Success Academy Charter Schools Employee Reviews

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This is one of the worst schools to work for.
Associate Teacher (Former Employee) –  Washington Heights, NYAugust 7, 2018
I was recruited for an associate teacher position after passing a myriad of steps in the hiring process. When I finally made it to staff training, the employer fired me at the end of the week. At the training, they have a scripted curriculum where they tell teachers what to say and literally how to teach word for word. You watch students being drilled like little soldiers even during lunch and recess. During the training, you see it's mostly young adults fresh out of college ranging from 22-28 years old with no teaching background/experience being trained to be teachers. The whole week of training, you're being observed the WHOLE time. Someone from HR comes with a laptop observing how you talk to the kids and "teach". I was asked in the middle of the week at the end of training to meet privately with HR staff and was told I don't have a strong classroom presence. I thought why did I go through 3-5 different interviews to be deemed unqualified to teach? Especially if I had teaching experience. This was their first warning. After I worked to improve myself for the rest of the week, I was told by other colleagues that I made so much progress. However, it was not enough for Success Academy and they just fired me on the last day of training and said I'm not fit to be a teacher in their school. If you want a real teaching job, don't work here. You're wasting your time and will be fired at any time in the school year.
Pros
Salary, benefits
Cons
Turnover, young admin and HR (under their 30s), lack of professionalism from HR
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Success Academy Charter Schools
Community Relations Manager -Education (Current Employee) –  Bronx, NYJuly 11, 2018
Overall Success Academy Charter Schools has plenty of opportunities for growth overall career advancement. Being an operations leader in my current school (The Bronx), the scholars, parents, teachers and staff have created a true sense of community like you may not seen at any other school. Yes! the work hours are long (7am-6pm) including a "working lunch". However, staff are committed to scholar success and the company's overall mission statement. Most enjoyable part of this job was the children! They are the highlight of every moment of your every day!
Pros
smart, creative, hard-working, funny co-workers
Cons
your work can be all-consuming, in a good way, but YOU have to make time for your personal life -- and it can be done! (hint: exercise!)
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Beware
Community Relations Manager (Current Employee) –  SchoolJuly 10, 2018
Success is great if you have exceptional management. Unfortunately, if your leadership is messy then your day to day can vary. If you can remain professional while advocating for yourself, you may do alright.
Pros
Lunch, fitness classes at my school, PTO for Operations members, healthcare
Cons
Clicky relationships, leadership dictates life
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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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Odd Culture
Associate (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMay 16, 2018
It turned out to be a very odd culture in the way of lack of communication couple with favoritism. Feedback culture encouraged however not truly warranted.
Pros
Great goals and mission
Cons
Personnel doesn't allow for openness
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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
Cons
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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