Paraprofessional (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – December 26, 2018
Solid company to start out at if you are fresh out of school or starting in a new field. Company requires you to be a conformist. You must allow others to think for you. If you have years of experience and are set in your ways, Mastery is not the place for you as you will be supervised and told what to do by someone who have less credential or experience or quiet frankly an idiot. The pay is excellent, however; management is poor, inexperienced and make changes on the fly which can make work life stressful. Culture is not good and politics are live and well. Be careful of voicing your opinion to your colleague as your words and feelings will get back to administration. Kids pretty much run the school and the discipline policy is a joke. Some Mastery schools are better than others so its the luck of the draw as to what school you could end up at. A little difficult to balance personal and work life as you will work longer hours than expected and your start time could change within less than 24 hr notice. Very easy to get written up.
No benefits for PT, poor culture, two faced colleagues(some)
Senior Associate Teacher - High School Mathematics (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – December 31, 2018
I believe in Mastery's mission, and I love my students; I'm growing the minds of global change-agents right in my class and that's exciting. I also work for an amazing administrative team that offers content and classroom management support. The professional development opportunities are endless and you can definitely step into an administrative role within 3-5 years.The Job Work/Life Balance, however, is nonexistent! The deliverables are endless and you never feel like you've done enough for the day. I've arrived to school at 6:30 AM, left at 6:30 PM, and still had work to do and parents to contact when I went home. Trust me, it's not time management, it's unrealistic deadlines.
Great for new teachers & teachers seeking to refine their skills
4th & 5th Grade Literacy Teacher (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – April 29, 2018
Mastery is a great option for a school to work in Philadelphia. The pay is great, as are the benefits, and depending on your school, the students are amazing. That being said, be ready to have constant supervision and feedback on your teaching. This can be from anything to your lesson plans, to your style, or how your room is set up. Some people are able to take the critiques and some become extremely stressed. Ultimately, many of the feedback will make you a better teacher, but it can be extremely stressful in the moment.
Happy Employee (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – January 14, 2019
I love working at Mastery because the top leaders really believe in the mission. Everyone there is working hard to close the achievement gap. There are also a lot of days off, which goes a long way for my work-life balance. I highly recommend this company!
Teacher (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – December 20, 2018
While working here I watched another school employee physically hurt a child with no consequence. Meanwhile, us teachers get reamed out if we walk our kids in one line instead of two. These schools need to get their priorities straight.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – February 24, 2018
Though Mastery provides salary and benefits above most areas, you take on a lot of responsibilities. There is a is a lot of favoritism and politics within the organization and depending on what you do and how you do it, you can be rewarded or disciplined. They have set curriculum and standards that is truly not beneficial to students but if you go off the path, you will be in trouble, unless you get results. Class size, discipline and support vary from day to day. If you are good at your job, you often get rewarded by having extra work, to help others.
Ultimately, I just stay in my classroom and teach my students. I love my class and how they respond, and that is truly the only reason why I stayed there.
Teacher (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – November 26, 2017
The environment i very fast paced. You have to have thick skin and feel comfortable with administrators being in your classroom coaching you or just watching you teach on any given day. If you can't take constructive criticism and if you are set in your ways as an educator, Mastery is not for you. It's a great place to begin your career as a teacher. However, a more experienced teacher may have more success with managing the difficult behaviors of the students at many of the Mastery schools. It is difficult to maintain a healthy work/life balance. The expectations can be very lofty. More than likely you will have to stay late and work on weekends to meet deadlines. It can be difficult if you have children of your own.
Benefits. Employees pay $0 out of pocket for health care. Merit based salary.
Administration has no idea what they're doing and students run the school.
General Music teacher for grades K-7 (Former Employee) – Camden, NJ – October 17, 2017
The students run the school here. They could do anything wrong and have no consequences. Kids get in fights and it's blamed solely on the teacher. The administration has no idea what they're doing. Students have half days on Wednesdays for professional development and we end up doing nothing all afternoon. It is such a waste of time.
I asked for constructive feedback on my lessons and only got told to hang more posters in my room. Nothing about my teaching or classroom management, which is what I wanted help with.
Teachers have cliques in the building and it is hard to develop relationships to help support you in this bizarro world where the teachers are at fault for students behavior, but students are not help accountable at all.
I had credit cards stolen and charged by a 5th grader and I was told it was my fault!! He was only suspended 1 day!!! That was only because of my insistence that something be done!!
Don't work here. I was sick to my stomach every time I had to go into that building.
Good hours and salary
Students with awful behavior with admin who can't control them
Special Education Teacher/ Case Manager (Current Employee) – Camden, NJ – May 18, 2018
Mastery is a great place to work for a first year or novice teacher . They supervise and monitor and help you hone your skills. Not in the Pension system if you work in New Jersey. Management is sometimes unorganized.
Management helps you better your skill as a teacher.
T. S. S / Paraprofessional (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – July 10, 2018
I started out coming to Mastery from.another company. I met great Teachers I had support and befor you new it I was ask to come backThe company I worked for kept me at this Mastery site because I was ask to come back because they like.my work and my passiom for what I do. I was offered a postion part time.with gaining a family of.great teachers and staff. Time passed so fast that now I'm.six years in and still part time but I love what I do.. My goals are to get my degree and to get full time. I attend to move on so I can get full time but for now making a difference and building relationships with Teachers, Staff and most of all my students has great reward. Never the less we have great Pl for what we do. Thank you. Mastery Rocks!!!
You can advance with a degree
If your not full time its hard when You dont get paid for holidays.
Strong salary and advancement potential, weak leadership
teacher (Current Employee) – Camden, NJ – February 21, 2017
At Mastery you will earn a competitive salary, but that salary seems less competitive when you factor in the loss of the NJ pension. Currently Mastery is the only charter school in NJ that I am aware of that does not participate in the NJ pension system.
Because the network is constantly growing, there is a lot of room for advancement. This growth and advancement however leads to poor, unqualified and/or unknowledgeable leaders.
Productive and fun place to work but not many benefits for paraprofessionals
Paraprofessional/Teacher Assistant (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – June 27, 2017
Mastery is an amazing place to work great atmosphere great students great team rapport. The only con was as a paraprofessional you don't receive any benefits you only can work 29 hours per week if you get the entire 29. During breaks and in-services paraprofessionals are not paid and are not required to stay during n services so we had a lot of time off. I would recommend this job too young students looking for experience in a classroom setting but you cannot provide for your family off of the pay and the hours that they give to paraprofessional and there is New Hope to ever becoming a full-time employee as a paraprofessional because they don't allow paraprofessionals to become full-time and that's a guideline through human resources.
Students, staff, and the overall Mastery atmosphere.
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – May 9, 2018
Mastery as a whole is a great nonprofit organization;there are components that contribute to how great Mastery can be. I believe that if structure is established and is consistent...Mastery will be on the right track. I think that's the main con that I have noticed while working there. Moreover, when there's no structure, the school body takes on the impact from it. I would say that is the hardest part of the job--when having to adjust to lack of organization and structure and still be able to get things done. The most enjoyable part of my job is having a relationship with the kids and encouraging them through their studies and overall contributing to their greatness and furthermore their success.