Denver Public Schools Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
107 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Employment Status

Reset
3.0
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg
Tom Boasberg
39 Ratings

Pros
  • Comprehensive plan for education and professional development opps (in 6 reviews)

  • caring faculty who really want to make a difference (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Additionally, the work/life balance is not good for many position (in 3 reviews)

  • Administrator are often inexperienced and lack abilities to those train staff members seeking advance professional development (in 4 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

107 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Review of 17 Year Working Relationship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Workers' Compensation Supervisor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Workers' Compensation Supervisor in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Denver Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Denver Public Schools has offered great opportunities for advancement for their employees during my time here. My time here has shaped me considerably as a business professional overall. Former management was excellent at mentoring their employees and allowing them learn and grow from their successes and mistakes, and would always strive to create a better work environment for everyone involved. All in all, I do not regret my career with Denver Public Schools.

    Cons

    It seems the organization has taken a turn towards caring more about the organization itself than their overall mission of providing excellent public education to the children of Denver. Efficiency in the office place has taken precedence over the well-being of their employees and the communities the organization serves.

    Advice to Management

    It would benefit the current management to take the time to mentor their current employees in the direction they are trying to go with their careers. It seems as though there is very little regard or appreciation for years of hard work, dedication, and intentional forward motion. I am, and always have tried to be a team player; willing to learn what I need to in order to best serve Denver Public Schools as a whole, and my department in particular. There was no opportunity afforded for that once new management was brought in.


  2. Progressive District

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Denver Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    DPS is very progressive in their use of data and current educational practices.

    Cons

    The sheer size of the district results in a have to deal with enormous bureaucracy


  3. DPS Teacher

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    -Great colleagues -Love the kids -Parents are generally supportive -... -...

    Cons

    -Disorganized -Lack of transparency -High turnover -Poor classroom support -Lack of curriculum -Impossible to figure out salary


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. DPS Shools.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work, better than some districts.

    Cons

    Sub system doesn't work well.


  6. teacher

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Denver Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    salary professional development tutoring pay

    Cons

    pay for performance and work stress

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. Moving on

    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Greenwood, IN
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Greenwood, IN

    I worked at Denver Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Having an opportunity to impact young lives gives you a feeling of accomplishment.

    Cons

    to keep good people to teach, please pay them appropriately.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate good talent, don't abuse it. listen to your staff.


  8. First year Pathways/alternative school

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Small class sizes, supportive coworkers, supportive principal.

    Cons

    Difficult to fit instruction into smaller timeframe, difficult to pace with inconsistent attendance, behavioral difficulties.


  9. DPS

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    DPS is working hard to be a model school district on a national level.

    Cons

    The district faces many personnel challenges.


  10. Pays much less than surrounding districts

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    I love teaching, my principal, and the children.

    Cons

    Aurora teachers with the same years of experience and education make 10,000 more than DPS pays. Adams 14 pays 13,000 more and pays most of the teacher's health premiums. The salary of entry level teachers in DPS is almost as much as I make as a 10 year veteran. In addition, DPS requires much more from their teachers when it comes to work above and beyond teaching students. Example: LEAP (Leading Effective Academic Practice) involves hours of computer and meeting time. DPS has too many administrators and not enough resources going into the classrooms.

    Advice to Management

    You are burning out your teachers by adding more and more work that does not result in increased student learning. If you don't pay your experienced, effective teachers a competitive wage, you will continue to have teacher shortages.


  11. Secretary

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Secretary in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Secretary in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very well organized company to work for including all staff members as well as students. Nice work environment as well.

    Cons

    There are no cons due to the fact that its a great career opportunity



Showing 107 of 113 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.