Kamehameha Schools Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  1. Great people and relationships but limited in technology, too much red tape

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT Business Analyst in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Business Analyst in Brisbane, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kamehameha Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, very friendly and welcoming, building relationships with people is important. Awesome benefits, including wellness programs (e.g. discounted or free gym memberships or workout activities). Cultural awareness and volunteering activities is encouraged and often takes place during work hours. 401K. Professional Development (classes, courses or training is encouraged). Lax environment. After 5 years, your vacation increases by 5 days a year. After 10 years total, increases by 10.

    Cons

    Red tape, too many processes or hurdles to go through (e.g. approvals) just to get one thing done. Slow to get innovative technology implemented, not enough IT strategy with enterprise and capacity thinking. Too many changes; not enough analysis done before decisions are made. Political (management has to sing a certain tune and get along with everyone, otherwise they are looked upon negatively). Not enough strong leadership to sail this ship -- too many cooks in the kitchen.

    Advice to Management

    Keep things transparent to staff, they shouldn't be kept in the dark.


  2. Great People and Fair Salary

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kamehameha Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people here are what really distinguish KS from other companies. There are enough people with Aloha that it permeates throughout the work culture. KS is currently undergoing leadership change, so it is tightening up with the fear of becoming corporate. In terms of pay, they are one of the Hawaii companies that pay better than most other companies.

    Cons

    KS is relationship based so it takes long to get things done because you can't displease people. If you are hired internally, you only get a 10% pay raise even if the position you are moving to has an average salary $10k higher than your current position.

    Advice to Management

    Timesheets are a waste of time. Know your people and that they'll do their work.


  3. Coordinator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kamehameha Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits (retirement, pay, medical, dental, etc). Staff at all levels work well together and collaborate on many of the activities planned on campus.

    Cons

    Top heavy in administration. Disconnection between the school and estate departments.


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  5. Good Not Great

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Kamehameha Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people. Nice facilities Nice toys (tech gadgets, office equipment)

    Cons

    Politics (a little more than typical in a company of this size) Status Quo is the norm Lack of trust runs rampant from the Trustees on down. Poor leadership

    Advice to Management

    Focus on achieving outcomes, and not meeting deadline and timelines at all costs.


  6. Great people, great students

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people of Kamehameha were so supportive. Free lunch if you work lunch duty. Fair pay. Get to know students from all parts of the state.

    Cons

    Hard to find a close parking space unless you get there really early. Very wide range of students.


  7. Technical Coordinator and A/V Teach campus wide

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Coordinator and A/V Tech in Pukalani, HI
    Former Employee - Technical Coordinator and A/V Tech in Pukalani, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Kamehameha Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I had the roll of building and creating a theater setting with challenges that were career building and very rewarding. I also had a FBI back ground ckeck that help my integrity.

    Cons

    I was the sole tech running everything---video, audio and lighting as well as taking Taking care of the 600 sear theater maintenance. Management was not understanding of the nature of the complexity of the job.

    Advice to Management

    Hire an assistant for the job


  8. Pretty good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kamehameha Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment and work-life balance. In the right role your compensation will be extremely competitive. Very compelling mission and interesting origin. KS also has a strong reputation in Hawaii.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability, entrenched social structures, leadership/management is not fully engaged in making necessary changes,

    Advice to Management

    Step up and fire the people who are creating funnels and silos within the organization. Make an effort to clearly define people's job duties and roles and hold people accountable for the work they do or don't do.


  9. Mission driven organization with room for professional growth and advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kamehameha Schools full-time

    Pros

    -Many different departments within the organization which allows for flexibility and possibility of moving to best fit area -For a non-profit organization, has a more flexible spending base and fair salaries -Employee benefits like health care are kept low for employees -Focused on operations to last in perpetuity and for greater good of Native Hawaiians and for Hawai'i, in general -Mission-based organization investing a lot in education

    Cons

    -Many jobs available are Limited Term which offers less than full range benefits


  10. SQL Server DBA

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kamehameha Schools (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment and people to work with.

    Cons

    Very Restricted policy for Contractors.


  11. cronies and former students only

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    School to educate Hawaiian children. $9.4 Billion asset to fund schools. Involved in local community to educate Hawaiian culture

    Cons

    corrupt management and trustees. Trustees wants 10 year term being paid over $90,000. What do they exactly do? If Princess Bernice only knew of this corruption in the schools. i agree with one of the reviewer that this school only hire former students and cronies. You will be interviewed but they will just waste your time. Don't bother to apply if you are not related to this school.

    Advice to Management

    replace the corrupt management and cronies trustees and replace them with honest people.



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