Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison
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Pros
  • CMS seems to really be active in restructuring the school district to really change outcomes for students (in 5 reviews)

  • Great if you like working with children (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • If the system worked on just this one issue, test scores would go way up (in 5 reviews)

  • They do not give you any recognition or any type of incentive for higher learning although its a school system (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Not worth it!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of jobs available always Ideal for educators wishing to get a little bit of experience Can get a job without experience Great for people that are willing to change every year

    Cons

    Low pay, little true support, constant criticism, fear culture, constant leadership changes, leaders with little to no experience in a classroom, you will be wrong every time regardless of fact

    Advice to Management

    Break the system up, it is too large, change the fear culture, find real leaders not yes men ( women) who are afraid to trust teachers to do their jobs


  2. Helpful (1)

    Teacher

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to interact with several wonderful students.

    Cons

    People are not hired based on their experience. They are hired based on who they know. The only way to get more money is to go into admin.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Zombieland

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Math Teacher
    Current Employee - Math Teacher

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Working with teenagers is great. They keep you young. The salary is higher than in surrounding counties...

    Cons

    ...but with that higher salary comes bigger headaches. CMS is a revolving door, with teachers coming for the higher salary, and leaving when they decide the "abuse" isn't worth it. To teach in this district, you are not a teacher. You are a factory worker in a Russian gulag. Everyone, from the top down, runs on fear. Because "management" cannot incentivize improvement with increased salary, they instead use fear and "gotcha" mode to break teachers' spirit. It is really, really sad. The teachers who care don't last long.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Absolutely no!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great professional development offered You can get a job easily because no one wants to work here. They will pretty much hire anyone whether you are certified or not.

    Cons

    Inexperienced principals-we call them "microwave principals" who have less than 5 years experience in the classroom. Top heavy---lots of people in worthless downtown positions not adding any value to the education of the students Very limited support of teachers Inexperienced teachers from Teach Charlotte, Teach for America or lateral entry Not treated even remotely like a professional Complaints to HR result in no action Students in low-income schools are completely devalued and treated like second class citizens

    Advice to Management

    I have worked in the district for over a decade and have realized one thing, CMS promotes incompetence and feeds it's teachers to the wolves. I have worked in the lowest performing schools and love my students more than anything. I am heartbroken at the lack of care the district shows them and the complete disregard for their well being by placing inexperienced and incompetent people in positions of power at these schools. They rotate administration through the schools with zero regard for the students. It is epidemic and at this point I have more experience than all of my principals COMBINED in the classroom. I would begin by teaching your administrative staff how to respect their staff and figure out ways to get them to stay. We are not in an economy that allows admin to abuse their workers because there are very few people to replace us. I would also begin putting EXPERIENCED principals into schools and by experienced I mean a minimum of 10 years in the classroom anything less than that is an insult to experienced teachers. I would also take HR concerns seriously. Dozens of people from my school have called to report various abuses on staff and students to HR and basically we are told nothing can be done. I once would have told anyone I know to enroll their child in CMS and to work here. Now, after 10 years I am leaving...willingly taking a huge pay cut to go to another district so I can see what it feels like to be treated like a human and valued. Any one may say the grass isn't always greener but my husband works for the new district and also worked for CMS. He will never set foot back inside CMS due to the treatment of it's workers.


  6. Elementary Education Teacher

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work is close to home. Teacher colleagues are dedicated and hard working.

    Cons

    The Principal was not a good communicator and we did not know job expectations. The morale of the staff was low. The staff was not supported with behavior issues. CMS does not give teachers enough planning time. Meetings were scheduled (IEP etc) after school hours. More teacher assistants needed.

    Advice to Management

    Support your teachers. Listen and help them do the job. The children deserve it!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Get on one person's bad side, nobody cares and your career is buried!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Former Dean AKHS in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Former Dean AKHS in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Summers Off; Helping the Kids who actually want the help; can retire in 30 years if you can grind it out

    Cons

    Bureaucracy at it's highest level; no respect from the community; no advocacy for employees by internal Human Resources

    Advice to Management

    Have a process in place where employees who were wrongfully demoted, and prove it in court can actually get back on their rightful career path. It doesn't happen in CMS.


  8. "Just a job..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transportation in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Transportation in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You are working for a government entity.

    Cons

    Extremely "relaxed" employees that rarely work more than they play. Management turns a blind eye due to racism and ability to gain back employment even after being fired. Pay is below average for virtually all positions. Employees have no initiative to improve tasks, relationships, etc. If you are not African-American you can forget this being anything other than a temporary paycheck. Cliques with management get 2 hours lunches, regular employees get 30 mins. Uncomfortable conversations that include endless racist discussions along with abuse of welfare funds are daily. I am sure the Superintendent left once he figured out these issues are impossible to fix.

    Advice to Management

    Have the gusto to approach and penalize workers who purposely break the handbook rules. When you have management that constantly makes questionable and downright illegal decisions take the appropriate action. Look for and promote employees that are willing to work hard (or at least as needed) and give them options to improve their work environment. Management is generally nonexistent and money is wasted at an alarming rate.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Not good!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I truly cannot think of any.

    Cons

    Every department, from HR to Payroll is highly unorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people as if they are human, look for the good. Don't just pick the same people tp be "part of a group." Learn to embrace everyone, no matter the ethnicity.


  10. Helpful (1)

    More Concerned with Appearances than with Reality

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Secondary Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Secondary Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some good people in the district--teachers, administrators, and support staff--who are passionate, supportive, and innovative. Working alongside these people encourages professional growth and enthusiasm for helping students.

    Cons

    The principals and many of the assistant principals I worked with are more concerned about making their school look good than actually taking steps to make it be good. For example, much emphasis is put on decorating classrooms and displaying student achievement data so visitors will be impressed with what they see. Teachers are pressured to inflate grades and "retest" students by essentially giving them the answers to provide the illusion of growth. Teachers who resist such unethical practices are harassed by other teachers and by administrators at their schools. Human resources staff exist to protect the district's image, not the rights of teachers, and they make a sham of providing support when called upon by teachers in conflict with the administration at their schools.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on appearances and instead focus on taking the necessary steps, however difficult, to improve schools at a grassroots level. It's more important to address serious issues such as illiteracy, drug abuse, transience, student advocacy, and employee rights than trying to hide the fact that your school district has these issues.


  11. Dissatisfied

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Pros

    The hard working teachers and having the summer off (without pay).

    Cons

    The discipline problems and the class sizes.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to the teachers.



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