Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky)

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Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) Reviews

Updated December 30, 2014
Updated December 30, 2014
21 Reviews
3.3
21 Reviews
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Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) Superintendent Donna Hargens
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  1.  

    I enjoy my job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Secretary II in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Secretary II in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great manager and staff in my department, good time off policies

    Cons

    Not all departments in the organization run smoothly. Some members of management is ineffective.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Standard interview

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    People are friendly. Not back breaking work. Get to make a difference

    Cons

    How you move up depends on who you know and not your education or experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Its ok, but not much room for growth with in company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of on the job training

    Cons

    Once a driver always a driver

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Ambiguous expectations/ Life changing work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Resource Teacher (Consultant Teacher) in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Resource Teacher (Consultant Teacher) in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    The students who are in the urban schools perform under subpar conditions due to the fact that leadership is very inconsistent. The teachers have potful professional development options, therefore they create the most amazing work despite the lack of support. The pay is the best one can find in the field, and depending upon where you work, the culture can be the best culture one can experience. I've made bonds with coworkers that exceed any I have ever had in any job in life.

    Cons

    The district is a political nightmare. If you are in the good graces of the leadership, there is little one can do wrong and expect negative feedback. The performance review process is a joke, the amount of support teachers and coaches receive is laughable, and the students in the end pay for the lack of direction in teaching and data system implementation. The district is a classically bloated bureaucracy and the experience of most stakeholders depends greatly upon where one lands. If a teacher, leader, student, or anyone has the misfortune of landing in a school west of I-65, their experience will for the most part be unpleasant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management at the top seriously need to take a look at the expectations they place on the people beneath them and the support they give. It seems as if nobody has looked at the ecology of the organization and rushed directive simply rain down from above with absolutely no memory of what that means under the currently stretched conditions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    JCPS overall is a great company to work for, impossible to get promoted, JCPS Adult Ed is all about who you know.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor and Career Planner in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Instructor and Career Planner in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    Job security, working directly with youth 16-21 years old to assist with educational and career goals, working with friendly and helpful staff, competitive salary, and up to date technology

    Cons

    Nepotism, management needs training in HR issues, diversity, processing and problem solving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management NEEDS TO Obtain continuing education in management skills, communication, and workplace etiquette, be honest and have integrity, encourage diversity, give feed back to employees, don't play favorites, keep everyone in the loop, COMMUNICATION !

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Typical of a big city school district

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Teacher in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The students! I love working with kids

    Cons

    The district is a mess overall; some schools are great, others are awful and get no resources

  8.  

    School Bus Driver. It's a job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are great and your fellow drivers are descent hard working people. It's Monday thru Friday with plenty of holidays off.

    Cons

    The pay is ridiculously low. They say you start at 16 & can get to 20+ an hour but they rob you thru their mandatory escrow. I got up to $20.42 an hour & was only taking home $680 every two weeks! They also don't support the drivers & treat you with little respect. You will have kids threatening you with sincere physical violence for telling them to sit down and when you make a report nothing is done at all!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tighten up the bus rider rules for the kids and actually discipline them for bad behavior. They know they can get away with anything just shy of murder & you wonder why they keep getting worse. Respect your Drivers, they are on the front lines out there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    The district has plenty of problems, but most don't directly affect its employees.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working directly with kids is both a pro and a con, but primarily positive. Classroom work is extremely fulfilling. Decent pay and good benefits help as well.

    Cons

    Very little support from the community and in many cases from within the organization. It's easy to become jaded. No support for part-time staff that has no income during the summer months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check in with your staff consistently. Be visible. Get to know the kids, even if you don't work directly with them. Try to keep in touch with the backbeat of school culture.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoyed working with the children

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky)

    Pros

    Working with the children was usually really great! It often depending on school/person you worked with those days. Sometimes there were no lessons to teach the students : (

    Cons

    Limited training led to being bitten at one of the schools in a mental hospital. Often looked down on by students and staff as "just as a sub." Sometimes felt like a scapegoat and with no contract it was like walking on eggshells.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer health benefits to subs we are people do who want to be able to afford basic human needs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The World of Education is A-Changing

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

    I have been working at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent leadership; great community of teachers; true desire to better students

    Cons

    Large classes; extremely diverse student body makes it difficult to differentiate for all students; bussing gives students too much flexibility to choose schools, which corrupts sports teams

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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