Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
101 Reviews
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison
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29 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • CMS seems to really be active in restructuring the school district to really change outcomes for students (in 5 reviews)

  • You can make a difference in your student's lives (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, challenging students, pressure for high test scores (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.  

    "Just a job..."

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Transportation in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Transportation in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not good!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    I truly cannot think of any.

    Cons

    Every department, from HR to Payroll is highly unorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    More Concerned with Appearances than with Reality

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Please listen to the teachers.

  6.  

    You are the public's enemy and slave at the same time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    June, July, and August as well as frequent days off throughout the year; The benefit of knowing misery loves company; Employee discounts;

    Cons

    Compensation (no true raise since 2008); Expensive benefits ($70 copays for state workers - I'll pass); Company values; Long hours (630am - 630pm); Apathetic students; Top heavy structure; Teachers receive the blame for EVERYTHING that goes wrong; Currently teachers in Masters' degree programs will no longer receive raises - so now they have ALL that debt and no way to pay it pay. Please, NC keep up the good work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things have improved with Heath Morrison but we are a diploma mill. Students graduate with a diploma that no longer represents the acquisition and mastery of knowledge but rather an attendance record of seat time. I'm going to have to move somewhere with stricter academic requirements for students because America, we are screwed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Poorly run school system that is hurting our community

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Students and staff were wonderful

    Cons

    -Too many meetings-before school, during planning period and after school-leaving no time to adequately plan
    -School district is too big to succeed-each "zone" has individual needs
    -No reward system in place for teachers to want to succeed-I was a coach, involved in extra-curriculars, had great test scores (the best 4) years in a row and our pay was cut and we were expected to do more, more more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your teachers positive feedback everyone and a while

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Terrible Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Elementary School Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Elementary School Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Poor leadership, unfair reviews due to personality conflicts, administration intimidating teachers, constant surprise observations meant to intimidate teachers, bringing home work with you constantly, poor morale among staff because everyone is miserable, a facilitator actually took a teachers cell phone to look through private messages and forward to principal, staff being asked to "spy" on other teachers and report back to teacher, poor pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat teachers like human beings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    My Employment Experience at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I had an opportunity to work with a great staff, however the leaders, particularly in the HR department, are incompetent.

    Cons

    Executive leadership in the HR department of CMS promote incompetent, uneducated people in management positions; authorize raises during budget freezes, and retaliate against employees who they did not like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Heath Morrison: Please hire a Chief Human Resources Officer with Executive/Corporate Level Human Resources Experience!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    flawed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Pros

    If you love education, it can work

    Cons

    The pay, the politics and the people can combine to be toxic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave and allow people who care to come in and work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Worst experience teaching

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

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Turn over is so great it is easy to land a teaching position.

    Cons

    The school I was working at was not proactive with discipline. Administration seemed to take on special pet projects to help "at risk students". This led to students who felt they had special privileges and were not held accountable for their disruptive behavior making it near impossible to do what I was hired to do - teach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove disruptive students from classrooms so teachers can teach.

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