Hawaii State Department of Education

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Hawaii State Department of Education Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
19 Reviews
2.9
19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Frustrating Bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - High School Counselor
    Current Employee - High School Counselor

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time for 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
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    Twenty-four years as a Substitute Teacher

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher  in  Kahului, HI
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Kahului, HI

    I worked at Hawaii State Department of Education part-time for 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
  3.  

    A one-star rating is too high

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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
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  5.  

    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 for more than a 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
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    Compensation needs an overhaul

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    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 for more than a 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
  7.  

    Steady Employment and Benefits

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    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 for 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
  8.  

    As a teacher from the "mainland" I was subjected to such ridicule and high school cliques by other "local" teachers.

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    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher

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

    Pros

    Hawaii is a beautiful state.

    Cons

    Unacceptable treatment of "mainlanders" from the "local" teacher!
    I am regular ed. certified but my first year I got placed in a special education classroom. I lost one whole year of acquiring seniority.
    The starting pay rate is ridiculously low!

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    My experience with Hawaii department of Education is very positive

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    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    TSEAs system does not aways work properly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    great place to work

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Kealakekua, HI
    Former Employee - Teacher in Kealakekua, HI

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

    Pros

    good pay and credit for continuing education

    Cons

    new evaluation system could use some clarification

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sandwich criticism with praise

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Satisfactory

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher  in  Kailua, HI
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Kailua, HI

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Learning and rewarding experience for me.

    Cons

    The way subs are treated leaves much to be desired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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