Great Oaks Charter Schools Employee Reviews

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Overworking all employees
tutor (Former Employee) –  Newark, NJJune 28, 2018
The company hires new tutors (and often teachers) every year, because close to no one wants to stay at these schools for any longer than required. More than half of the tutors leave throughout the year - voluntarily, not terminated - due to heavy loads of work and lacking compensation. Employees are required to work during off-work hours, with this work including, but not limited to, communicating with students, parents, leadership, other tutors; planning out unnecessarily extensive individual student tutor plans; and doing work for whatever secondary position they are required to take on. We were told to lie on the punch-in and punch-out portal, indicating we worked for less hours. Work hours included school-day, after-school, nights, and weekends.
Students expect gifts/food/special treatment from the tutors and teachers but the pay alone barely covers basic living costs - even with food stamps.
Heavy emphasis and preferential treatment for certain employees.
Manipulative executive staff.
Meetings to help teachers and tutors are cliche powerpoints and surveys that are not thoroughly read
Not good for grad school prep - there is barely any time for personal time, so not much time to study/apply
Good mission idea but poorly executed
Pros
"free" housing
Cons
little-to-no benefits, extreme working hours
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Poor Leaders - stay away from this school
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Newark, NJJune 16, 2018
Great Oaks Legacy Charter School in Newark is an unhealthy place to work. Like one of the other reviewers said, if you speak up to School Leaders about anything, prepare to be retaliated against. Teachers are underappreciated and the Principal tries to intimidate staff members. This is why they are always hiring so many new teachers every year. No one wants to work in that kind of environment because the Culture is awful. The teachers are left scratching their heads as to how ineffective leaders are still employed here. There is no "Joy" as they'd like others to believe.
Pros
Defintely the students
Cons
school leadership, no respect, retaliation, intimidation
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This is not a place you want to work.
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Great Oaks Legacy CampusMay 12, 2018
This is not a school that anyone should work. The integrity of the leaders in this school is lacking. There are tons of uncertified and inexperienced teachers working here. They are only interested in keeping you if you go along with what they say- even if they are wrong. Speaking out will result in retaliation from leaders. Please do not apply here.
Pros
The kids are great.
Cons
Everything
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No room for growth
Dean of Students (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMay 3, 2018
No room for growth. The lack of knowledge from the leadership team and lack of knowledge from the "acting principal" was the worst experience ever. The leadership team does not interact with the students and the deans are worn out. There is no consistency in the curriculum or behavior/academic expectations.
Pros
none applicable
Cons
lunch breaks are 30 mins and the tutors are a big problem
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Hard Work
Assistant Manager (Current Employee) –  Newark, NJApril 24, 2018
Very demanding work without much support in place. Parents feel that they run the school and make the decisions for the administration. Each day is a struggle.
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Great environment for crash course in educational development
TUTOR CORPS VII (Former Employee) –  Newark, NJ 07102April 4, 2018
As a new institution in education GOLCHS is working towards balancing discipline with high achievement standards. The environment can be stressful, but is also rewarding. At times you may feel under appreciated due to the workload. I don't believe this to be specific to GOLCHS however.
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I would not recommend
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Newark, NJApril 3, 2018
Days are stressful and the children are a handful. Its honestly not worth it. I wish I had known what i was getting myself into. Run! This is a warning.
Pros
helping students
Cons
too many to name
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1 year commitment AmeriCorps Program
AmeriCorps Tutor (Current Employee) –  Manhattan, NYMarch 23, 2018
The Great Oaks AmeriCorp year of service is a year long commitment to serving the urban population of NYC. You may apply for a second and even third year. This is a great program to apply to if you are interested in education or taking a gap year before graduate school.
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Fast Paced and Constant Changes
English Language Arts Tutor (Current Employee) –  Bridgeport, CTFebruary 25, 2018
There are constant changes and everything is very fast paced. The workplace culture is very supportive. The students are a big joy and make the work day very interesting and fun!
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Great Mission - Poor Execution
Full Time Position (Former Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 1, 2018
Due to poor leadership and inadequate resources, Great Oaks has been unable to meet its goal of preparing students for college. I would recommend working somewhere else while Great Oaks figures out how to fix what it's doing wrong.
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Ok experience
Tutor (Former Employee) –  Wilmington, DEDecember 9, 2017
It depends on what you need great oaks for. Going in as a tutor I wanted to serve and also knew what I wanted the experience to do for me. I couldn't imagine working there as a long-term employee. It lacks structure.
Pros
Good perks for employees
Cons
Long hours, lacks own identity, systems that flop
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Neutral
Urban Education Fellow (Former Employee) –  New York, NYDecember 7, 2017
I say neutral because it really depends. The way it is is or how you feel about it, is dependent on your personality. Some love it and some are not so happy.
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Great place to start teaching career
Teacher (Former Employee) –  NewarkOctober 24, 2017
I worked at Great Oaks for some time. The staff culture is very collegial but the students can be a handful. There are a lot of demands placed on the teachers to keep pace with other, more successful, more established charters. Some are necessary, some...not as important. Limited opportunity for professional growth, unless you join as a Tutor.
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one year fellowship
Tutor Corps Fellow (Former Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 5, 2017
Worked with 6th and 7th graders by tutoring them in ELA and Math. Also conduction an after school academic program for those that needed further assistance. Team culture was amazing and communication helped complete job effectively.
Pros
great team
Cons
small stipend
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Bad school culture & overworked
Americorps Tutor Fellow (Former Employee) –  Newark, NJJune 22, 2017
The school culture is all about discipline. Both the students and the teachers/tutors are overworked. The tutor corps program is mismanaged and very rigid.
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A great opportunity to see if you want to be in Education.
Tutor (Current Employee) –  New York, NYApril 7, 2017
Like most jobs in education, Work/Life balance is very difficult. You can advance by becoming a teacher, or being a Corps Leader, but it doesn't seem like there is a lot of opportunity to advance. Tutors do get free housing which is great.
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Official response from Great Oaks Charter Schools
May 5, 2017

Thanks for your review. We have many tutors that return as teachers, Corps Leaders, 2nd Year Tutors as well as those that return the following school year into entry level administrative roles. We love bringing back tutors since they know the students and the model!

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Great School, Whole -Child Education
6th-7th Grade Master Teacher / Coach (Current Employee) –  Wilmington, DEJanuary 15, 2017
This school is dedicated to student learning and character advancement. One of the best placements I have been at! Focus on college prep academics and behavior norms / habits of the whole student.
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Tutor Corp Member (Current Employee) –  Wilmington, DENovember 11, 2016
Good place to work for experience working with students in an urban environment. Days are long and sometimes hard but are overall worth it.
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Difficult
AmeriCorps Member (Former Employee) –  Newark, NJJanuary 28, 2016
Management can be difficult, the school was growing and often made their tutors expendable. Very rewarding work, however you work extremely long hours and aren't compensated accordingly.
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Creative and productive
Tutor Corps (Urban Education Fellowship) (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 23, 2016
Being with students is wonderful and its really inspiring to see the growth of the scholars knowing you had a hand in this development.
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Transportation
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