Hillsborough County Public Schools

www.sdhc.k12.fl.us

Hillsborough County Public Schools Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
72 Reviews
3.4
72 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia
MaryEllen Elia
39 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    County is Cheap

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Very fun working with the children. Work life balance is great..you get a lot of holidays off. Coworkers are great to.

    Cons

    Lowest paying county in the state of Florida. Jobs are mostly temporary and teachers are blamed for erverything

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Passion is necessary for your job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Speech-Language Pathologist in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Speech-Language Pathologist in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    You get to change the lives of so many rising talents. You get to see how much you're really capable of. You also get to really see success. no greater feeling than to see a child you were working with excel.

    Cons

    Not enough pay to cover expenses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees should be paid well enough for the amount of work they do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The school district can be a good place to work. It really depends on your coworkers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adult Education Instructor in Plant City, FL
    Current Employee - Adult Education Instructor in Plant City, FL

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

    Pros

    You are able to manage your time and do not have a supervisor standing over you while you're working.

    Cons

    It is challenging to deal with some of the management in Hillsborough County Schools, however, if you have good management you will find your job more rewarding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    starting out job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  6.  

    A good school district to work for, but still has it's flaws

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    -Fantastic educators.
    -Cutting edge educational practices and policies.
    -Great amount of professional development opportunities.
    -Decent pay (but still not competitive with cost of living in Tampa).

    Cons

    -Medical benefits for spouse/children too expensive.
    -District is too obsessed with standardized testing.
    -Process for identifying special needs children not beneficial (takes too long and requires way too much paperwork).
    -District too large with several unnecessary positions being occupied on the administrative side. Also, pay too high for some positions (superintendent makes more money than the President of the United States).
    -Lack of funding for the arts. Too many cutbacks to art and music.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less focus on testing, more focus and spending on actual teaching. Less on the top (administrative) and more going towards the education of children.

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

    A Job you have to love

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Needs Better Managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Things could be a lot better.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    I love that kind of work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  11.  

    Focused on Achievement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

Work at Hillsborough County Public Schools? Share Your Experiences

Hillsborough County Public Schools

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.