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Educational Malpractice
Teacher (Former Employee) –  JoslinApril 4, 2018
This charter school needs to be shut down. Do not be swayed by their facade. It is a revolving door of incompetent teachers and managers. The schools are chaotic, the teachers are inexperienced, and the top down initiatives reflect poor educational practices. What is most upsetting is that families choose to send their children here because they think they are getting a better educational experience, but parents are ill informed because the network only highlights their success which in most cases is a major stretch from the truth. This is not an organization that is in the best interest of your professional development, or a good place for kids.
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none
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Stay far away from this place
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Do not work here
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJune 14, 2017
If you are willing to give up your personal life to work all day, come home and work more this is the place for you. The network does not have a work/life balance, they expect you to work from 7:30am-4:15pm. It might not seem like a lot, but when you add the misbehavior of the students, the lack of support disciplining kids, the unfriendly staff, lesson planning and grading it becomes stressful, especially when they only give you a period of prep time. There is nothing enjoyable about the job. Furthermore, there is nothing that guaranties that you'll have a job throughout the year. They fire staff throughout the year and others left before the year ended, others decided not to return next year. My overall experience with Perspectives was disappointing, it is not a place you come to gain experience or to retire.
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Nothing
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Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 17, 2016
I really love working at perspectives they really treat you like family and everyone respected you as a person and I felt great going into work every morning because I knew I was going to have a great day
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Pcs
Staff Accountant & Payroll Specialist (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILApril 15, 2016
Typical work day: maintaining a balance between fairness and what is just. Management is working hard to improve systems and procedures. The hardest part is stating what is right and getting everyone on board. The most enjoyable part of the job is everyone tries to be understanding and willing to learn.
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Growing company with strong vision
Accounting Manager (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILNovember 8, 2015
This company has a big vision for the city of Chicago students. There is a great management team that is pursuing this strong vision. The work life balance is typical with other nonprofit organizations. The company is growing and working on their strategic plans.
Pros
Open door policy
Cons
Education Industry fluctuations
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Finance department is sad and depressing
Financial Analyst - Contractor (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILOctober 20, 2015
The culture is strange. The turn-over is startling. HR is not successful in handling termination. It is not a place where you can expect to retire. Also, the company is upbeat and progressive except the finance department. The finance department is sad and regressive which is the direct result of the CFO.
Pros
Free coffee
Cons
Turnover, Cfo, job security, tiny bathrooms
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Wonderful work environment
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILDecember 30, 2013
Great experience overall. Able to work independently. Co-workers were very helpful when working through issues. The toughest part was dealing with expulsion issues.
Pros
workplace environment
Cons
training
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Challenging Work place
Co-Teacher/Paraprofessional (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMay 29, 2013
When I first started working for the company it was fine. The Principal was generally vested in the students. Once she was replaced with another principal who lacked experience, lacked commitment to the entire student body, and had terrible social skills.

The school commuity needs a lot of work regarding working with urban youth and the issues they face daily. The main problem in the classroom is classroom mangement and lack of experience.

The harderst part of the job is trying to get administration to give the same attention to the special education program which suffered tremendously. Too much focus was put into the general education students.

The most enjoyable part of the job was working with the students and parents. That is the one great thing I will take away from this job.
Pros
Student and Parents
Cons
Lack of breaks, classroom management issues, lack of experience working with urban students, and inexperienced administration
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Visionary organization with excellent team support.
Instructor (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILApril 7, 2013
Perspectives Charter Schools "walks the walk". This unique charter school allowed for teachers to execute their dream curriculum, consequently showing students that learning is fun. Additionally, all teachers were responsible for mentoring a small group of students throughout the school year while educating them on social development needs. PCS had long hours, but because we had input and final say on how to spend those long hours, it didn't seem like work but serving a cause greater than yourself - which made the long hours worth it.
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Stellar provider of middle and high school education
Recruiting coordinator, Substitute Teacher (Former Employee) –  ChicagoJanuary 27, 2012
Award-winning and rapidly growly school, committed to its students
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