40 hours per week, but was only scheduled to work an average of 14 hours. They tried to make this seem like a benefit- that I could easily work a second job if I wanted to. I had no choice but to work a second job-- on weekends. Otherwise I would lose potential work during the week.
The most positive high school for which one might ever teach.
English and Theatre Secondary Educator (Current Employee) – Fairfield, CT – April 4, 2018
Students discuss Shakespeare one-on-one and hang out in beanbag chairs under the watchful eye of Guy Fawkes and a garden gnome. Fusion is always feeding everyone, so the environment is quite serene. What could be better?
Music Instructor (Former Employee) – Manhattan, NY – March 20, 2018
Working at Fusion was a great experience - the only thing I would recommend is that Fusion Corporate gives out higher salaries. Otherwise, Fusion has a great model for learning and building confidence in young kids.
When the class schedule was full the need to finalize grades was demanding at times. Students had time in study hall to finish "homework" and prepare for the next session that would meet in two days later. Some took advantage of the allotted and some did not.
Love the faculty and concept of the school.
It appeared that the "paying" student ran the school.
Teacher/Mentor (Current Employee) – Mission Viejo, CA – January 15, 2018
The culture and support of Fusion Academy is impecable! The administrative team does a great job brining everyone together. Work does not feel like work. The hardest part of the job would be the compensation, difficult to live alone and make rent with only one job.
They will lead you on because they dont have there things together
Yoga (Former Employee) – Yoga – January 15, 2018
Long story short. They will lead you on and lie. Management is horrendous (at least the one in Morristown NJ). Save yourself. They had me apply and work a couple shift and after saying they would have an opening they didn't. Not worth it. Unless you enjoy working with low lives.
Teacher/Mentor (Current Employee) – San Mateo, CA – December 5, 2017
I have been working at Fusion for the past five years and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The experience of teaching students one to one, personalizing the curriculum, and collaborating with a passionate group of coworkers challenges me each day to grow into a better teacher, mentor, and leader on campus. I have had many opportunities come across my plate due to Fusion that I would have not been able to get in other educational settings. The current growth of Fusion as a company really allows the individuals to grow as well. Throughout my five years here, there have been moments when I have requested my needs (such as financial compensation) and Fusion has always been an active listener in order to make appropriate adjustments to the employees' needs. While it does take time for change, it is the fastest change I've experienced in any educational facility I've ever worked at. Although many people see growth and change as scary or overwhelming, they are what make Fusion amazing. It always allows you to explore something new and it allows you to know that there are always better things on the horizon. I've been able to build a career, strong friendships, and a better sense of self through my work at Fusion.
Teacher/Mentor (Former Employee) – Lake Forest, IL – November 24, 2017
My time at Fusion was nothing short of amazing! A typical workday for me lasted about 4 hours and involved a mix of classroom instruction and common area supervision. I learned so much about what it means to live, love, and work with a growth mindset. Management was friendly and available, communicated frequently and thoroughly, and exhausted every resource to ensure all my needs were met. The workplace culture is fun and laid-back and feels nothing like a "typical" school from lighting and decor to class-size. The student-teacher relationship is open and inclusive and every step is taken to provide a safe environment for both the staff and students. Faculty is held to a high professional standard and most teachers easily meet and exceed those expectations. The hardest part of the job for me had little to do wit the job itself: commuting. Aside from that, I struggled early on to establish good habits as a first-time teacher like assigning consistent and content-appropriate homework. The Admin team provided me with personal coaching sessions and checked in regularly to monitor my progress which greatly improved over time. The most enjoyable part of my job was seeing the students connect with the content and find value in their ability and desire to learn. I strongly encourage anyone looking to teach, be you a first timer or seasoned vet, to consider Fusion Academy.
English Teacher and mentor (Former Employee) – New York, NY – August 16, 2017
Fusion is a unique idea and might serve ok for its students, but not for its teachers. Teachers have unpaid vacation days, not to mention that during the summer months, your pay really takes a dip. For as much money as the school charges for tuition, you'd think that they'd be able to offer their teachers an annual salary as opposed to an hourly wage.
Good work environment, not stingy with school supplies, good culture building