Connections Academy Reviews

Updated Jun 18, 2021

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3.5
71%
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Connections Academy Managing Director Tom ap Simon
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38 Ratings
Pros
  • "work from home; benefits; complete autonomy over my class(in 99 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, helpful training, opportunities for advancement(in 14 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Low pay - 15-20% lower than average salaries(in 23 reviews)

  • "Do not think that work from home means you have down time(in 17 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years
      Featured Review

      Great Job

      May 10, 2021 - Teacher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I have been with Connections Academy for a number of years, and love the teaching environment and I feel supported by the administration.

      Cons

      There is no salary schedule, and the salary does not match the school ditricts.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Connections Academy

      Jun 18, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great coworkers and good support

      Cons

      No cons to add hereaa as

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Nice people- detailed work

      Jun 6, 2021 - High School English Teacher in Columbus, OH
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice staff, big learning curve

      Cons

      Lots of details, systems to track

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Colleagues kind, encouraging, and supportive

      May 31, 2021 - 5th Grade Teacher in Saint Paul, MN
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Positive and supportive work environment

      Cons

      workload overwhelming and stressful at times

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good job

      May 27, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible and really easy to work with

      Cons

      None. There really aren't many

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Micromanaging

      Jun 10, 2021 - Teacher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Work from home -The technology is provided

      Cons

      -Class sizes for elementary can be 40+ -More managerial tasks than actually interacting with students Example: Spending days calling Parents “in Alarm” -Micromanaging/ Spying/Intrusion

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great environment low pay

      May 17, 2021 - English Teacher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Love my job. Love working with my team.

      Cons

      Pay is terrible. But Colorado pays poor overall for education.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work

      May 20, 2021 - Teacher in Harrisburg, PA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      supportive, flexible, work from home

      Cons

      some travel required, no salary schedule

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good company

      May 18, 2021 - Full Time Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Hours could be better but ok

      Cons

      great employees to work with

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      HS SPED teacher

      Mar 19, 2021 - Special Education Teacher in Columbus, OH
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Part of Pearson which is a 10,000+ employee company, so good benefits and 401(k) matching -Very, very talented teachers and administration (principals, AP's, etc) -Very tech friendly -Wonderful students/families -Working from home full-time -Pre-COVID, there were in-person field trips and meetings a few times a year which were always fun

      Cons

      -For SPED only: The workload is horrific. Caseloads can be large at times (at one point I had almost 40 kids) because Pearson decides if hiring is allowed or not, not your actual school. You could actually end up doing the job of 3 people between teaching, the SPED paperwork, and having to talk to families about graduation planning and course placement for their IEP's, which is honestly a job for guidance counselors, but guidance doesn't handle that aspect. -Also SPED only: IEP compliance is prioritized over all other aspects of your job. You could spend 6-8 hours on one 40 page IEP document only to have the SPED director or other administrator refuse to sign it over a single wrong sentence or checkbox or whatever. Highly frustrating and it wears on you after awhile and feels like a personal attack even though they do it to every SPED teacher on the team. This is to ensure that audits always go well for the school. -Pay is OK, but for the workload it was unacceptable, to be honest - another $15,000 per year would go a long way to make up for the intense workload -HR is an absolute joke. Each school does NOT have their own HR team in-house. Everything has to be referred to HR at Pearson, which is not even in the same state as your school in the vast majority of cases so that disconnect makes them seem to...not care? The only way to reach them is an e-mail address. If you call the employee line, you get someone on the line who ONLY answers the phone and who tries to push you back to using the e-mail address, even in emergencies. This phone individual is not an HR person and does not know how to address any HR situation. Meanwhile, the e-mail address will take days to receive a response, if at all. All employment verifications have to go to Pearson HR as well - your supervisor at school is not allowed to verify - and I almost had a job offer pulled at my new job when my new job's HR had difficulty reaching someone to verify for me.

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      Connections Academy Response

      Thank you for your thorough feedback! Reviews like yours will help us ensure that we are meeting the needs of both our staff and students. We will be taking your recommendations into consideration. If you would like to further this conversation please contact Human Resources, at humanresources.obl@pearson.com.

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