Albuquerque Public Schools Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
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  1. Great organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Albuquerque Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I served as the interim U.S. Director. The ministry is very holistic and comprehensive in rescuing and rehabilitating former street children in Brazil. Christ-centered, therapeutic, and highly effective in total transformation. Many graduates have gone on to college and professional careers. Co-Founder Philip Smith and wife are fully committed to the cause.

    Cons

    For those with interests in other countries, there is only a single country in the program at this time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 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
  3. Very, frustrating

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Albuquerque Public Schools

    Pros

    Children, co workers, schedule and benefits

    Cons

    Poor orientation and training. Lack of overall knowledge of procedures at school level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Design job specific training to alleviate accounting issues within the schools.

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  5. Experience at APS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Albuquerque Public Schools

    Pros

    It's fun and challenging to teach kids.

    Cons

    One might think this job is designed to make you hate teaching.

  6. 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 (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
  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Long term poor reputation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Retirement if you can stay long enough. And job stability is good. Reminds me of being back in school again, rather clicky.

    Cons

    I unfortunately do not know of anyone; existing or past, employee that has good things to say. Most will comment that it is a 'dysfunctional environment'. It is one of the major employers here so it's a major draw. It appears to be much like other very large school systems; is very top heavy. The pay is poor unless you are a principal or above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unfortunately everyone in this area already knows APS does not have a good reputation. This goes back for at least 30 yrs so I doubt anything will change if at all. Stop just moving around admin or anyone else when they are lacking in their job ; wack em'. Most get transferred instead of shown the door, that is unless they are caught doing something illegal with a student.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Great company no so good pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Albuquerque Public Schools

    Pros

    lots of pto/sick/annual and very flexible with hours in some offices not all. Easy work as a level 3 secretary. Everyone is very friendly and willing to help

    Cons

    Working the district office has a lot of clicks and groups and if your not in the upper management the pay is not so good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employee's like people and not like your personal slaves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Improving every year…stable district to work for.

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

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

    Pros

    Lots of training opportunities, lots of open positions for teachers

    Cons

    District departments need to be linked- they are disconnected.
    Some schools need a building remodel.
    Schools vary in terms of systems and quality of staff- you have to find the right fit for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get into the schools- talk to the staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 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 (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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