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Whether it's about compensation and benefits, culture and diversity, or you're curious to know more about the work environment, find out from employees what it's like to work at Ambition Institute.

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23 English questions out of 23

15 January 2021

Does Ambition Institute have a pension plan?

Pros

Good work life balance, very helpful people, 11% pension contribution from employer

Cons

Depending on the position salaries can be quite low, but it is a charity after all.

Advice to Management

A better retention scheme would ensure continuity and a sense of stability among employees

Good work life balance, very helpful people, 11% pension contribution from employer

15 January 2021

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26 January 2021

Does Ambition Institute offer parental leave?

Pros

Mission - an organisation that truly cares about tackling educational disadvantage Quality - what we deliver is impressive and makes a difference People - dedicated people who are intelligent, committed and friendly

Cons

The leadership changes of the past two years have led to some chopping and changing of initiatives. That has sometimes been frustrating, particularly when you put effort into something that is eventually defunct. However, I've just come back from maternity leave to a more focused organisation - the new strategy is clear, focused and deliverable and it makes me excited to come to work every day. I really feel that, with this renewed energy and focus, we are making a real difference

Advice to Management

The strategy is brilliant and I'm a big fan. Let's not take our eye off the ball!

However, I've just come back from maternity leave to a more focused organisation

26 January 2021

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31 October 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at Ambition Institute?

Pros

Flexible working, hard working and decent colleagues at manager level and below. Used to do great work so still has goodwill from some educational institutions.

Cons

Plenty. Salary is very low for the work you need to put in at lower levels - you can and should aim for better. A disastrous merger and restructure with no real thought to change management has driven away many great employees and places massive burdens on those who remain at lower levels, meanwhile the current and former senior leadership team have used the organisation as a careerist catapult as opposed to what it should be for - helping the most disadvantaged. New CEO talked a great game but has not improved things at all but hey - lots of lip service about Diversity & Inclusion. Plenty of accountability but no responsibility, so you get the blame for things that were not your decision and are not allowed to make decisions yourself. Organisation thinks it is ‘evidence based’ but it’s actually just ideological and using ‘evidence’ as a way to push through things many in the organisation would not agree with. Either ignorant of or uncaring about the toxic work environment they have created.

Advice to Management

Start again from the ground up. Be honest about how you destroyed a great working culture and drove away committed, smart and capable employees. Stop thinking you’re the Institute for Teaching with everyone else as your servants.

A disastrous merger and restructure with no real thought to change management has driven away many great employees and places massive burdens on those who remain at lower levels, meanwhile the current and former senior leadership team have used the organisation as a careerist catapult as opposed to what it should be for

31 October 2020

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8 January 2021

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Ambition Institute?

Pros

Staff are brilliant, passionate individuals, very friendly and supportive. I had a really good experience at this organisation despite a difficult year (lockdown, etc.). Responded very well and quickly to lockdown and were flexible when staff needed it. My workload was good and I had lots of opportunities to develop in my role and get involved with strategic change. I found that my manager and team worked well together and really pulled together when we needed to. I always felt well supported by my manager and team and felt able to air concerns as and when they came up.

Cons

Legacy of organisation (multiple mergers, inconsistent management style and restructures) is recent, and it feels like there is some work to do to move on from this as a new and different organisation. Ways of working, culture and mission of organisation can get a bit lost and are sometimes hard to connect with. From my point of view, SLT are aware of these issues and making roads to change, but quality change takes time.

Advice to Management

Continue to focus on changing for the better, implementing solid mission focused culture and ways of working to keep passionate staff engaged. Continue to make processes and systems consistent and work for everyone. Continue to communicate honestly with staff.

Ways of working, culture and mission of organisation can get a bit lost and are sometimes hard to connect with.

8 January 2021

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26 January 2021

How are the career development opportunities at Ambition Institute?

Pros

The single best thing about Ambition Institute is the people who work there. For the most part, and particularly prior to the merger, it was like a huge family at times. Everyone is passionate, committed, caring and there was a good emphasis on social activities, especially in the Manchester office. It's also a good place to learn as you'll likely take on a variety of different responsibilities because roles are often broad and interesting. In my experience, junior members of staff are often given opportunities to develop and stretch themselves which is invaluable if you're new to a particular career area or just new to the world of work in general. The first couple of years of my time at Ambition were some of the best work experience I've ever had. I learned loads, made a ton of new friends, socialised with work colleagues all the time and went from strength to strength in developing my skills. This has definitely been shaken in recent times but, if they're able to steady the ship, this can be an absolutely brilliant place to work.

Cons

At its core, I believe Ambition to be a great place but at the time of my leaving it felt like it had lost touch with the huge amount heart and soul it had in the past. It's an organisation which has undergone a LOT of change in the past five years and I think the general culture and staff morale have been the biggest casualties of this. This is something that can be rebuilt but only if senior leadership make it a priority. A big factor in my decision to leave was that there is no pay/reward system to speak of. People who started pre-merger are on the same pay band that they've always been on with no hope of a raise while new recruits seem to be getting paid from a completely different, seemingly random pay scale. It's like being a loyal customer but they give all the good offers to new customers instead of you. So if you've been there for a while, you run out of impetus to keep performing at a high level because your work rate isn't linked to anything (no decent development offer, no payrise, little opportunity for promotion). Ambition is definitely going through a rocky period while they adjust to change and get their strategy sorted. Although this was difficult and ultimately was a deciding factor in my leaving, there is still so much potential for this to be an amazing organisation, full of excellent and bright people who genuinely care about what they're doing.

In my experience, junior members of staff are often given opportunities to develop and stretch themselves which is invaluable if you're new to a particular career area or just new to the world of work in general.

26 January 2021

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