Brightside Academy Employee Reviews about "no support"

Updated 26 Nov 2018

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  1. "Doesn’t Care about the Children"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brightside Academy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working with the children Some staff

    Cons

    Short staffed Underpaid No supplies No support for coporate “Handlers” “Not in the buisness of Education” - Direct Quote from CEO Martin Handler The Handlers are rude and disrespectful Don’t care about Black and Brown children in the community they serve Janitor and Chef are the same person Filthy establishments Money hungry Owners Always out of Ratio - Not enough coverage Directors not qualified, just hold degrees Food is disgusting Facility is not cleaned Supplies are sent at the last minute or not at all.

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  2. "GET OUT - Don't do it to yourself !"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Family Advocate in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brightside Academy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The children, some staff members become like family

    Cons

    Everything. Over worked, work hours are way to long, I never get a lunch break, Lack of staff so everything is in chaos, Admin have to help out in classrooms, or in the kitchen. There is no support for FAs. Ever since new company took over they only want to enroll for more money, but have done major cut backs which leaves everyone else to pick up the slack on top of their job descriptions. Sometimes staff don't want to do their jobs since their over worked as well which is understandable.

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  3. "You're better off somewhere else"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Brightside Academy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A stepping stone and the experience working in a childcare setting.

    Cons

    Poor Management. No care for the kids No support for staff, kids could be as disrespectful as they wanted without consequence. Always out of ratio. Long hours. Pay. Turnover Rate. No room for growth or raises.

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  4. "Good environment when you have good management"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Assistant Head Start Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brightside Academy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learn a lot as far as rules and paperwork go Depending on management, there is support

    Cons

    High Turnover Depending on management, no support Immature coworkers

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    "A nightmare"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - ECE Lead Teacher in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brightside Academy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Teaching underprivileged children and seeing them learn is always a wonderful experience. Planning is done according to the common core standards and the curriculum is creative.

    Cons

    Horrible corporate management. No teacher support. Students are not evaluated before they are allowed in to the center. Many are emotionally disturbed and abusive. There are many cases of neglect and child abuse. If a child is violent and abusive, and a disruption to your class, the corporate office offers NO support. The child can still continue to come to the class, and the RTI process is lengthy and a JOKE. Not to mention, the parents are in denial about their children needing help. It's bad enough that some of these children have to witness horrible things in their neighborhood and at home, but there is no safe haven here in the classroom. By not giving these disturbed children the help and services they need, they allow other children to witness their violent episodes and put them in danger while allowing their learning to be disrupted. It is sad. They don't care about helping them. They would much rather get the money for these kids even though they so desperately need help! There is no "education" here at Brightside They are contributing to the problem in urban communities, not making it better. As a certified teacher, I am disappointed. I would never send my child to a place like this.

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    "Jump off the sinking ship"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brightside Academy full-time

    Pros

    The stated mission is admirable. However, the execution of this mission is flawed and failing. They do not succeed on any level.

    Cons

    This company treats their employees horribly on every level. Staff is underpaid, overworked, required to work long hours and unpaid overtime. The favoritism is clear; supervisors are bullies and abusive to staff. Teachers and academy staff are given no support and then disciplined when they fail due to that lack of support. It is plain that those in power do not care who they hurt.

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  7. "It feels like they try to sell you a dream but deliver a nightmare."

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brightside Academy

    Pros

    Work with children Easy work Friendly coworkers Food available at the job

    Cons

    Extremely unorganized No support from administration Give information last minute Low pay for amount of things done Ignorant parents Horrible benefits Little room for growth

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    "If you have no standards, then this is the place for you..."

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Brightside Academy part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working with inner-city kids can be difficult, but the reward comes when you see they are actually learning and are eager to do their homework and participate in academic activities. That's just my personal satisfaction, working at Brightside has no PROS!

    Cons

    1. The unfortunate ghetto parents are running the show...no matter how much we try to interact with the parents, the teachers suffer the consequences. 2. There is no support for teachers! A normal ECE day care would have at least 3 teachers...an after school program would have 1 staff member for 6-10 kids. That is not the case in Brightside, they always have teachers working or breaking one another for lunch. 3. The neighborhood these cites cater to in the Bronx are the worst. Parents as well as children have an unfortunate lack of respect for themselves and others. You will get hit by, cursed, spit on, or a death threat by a child at some point. 4. There is a lack of administration at the sites! They only come in for a few visits once a week or so. There is no one to voice your concerns and even if you do, nothing gets done about it. If you are concerned about a child's behavior, it doesn't matter because the parents are running the show and if they don't like what's being to their child, they are still going to bring them in the site. 5. In-service trainings are completely a waste of time as they do not reflect anything that we can do within our powers. They told us to change our curriculum as well other habits but Brightside is not going to provide us with the materials nor the support!!

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