Success Academy Charter Schools Employee Reviews

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Good pay, but that’s about it
Teacher (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 6, 2019
Too competitive and no work/life balance. Managers claim to be focused on the kids but only really care about the bonuses they get. Zero understanding that teachers are people and have lives they need to tend to outside of work.
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Pay is higher than most jobs
Cons
No work life balance, you are very disposable
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Great Benefits, Not so Great Environment
Associate Kindergarten Teacher (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYMay 17, 2019
A typical day at work has two 45 minute breaks, one for specials and one for science. The kids leave at 3:30 but there are always one or two kids who get picked up close to 4pm. Then you clean the room and prep for the next day so you end up leaving close to 5. Management really depends on the school you end up at but my experience involved little communication about how to improve, shady dealings involving behavior kids, and creating an environment of stress. You could feel how unhappy everyone was there. I learned a lot about patience while working here though and that kindness can be applied in all situations.
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Free lunches, good pay, cute kids
Cons
short breaks, management, no work-life balance
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Great people
Manager of Operations (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMay 13, 2019
Organization filled with great people, but the combination of low work-life balance and high workload usually results in consistent high turnover of staff.
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Unprofessional
Lead Teacher (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMay 5, 2019
Typical day at Success Academy Charter School was very fast pace and sometimes stressful due to the lack of support from management and team members. I learned to be self sufficient and organized. The workplace culture was extremely toxic; very bias and unprofessional environment. The hardest part of the job was working with other teachers and staff members who had a difficult time understanding black and brown children background; because of this student and teacher relationships were merely built off of fear and superiority. The most enjoyable part of the job was being present for student development. Seeing each student achieve their goals academically, socially, and athletically.
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Family Atmosphere
Sports Coach (Former Employee) –  Bronx, NYApril 13, 2019
Staff there worked well together and made sure that each other was taken care of and helped. I would recommend Success Academy to others. I would also return if opportunity arises.
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The kids are great, culture is terrible
Full Time Teacher (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYMarch 29, 2019
Long hours, low pay, stressful environment, inexperienced staff and teachers, huge testing culture - kids learn to the exam, rigid and severely disciplinarian, non-collaborative, stifling, lots of busy work, non-union charter, not environmentally friendly.
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Benefits
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Long hours, bad scheduling, non progressive pedagogy
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Challenging work environment
Lead Teacher (Current Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 19, 2019
I learned a great deal from this company. They have taught me how to successfully use data in order to better my teaching practices. It is an okay workplace and it all depends on your school leader.
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Protect Your Life
Operations Manager (Current Employee) –  Bronx, NYFebruary 13, 2019
-10 Hour days at minimum regardless of title; no overtime;
-12 PTO days that don't roll-over that is a hassle to request sometimes.
-Poor work/life balance
-Network Office does not do a great job of hiring from within for non-teaching roles
-Many staff members are not from NYC, and you can tell that they are only around to be promoted, get a raise, and then leave the company
-We preach so many wonderful habits to the kids but as adults don't hold ourselves accountable enough for our actions
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Best Charter School, Not The Best Job
Business Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  New York, NYNovember 26, 2018
If you are looking to put all of your time and effort into creating the best possible Charter School environment for children in New York City. Success Academy IS closing the achievement gap.

This extraordinary achievement comes with extraordinary costs on its' employees. The job is a complete burnout, scaling is potentially out of control, and the demands for one person are unreasonable as a result. Long term career potential is also questionable due to scaling and growth trajectory being volatile. It is hard to keep you job here, but if you do, you will be rewarded with either promotions or requested changes, and you will definitely be fairly compensated.

