Success Academy Charter Schools Employee Reviews

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Beware of this place
recruiter (Current Employee) –  NewMay 25, 2018
Lots of changes happening and chief executives being forced out. Loyalty is key here to be successful. Easier working in the network headquarter office versus in one of the schools.
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Unethical Organization, don't be fooled by the marketing
Administrator (Former Employee) –  NYC, NYMay 23, 2018
This organization does not care about families, children or the employees. Everyone is treated as if they are disposable. Unethical tactics are used across the board. Depressing work environment, where children are bribed to learn. The people who stay truly have limited options. Effectiveness is based on how cold you can be to others. Do not work here.
Pros
Free food, wonderful children
Cons
Everything else
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Overall very tense and cold environment.
Associate Science Teacher (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMay 18, 2018
The overall culture at success is very militant. The management is very poor as the average lifespan of a success employee is just a year. No one really knows what their doing in the higher up positions and the principals of the schools are as young as 27, with less than a year of teaching experience. There is a lot of micromanagement that takes place and over the course of my time at success did I hear one piece of positive feedback to any member of staff from leadership. They have a tendency to focus on the negative aspects of not only the adults, but also the children and anyone who has ever been reprimanded appears to be flagged and they will analyze that persons every movement for mistakes. There is little joy throughout the staff and students on a daily basis.
Pros
Lots of free snacks and food. The children are wonderful!
Cons
No positive feedback, and the leadership likes to micromanage everything.
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Tough Learning Curve
Operations Manager (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMay 11, 2018
Great place to start your journey into education. Office politics rule how advancement/promotion is dictated. This goes for all of the various departments.
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Good place for college graduates with no professional experience to begin.
Business Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMay 3, 2018
Children are the center of everything at the schools.
Their safety and education is the priority.
Ridiculously high turnover at Associate Director (middle management) level.
The most difficult part was expectations were not clear and instability at the next level of management.
The most enjoyable part was greeting children and parents each morning at arrival.
Pros
Competitive pay, Good benefits choices, Positive influence for children
Cons
Poor leadership and management at AD level, Narrow-minded managers, Vague expectations
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Good company
Unknown (Former Employee) –  New York, NYApril 29, 2018
The job culture was absolutely amazing. I had never worked in a setting with such positive energy. Management was always there for you and you never felt unappreciated as an employee.
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Okay Exeperience
Lead Teacher (Current Employee) –  New York, NYApril 23, 2018
Working here was an overall fine experience. The only issue is that they mold you to be what they want you to be. There is no room for creativity or for you to just enjoy teaching in your natural style to achieve success for your scholars. They also give you feedback and you implement but they want it perfect first time. They expect you to grow and to develop all on your own, with no true training and development. Then get upset with you if you are not where they want you to be.
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Benefits
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No breaks, more negative than postive feedback, don't genuinely care for the parents more data based
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Stressful, toxic work culture
Lead Teacher (Current Employee) –  Midtown Manhattan, NYApril 18, 2018
Upper management made strange choices that actively went against the best interest of the children. Highly toxic environment, very little teacher retention. They do not appreciate their teachers.
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Long Hours, Difficult People, Lack of Guidance
Community Relations Coordinator (Current Employee) –  New York, NYApril 3, 2018
I found it quite difficult to deal with the long hours and the people who could treat you poorly without consequences. There is very little onboarding if you come to work for the school network towards the beginning of the school year.
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Smoke and Mirrors
Lead Teacher (Current Employee) –  Bronx, NYMarch 19, 2018
Success looks great on paper. However, if you spend more than a few days at one of the networks schools you will see the truth behind the name. Success' main focus is data. Their numbers are great because they drill students over and over on the same types of questions every single day for months. Its more like a test taking factory and less of a school. It breaks my heart when I see students crying, feeling bad about themselves because they didn't get a specific score. Students do not learn how to think creatively or be analytical. They learn how to be successful on the state test.
Pros
working with amazing kids and families, Uber business account, free snacks, pretty good pay
Cons
no work/life balance, unprofessional management
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Great job for teachers beginning in industry
Lead Teacher (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMarch 6, 2018
I have loved working for SA for several years and find that it is a great job when you have a lot of personal time to devote to it. The hours are very long, though the compensation is generous. This job is not very suitable for working parents.
Pros
competitive salary, great benefits, resources available to all teachers
Cons
work/life balance is difficult to achieve, some schools have negative work environments
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Get your experience and leave
Office Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Bronx, NYMarch 4, 2018
Best place to kickstart your career after graduation. Leadership is VERY young and not very seasoned managers which results in high turnover rates because they set up impossible expectations. Promotions are dependent on your ability to tolerate recurrent power trips. Company as a whole does not care about staff. Not the place to build a career if you intend to start a family. You will be shamed for having any sort of daycare issue. If your child is sick and you need to stay home, they will expect you to be glued to your laptop instead of caring for your child. Workplace culture here is closer to corporate. Very cutthroat. It is not an unusual sight to see grown adults cry over testing.
Pros
good health insurance
Cons
leadership is broken
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Horrible Place To Work
Associate Teacher (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYMarch 3, 2018
Don't ever apply. The best part of this job was working with the children. The network treats you like your a slave. They don't treat their staff with respect or professionalism. Beware!!
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Long hours and days, but worth it
Business Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 6, 2018
Days at the organization can be quite long and the work load is incredibly fast-paced; however, the benefits are outstanding and there are true rewards for the work with the scholars and families served.
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New Senior Management is cutthroat
Leader (Current Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 6, 2018
New senior managers do not understand schooling, are quick to fire people, and think that they are better than the teachers and leaders in the buildings. Culture has moved away from focusing on the kids, and is more corporate.
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Stressful
Education Manager (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 26, 2018
The joy pays well but the environment is very stressful with very long hours and unrealistic demands. You are often asked to complete tasks w/ very short notice.
Pros
pay
Cons
work hours, unrealistic demands
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Stay Away
Lead Teacher (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 19, 2018
Don’t be fooled. Their education methods and curriculum are far from revolutionary. Bloated system full of incompetent managers. Look elsewhere to make a difference.
Pros
The students are amazing.
Cons
Terrible managers and weirdly unprofessional environment.
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Good for teachers
Associate Teacher (Former Employee) –  Bronx, NYJanuary 19, 2018
I would recommend for teacher who want to work in a chaotic charter school environment, but all others run away.
The other ATs were lovely but the high turnover and (movement of people to fill those gaps) puts everyone under stress. I would only recommend if you enjoy having to yell at students for minor infractions.
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Very intense, fast paced environment
Manager (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 18, 2018
If you are passionate about education and a high achiever, this could be the environment where you will excel. You will thrive at SA if you work well under pressure and value being pushed to grow. SA is not for you if you do not thrive under these conditions. There is limited training--it is more of a culture of being thrown in the deep end and being expected to swim. Again, whether this is a good fit is ultimately about whether these are conditions you thrive under or not.
Pros
free snacks, business uber account, prestigious "brand" name in NYC
Cons
No lunch breaks, 10+ hour days, controversial organization and CEO
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Long Hours, High Stress and High Turnover Rate.
Community Relations Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Bronx, NYJanuary 15, 2018
Initially had great management but employees are often relocated or quit so operations teams and management are very inconsistent. Fast-paced work environment and fluctuating numbers in staff created a stressful environment. Often did not have enough time to eat or even use the bathroom. The school principle was very rigid and used scare tactics, often threatening to fire employees for any number of reasons.
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very good health insurance and other benefits
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