Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Reviews

Updated January 5, 2015
Updated January 5, 2015
39 Reviews
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39 Reviews
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison
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39 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.  

    A poorly oiled machine

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - High School Science Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - High School Science Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    My students make it worth it. I love the 'lightbulb moments' and the unscripted learning. Like any teaching job, long breaks are also a plus. NC's pension is good relative to other states: 30 years to full retirement with only a 6% deduction. Insurance is pretty good and free for just the employee. Not sure about family plans.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic nonsense is omnipresent. Good luck getting anything from the district within a month. Everyone is understaffed, underpaid, and overworked. Administrative support is extremely variable from school to school. Mine is relatively poor. Pay is pretty poor compared to other states, especially with the cost of living in Charlotte (in a neighborhood that's not too stabby)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop shuffling administrators around. Stop using education reform buzzwords, and give teachers what we really need: fewer students per class, money for supplies, and more planning time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Salary is better than most but conditions are worse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher
    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher

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

    Pros

    Salary is higher than surrounding areas and you can gain valuable experience with a diverse student population. There are also many opportunities to supplement your income with after extracurricular and credit recovery programs.

    Cons

    Many of the challenges with CMS are the same you face anywhere else, the difference is the amount of support you receive from administration. There is a lack of disciplinary enforcement which makes classroom instruction more difficult. There is a cult of fear surrounding suspension of problem students. Apathy among teachers is growing and students are increasingly difficult to instruct. Due to the vast credit recovery efforts students expect to pass simply because they show up. Student accountability is decreasing at a rapid rate and it is being promoted by district policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enforce policies. Maintain consistent policies. Increase student accountability. Allow teachers to teach and remove problem students from classroom.s

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    First Grade Teacher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Pros

    Largest supplement in the state

    Cons

    Testing, managed like a large corporation, not a school system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep fighting hard for our teachers, don't fight from within!

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  5.  

    It's a great place to work if you don't have anything else going on in your life.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time

    Pros

    There are wonderful teachers, administration, staff members and some of the students at my school. Six weeks off in the summer is nice.

    Cons

    CMS requires too many administrative duties. Pay is horrible especially when you figure all the time at home working on lesson plans and grades. If I divided my pay per hours spent, I would be much better off working in a job that pays more than $13/hour and it would be less stressful. Teachers don't get as many days off as most people think.

  6.  

    Education for everyone!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Secretary in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Secretary in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Great place to bring a sense of value to the students. Teach them there is more to life, to reach for the stars! That is very gratifying to see!

    Cons

    Not enough accountability. More team building and unity!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher salaries.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Unequal school system

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

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I loved the students. From elementary to high school. They made up for the low substitute pay and poor administration at some of the schools.

    Cons

    Poor administration at some of the schools. Some teachers turned their noses up and refused to help answer questions. No school order at most of the high schools. Chaos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire administrators with back bones that are not afraid of the students. Don't be afraid to discipline and remove disruptive students. Some children do come to learn.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Bus Driver

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

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Was able to enjoy time with my children having the same schedule as they did. Great job for parents while kids are still school age.

    Cons

    A lot of responsibility to place on one person. Too many people to keep happy with no support from school principals, most were indifferent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Decent place to work to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule (in positions outside of school); various career opportunities within the school district

    Cons

    Not may opportunities for professional development for non-instructional employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more professional development opportunities; continue to offer surveys to hear concerns and suggestions from employees;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Salary has been frozen for 4 years, but work requirements have steadily increased.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    The city of Charlotte is great and growing.

    Cons

    There are a lot of high needs students, but there is no clear plan to meet them where they are. As a result, teachers are blamed for low student performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come with a plan!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Middle School Teacher

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

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

    Pros

    Job openings are plentiful. Most people who enter the teaching field find that working with students rewarding, so this is a pro.

    Cons

    No discipline in CMS schools. There is never any chances of promotion unless one moves to a facilitator or other position. No increased pay for masters level. Heavy workload, long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your teachers. Advocate for pay raises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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