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Great work culture, very professional, students receive a great education
Apprentice Teacher 5th and 8th grade Math (Former Employee) –  New York, NYDecember 3, 2018
Great network, top in the nation. I enjoyed the professional work culture and bright teachers. Work life balance is impossible but the pay is great. I know the students are getting a great education.
Pros
Top notch education, professionalism and great pay, opportunity for advancement
Cons
Terrible work life balance saw many teachers crying.
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3.0
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Very fast-paced and busy work environment
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Newark, NJJune 3, 2018
A typical day at work is jam packed with tasks and instruction from start to finish, along with take home tasks.
I learned how to manage small and whole group during instruction, how to record data, analyze the data, and proceed to provide data driven instruction.
The workplace culture was something that needed work.
The hardest part about the job is internalizing lessons in the beginning and balancing work life with personal life.
The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing student progression, and out of school staff events, celebrations and parties.
Pros
Benefits, Rewards, Compensation
Cons
Short breaks, work-life balance, Unrealistic task load to be completed in given time
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2.0
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Competitive, draining, tiresome workplace
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Rochester, NYNovember 27, 2018
Uncommon schools has no idea what the meaning of work life balance is. Not only is your entire day packed with constant pre planned lessons with little to NO break, you are then expected to stay late and arrive early as well as work at home to prepare. (Mind you the hours are 7-5 without staying or coming beforehand). There is little to no support for teachers who are constantly being told what to do and how to change their teaching. By the time you’re done you don’t even want to teach kids anymore. Do yourself a favor.... don’t even apply
Pros
Pay is ok for area
Cons
Long hours, ridiculous expectations
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Great Children
Apprentice Teacher (Current Employee) –  Rochester, NYSeptember 13, 2018
The children were a pleasure to work with. The appreciation from parents and other family members make you feel very valued as a teacher. You definitely get prepared for great teaching opportunities.
Pros
Swag, experiences
Cons
very long hours
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4.0
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Good place to be
Janitor/Inventory (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYDecember 12, 2018
My first year I worked with a very good manager and she was very helpful in everything that we did. It was an awesome experience and I was glad that they wanted me back. My second year I worked in a school that was being renovated and it was very hot and there were no elevators. We had to carry boxes up 4 flights of stairs and they never rushed us. It wasnt the best environment but the managers were very helpful and understanding if we werent performing to the best of our ability.
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Hard Work!
4th Grade Founding Lead Teacher (Former Employee) –  Newark, NJAugust 1, 2018
Uncommon Schools is a strong, structured organization. It delivers effective instruction to its student and is truly dedicated to closing the achievement gap. However, there is no work/life balance.
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blind leading the blind
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Camden, NJApril 2, 2018
The school is constantly micromanaged by administrators who really do not know what they are doing. The principal would often say things like “fake it until you make it” and/or “just wing it”. There is no type of stability/ structure within the school, and teachers and administrators treat the children terrible. It was not “uncommon” to see students unenroll in the middle of the week to go to another school within the area. There is no down time/ work-life balance. Communication between teachers is terrible especially since the school prides their self into being collaborative.
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uncommon Schools
First Grade, Teacher (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJune 24, 2018
If you are someone looking to start a family and have balance this isnt the place for you. On one hand you learn alot of teaching, classroom Management.
Pros
You learn alot about behavioral Management
Cons
Everything is to systematic to the point the kids do not know how to think for themselves
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Stressful and toxic work environment
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYNovember 14, 2017
Staff is expected to arrive at 6:45 AM until 5 PM; however, some days we would have mandatory meetings or events until 6:30 PM - 8PM. The job is salary based, so no overtime is provided for late nights. Due to the work load, staff is forced to work after hours and weekends. There were tasks assigned on weekends that were due on that same weekend. Impossible work/life balance. Students are also overworked and because of militant discipline they act and respond like robots. Breaks are constantly taken away due to needed coverage or lack of coverage, and meetings. Leadership staff is young and power hungry.
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Students
Cons
Weak leadership, No work/life balance, no breaks
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Low Compensation
First Grade Teacher (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJanuary 15, 2018
I would not recommend a friend to Uncommon not because of the overall work environment but because of the yearly salary. Uncommon does not pay it's teachers fairly as other competitive networks do.

In order to keep their staff they must think about paying them for the amount of years that they have been teaching.
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Work environment and high staff morale
Cons
Salary
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The Most Horrible Thing I Have Ever Gotten Myself Into
Lead Teacher (Former Employee) –  New YorkDecember 4, 2017
There is no professionalism when it comes to the day to day interactions. Staff and students' humanity is not accounted for. Run like a prison/military school. Students are simply thought of as their data. This school is run like a business, often working 12 hours a day. Zero consideration for your time; no work life balance.
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Salary
Cons
Treatment of children, stressful environment, no work life balance
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Positive people, positive work environment.
7th grade Middle School Special Education Teacher (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMay 31, 2018
A typical day at work started reaching at my spot at 7:15 am & greeting the students as they come in looking them in the face, and shaking their hands. Furthur more i would have two intervention ELA classes back to back, grade papers, call parents and then pull into another ELA class & support.
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long hours, very demanding, good mission
Second Grade Teacher (Current Employee) –  Rochester, NYJune 9, 2018
the school has very strict rules for students and is pretty rigid with curriculum- there is not a lot of flexibility for teachers. the days are very long and tiring. it is rewarding to work with underserved population but there are many behavioral concerns and not enough support for students.
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Great entry into Education
Office Manager (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYOctober 9, 2017
This is great place o gain skills to excel in education. Staff is supported through weekly professional development and job culture. There is a lack of work life balance due to ling work hours.
Pros
Professional development
Cons
Work/life balance
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Very demanding work environment, strict
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Newark, NJDecember 9, 2017
Very mission-aligned, and suppressive. There is not opportunity for voice in this school from the students or the teachers. There is no work-life balance not matter how much they push the "possibility" of it during professional development.
Pros
Small perks
Cons
Massive, increasing workload with no consideration to its employees
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4.0
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Surrounded by invested team
Instructional Leader (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYApril 21, 2018
Uncommon is a challenging place to work in that it is very demanding, but you are surrounded by others working just has hard, and all are dedicated to the school's mission.
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Very Stressful
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYApril 12, 2018
Everyday consist of the bottom line. On top of standard stress extra instruction is added surrounding the state exam. It is very stressful on students and developmentally inappropriate.
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5.0
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Inspiring work!
School Leader (Current Employee) –  Upstate NYDecember 15, 2017
This is an amazing place to be a teacher. We truly get to change the world, one successful child at a time. Working in urban schools is demanding and requires long hours anywhere you work. The difference is that at Uncommon, you can be successful.
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Fun and productive workplace
Receptionist (Current Employee) –  Newark, NJMarch 8, 2018
My day starts very early and revolves mainly in addressing many concerns from parents and getting my fellow staff members ready for the day. It is a community of employees that is trying very hard to help students receive the best education.
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Apprentice Teacher (Current Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 6, 2017
Great School to work for, positive work culture and very supportive staff and mentors. Very professional environment with great customer service at main office. Very collegiate and strong team atmosphere, Students are well behaved. I felt welcomed and appreciated from day 1!
Pros
Great Health benifits and mentorship for new teachers
Cons
Extremely demanding, I wouldnt work here if you have a family or outside reposnibilities/hobbies.
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