Glendale Elementary School District

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Glendale Elementary School District Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    It was very interesting to work there. It was like everyone just does whatever. With no follow up. Or follow through.

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    Former Employee - Administration in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Administration in Glendale, AZ

    I worked at Glendale Elementary School District full-time

    Pros

    Health benefits are great. They use to have a wellness program that was really great.

    Cons

    No Communications, training needs improvement and they need to stop playing favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and communicate with openness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Shambles of a school district with no support and no intention on improving itself

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Glendale, AZ

    I worked at Glendale Elementary School District full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are terrific as you would expect and you do get plenty of time off

    Cons

    Insultingly low pay (start at $34,000 per year), no prospects of raises, no opportunities for growth, no support, very little funding, it's a difficult place to be a teacher especially starting out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Strong, Confident, Highly-Educated and Stellar Experienced Males Will Be Viewed As Professional Threats

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    Former Contractor - Specialist in Glendale, AZ
    Former Contractor - Specialist in Glendale, AZ

    I worked at Glendale Elementary School District as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The school district mission/motto is: "Our highly trained and caring staff, in partnership with our families and community, ensures each student will achieve the academic excellence and confidence to embrace a future of higher education leading to a productive and fulfilling life." Big on celebrating the diversity of students, their families and the community. The school district administration highly values servantry in its employees.

    Cons

    The school district mission statement and expressed values are, ironically, not respected uniformly in the employees. While the district administration is fairly diverse (albeit predominately white and female), very few males and people of color outside Hispanics are employed here. Sexual orientation is hush-hush and treated often covertly and passive-aggressively by female administrators--not so much by the teachers. There is virtually no outside professional development unless one takes off of work and pays for it on one's own. Compensation used to be one of the best. However, salaries were frozen for years, then rose in 2013 and 2014. The board restructured salaries since I left in Spring 2014, and new employees and hires starting salaries were significantly reduced. Health insurance and other benefits are terrible. Co-pays are high, and insurance costs employees $700 plus per year. I used to not pay at all or paid $10 monthly for health insurance. Benefits now are mediocre. Many leaders and administrators are passive-aggressive, cut-throat, and are often protected by higher-up's in the face of unethical and unprofessional conduct. It was a very stressful and unpleasant place to work, having worked at 3 different school campuses. Many of my colleagues looked annually for other employment that paid an equitable salary just to get out of GESD. There is little to no upward mobility in the district unless one is friends with an administrator or chooses to "play the game" of pretentiousness and power and control behaviors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Administrators need to be evaluated by staff annually, as does district administration. Right now the only evaluation of a district administrator is the superintendent. For those administrators deemed ineffective, passive-aggressive, narcissistic, and controversial with staff need to be put on improvement plans and or recommended to resign. This rarely occurs given the mass amounts of teachers and behavioral health providers who are disgruntled with most school administrators in GESD. The teachers union is also ineffective and not powerful enough to effect systemic change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great colleagues, unsustainable work environment

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Teacher in Glendale, AZ

    I worked at Glendale Elementary School District full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great staff members and team members to work with. The district does a really great job integrating common core standards into the curriculum.

    Cons

    Unsustainable work environment, asking too much from teachers. Often the evaluation process was not based on teaching, but was based on personal bias.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing teachers but the district is very unorganized

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Glendale, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Glendale, AZ

    I have been working at Glendale Elementary School District full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best part of Glendale were the teachers. They supported each other like more than any other place i had ever seen. Teachers are committed to the students and education.

    Cons

    The administration both at the school and district level were very unorganized, changing programs and "focuses" more than once a year, as well as having multiple"focuses" each year. There is very little open communication amongst administration and staff and admin tends to micromanage everything.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good district but ultimately depends on principal and fellow teachers

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    Former Employee - Third Grade/7th Math Discovery Elem in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Third Grade/7th Math Discovery Elem in Glendale, AZ

    I worked at Glendale Elementary School District full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Discovery school is where I worked. Diane Pesch was the principal at that time and she is great.

    Cons

    Lower income area. Less parent involvement and kids constantly moving in and out of district

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    An amazing overall experience

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    Current Employee - After School Program in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - After School Program in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Glendale Elementary School District part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great management, great coworkers, and great flexibility

    Cons

    I had zero problems in a 9 month span. Zero.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the strong management structure.

    Recommends
  9.  

    DO NOT WORK FOR GLENDALE ELEMENTARY

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Glendale, AZ
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Glendale, AZ

    I have been working at Glendale Elementary School District

    Pros

    You get a week off for fall break, a week at Thanksgiving, a two week break for Xmas and a week for Spring Break.

    Cons

    We used to get two for fall and spring. If you are sick, you are required to go to the doctor, even if you are just feeling BLAH. Favoritism is huge. If you do not fit in the inner-circle you will be miserable. You have to be placed in it...you can not work your way in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate non administration positions, like team leaders, mentors and advisors.

    Doesn't Recommend

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