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The place is ran like a prison....no doubt
Teacher (Former Employee) –  125thSeptember 10, 2018
One of the worst places to work....management, students and culture is an overall negative challenge....no training, no individual conferences, only when something goes wrong....highest staff turnover i ever seen in my professional career. If you are a professional-teacher or administrator, this not a place for you. The students are entitled, low performing and prone to argumentative behavior and violence if allowed to escalate. The spirit and vibe of the school is wack, the principals are not season and poor communicator.....if you get fired, leave or have another job....you are in a privilege position.....during site visits (when guess arrive...to be shook down for donation)....the student and teachers are forced to be quite and act like a serene model setting...when the guess leave....back to the zoo like atmosphere....the place, the students. Parents, teacher, administrator is joke....
Pros
Public transportstion, school lunch
Cons
Too many to list.
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Unprofessional workplace
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 29, 2018
Co workers are very unprofessional in the way they talk in the workplace. CEO doesn't care about anything but the "Mission statement". Some sites have no hierarchy and moving up the ladder is basically impossible unless you know someone that can get you there. Job is only good for a paycheck and I wouldn't have my kid attend the school. The only thing the school cares about is the money, teachers are forced to work with kids that need round the clock supervision or a para instead of them being in a class with kids like them. Most of the long tenured employees have a sense of entitlement about them and feel like they've accomplished a lot more than a millennial ever would and it shows in the way they communicate with you.
Pros
Work hrs
Cons
Everything else including the pay, it isn't competitive
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Career advancements available if you work hard and stick around long enough
College Coordinator (Current Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 23, 2018
I have been working here for four years. I started as an advocate and worked my way up to college coordinator. To succeed in this organization, you have to have a strong sense of your path within the organization. It is a great environment for recent college graduate but you have to make the agency work for you as opposed to the other way around. Staff are supportive and it is a great environment. The work is extremely stressful and you are forced to wear multiple hat. Communication within and amongst sites is lacking. Turn-over rate especially in advocacy is too high and and this is problematic for coordinators
Pros
Easy advancements
Cons
Management too manipulative and over work staff
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Good place to gain experience & valuable training's
Family Worker (Former Employee) –  New York, NYDecember 11, 2018
This is a great place to gain experience. They offer many training's/certifications to their staff. If you work had and show that you are willing to learn and grow there may be many big opportunities for you.
Pros
Job advancement & yearly raises
Cons
Schedule
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Needs Consistency
Creative Arts Specialist (Former Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 31, 2018
The culture differs from site to site. The site I worked at had a chaotic environment. Ideas from staff on improvement were encouraged but nothing was consistent long enough to affect real change. Staff turn over is very high and disconcerting.
Pros
Lots of trips, Management continues to try new things.
Cons
Lack of consistency causes student's lack of security and trust in staff.
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Great work environment
Security Officer (Current Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 3, 2018
The company has good management team. They take care of their employees but advancement takes a long time and they have a lot of activities for the kids and they have a lot of benefits for employees
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Collaborative
Assistant Director (Current Employee) –  Harlem, NYJanuary 2, 2019
High Intensity, very demanding but rewarding career. There is a culture of support and a dedication to the community and its families. Dedication is not only recommended but necessary to accomplish your daily duties.
Pros
Free Lunch
Cons
Long days
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Working at harlems childrens zone
Security Guard (Former Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 10, 2018
typical day at work was either being at the front desk or switching floors. management was alright. the workplace culture was very diverse. there was nothing hard about my job.
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Dysfunctional work environment with poor management
Program Aide (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 12, 2018
In the seven months that I worked for the after-school program at Promise Academy there were three changes in management. Through those changes there were no positive advancements in the daily workings. Communication became worse over time causing many mishaps between part-time and full-time staff. The dress code changed based on who was in charge and when it changed it was handled very unprofessionally; the full-time staff was heard gossiping about a part-time staff for wearing a short dress rather than addressing her directly. Another issue was the lack of training. We never recieved training on fire drill protocol until after having a fire drill go wrong because we lacked the knowledge. I must also note that the training came after being lectured about how incompetent we were by full-time staff and how fire drills are "common sense". Overall, I could not deal with the lack of communication, constant gossiping of full-time staff about part-time staff, and weekly lectures of things we were not trained on.
Pros
None
Cons
Everything!
