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Hawaii State Department of Education Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
23 Reviews
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23 Reviews
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  1.  

    9 years as a teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education

    Pros

    Hawaii!! steady pay, good benefits

    Cons

    There are always some difficult people wherever you go, and I have had technology issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give teachers more direct control and access to technology. Things are bottle necked with coordinators

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • 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)

    Pros

    awesome breaks, great relationships, positive influence on community

    Cons

    Salary, job requirements in relation to compensation, inefficient beurocracy

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great first job, or retirement job

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to have more performance based pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I am a high school teacher

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    • 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Frustrating Bureaucracy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - High School Counselor
    Current Employee - High School Counselor

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

    Pros

    Rewarding helping students to learn and become college and career ready. Holidays and summers off. Monday through Friday work.

    Cons

    Must work more than contract hours to be effective. Systems changes all the time. High expectations but not always the needed support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize dedication and good work regularly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Twenty-four years as a Substitute Teacher

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A one-star rating is too high

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education

    Pros

    There are a few highly capable and committed individuals working in HIDE.

    Cons

    There are not enough highly capable and committed individuals working in HIDE, and there is a lot of dead wood -- employees who work there because HIDE leadership (and union pressure) supports the view that they have earned the right to embed themselves there or move up the ladder simply by putting in time, as opposed to earning such privileges by merit. HIDE's employment system also prevents talent from entering or remaining in its organization (why is three years of teaching in HI public school a requirement for positions that do not involve teaching or being in classrooms?) .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are losing what little talent you have, and have artificial barriers that prevent talented individuals from staying and growing in your organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Substitute Teacher. Easy job.

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    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Steady Employment and Benefits

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    • 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)

    Pros

    Decent Sick and Vacation Benefits, Retirement, optimal work hours

    Cons

    Lack of Support, constantly changing standards

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Compensation needs an overhaul

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    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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