Hawaii State Department of Education

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Hawaii State Department of Education Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. Extremely good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Hilo, HI
    Current Employee - Teacher in Hilo, HI

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Extremely fair, and encouraging, honest, open, good.

    Cons

    Demanding, tiring, long, tedious, paperwork.

    Advice to Management

    Be good to your employees.

  2. Positive and challenging

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Mililani, HI
    Current Employee - Teacher in Mililani, HI

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -supportive professional community
    -great students
    -all the resources you could ask for as a teacher

    Cons

    -pay is not balanced with amount of work/effort

    Advice to Management

    Increase profession ism in communication

  3. Teaching is one of the hardest jobs out there, but it's nice being surrounded by people who are passionate.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Kailua Kona, HI
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Kailua Kona, HI

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    awesome breaks, great relationships, positive influence on community

    Cons

    Salary, job requirements in relation to compensation, inefficient beurocracy

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  5. I am a high school teacher

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Teacher in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The students, benefits (vacation, health, retirement), and job stability. The students at my school are awesome! I work in the Leeward district. The vacation benefits are unlike any other profession, and Hawaii state worker benefits are very good.

    Cons

    The money is horrendously low for maintaining a decent lifestyle in Hawaii. I am a single person, and I struggle to support myself and my dog. Teachers are required to do more and more, which takes time away from being in the classroom.

  6. Great first job, or retirement job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Processing Systems Analyst in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Data Processing Systems Analyst in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxing atmosphere. Advancements are steady, based on how many years worked you have worked. You work in mostly private cubicles.

    Cons

    Lot of people don't do anything and still get paid. If you work hard you will just get more work.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to have more performance based pay.

  7. Twenty-four years as a Substitute Teacher

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Kahului, HI
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Kahului, HI

    I worked at Hawaii State Department of Education part-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Substitute Teaching has been a beautiful experience: loving "my kids," knowing they loved me in return, and helping them grow toward a useful, self-managed adulthood.

    Cons

    The pay is not the greatest, and if you are not "in" with the right people, gossip goes around...you might be dismissed on short notice without a hearing.

    Advice to Management

    Dear Management: Please remember, we subs are as human as you. We deserve to have a hearing, if someone thinks we have not lived up to our best, or the DOE's best. On several occasions, I have been accused of not doing my best, but was not allowed to sit down and talk with my critic in the presence of witnesses: just the Vice-Principal, and a record-keeping "reporter" from the DOE.

  8. Substitute Teacher. Easy job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I work in the leeward district and get a call about 80% of the days available. Jobs are pretty simple. Hardest part is handling the behavior of kids. Lesson plans are usually pretty simple.

    Cons

    No benefits. Can't really do much to "invest" in the lives of kids unless you decide to being a regular teacher.

  9. Compensation needs an overhaul

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Support Technician in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - User Support Technician in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, holidays, time off.

    Cons

    Promotions and raises are non-existant except for bargaining unit changes. Completely unrelated to your performance. An all-star gets the same pay as someone that barely meets minimum requirements. Old timers get paid 3-4 times as much as people 3-4 times smarter and more capable. Retirement plan for new hires is a joke. State spends millions on hardware and infrastructure but pennies on support workers.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at the state of current DPUSTs. You have some that are veteran administrators and some that can't trouble shoot basic errors. Compensation needs to be raised to a competitive level. Retaining good USTs at the current rate is incredibly difficult. Same issue with teachers I suppose. Can't pay enough to keep the good ones.

  10. Steady Employment and Benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - School Administrative Services Assistant in Waianae, HI
    Current Employee - School Administrative Services Assistant in Waianae, HI

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent Sick and Vacation Benefits, Retirement, optimal work hours

    Cons

    Lack of Support, constantly changing standards

  11. My experience with Hawaii department of Education is very positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Kailua, HI
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Kailua, HI

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education part-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason to work with the Hawaii Department of Education is the employee appreciation and rewarding

    Cons

    The worst thing about the work with the Department of Education is low pay and no benefits

    Advice to Management

    TSEAs system does not aways work properly

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