Fast-paced for sure! Super fun and rewarding if you like math and work well with kids!
I didn't think I would ever even write one of these, much less a super long one. Whoops!
Fast-paced but easy-going work environment at the one I was at. They're all owned by individual people, so it really depends on the owner/director! Anyone can buy one, I would recommend working at one where the (if the owner and director are the same person) that they actually have math knowledge. I would imagine it to be stressful if they didn't.
Coworkers ranged from high school sophomores to elderly retired teachers. Ideal job for people in college who want to work part-time and enjoy math and being around children/teenagers. Be aware that the more instructors that work there, the less hours you will get! It's slower in the summer, so be prepared for even less hours than during the usual school year.
This part is super specific to my experience with my boss at my Mathnasium that I worked at.
[Going to refer to my director/owner as "they/them" to keep it as unidentifiable as possible. They owned and directed and are one person.]
My director asked a little too much from the instructors as far as veering from typical job description. They were very intelligent and I learned a lot from them. Overall, I admired them for the way their brain worked and all the experience they had. However, I noticed they took advantage of the employees often. They hated hiring new people and only would only hire enough so that we could
Flexible part-time position for high school/college students
I've been working at Mathnasium for many years now, starting as an instructor and now promoted to Lead Instructor. I have worked at nearly every South Florida center and I've personally met and worked with dozens of employees and hundreds of students over the years.
For my money, this company is a fantastic place to work if you're talented with math and teaching, and you need some work experience or want to better students' lives. There are a few reasons for this:
1) The method for teaching that the company advertises not only works, but it has honestly helped me to streamline my knowledge of many subjects over the years, as well as forcing me to brush up on topics that I glossed over when I was in school, including probability and Geometry (the bane of high schoolers). The whole process works as advertised and it genuinely makes me feel good to be selling a product I have seen work and that helps me every day in small ways.
2) I took this job originally because I was a high schooler and I needed a job, but time and again I have been thankful that this job has adapted to me ever-changing school schedule and lifestyle. When I was new the hours were less than I wanted, but with time I came to work almost 20 hours a week - while some instructors can only work 10 or less because of scheduling. Unfortunately, when there is an over saturation of instructors the hours spread thinly, but that's to be expected.
3) The environment is very positive. The center director
ProsFlexible hours, supportive culture, professional environment, good teaching environment, keeps math skills sharp
ConsBi-annual pay increase opportunities, relatively short training period, Hours lessen with more instructors.
A typical day of work includes checking the kid's temperatures at the door and having them wash their hands before getting started with their assigned worksheets. There's a manageable ratio of three kids to one instructor in a well-spaced environment. If I ever have trouble helping a student solve a problem with their assigned homework then I always have dependable and respectful coworkers who can help.
Management is super friendly and understandable, especially if you need even up to a month off. I have even been able to transfer between working in Lafayette during my college semesters at ULL and at the New Orleans center when I'm off for my winter and summer breaks. Also, if you are at high-risk for Covid, then you can also choose to only work at home online.
The scheduling is super flexible and you determine which days and hours you work each week. (Additionally, the place is only open from 3 pm to 7:30 pm, so personally, I find I can handle my 16 credit hours of college and a 4 day work week. I highly enjoy that the shifts are short and we are not open late, so I can easily manage my time.)
The most enjoyable part of the job is being able to inspire and encourage a student to learn a subject that they may hate and see their eyes light up when they finally understand and master a problem. There are also math games that you can play with the students and the kids are very sweet.
Overall, the workplace is enjoyable with a flexible schedule (great for part-time college
ProsSuper flexible scheduling, easy transfer, passionate coworkers, strict about Covid procedures, off for holidays
ConsLearning curve with learning to operate online program
Opening in the afternoon, mathnasium offers a pace-paced environment ideal in many ways for current college students. Teaching up to three students at one time, you have one or two other instructors in your area that can assist you when needed.
Management is constantly seeking to improve instructor knowledge through assessments and worksheets that the students use to ensure we are familiar with the topics and can teach it the Mathnasium way. The math program itself works well as we teach for understanding not just to cover topics to get an answer.
That said, management constantly seeks for us to get better. While we can get up and take breaks, the fast-paced nature of the job provides little downtime for them. Management often seems better at providing feedback on what we missed rather than successes.
