Hillsborough County Public Schools

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Hillsborough County Public Schools Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
68 Reviews
3.4
68 Reviews
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Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Probably more advanced than some other school districts (in 6 reviews)

  • Free health insurance benefits and good 401k plan with the FRS system (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Peer evaluation system, evaluates you on only a snap shot of your teaching (in 5 reviews)

  • teaching must be geared towards the state standardized testing; a lot of stress is placed on teachers for high test scores (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    starting out job

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Hillsborough County Public Schools part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Can pick work days on your own time

    Cons

    pay no insurance looked down upon no respect from kids

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A Job you have to love

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    Current Employee - Educator in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Educator in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Hillsborough County Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The students are the best part of the working for the schools.

    Cons

    Administration tends to be either overly reactive, or over kill on a number of fronts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow teachers to teach. Don't penalize them for giving students spelling tests, and above all ~ allow them to teach, not to a script, but to their own capabilities.

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

    Needs Better Managers

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    Current Employee - Crew Leader in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Crew Leader in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Hillsborough County Public Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Generous time off, sick pay paid out at retirement.

    Cons

    Low pay, management clueless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get middle managers that know what they are doing. We have very incompetent managers that have no idea what they are doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Things could be a lot better.

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Hillsborough County Public Schools part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. If you substitute teach at a school enough then it allows you to get to know the teachers, students, administration, and staff.

    Cons

    Training was only available in June in order to continue as a substitute teacher for the upcoming school year. No promotions are available unless you're lucky enough to get hired as a full time teacher. There are times when students misbehave and there isn't much you can do about it. Every now and then you will come across teachers or staff who don't treat you in a professional manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more substitute teachers that are certified to teach a chance at being hired full time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I love that kind of work!

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    Current Employee - Cafeteria in Riverview, FL
    Current Employee - Cafeteria in Riverview, FL

    I have been working at Hillsborough County Public Schools part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone works fast and efficiently to prepare breakfast and lunch daily for 650 students.

    Cons

    Pay is low, can't live off salary

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Focused on Achievement

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Hillsborough County Public Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The district does a great job of training most administrators to focus on giving teachers the training needed so students will achieve. There is a big push for funding for technology which really helps student engagement as well.

    Cons

    Training pay has been cut drastically and some trainings are unpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restore training pay to a level that makes it worth the employee's time. We already do so much work off the clock that it is only fair to pay us for training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A Rewarding Job But Low Paying and Difficult.

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Plant City, FL
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Plant City, FL

    I worked at Hillsborough County Public Schools part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with kids of all ages.

    Cons

    There were very few benefits except a retirement plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wish there was some way substitute teachers could apply their experience to becoming a teacher if they so chose and that there would be a path to greater education and benefits without there being large out-of-pocket expenses and lack of guidance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Don't rock the boat in the gotcha County.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Hillsborough County Public Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits. Not the best but better than most. There is training available but on your own time. There is no pay for these trainings. Time off on most holiday's.

    Cons

    Trainings are expected of you even though their is no pay. Leadership is questionable. The Gates Evaluations System is destroying Hillsborough County Schools. The morale is at an all time low because of it. Many principals use the evaluations system to weed out teachers they don't want. A lot of propaganda of the evaluation system is presented to the school board by the Superintendent. Some of the school board is beginning to see beyond the superintendent. Teaching in this county used to be a dream come true. You felt like you were making a different with students. Now it is a nightmare. If you are a Special Ed. Teacher don't come to Hillsborough Co. Schools unless you like stress and blame for problems beyond your control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Face reality and get rid of Bill Gates and his millions. He is a school reformer that is trying to make millions off public schools. Get rid of the Superintendent that is owned by Bill Gates and other Reformers. Once that is done then listen to TEACHERS on what really needs to be done to improve public school.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great work environment

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    Current Employee - Special Education Aide -- Paraprofessional in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Special Education Aide -- Paraprofessional in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Hillsborough County Public Schools full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Steady schedule. Can have benefits if full-time permanent position. Weekends and holidays off and summer break. Great work environment if you love the type of work that you are doing. Very rewarding work.

    Cons

    Very low compensation, almost minimum wage. For a position asking for college experience the pay is very low. Upward mobility and reapplication system (to move to other jobs) is very difficult. Most positions for aides and attendants are non-permanent. Very little if any training on what the job entails and what should be done. Often requires working outside normal hours for no pay and no "Comp Pay" if you are not a permanent employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow attendants and aides the opportunity to become permanent employees with benefits. Raise the pay not only for aides but teachers and other employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pays very little for the amount of experience that employees have.

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    Current Employee - Teacher Aide in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher Aide in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Hillsborough County Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Summers and major holidays off. Health insurance and discounts from various associations.

    Cons

    Most positions are 10 month only, holiday pay comes out of previous paychecks. Do not receive a raise every year, only when funding permits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Argue for better pay of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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