Federal Way Public Schools Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Great Place to Work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great, supportive team, supervisor was encouraging and knowledgeable. Good benefits and PTO accumulates. Getting equipment was rarely an issue as long as it was within reason and justification for equipment was reasonable.

    Cons

    Limited office space and frequently worked in hallways.


  2. Speech Language Pathologist

    Former Employee - Speech Language Pathologist in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Speech Language Pathologist in Federal Way, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Federal Way Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable and supportive speech language pathology team. Wonderful and easy to work with department head.

    Cons

    Your experience depends a lot on the specific school you work for and the principal, policies and culture at that school. SLPs who worked at a school with a supportive principal and happy teachers had a better experience.


  3. The Federal Way

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Federal Way, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Progressive in trying new education tools and ideas, personal days was a great benefit, health insurance was great, opportunities to move up, fund/diverse community

    Cons

    Leaders are not supportive of employees, culture is inconsistent and overwhelming. Do too many things at once and don't stick things through, making work frustrating.


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  5. This year long position is a good opportunity for professional growth but does have some drawbacks.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Academic Tutor in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Academic Tutor in Federal Way, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Federal Way Public Schools-AmeriCorps provides the opportunity to gain experience in the education field and work closely with students. Tutors assigned to elementary schools work alone while middle school and high school tutors work as part of a 4 or 6 person team. The program tends to hire people with various backgrounds and coming from different parts of the country. Tutors receive ample experience in working as part of a very diverse team. There are also mandatory trainings in relevant topics such as team building, cultural competency and student behavior management.

    Cons

    Supervisors has a tendency to have low expectations of their employees, occasionally assigning mundane and or unnecessary tasks. There is a decent amount of downtime at the school sites where no work is being done and the tutors' only assignment is to sit in the office and watch the clock. While there is some professional training, there could have been more instruction and continued support regarding how to tutor students.

    Advice to Management

    Management should look into providing additional training sessions to employees and seek to update technology currently used. Better incentives to stay for more than a single 1 year term may help ensure a steady amount of veterans who can provide guidance for newcomers.


  6. FWPS

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Way Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people! There is a very welcoming environment within any building in the district. The teachers are also very explicit when it comes to leaving notes for the substitues.

    Cons

    The students in the district can be a handful.


  7. Good school system, make sure to know who your principal is.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Federal Way Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Trainings, personal relationships, parental support

    Cons

    Personal agendas of those in charge.


  8. Great government job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Federal Way Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    -Decent pay -Very friendly staff -Experience with a range of duties due to smaller staff

    Cons

    -Minimal training -Slow-paced work environment (possible pro for some)


  9. Not a positive experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Those who are wonderful are great assets.

    Cons

    Lack of administrative support. Zero tolerance is just a phrase that carries no meaning.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through.


  10. Mostly organized, but takes on too many changes

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    Former Employee - Classroom Instructor in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Classroom Instructor in Federal Way, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The district is fairly organized and efficient. Many of the administrators seem to know what they are doing. The BTAP program for new teachers is good, and there are good resources at the district level.

    Cons

    The district takes on initiatives that are sometimes poorly planned, and the teachers really suffer for this. In 4 years, I've had 3 different sets of standards to grade on, and 3 gradebooks. The change to common core standards has been difficult.


  11. Bullied, harassed, complete lack of respect for special education teachers and students

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Federal Way, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The pros are very few; fabulous teaching colleagues, lovely schools and strong families with great children. They all deserve better.

    Cons

    This could easily become a "rant", so I'll exercise some control and simply say: At FWPS, school principals are extremely dishonest, as a group. There is no oversight or accountability for special ed. administration - they bully and harass teachers, especially women teachers over 40 and women teachers of color.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying attention to what your special education administration is up to - in particular the elementary special education admin staff.



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