Most enjoyable part is working with students and seeing that "A-ha" moment when they realize they understand the concept. Hardest part of the job is dealing with some of the difficult children who don't feel like working and can potentially derail other students' work.
Each work day is a bit different. Students can come for instruction at their convenience 2-3 times a week. With no appointments, there is a rush around dinner time and can be very stressful during the school year when trying to instruct three students while simultaneously grading their homework.
Offer flexible scheduling, although could provide the schedule a bit further in advance than the day before the s
ProsFlexible hours, seeing students "get" a math concept.
ConsShort breaks, stressful work environment at times.
I have been working at my center for 4 years and have functioned as an instructor and lead instructor and really love the work and the people. The Mathnasium Method is very sound and the cap of never having more than 3 students at your table (2 online and in person now) really gives the right amount of interaction, plus you really get the chance to be some students’ important person that helped them gain confidence in their studies.
That said, as Mathnasium is a franchise it really depends on the specific center/owner you’re working for as there are some who treat this like they would if they ran any franchise and then there are those owners/directors who are seriously invested in education and supporting not only the students but the growth of the instructors as well. The downsides are the somewhat limited opportunities for advancement (unless you want to be a center director) and lower pay rate which are offset by the awesome work environment and support, especially working remote.
I highly recommend to any students who are looking for part-time work and want to get better with their math or people skills. They will help you learn more material, so if you’re good at explaining things and have patience to work with (sometimes as young as first grade) students, you’ll do great!
ProsFun working environment, learn a lot of math, staff bonding events, excellent remote work option, good variety, seasonal turnover
ConsSomewhat lower pay, experience depends on the center, not many full-time positions, seasonal turnover
Working for a company owned center was an awful experience. Management was unruly and didn't know how to run a successful team that was also happy. They would consistently give us contradictory messages such as "take a few days off" but then yell at you when your payroll is too high because you had to staff for your absence. There's a reason the turnover rate for Center Directors is incredibly high within the division (not to mention many Lead Instructors don't want to be promoted to Assistant Director or Center Director because they see how awful it is to run a center).
They offer job growth up until a certain point, and then it gets confusing. I've heard from multiple people that if you do really well at selling the program, the director of company owned operations will halt your job progression because he doesn't want to lose you as an asset. That means he'll blackball you from getting promoted to the headquarters because it serves his best interest to keep you at your current position under his supervision. I've also heard that if he hates you or thinks you've run your course as a Center Director, then you'll either get fired or he'll try to pawn you off to the headquarters. All of that is from what I've heard through conversations with workers at the headquarters though.
Certain centers are better to run than others, but overall, if you're going to work at a Mathnasium, choose a franchise business and save yourself the headache of dealing with management in the com
Mathnasium fills in the gaps where KUMON overlooked to accommodate or prepare for. You will learn very useful tricks and methods that you can take with you elsewhere for arithmetic. The students you encounter are usually very easy to work with and if you are comfortable with socializing and explaining things, this job will suit you. However, the wages will not suit someone trying to make rent or move out. This is a job for people with plenty of time on their hands, someone who is stable enough to just focus on helping kids at math and the satisfaction afterward. Barely making 14USD/hr at best, there are better options if you need to make bank.
The supervisors are friendly and approachable overall. You should look busy at the very least during downtime, however, as they are quick to nitpick. Behind the scenes is unorganized because of lesser business experience on their part, so you may need to learn things on your own if they never train you on a task specifically. Training does not occur regularly, COVID has also brought about many changes to create an even more chaotic setting. Workers who have been with the company longer tend to alienate newer hires and do not offer tips on getting up to speed. Try to be very clear about any needed accommodations but do not expect them to be met completely as they are a smaller-scale business that does not have vast resources.
ProsEasy clients, one location
ConsUnorganized leadership and training, learn on your own
Before working at Mathnasium I had previously been employed in multiple restaurant and retail jobs. None of which had even come close to comparing to the job I currently have at Mathnasium. The center director at Winter Park is VERY good at working with everyones schedules, even on short term notice. She is always willing to help with anything you need to make your job more satisfying.
The training I went through at Mathnasium was really eye opening. It was so wonderful to learn that there was a company out there that really cared about its students and their education. Mathnasium trains you to use the Mathnasium Method, personally this is one of my favorite things about the company. They really know what works.
