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Physics Teacher (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZOctober 13, 2017
This is a great first teaching position. Teaching can be challenging at times but there is a great onboarding process in place and lots of support once you are teaching.
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Support
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Salary
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Great Place - Long days
Kindergarten Lead Teacher (Former Employee) –  Maryvale, AZSeptember 15, 2017
At the campus I worked at as a kindergarten teacher my days were long - typically 6:30 - 5. Kids show up at 7am and can be there until 5pm. Add in lesson planning, parent meetings and grade level meetings you spend A LOT of time working. The management is great, but turn over is high because of the long hours. Compensation is low.. but teaching is a low paying job. The students and curriculum are amazing and the support given is incredible.
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Low pay but you get to spend your day with children
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZSeptember 6, 2017
Great Hearts has continued to cut pay and benefits in the past few years. The management can be wonderful or terrible depending on the school you end up at. We've had a number of management changes over the years. Unfortunately, they are starting to cut TA hours which puts more pressure on the lead teachers (and the TAs since they aren't getting the full 40 hours they were promised). The rumor is that they will eventually move to 1 TA per 2 classrooms. TAs have been asked to do silly things like moving tables and helping with janitorial duties rather than keeping them in the classrooms. Great Hearts has also opened up TA positions to anyone with a high school degree. This is causing many of the high performing TAs to find other employment. It leaves the lead teachers with people who, at best, are not helpful in the classroom and, at worst, are taking away from the learning of the students.

HR has become petty with time clock hours for the TAs; frequently sending lengthy emails to all the headmasters and employees showing every time an employee has manually punched in to the time clock. This wouldn't be as bad if they had taken the time to set up a useable website or app. Instead, they quickly put together a website that is nearly impossible to use. In a recent meeting with HR, many of the headmasters had asked for these emails to stop and instead to simply not pay their hourly employees who had to manually clock in. While I'm "just a teacher" I'm fairly certain this is illegal.

There are little to no advancement opportunities. Pay is abysmal. Benefits are getting worse
  more... and worse AND more expensive. There is no real professional development even though most of the employees have never been teachers. The most recent "professional development" has included reading a book that was not related to education or pedagogy, listening to classical music for 90 minutes, going for a hike, and a mandatory happy hour where we weren't paid four our time. While these are enjoyable activities, I don't think they are as helpful for the teachers as true PD would be (especially since many of these teachers haven't had any formal training to be in the classroom).

There are two great things about Great Hearts. You get to spend the day with some wonderful students and you can leave before 4.

Bottom line: the employees are subpar, there are no advancement opportunities, and upper management is continuing to make cuts.
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Pros
Working with students. Hours end at 4 pm
Cons
Hourly employees getting hours cut. Mismanagement
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Awesome organization with great staff and culture
Executive Assistant to Chief Development Officer (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZAugust 4, 2017
Great Hearts Academies offers a premium prep school education, tuition free, for students from every background throughout Arizona and Texas. Great Hearts academies are in high demand and so they are continually expanding to give more students and families the chance to experience this top tier education.
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Great place to work with friendly staff and students!
Office Assistant (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZAugust 1, 2017
The most enjoyable part of the job is the variety of tasks involved and working with the staff, parents, and students to make a difference.Typical day at work involves interacting with the students, taking accurate attendance records, mail and package arrivals, ordering supplies, answering phones, filing, emails, problem solving, assisting staff with projects, etc.
Pros
Great company with good benefits!
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Rigorous teaching job w/good community
Elementary Art Teacher (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZJune 5, 2017
Great hearts is a good place to work, if, and only if, you agree with their ideals of a classical liberal arts education. If your core values as a teacher do not line up with theirs, it will be very difficult for you to be happy here. Very conservative workplace and around good natured intelligent people.
Pros
Nice staff, supportive admin, students well behaved
Cons
Strict culture, somewhat closed to progressive thinking
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Chaotic but fun
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZMay 6, 2017
If you love teaching, you will love teaching here. Supportive colleagues help you out, and there are great online resources to help you adapt to their specific curriculum.
Pros
Supportive Colleagues
Cons
Too many added duties on top of teaching
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No pay scale increase
Lead Teacher (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZJanuary 7, 2017
An inspiring corporation with motivated leadership, but no salary scale for the teachers. I have been here almost five years and have not had any substantial raise in pay. No future if you want to have a family and build equity. Only way to move up is to go into admin, and the space there is limited, and the resources they give their admins to do what they want is also very limited. Turnover is high because they haven't fund raised rigorously for teacher pay. New buildings and flashy marketing is important, but there has been no pay raise even as the company takes on a very professional curb appeal. It is likely hard for headmasters to do their job when they cannot offer enough money to keep excellent teachers.

It is a tough but rewarding job, but in the long run it doesn't leave much hope for rising into the middle class.
Pros
Great people. Good mission.
Cons
Dead end job for teachers. Titles and added responsibilities with no reasonable raise in pay.
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Stressful work environment
Dean of Students (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZJuly 14, 2015
This place required long work hours and unrealistic expectations. I was first told that I was an valuable to the team and appreciated. Later, I was told that I was no longer a fit for the organization.
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A wonderful environment for teachers, but I want to be closer to home.
Summer Academy Director / Lit/Comp Instructor (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZMay 7, 2013
They invest a lot in their teachers, effectively so. But, they stretch them thin also.
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