Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
93 Reviews
2.8
93 Reviews
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison
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25 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 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Bus Driver

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    Former Employee - Bus Driver  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools part-time for 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
  2.  

    Decent place to work to start your career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time for 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
  3.  

    If you are not in the administration circle, then administration will be breathing down your back at all times.

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pay, benefits, and retirement was the best thing about this company.

    Cons

    Teachers getting cut after 4 years of employment and having to struggle to find employment elsewhere.Also, getting paid only 10 months is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and don't treat professionals like children. They went to school to learn their craft.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Salary has been frozen for 4 years, but work requirements have steadily increased.

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time for 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
  6.  

    Middle School Teacher

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    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 for 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
  7.  

    Nice place to work

    Former Employee - Tutor  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Tutor in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools part-time

    Pros

    It was nice to work at a school, very happy with the experience

    Cons

    Somewhat unorganized by other than that it was fine

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    Teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Giving Back To The Community

    Cons

    Under Paid For All The Responsibilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give Teachers Pay Raises

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The minimal pay coupled with excessive demand keeps moral low.

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    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You meet some nice people, nice families, and sweet children. Some of them you can establish lifetime connections with.

    Cons

    There are challenging administration teams, petty and catty colleagues, and challenging families and kids. Not to mention long hours and lots of ridiculous requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually follow the advice from surveys instead of sending them, and telling the public that you have teacher input

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Smart people work here and do great things, but don't expect to get any credit.

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    Current Employee - Curriculum Resource Teacher  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Curriculum Resource Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Higher pay than most NC school districts. The district does a lot of things right within the strictures of being a very large, semi-urban district. There are a huge variety of school environments.

    Cons

    Terrible pay. The district is still recovering from a fear culture brought on by our last superintendent, who did not value teacher or principal autonomy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teachers are a district's most valuable asset, and everything a district does should be in support of the teachers. Lip-service is not good enough: a clear dedication to making the work experience safe, pleasant and emotionally as well as financially rewarding should be the bare minimum of what district leaders demand for their teachers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good Public Schools

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    Current Employee - CTE Teacher  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - CTE Teacher in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    The school atmosphere is a friendly one and you have people that support you.

    Cons

    The pay isn't near what it should be for someone putting over 50 hrs of work in a week. You work hard and get paid barely above the range for food stamps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really feel you should concentrate on teacher pay and teachers support inside classrooms with troubled students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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