My coworkers are amazing. I have never worked at a place where I looked forward to my shifts, and seeing whoever I was working with that day. Everyone that is employed by this company is different in their own special way.
By being a part of Mathnasium you build special relationships with the students you teach. I personally can vouch for this, I know whats going on in almost all of my students lives. This is what makes this job so special and rewarding. You get to personally see the children you've worked with improve over time.
Overall I can't see how any other job could compare. This job has so many unspoken benefits.
The typical day involved building/editing binders for students, reaching out to leads to sell the program, reaching out to schools, and teaching Math. Every student's Mathnasium curriculum is built into a binder, which is then updated as they complete work in the program. Instruction at Mathnasium was fast-paced, and always done face-to-face. Being that this is the case, I quickly learned how to read and write upside-down.
I learned to always stay patient and positive with a kid who still doesn't understand a topic. Stay with them, they'll get it.
My management style gave instructors freedom to teach without a hawk watching over them, but if ever noticed conflict bubbling between student and teacher, I would promptly replace the teacher. The latter half of my day was spent teaching Math. My managers were, again, the best I have ever had. They gave me direction, and made sure that I had the materials I needed to continue growing the business.
My co-workers and myself were all part of a team. Everybody had their strengths and weaknesses. I made sure to utilize everybody's strengths, and did my best to erode their weaknesses. I hired and trained every one of the Instructors, and they are the reason that Mathnasium of Largo will continue to grow.
The hardest part of the job was teaching Calculus.
The most enjoyable part of the job was teaching Math.
I've worked at Indeed for two years, and I am so grateful I was hired. This culture is so positive, caring, and so many people have gone out of their way to help me. The company truly cares about your career and where you want to go. The managers have so many conversations with you about what motivates you to help you achieve your goals. After every event, Q&A, all-hands, there's an option to leave feedback and the feedback is actually read and action is taken.
As soon as COVID-19 was getting serious, Indeed was one of the first companies to implement a mandatory work-from-home policy. Our healthy and safety came first, and I felt so lucky our company had the opportunity to make that decision. Since the WFH policy, our CEO, COO, and SVP of HR have been INCREDIBLE with transparency, being here for us and communicating to us more than I've ever seen.
I feel valued, heard, and my work means something when I am at Indeed.
In terms of benefits, it's truly fantastic. We have unlimited PTO, and we are encouraged to take it. 401K match up to 3%. Great healthcare plan. Our NYC office is beautiful with fully stocked drinks and snacks. There's a gym and multiple terraces. We have company happy hours once a month and our holiday parties are OUTSTANDING. Every year the company gives everyone a really nice gift for the holidays. I really could go on for a long time. Definitely, definitely apply.
Questions And Answers about Mathnasium
How often do you get a raise at Mathnasium?
Asked Jun 24, 2021
Every 2 years if you ask
Answered Nov 28, 2022
I got a raise after working there for three months
Answered Oct 31, 2022
What is the best part of working at Mathnasium?
Asked Mar 25, 2020
Friendly co-workers, easily able to communicate with supervisor, and learning the ropes is barely an issue.
Answered Jun 21, 2022
Working with different levels of kids
Answered Jun 18, 2022
How often do raises occur at Mathnasium?
Asked May 3, 2017
Some employers don’t do raises, some do. Personally, mine does quarterly raises and there’s also opportunities for promotions
Answered Jan 15, 2022
Every 6 months there is an evaluation done.
Answered Jan 3, 2021
What is the interview process like at Mathnasium?
Asked Jan 12, 2017
They start you with an assessment then ask you some questions about teaching philosophy and how you would approach teaching a frustrated student many years behind.
Answered Jun 2, 2022
Quick interview, if you're personable and can pass a very simple math assessment (up to Algebra/Geometry) you should be fine. High school students may not need to be able to teach high school-level math. This depends on the specific center.
Answered May 9, 2022
What is the most stressful part about working at Mathnasium?
Asked Jan 3, 2017
Dealing with annoying kids who don't even want to learn math. I had students doing nothing and I had students who were very rude and undisciplined.
Answered Dec 15, 2020
For the most part, I think the most stressful parts of the job are making sure everyone’s binders are in order and working with four students who aren’t in the same grade as each other.