Albuquerque Public Schools

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Albuquerque Public Schools Reviews in New Mexico

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
19 Reviews
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  1.  

    It has been good

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    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 for 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
  2.  

    Good job if you are

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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 for 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
  3.  

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

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    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    Solid, stable job, but the pay is awful

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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 for 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
  7.  

    Just eh...

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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 for 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
  8.  

    Charter schools rock

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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 for 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
  9.  

    Very Professional group of teachers and administrators

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    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    School staff is great, but district management is terrible and their policies are both uninformed and abusive.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Albuquerque Public Schools

    Pros

    It feels good to know that you're helping students learn.
    The people within the actual schools are often really nice, and many of the schools have many very good people working at the school.
    You get a significant amount of time off. It's nice to have time to spend with family.

    Cons

    Your salary will be posted publicly.
    The district frequently furloughs non-union employees, so your "salary" isn't what you actually end up getting paid, and because union employees are not furloughed, APS doesn't save as much money on furlough days, giving them more incentive to furlough you.
    If you're a non-union employee, you don't get paid during the summer, so in many cases you won't even make enough to live off of.
    The district-level people often don't know what they're doing, or actually may but just do a terrible job.
    The people at the highest levels don't seem to have any understanding of what happens in the actual schools. They make edicts about policies that the school staff have to follow, but don't have any idea about the results of those changes. There is a significant lack of communication aside from those edicts.
    The district wastes money buying computer equipment when it's not needed and wastes money on $5000 smartboards that don't even get used.
    Their web sites are down very very frequently and without warning. SchoolMax is down almost as much as it's up.
    Many companies won't do business with APS because APS doesn't pay its bills, so it's hard to get certain supplies that you need without buying them yourself.
    I hope you remember your username. They've changed it something like five times within the past two years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to the staff in the individual schools. Find out what happens in the individual schools. And stop treating your employees so poorly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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