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  1. "Teacher Active"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Teacher in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at TeacherActive part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I approached Teacher Active because I wanted to gain experience in a school environment, and straight away the agency worked hard to find me regular work that suited my skills and preferences. One of the best things about Teacher Active is their flexibility; they were extremely accommodating, especially because I had another job during half the week and shifts would often change. Adam and the team were always happy... to work around this and still found me regular work even though my schedule was a little difficult. The staff were always incredibly friendly and helpful, and working there was a really positive and encouraging experience.

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    Cons

    When I joined I asked to be assigned to primary schools, as that was my previous experience and an area I was most interested in working in. I found that often this wasn't the experience I had, being regularly given work at secondary schools, but I don't think that this was due to the team at Teacher Active ignoring my preference - when work did come up at primary schools they got straight in touch with me. I think... it was more that there was more demand from secondary schools for teachers, and I was always happy to go there!

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    Advice to Management

    None

    TeacherActive2017-02-06
  1. "Awesome energy"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TeacherActive full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent training and staff benefits (if proactive) Endless earning potential

    Cons

    Hard work and long hours

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. London office manager is a bit of a legend

    TeacherActive2019-09-10
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Could be worse, could be much better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at TeacherActive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    + AGM and Christmas parties are good. The company invests a lot of money in these two events. + Birthday day off. + If you hit 100 days, you get free healthcare. + Incentives/bribes for you to leave the office early during the school holidays. + Offices and locations good standard.

    Cons

    - Opting out of the 48 hour working week agreement is pretty much necessary. You are asked to work hours outside of your contract and have calls diverted to you out of hours. - Salary is poor as is the commission scheme. If you do your sums, when you first start working for TeacherActive you will be paid below minimum wage. - You are heavily encouraged to hand out your personal mobile number to schools. You are... not given a company phone or laptop and expected to dish your personal mobile number out to everyone under the sun. It even gets printed on your business cards! - Not allowed to take any holidays during the term time. Want to take your partner on a weekend away for their birthday? Forget it. Take an afternoon off for a funeral? You’ll have to take that unpaid. - ‘If your face fits’ culture. You hear about the same people constantly. If you aren’t part of the exclusive group then be prepared to just feel like a number. - Heavily focussed on profit and not a lot else. - Progression is very slow and a promotion doesn’t bring a great deal of financial reward. - Having to advertise for jobs that don’t exist.

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    Advice to Management

    Realise that your employees are humans and not just money makers. Being a consultant is a hard job and the staff turnover is so high due to the demands of the job, being micromanaged and receiving poor salaries. This leaves staff feeling worthless and if they have anything about them, looking for jobs elsewhere/being given a better salary to do the same job at a competitor.

    TeacherActive2019-10-14

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