Kamehameha Schools Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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  1. Technical Coordinator and A/V Teach campus wide

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    Former Employee - Technical Coordinator and A/V Tech in Pukalani, HI
    Former Employee - Technical Coordinator and A/V Tech in Pukalani, HI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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

  2. Great people, great students

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kamehameha Schools

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    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.

  3. Pretty good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at Kamehameha Schools full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  6. 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.

  7. cronies and former students only

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kamehameha Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.

  8. Mission driven organization and staff

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kamehameha Schools full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    i really enjoyed my time at the school. The work that KS does is very important to the community and to those that directly benefit. excellent professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    The union causes a divide between faculty and staff. There are not many career advancement opportunities within the organization. KS has lost a lot of great, talented staff because of this.

  9. Excellent organization to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Applicant Services Assistant in Honolulu, HI
    Former Contractor - Applicant Services Assistant in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at Kamehameha Schools as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -- The team in the financial aid office is superb! Employees were very friendly, receptive and encouraging.
    -- Compensation and benefits were satisfactory for the job performed. A lot of companies in Hawaii tend to undercut on salary/wage; not so with Kamehameha Schools.
    -- Kamehameha is not only very inclusive of their employees, but also community oriented as well. I remember going on a tour with the strategic division; this tour was to inform employees of the school's current development projects in the local community. The school encourages employees to participate in community events.

    Cons

    -- The organization could use more support in their financial aid office. Employees there are burdened with a lot of work that must be processed quickly and efficiently, especially during the peak season in spring.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to treat your employees well! They are really what makes this company such a great place to work for.

  10. Kamehameha Schools is a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Kamehameha Schools

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Kamehameha Schools is rich in its Hawaiian heritage and culture. The mission is compelling and they treat their employees well. They provides its employees with growth and developmental opportunities to enhance and refine their skills, knowledge, and abilities.

    Cons

    Inclusive decision making sometimes make it difficult for the organization to be flexible and nimble. Need to find a better balance between incusivity and accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Lead to succeed!

  11. Helpful (1)

    Beware, looks can be deceiving!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at Kamehameha Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you lack experience or lack knowlegde and are lazy but are a graduate of the school then this is the place for you. They don't appreciate anyone who is not a graduate even if they have excellent skills and work hard.

    Cons

    Fear, low pay, small mindedness, politics, racism,

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees and let them do their jobs without micromanaging. Management would do well to learn their own jobs and to work a little harder.

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