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Albuquerque Public Schools Reviews in New Mexico

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Teaching Middle School

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Teacher in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Albuquerque Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I absolutely love working with the kids. I have something to laugh about every day. I enjoy having the same holidays as my own children. This is an ok job for a second family income.

    Cons

    If the administration does not like you, they can bully you out of a job. It is their word against yours. I feel this is the culture that the top administration encourages in their principals. Low pay. Constant new demands on teacher time. Many hours spent outside of duty day grading, writing lesson plans, research, professional development, mandatory trainings, etc. If I kept track of all my time spent on work, I would probably find I make less than minimum wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    It has been good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Secretary Level III in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Secretary Level III in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Albuquerque Public Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I enjoy working at the school with the children

    Cons

    You don't get any training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your employees more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good job if you are

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Teacher in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Albuquerque Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Steady job
    Off early in the day
    Admin is usually hands off--just smile and things will be fine.

    Cons

    Very old school system in New Mexico where you could be a horrible teacher with 10 years under your belt and get a salary increase, but a phenomenal teacher will have to prove themselves for 3-6 years.
    Unorganized. Administration at the main office is a joke.
    Horrible benefits. The worst I've ever had--and I worked retail!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized. Quit bullying. You guys are worse than the kids.

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

    I have been working for APS for 15 years as a Special Education Teacher/Head Special Education Teacher.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Albuquerque Public Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I currently work for the only PBL school of choice in APS, which is a great professional opportunity.

    Cons

    A 1% raise in the last 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure equitable pay with other professions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Love ,my job, frustrated with salary

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    Current Employee - SLP in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - SLP in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Albuquerque Public Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great kids, great teachers, love job

    Cons

    HR, union, 3 tier salary system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to get rid of 3 tier pay system

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Solid, stable job, but the pay is awful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Teacher in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Albuquerque Public Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The kids are amazing, even at the "rough" schools. You get a steady paycheck, but it is whittled away by increasing contributions to retirement and insurance. No raise in five years. it's probably fine for single people, but tough to make ends meet for families

    Cons

    Only real cons are the pay.

    A lot of people think that the kids are unmotivated and "tough", but if you love teaching, and are open minded, you will be fine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Just eh...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Teacher in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Albuquerque Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great hours, don't have a manager over you consistently.

    Cons

    Worst benefits ever! Pay scale is horrible, as well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Levels in teachers; time doesn't make you a better teacher.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Charter schools rock

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Teacher in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Albuquerque Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    charters school jobs better than main stream public school

    Cons

    low salary, no rewards for long term teachers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Very Professional group of teachers and administrators

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Teacher in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Albuquerque Public Schools

    Pros

    Teamwork
    Salary
    Summers off
    Holidays off
    Our students are awesome

    Cons

    Salary
    Isolation
    Benefit deductions too high
    Not enough annual raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to be more visible and more teacher recognition

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    My time at APS was overall positive and I got to be very motivated about working with Special Needs individuals.

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    Former Employee - Community Support Liaison in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Community Support Liaison in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Albuquerque Public Schools

    Pros

    The site I worked at was flexible regarding my whereabouts and allowed me to structure my own day within guidelines. I got to be pretty close to the students and enjoyed working within the Behavior Intervention Programs. Also having the summers off was a bonus.

    Cons

    The pay was not as good as other competing employers, but the benefits were excellent which made the job work for me. The mandatory staff meetings were a legal obligation, but sometimes the district trainings were a waste of time that I could have spent working on a portfolio or helping out a student.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The experience could have been better if the pay had matched what I put into it. Also, there should be a better process for mileage reimbursements.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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