Florida Department of Education

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  1.  

    DOE A Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Florida Department of Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flex time, work is appreciated

    Cons

    The management staff changed up quite a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Wonderful learning experience. Alot fo politics perventing innovation but great people.

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    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst  in  Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at Florida Department of Education full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great People, Set Hours, Relaxed interview , Relaxed work environment. Fair Pay for initial base salary. Excellent Benefits.

    Cons

    Come in with a good base salary cause it's hard to advance. Alot of politics to keep things the way they are rather than expand with innovation. Most of everyone still working there has been there 20+ years so they are fighting for top spots so they can be relentlessly opinionated so you have to just accept whatever gets said from up top and hope your boss is a good polotician.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of contracting out and paying the bare minimum to employees might be better to train your employees and make sure everyone is in a department that can optimize their performace and base promotions on a private sector basis where you can come in and earn your way to the top rather than using polotics becasue promotion incentives are what keep people around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Federal grant program

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at Florida Department of Education as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Commitment to improving education effectiveness in Florida

    Cons

    Silo'ed organization which refuses look at the big picture, unable to leverage economies of scale and sharing of data across its own divisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize vested interests that are barriers to integration and sideline them for the good of the organization. Recognize and eliminate persons that are interested in their own positions and influence within organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    An agency staffed by people who never set foot in Florida's classrooms!

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    Former Employee - Program Specialist  in  Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at Florida Department of Education full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The best reason to work for any State of Florida department, agency, or bureau, is the wonderfully inexpensive health insurance.

    Cons

    Because the Department of Education is run largely by middle-aged women, it embraces a culture in which job security is the highest priority, and that this can only be assured by avoiding risk and discouraging innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move staff around so that they are forced out of their effortless and cliquish comfort zones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overworked and underpaid, tons of turnover

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    Current Employee - Project Systems Consultant  in  Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Project Systems Consultant in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Florida Department of Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, although they are getting worse. Working for the State is not what it used to be, but still can give a lot of vacation and sick time, if you have some outside source of money to take advantage of it.

    Cons

    Very high turnover due to high stress, very political environment, and low pay. Lots of foreign contractors being brought in which not only undermines salaries, but is a disgrace for a governmental entity that should be employing U.S. citizens. No training except for a select few, but that's true of many workplaces. The only way to get high pay is to come in with it so they match it, you can't get there from here with raises and working your way up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better have a backup plan, nobody seems to last long in this place, especially management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Two years ago a great team, recent management changes have led to escalating incompetence.

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    Former Employee - Systems Project Consultant  in  Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Systems Project Consultant in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at Florida Department of Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Potential for meaningful and rewarding public service at all levels.
    Typical state benefits (rapidly eroding as a positive)
    Learn from the experience...

    Cons

    Incomprehensible HR policies, and they are not followed.
    Extremely outdated business processes, if they exist at all.
    Job at the mercy of legislative agenda that is often contrary to best practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career Service statutes exist for a reason- to protect dedicated employees from political influence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    A learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at Florida Department of Education

    Pros

    Learned about education and policy.

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement or continuation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need for more opportunities for employee feedback.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Job by Default

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Florida Department of Education

    Pros

    If you are a career person and want something pretty secure and don't mind it being status quo, then you wouldn't mind the atmosphere and surrounding of this job.

    Cons

    On the otherhand, if you'd rather have a job with some life in it and upbeat and creative, then this isn't the place for you, or me. Unfortunately, the atmosphere is dreary and mundane and thus, the people tend to be stereotypically that way too. I'm not saying that occasionally you see some color and life in the place but it's not as frequent as I'd prefer it to be for a work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really don't think there is any advice that I could give because people in management have been there forever and it is what it is and they do things the way they've always done things. The problem is that the way the see things and it's been communicated to me that that's the way they're going to stay.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Best and Brightest Not Welcome Here

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    Current Employee - Data Architect  in  Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Data Architect in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Florida Department of Education

    Pros

    Education is the lifeblood of our country. Trying to ensure that kids get the best education possible makes it easy to sleep at night knowing, win or lose, I have fought a good fight.

    Cons

    Timidity has become a standard of behavior. Not rocking the boat, not sticking your head up out of the hole has become the mantra for management. The environment has become toxic for talented people and a breeding ground for kingdom building by managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have an incredible wealth of data available, but you have done nothing to improve the quality of it. Flawed data leads to flawed decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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