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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.
Pros
Pay is higher than most jobs
Cons
No work life balance, you are very disposable
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Long Hours
Community Relations Coordinator (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 12, 2018
Working for SA, there is no work life balance. Work hours a day are averaged to about 11-12 hours. No scheduled lunch break unless you are a teacher.
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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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Not a place to work
AP Computer Science Teacher (Former Employee) –  Manhattan, NYJune 5, 2018
Management is a disaster. The work load to teacher ratio is 3:1. The compensation is only 1:1. This is not a place to grow and become a leader in edcuation.
In my opinion, the CEO is a the most real and straight forward person.
Pros
I really cant think of any
Cons
lots
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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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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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No breaks, more negative than postive feedback, don't genuinely care for the parents more data based
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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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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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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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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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