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Updated Jul 10, 2014

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3.0 25 reviews

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James Willcox

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    Small non profit transitioning into larger corporate environment.

    Home Office Employee (Current Employee) Oakland, CA (US)

    ProsExcellent Benefits, Intelligent hard working employees.

    ConsIts in a transition phase. Started out as a small non profit and is moving towards a large corporate feel. You have to wear many hats. Expected to work many hours. The home office is basically having to create policy's as they grow causing confusion and disorganization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Strong mission; troubling work culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA (US)

    ProsData-driven decision making; focused on instruction and student achievement; hardest working teachers you will ever meet; wonderful kids and families.

    ConsStrained, distrustful relationships between admin and teachers; extremely long work hours; minimum employee rights - employees were fired unfairly or put in such difficult situations that would lead to dismissal or resignations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to focus on building strong working relationships; staff morale; and authentic team-building.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience, but I'm tired!

    Hard Work and Long Hours But You Do IT for the Students! (Current Employee)

    ProsThe students, the results, and the intrinsic rewards. Some flexibility in some jobs about dress codes, time off, etc. Teachers get less flexibility.

    ConsCompensation, long days, not as much autonomy as expected. Everything (feedback, PD days, the few compensation dollars) are given to teachers; Corporate staff left out of most of those things.

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    Great for Brainwashing Children

    Elementary Teacher (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA (US)

    Pros-Lots of training
    -Close-knit teams
    -Friendly families
    - Very nice benefit options if you are single
    - Administration is always encouraging new teaching methods

    Cons- LONG HOURS (even for a teacher)
    - Very "test" oriented, little time for teaching children real-life skills
    - Nearly no science, art, or music for the children
    - Three years, no raise
    - Administration often judged a teacher's success by the organization, cleanliness, and quietness of a classroom
    - Teachers were constantly stressed about 'state testing,' and had little time to let kids be kids

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop wasting money on salaries for upper level people and for new software and find a way to pay your teachers what they're worth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Mission

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOur work really does matter, we are making a difference here.

    Consno work life balance. like everywhere in California, teachers are underpaid

    Advice to Senior ManagementSince the Founder left we are not the same.

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