Most people choose not to keep the job after a few years, and turnover is over 50% year over year. If you are coming from another school you will be blown away by the resources that Success Academy have. Despite this, the school is subject to downward trending political climate in New York City.
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Good for some, but lots of problems
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYNovember 21, 2018
I would not recommend working for SA schools. They do compensate their teachers well, but the hours are non-stop. That would be tolerable if there wasn't such a problem with their teaching method. They promote a hostile school environment where students can be punished for minor things that are out of their control. Suspensions and push-outs leave many of the special needs students falling behind and being held back. There are constant cover ups and spin emails coming from network that try to minimize the problems at SA. FFS, the CEO's son taught a high school class the year after he graduated from high school, with no college at all, and they tried to frame this as "normal".
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Horrible work environment. No one knows what they are doing.
3rd, 2nd & K ICT Grade Lead Teacher (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYNovember 17, 2018
A bunch of children without an education background is teaching in that school. The children are miserable. The student with special education is not given their services.
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Great children, terrible place to work
Lead Teacher (Former Employee) –  New York, NYNovember 7, 2018
It's true. Success Academy children are very bright. But it is to be expected when they are working on the same material for the same exact test every month. The children are surprisingly well-behaved given how stressed out they are, starting from early in kindergarten. Teachers are BEYOND overworked. Imagine being hired to be an associate teacher, then learning just weeks before school that you're going to be a lead teacher with 30-something kids. How is this fair to the teacher or students?

The company's retention rate is atrocious. I was only one of many teachers who left. It's sad and hard on the children, but Success Academy does not care one bit about the teachers. If you're lucky, you get great leadership in your school. But for myself and many others, we got stuck with principals and assistant principals on power trips that made working at the school nbearable.
Pros
fully stocked classroom
Cons
no set lunch breaks, unfair compensation, long workday, no work/life balance
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Do not
Community Relations Coordinator (Former Employee) –  New York, NYNovember 1, 2018
If you're thinking about working here - don't. Success only cares about money. They don't care about the scholars, the parents, the teachers or the employees. Toxic place. You WILL be exhausted and disrespected.
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Good place to get started out of college
Operations Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYOctober 28, 2018
This was a good job to learn skills, but not a place I could have stayed for a career. Long hours that weren't compensated fairly given all that was expected of my role.
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Working
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Queens, NYOctober 12, 2018
High stressed environment. Can be a great place to work if you love being on the move most of the time. Management style varies across the board and feedback can be overlapping or inconsistent at times.
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educating
Cons
stressful
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Long Days Great Kids
Athletic Director (Current Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 11, 2018
Days are exceptionally long with great benefits and many holidays during the year. The school days are long with great kids in a high demand atmosphere.
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False Reality
Business Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 4, 2018
Get the develop and leave.

Perfect for young adults with no professional experience. Leadership varies from school to school. The temperament of leadership affects your experience.
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Wonderful Children, Robotic, Unreasonable administration
Lead Teacher (Current Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 14, 2018
Across the board the children are a delight. The resources I was given as a teacher were phenomenal as were the health benefits. That is where the good stops. Working for success academy is the exact equivalent of being in an abusive relationship. They shame, belittle or overwork you and then try to make up for it with gifts, endless amounts of free supplies, and health benefits. I have seen teachers be pushed out because they let their personal lives "interfere" with work. There is an expectation that you must work as long as your senior leader demands of you and the culture can often be toxic depending on the personality of your senior leader. The organization as a whole does not care about the human aspects of your life. You are belittled for getting sick or having personal/family issues. You are made to feel weak if you do not over extend yourself. You are rewarded for being a robot and demeaned for being an actual human. If you have strong behavior management and can advocate for yourself in a neutral, professional manner then you stand a chance. The demand in this institution is not normal despite what they think. Success Academy believes you must work insanely hard to close the achievement gap. The matter of the fact is, you are also human, you are also important. You deserve a good work life/balance, especially in a challenging profession like teaching. If you are not a robot, don't apply. If you are a robot, you will do well.
Pros
joyful and happy kids, free snacks, unlimited supply resources, excellent health benefits
Cons
condescending leadership/management, robotic expectations, militant treatment of children, dehumanizing culture
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Talented group of people at a well-resourced and commendable non-profit
Sr. Associate (Former Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 6, 2018
Full of ambitious and talented people concerned with making a difference in the world. The company is very well-resourced which translates to great benefits and a nice working environment.
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Horrible Bosses meet Get Out
Lead teacher (Former Employee) –  High SchoolAugust 29, 2018
No lunch break on my schedule. I was expected to be mean to the kids. I received threats of termination on day three of school. Everyone is unhappy. Bosses are psychopaths. Everyone is disposable, even the kids Quit my job on the third day of school because I could not disrespect the students anymore. The most traumatic experience of my life.
Pros
wonderful kids. Some co-workers are genuinely nice people.
Cons
Everything else
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