Noble Network of Charter Schools

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Used to be like a family, now it's more like just another heartless corporation.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL (US)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

I worked at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Working with mostly great people and feeling like part of a family. Most of the people working at Noble really care about the goal of the network and helping kids. Competitive pay and decent benefits.

Cons

The network expanded to quickly, opening too many schools at once. This not only caused a number of growing pains, but also turned it into a place with more of a "corporate" atmosphere than what it was 5 years ago. Some of the senior management cares less about their employees and the Noble vision than their own careers.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It's good to be have goals for helping the kids of Chicago, but growing too fast and opening too many schools only causes problems.

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    The work is challenging and fulfilling, but also physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting.

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    Former Employee - Summer School Teacher  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Summer School Teacher in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Noble Network of Charter Schools as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Noble allows more autonomy than most Charter schools, and works hard to make sure teachers are supported by the discipline system and internal administration. Most co-workers are bright, energetic, and passionate about what they do. Parents tend to be involved in students' lives and are receptive to teacher feedback. The emotional support from within the company tends to be very good.

    Cons

    Teachers with little experience won't get eased into the full load. Pay is usually slightly less than competitive when compared with public schools. Students are among the most difficult, and turnover in faculty/administration is very high. As with most teaching positions, don't expect to have anything resembling a life outside of school/work. The newest schools will experience significant growing pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer better training support to first year teachers. Be brutally honest about what teachers should expect from students, especially upper classmen. Idealists will get eaten alive from day one if they are not prepared. Be willing to invest more time in a teaching candidate before they take a position.

    Recommends
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    Current Employee - Instructor  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Instructor in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great learning environment, awesome kids, always challenging, and full of ambitious, young instructors.

    Cons

    Lack of employee retention due to high stress and perhaps to over-accountability and too much structure.

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    Find ways to make the work environment not only conducive to learning, but also to keeping high-quality instructors happy (i.e. creating more work-life balance across the network)!

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