Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Reviews in Charlotte, NC

Updated February 3, 2015
Updated February 3, 2015
80 Reviews
2.8
80 Reviews
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison
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80 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.  

    Excellent School District

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

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Pros

    Great professional development. Great support.

    Cons

    High turnover. Very large school district.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Great company to build grow with.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Pros

    Very professional co workers, great benefits.

    Cons

    I wish parents participated with children more often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Love the students. High level admin and board does not understand needs of schools.

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    • 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

    Students, diversity, pay compared to other parts of NC and SC.

    Cons

    Administration. They have unrealistic expectations for paperwork and outside of teaching duties.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    "Just a job..."

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

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Pros

    You are working for a government entity.

    Cons

    Extremely "relaxed" employees that rarely work more than they play.
    Management turns a blind eye due to racism and ability to gain back employment even after being fired.
    Pay is below average for virtually all positions.
    Employees have no initiative to improve tasks, relationships, etc.
    If you are not African-American you can forget this being anything other than a temporary paycheck.
    Cliques with management get 2 hours lunches, regular employees get 30 mins.
    Uncomfortable conversations that include endless racist discussions along with abuse of welfare funds are daily.
    I am sure the Superintendent left once he figured out these issues are impossible to fix.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the gusto to approach and penalize workers who purposely break the handbook rules. When you have management that constantly makes questionable and downright illegal decisions take the appropriate action. Look for and promote employees that are willing to work hard (or at least as needed) and give them options to improve their work environment. Management is generally nonexistent and money is wasted at an alarming rate.

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

    Teacher

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Pineville, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Pineville, NC

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

    Pros

    Highest district supplement
    Great collaborating teachers
    I cannot think of much else. Many people are not happy. Really depends on the school and principal but no matter where you are, your pay will stay the same and the pressure and responsibilities will increase.

    Cons

    No balance.
    Way too many responsibilities
    Work load is out of control especially for the pay
    Leaders change constantly
    The kids are not well disciplined
    Teachers are not recognized for the thousands of jobs they are responsible for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together. Other districts have happy employees, there must be a way to do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not good!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    I truly cannot think of any.

    Cons

    Every department, from HR to Payroll is highly unorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people as if they are human, look for the good. Don't just pick the same people tp be "part of a group." Learn to embrace everyone, no matter the ethnicity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, enjoyed working I ASEP program.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ASEP Assistant in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - ASEP Assistant in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Great managers, HR and co-workers, plenty of advancement.

    Cons

    They definitely do not like you not taking your on time breaks and no working overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    plenty of growth there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It has been a positive learning experience

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

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

    Pros

    The flexibility to handle personal and professional life situations. The teamwork dedication

    Cons

    Salary, career advancement for Admins

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to staff and community more...realize & recognize that staff is the community. Be consistent across all departments and accountable for errors in judgment....transparency to employees would encourage more trust

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Education for everyone!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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