Chesterfield County Public Schools

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Chesterfield County Public Schools Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great county and great schools to work in but there has been way too much push on test scores like most systems.

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Chesterfield, VA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chesterfield, VA

    I worked at Chesterfield County Public Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Administration, school quality, co-workers, staff

    Cons

    Salary of course, excessive inservices that are unnecessary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make inservices more relevant to what we do.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Poor unorganized leadership

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chester, VA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chester, VA

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

    Pros

    state benefits are all i see

    Cons

    upper leadership week and not unified

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look elsewhere, always start at bottom of pay range advertised regardless of experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Secondary Spanish teacher

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    Current Employee - Spanish Teacher in Chesterfield, VA
    Current Employee - Spanish Teacher in Chesterfield, VA

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

    Pros

    Teaching is my passion. I don't do it to get rich. Enlightening and engaging kids is a wonderful thing.

    Cons

    Administration is overpaid and under-qualified. Most of the admin has not taught in a classroom in more than a decade. They have no idea how much extra work has been given to teachers. Work/life balance is difficult - most teachers are chairing several committees, clubs, after-school activities for no additional pay. Many teachers have second jobs as well. There's no room to "grow" unless you become an administrator. I love to teach, not be a manager. Teachers need recognition for their hard work; it's a thankless job. The only reason I stay is because I love working with our kids.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in the classroom & teach for a week or so every year. Switch places with a teacher to appreciate what they need to do day in and day out. Support the teachers that work hard and give their all; get rid of teachers who are lazy and ineffective. Forget about "tenure". In the "real world", there is no such thing - if you do a poor job, you'll get fired. Do the same in our school district.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Everyday was a new experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chesterfield County Public Schools (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you want to become a teacher full time.

    Cons

    Very poor communication, from administration to other teachers. If you like "flying by the seat of you pants" then this job is for you. Note you have NO authority for disciplining a student.

  6.  

    Repetitive work environment but employee-focused

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesterfield Court House, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesterfield Court House, VA

    I worked at Chesterfield County Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employee education courses, opportunities to move within the county, benefits are very good if you are single, excellent vacation time if 10 - 12 month employee

    Cons

    Work flow is very repetitive, new projects are developed without any input from the employees who will actually do the work, culture can change from building to building and some policies are now implemented the same in each location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get input from employees when developing new programs to avoid major pitfalls. Unless you are doing the grunt work everyday there will be things that are forgotten about until they become a problem.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent place to work, decent salary

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Midlothian, VA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Midlothian, VA

    I worked at Chesterfield County Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, dedicated staff, supportive parents

    Cons

    Too much control by central office; excessive county-required assessments took away valuable instructional time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more flexibility at the school level to manage on-going assessment

  8.  

    Wonderful school system to work for.

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    Former Employee - Art Educator in Chesterfield, VA
    Former Employee - Art Educator in Chesterfield, VA

    I worked at Chesterfield County Public Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Art education is important to this county.

    Cons

    Schedule for elementary art teachers is hectic with no assistance for teaching six classes per day of various grade levels. Easy to burn out...that is what happened to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less classes for art teachers or assistant to be hired as the library teacher has.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great School System!

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Chesterfield, VA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chesterfield, VA

    I have been working at Chesterfield County Public Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Highest teaching professionals in the area, would send my kids to these schools!

    Cons

    Salaries are continually cut, no recognition for a good job-only more work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware of competitors who are willing to make trades!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Average school district, below average pay/benefits

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    Current Employee - High School World Language Teacher in Midlothian, VA
    Current Employee - High School World Language Teacher in Midlothian, VA

    I have been working at Chesterfield County Public Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Little change, too much administrative work, administrators do very little

    Cons

    Too much administrative work; administrators (principals, ass't. principals, etc.) have no idea of the amount of work teachers have been given in the past few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the "stuffed shirts" in administration. Any given day one can walk into central office and see slackers doing absolutely nothing, including at the facilities building. Stop wasting so much money on needless positions and consolidate some tasks. Run the school more like a business and you will see the rewards in both staff and students. Administrators should be required to rotate between teaching classes and administrative work to keep a realistic perspective on today's teaching requirements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    it's ok, salaries need to be raised, workload has greatly increased

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    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher in Midlothian, VA
    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher in Midlothian, VA

    I have been working at Chesterfield County Public Schools

    Pros

    love working with kids; they keep me here. i live close to the school, so commute is great. I love being able to be home by 3:30 or so in the afternoon, although I am in the building by 6:30 daily.

    Cons

    Administrators have been out of "teaching" too long; they have no idea how hard our jobs are. Admin. needs to be visible in the building. Too many times they are hidden in their offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take over a teaching position every semester to keep your perspective fresh and to see how our kids are doing on a daily basis inside our classrooms. Kids would love to have you join us, too.

    Disapproves of CEO

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