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Parent Coach (Current Employee) –  New York, NYNovember 17, 2018
This company needs better management, better communication, and loyal managers. This place does not value education, therefore, if you are an educated professional person this place is not for you. This company is not fair at all and does not allow you to move up and better yourself within the company. They prefer people with no degree to run things.
This job is a lesson learned to do better for yourself!
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
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Horrible
Student Advocate (Former Employee) –  New York, NYDecember 20, 2018
Horrible do not recommend. They hire you for position "a" and want u to perform position "a" plus a secret position "b" that they just throw on your lap. Holidays you miss your hours since part time. Which means don't work don't get paid......a complete waste of time. Don't even bother!
Pros
15 dollars and hour
Cons
Short staffed, Want you to take work home, No structure, No curriculum, Poor training. Poor management.
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A place that will develop one's skills and gain valuable information for one's toolkit.
College Advisor (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 4, 2018
The environment is friendly and relaxed; however, faced-faced and requires extreme time-management skills. A daily balance requires engagement with students/ clients necessary for data gathering as well as overlapping administrative duties with similar deadlines. Programs operate on a layered management system and team oriented. The workplace culture fluctuates depending on workplace trends at the times as well as changes in management, which requires flexibility in one's thinking and work-related practices. It is rewarding to see students matriculate and attain degrees or find a career/work path that compliments and benefits them. Seeing families become increasingly upwardly mobile is another added benefit because it improves the community as a whole.
Pros
Free lunch at the schools, Plum reward privileges, paid work-related expenses for special events and staff appreciation events.
Cons
Lack of competitive industry salary, accrued time does not carry over one year to the next so you use it or lose it.
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High turn over rate
Program aide (Current Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 17, 2018
Many people leave this organization because of various reasons. If you are fresh out of college or you don't have any experience working with children, this job is for you. If you are skilled and have the credentials to match, they will take advantage of you. Working with the children from HCZ is an experience depending on you. Career advancement is based on favoritism.
Pros
working with children can be fun
Cons
everything else
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Day as a program coordinator
Program Coordinator, Promise Academy II (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMarch 20, 2018
A typical day at work would be to implement academic activities for kids in the after school program. Such as homework help, ELA, and MATH enrichment. During the course of the day I would learn a lot about the kids on an individual level such as where kids are academically in their school work. My staff made the culture of after school fun with the different activities they implemented such as dance, art and chess. The most enjoyable moment would be seeing the kids interacting with other students and presenting projects at the end of the school year.
Pros
Love for the kids
Cons
Not good benefits
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I worked with Harlem Children Zone. Cleaning , photography, and cooking.
Internship (Former Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 14, 2018
A typical day at Harlem Children Zone was to monitor students and clean up the offices in the building. I learned to strip wax and polish using company equipment. I also was allowed to use the kitchen area along with a group of other employees and a employer.
Pros
I learned to clean and cook. Management was helpful with aiding students in learning.
Cons
I have none.
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Great learning opportunities, family oriented services
Director of Parent Center (Former Employee) –  New York, NY 10030November 21, 2018
Days were never boring. Had different tasks everyday. I learned to supervise with love and not force. I enjoyed facilitating trainings for staff members
Pros
Travel around the country
Cons
Hours could be long on certain days with no compensation
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Only the strong or, favored survives
Program aide (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJune 25, 2018
At times, it can be an enjoyable experience. Truthfully you have more negative experiences than good days. If you're not favored or directly related to those in positions of power, expect to be stagnant & not put in positions to experience growth or advancement. More often than not, you're not judged off of your work ethics or professionalism. Part timers aren't valued yet they play important roles in the day to day running of program. The children are the reason behind the few genuine mistreated worker's returning.
Pros
Amazing children, meeting genuine& compassionate staff if you're lucky
Cons
Too many to list
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Not a perm job
Office Manager (Former Employee) –  Harlem, NYJuly 12, 2018
if you need to get by before starting a career this is the job for you. it is seniority so don't come in thinking you'll get what you want. you work hard you get promoted
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Horrible place to work
Resource Teacher (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 10, 2019
They don't provide you with the materials needed to actually teach children what they really need. It's a struggle to talk to actual management that knows what is going on.
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Great place to learn the culture
Health Coordinator (Current Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 12, 2018
It is a great place to showcase your talents and a great place to experience working with kids. A lot can be changed, starting with upper management..
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