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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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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.
Pros
very good health insurance and other benefits
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Too structured
1st Grade Teacher (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 7, 2018
Days were too structured-- lessons had to be taught in a certain way. Long hours. Feedback was not positive and often not delivered in a supportive way.
Pros
Young staff
Cons
Hours, feedback, teaching in one set way
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High Demands, Low Compensation
Office Coordinator (Current Employee) –  New York, NYDecember 5, 2017
Working with families and kids is incredible. Poor work/life balance and unfair compensation considering length of a typical work day and stress level
Pros
Tons of freebies, food, perks
Cons
Next to zero breaks, poor management, poor work/life balance, low compensation, high stress, cut-throat culture, terrible hours
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stressful
Community Relations Coordinator (Current Employee) –  New York, NYDecember 1, 2017
position varies wildly by school; stressful expectations; strict culture; many deliverables; great benefits; a lot of funding to finance amazing opportunities for the kids; kids are very well educated
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Stressful Place but Good if you're passionate about testing
Associate Teacher (Former Employee) –  Bronx, NYNovember 21, 2017
Heavy emphasis on testing, you're thrown into the deep end and expected to swim. The kids are amazing though. Workplace culture varies depending on the school, mine was particularly supportive compared to others (which isn't saying a lot).
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Insane
Lead Teacher (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYNovember 13, 2017
This place offers no work/life balance. Inconsistency across the network. They often create a culture of fear. High turnover rate. Staff morale is extremely low. Militant style.
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Fast pace hectic environment. Challenging
Accounts Payable Coordinator (Current Employee) –  New York, NYNovember 2, 2017
Not a bad place to work, but politics are very strong here. My team in particular is poorly managed, with no opportunity for advancement. The work environment is fancy looking and clean, and the dress code is business casual.
Pros
Lot's of free snacks and food. Good benefits.
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Cruel management
Lead Teacher (Current Employee) –  NYC, NYOctober 31, 2017
If you don't mind your children being ridiculed and punished for being children, then this is the place to send your kids. Awful environment, principals set the tone and treat the children as inferior. Principals allowed to be rude and condescending.
Pros
Teachers try hard.
Cons
Upper management
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Stressful
1st Grade Associate Teacher (Current Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 22, 2017
A typical day at work consists of very long hours from 6:30AM-6:00PM. I am very grateful for this opportunity, however, the environment was not what I've expected. Management is unorganized and inconsistent with their expectation. It seems like the data of the network is more important than what's best for the student which is the hardest part of the job. Despite these cons of Success Academy, I've learned to work smart and I'm still learning to have a healthy balance with myself outside of the work place.
Pros
great students
Cons
poor management
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Poor Management & 'Maniacal' Culture
Network Office (Current Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 9, 2017
This organization prides itself in being 'maniacal'. The workplace culture is autocratic, parochial and unforgiving. Most employees are inexperienced millennials. Mid and high level positions are mostly filled through nepotism.

Revolving door ... Professionals are hired and then pushed out once the necessary business intelligence is acquired.

Disreputable & insolent - I've personally experienced bullying and racial discrimination. Unfortunately, this is prevalent. A handful of mid-level managers are self-interested and extremely unprofessional.

Profligacy ... incredible amounts of resources are wasted due to poor management, and lack of foresight.
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not nice
Events assistant (Former Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 27, 2017
feels like you are lead on... Alot of moving around and traveling- carrying boxes manual labor. Basically setting up events at different schools in NYC in the summer- very hot
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Productive and fun work place
First Grade ICT Teacher (Current Employee) –  Washington Heights, NYAugust 25, 2017
Very rewarding. Could use more time to develop teachers to become successful teachers. Long hours but worth it if passionate. A lot of joy comes from seeing the growth in students.
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Fast-paced, Organization is Key
Community Relations Coordinator (Former Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 16, 2017
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long hours ... everyone is fearful and ready to place blame
Office Coordinator (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 27, 2017
If you need money great, but organization does not know how to achieve its mission without overworking their employees. Very political, people are afraid to speak-up about conditions. A lot of pressure from network office that trickles down to the school. Good benefits, kids are loving, parents are involved.
Pros
Benefits, days off, sometimes free food
Cons
long hours, political culture, stressful environment unless your type A
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Overall negative experience
Education Coordinator (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 10, 2017
Very hard work-life balance. Long hours and staff are under appreciated. Many people are in and out of the company and it does not have a good culture.
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Good for a starting job, difficult to stay more than a few years.
Operations (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 20, 2017
Success Academies pushed me in a lot of ways, and prioritized my professional development. However, I believe one of their main issues is that they fail to cultivate an environment where employees feel like they can be honest with their concerns and ask for help. They have extremely high standards, which in many ways drives excellence, but due to the high stress environment, employees are often afraid to confront their shortcomings head on out of fear of being reprimanded, judged, and fired.
Pros
Team culture
Cons
high pressure
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Mission driven colleagues
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 16, 2017
I grew immensely and was given responsibility quickly. The organization has strong values and I learned to push myself beyond what I knew possible. All work is driven by outcomes for children.
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Great mission; terrible work environment
Academics and Training (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 14, 2017
(Network position) Expectations are not clear; I cycled through over 5 managers and reset professional goals each time. Each time goals were set, each manager never followed-up, though I had requested to do so several times.

SA claims to be skilled at giving feedback, but it is inconsistent at the Network office. The same level of management expected for school based staff is not consistent at the network-level.

Many times, managers are stretched very thin and are unable to provide adequate support to their team. Additionally, people are in positions that they are not equipped for. At times, managers project their fear and anxiety onto their team members and ask for unrealistic outcomes from their team members. Managers are often out of the loop when understanding the work and projects their team is doing.
Pros
Good compensation and time-off policy, work perks, mission of organization
Cons
Unorganized, toxic environment, unclear and inconsistent expectations, poor communication
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