Interim Assistant Controller-Payroll Manager (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – June 29, 2018
If you're a workaholic this is the place for you. One must be committed to the mission to work here as there is no work/life balance. They offer good benefits. Culture is very dependent on the department you are in.
ESL Instructor (Current Employee) – Lynn, MA – November 9, 2018
The administration shows their enthusiasm in making the program a success and the students work hard every day for their own success. Teaching there has only helped me grow and I am very grateful to be able to work there.
Paraprofessional (Former Employee) – Saint Louis, MOOver – November 8, 2018
Overall KIPP is a great place to work, I was discriminated against by two principals and not allowed to advance to a teaching or even TA position due to my disability. I am fully certified and was not given an opportunity to interview for a different position while others were being hired without teaching certification in those positions. The only reason I didn't sue, I didn't want the KIPP foundation to receive negative press due to two incompetent/ discriminating principals.
Office Manager/Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – October 14, 2018
Extremely stressful. There is absolutely no work life balance. The teachers are great but the entire operations suck! It’s like a prison for kids. Management is focused on numbers. Pressure to push attendance is intense. OMs performance is based on if parents bring their child to school. Which most times are circumstances out of managers control. The child is sick, death in family. OM’s are basically begging parents to bring there kids to school. The parents think it’s because the school care but it’s really for numbers. Kids have a lot of accidents especially the girls because the school only allow a child to go to the bathroom once a day! Which is ridiculous. The safety of staff is put on back burner. The parking lot is extremely dark when staff gets off. Many shootings around school that made me feel very unsafe getting to and from work. A huge workload put on one person. When you ask for help, they look at you crazy. The principal is weird. He just stares at you, and when you speak to him, he act like he doesn’t hear you. One day a staff member came to me and confirmed it, and said the same thing about him. I felt like I was running around the school like a chicken with its head cut off. Everyone wasn’t respectful of your time. During an expected blizzard, the DO told me that I should leave out 4 hours early to get to work on time instead of the safety of staff. Thank God schools was shut down that day. Summers are horrible. I think I would enjoy the mission if it was genuine.
Disappointing place to work, poor implementation of service to high-needs students.
Student Support (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – September 11, 2018
Wonderful students, but poor management and no provision of appropriate space to conduct necessary professional activities. Lack of transparency in hiring process and unresponsive to needs of employees. Poor continuing education opportunities for professionals.
Salary in line with area average.
Management unresponsive to employee needs, affects ability to perform job.
Financial Analysis & Planning Intern (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – July 31, 2018
The internship revolved around aiding the organization in ad-hoc assignments that would be completed by the finance team. I assisted the finance team providing back end support by analyzing several parts of the organization and leading my own major project throughout my summer here.
The lack of a work/life balance here is insane - no matter how much of a master organizer you are with your time, there is NEVER enough time to have a real life outside of work unfortunately. This is a career for someone fresh out of college and/or without a family.
Year 4 of KIPP schools in Camden and its starting to get messy. Half of my team complained every day but didn’t complain to management. Want you to go “above and beyond” at all times= do more with the same pay. No appreciation. Have parents working in positions they are NOT qualified for, uncertified teachers, and don’t be surprised if your coworker gets paid more than you with NO degree but they claim their mission is college. If you have any kind of health condition FORGET about working here. No type of guidance... or professional development or room for promotions unless you act fake. They care more about you going to morning meetings than doing your job description. Can’t speak for teachess but ever year about half of their staff leaves so that should speak for itself. Hours are horrible. Do yourself a favor and save yourself the headache.
No lunch breaks, no consideration, it’s all politics
Social Work Intern (Former Employee) – Newark, NJ – May 25, 2018
There is a lack of diversity in leadership. The upper management want to control your whole day and have very high demands but offer no guidance or concern for the well being of the employees. This was a depressing environment to work in, having to report to a supervisor who was emotionally intimidating, borderline emotionally damaging, and wanted her ego stroked by everyone around her constantly. Not a good environment to work in. Unsupportive staff and gossipy co-workers who will watch you fail rather than support their fellow team member.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – March 7, 2018
-> Very long hours with very little planning time -> Inexperienced leaders who taught in the classroom for 2 years or so and think they know everything. -> No professional development for struggling teachers -> Content is watered down and students are not receiving the instruction they deserve from qualified teachers.
National Professional Development Program Manager (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – March 7, 2018
I learning the art of multi-tasking, project management practices and relationship management at KIPP. The most enjoyable part if my job was certainly managing programming in multiple markets across the country.
The excessive 55%-65% travel
The opportunity to develop and manage innovative and impactful programs.
Health Educator (Former Employee) – Columbus, OH – January 24, 2018
I wouldn’t recommend anyone to work at this school... They want staff to come in at 7am and leave close to 6pm... Teachers have no time to plan for their classes. Some of the staff meetings are a waste of time, when you could be preparing your lesson plans for class. Some of the administrators don’t deserve the position their in due to lack of experience. Teachers are not given a chance to advance in career goals. Teachers opinions don’t matter unless it aligns with the administrators there. Administrators don’t support teachers.
Working with Students
Long days, Overworked, No Support from Administrators
Teacher (Former Employee) – Columbus, OH – January 19, 2018
No collaboration or team building. No KIPP values taught. Routines change constantly, to which children do not respond well. Teacher meetings are almost daily and no time is given to teacher prep during the day. Teachers report to school at 7am and don't leave until nearly 6pm most days. Calendar dates for teachers changes frequently. Lots of mandatory "come in early", "stay late", "come in on Saturday". Teachers are micromanaged by upper-level staff who aren't educators. It is said that "your opinion matters"... but more often than not, your opinion is thrown out when you are a teacher.
KIPP Columbus does not value family time. They have built a beautiful building and have many resources at their fingertips. But when administration has to tell teachers how to set up their desks in their own classrooms and doesn't allow for teacher planning time, there is a real lack of compassion for the teachers at KIPP Columbus. Middle School students, including 5th graders, do not have regularly scheduled PE classes or recess time.
KIPP concepts are amazing. KIPP execution at this location is poor.
Beautiful camps, amazing food prepared by chefs, some dedicated teachers
no breaks, no plan time, no PE or recess for older students, not family-friendly toward staff, work teachers until they are burnt out
Teacher (Former Employee) – New Orleans, LA – December 26, 2017
The students call KIPP kids in prison program for legit reasons. No work life balance, you are forced to be too strict on students and administration is full of former teach for america members who often lack experience and logic.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Newark, NJ – December 14, 2017
DONT DO IT! The pay is much higher than NPS or any charter school in the area with the exception of NSA but it is awful. They lack culture and each campus is drastically different. You have to be friends with managers to move up. NO teacher development at some campuses. CEO has no clue what is happening.