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Updated Jul 29, 2014

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3.0 26 reviews

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    Wonderful for low socioeconomic students, but not so great for teachers with children of their own.

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

    ProsTerrific learning environment for single, or young, teachers who have not yet had children of his/her own. Very data driven which serves to really focus on students' needs. If you are lucky enough to be on a good team for your grade level span, you will truly learn what collaboration and teamwork means. Ideal environment for first year teachers who are willing to learn and give 150% every day! Work load has improved with the incorporation of computers in each classroom. The organization's motto and values put students first. Plenty of opportunities for growth and leadership if you can handle the additional duties and responsibilities and can take feedback well.

    ConsWork-life balance has been and continues to be an issue for most teachers. The higher up the ranks you go, the less, or so it seems, work you put in. These are positions OUT of the classroom. If a principal favors you, your life will be much easier and certain responsibilities will be overlooked. However, if you are on the other end, be prepared to be given negative feedback veiled in "concern" of your data and teacher evaluations. A bad principal can make every day a bad one, but that may be true at any school. Don't expect HR to be on your side either. If you are on a competitive team of teachers, they may NOT truly be collaborative and share since money was previously tied into performance. Teachers have consistently asked for more pay (it is supposed to be addressed/fixed this year). Health benefits are good. Awesome team leaders can make life so much easier, but bad leaders make you look incompetent while he/she shines.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep asking for feedback from your teachers and continue with the open door policy so teachers can alert you directly of any principal/administration concerns without retaliation. Everyone at home office seems like they truly care about the mission of Aspire and all the sacrifices that teachers have made, but there is still a disconnect between home office and how the L.A. principals are running the schools. High turnover in L.A. Might be time to analyze why our teachers are leaving.

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

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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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