Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
93 Reviews
2.8
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison
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25 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 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    barely fair

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School  in  Huntersville, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Huntersville, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I have very few behavior problems. Children are mostly from a 2 parent, middle class, suburbs home. The majority of parents are supportive and want their children to succeed.

    Cons

    We have helicopter parents and over-parented children. Teachers have too many meetings and very little freedom to plan schedules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow us to set up our own team meetings. Use e-mail. Use shared google docs. Have parents watch kids during recess.

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

    Not Very Fair

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I love interacting and teaching young people.

    Cons

    Low standards for the students...lowest grade student can get is 50 even if he does not turn in assignment

  3.  

    MS 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great if you like working with children. Opportunities to learn more ways to teach. Benefits are OK if you work for NC long enough.

    Cons

    Work even on your time off. Not much respect from most people above you, or at least no understanding; especially from those above the principal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat teachers as people, not means to your end. Teachers who are exhausted and demoralized don't make good teachers.Yes, teaching is about the children, but that doesn't make everyone else worthless. Don't know how Morrison is; I worked under Gorman and thought he only cared about himself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    If you are not in the administration circle, then administration will be breathing down your back at all times.

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pay, benefits, and retirement was the best thing about this company.

    Cons

    Teachers getting cut after 4 years of employment and having to struggle to find employment elsewhere.Also, getting paid only 10 months is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and don't treat professionals like children. They went to school to learn their craft.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The minimal pay coupled with excessive demand keeps moral low.

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    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You meet some nice people, nice families, and sweet children. Some of them you can establish lifetime connections with.

    Cons

    There are challenging administration teams, petty and catty colleagues, and challenging families and kids. Not to mention long hours and lots of ridiculous requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually follow the advice from surveys instead of sending them, and telling the public that you have teacher input

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It's a toxic place that values its equipment and leadership more then employees or children.

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    Former Employee - Educator  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Educator in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    If you want to live in Charlotte, it's an option and and opportunity. There are a lot of job vacancies, but that speaks to a lot of turnover.

    Cons

    Direction changes with each new leader. Every time someone else is in charge, they come in to reinvent the wheel. It's ridiculous and no one ever listens to anything other than the sound of their own voice. Teacher and staff input is nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen. It can't be that hard to realize people are fleeing like a movie theater after someone yells fire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Wowwwwww

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    ......It is a full time job

    Cons

    Inconsistent Discipline
    Not enough pay for work
    Admin is DEFINITELY NOT helpful
    Too many complaints, not enough WORKING solutions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to leave. The arrogance of leadership is unprecedented. They never listen to the oeople on the ground,

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    Former Employee - Student Support Specialist  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Student Support Specialist in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    There are great people dedicated to children. People in the schools live for kids and work hard to support children. They stay becauee if those children.

    Cons

    Leadership cares about leadership. They ignore ideas that are not their own and reward kissing up. Horrible management style us the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to employees. Stop pretending to listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Soul-crushing!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent hours. Flexible with family situations if management likes you. New management is in place, for now, improving morale.

    Cons

    The compensation system is a joke. No merit raises. You can get a time-in-position bump, but only when the budget allows. Inter-departmental politics kept projects in limbo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the compensation system so good people can be rewarded and talented candidates can be hired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I enjoy working with the kids in the Afterschool program each day.

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    Current Employee - Assistant ASEP- Substitute  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Assistant ASEP- Substitute in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The Pros are learning from other associates, teachers, and students in the school.

    Cons

    The Cons are taking classes and only working 15 hours a week, which we are not given money for mileage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice is to check everyone's credentials and make sure you do not put them in a work or job setting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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