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Updated March 13, 2015
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Miami Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho
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  1. An excellent place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Social Studies Teacher in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Social Studies Teacher in Miami, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Professional development is the best.

    Cons

    Too many kids in a class.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce class size

  2. Miami-Dade County Public Schools

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They have health benefits and able to bring kids to work, sometimes. Short term and long term disability available to purchase. Life and AD&D made available. Some tuition reimbursement for only select employees.

    Cons

    Health Insurance is very high, no free or discounted education for children (preschool, summer, or after care) for school district employees, Low salaries, no raises, not encouraged to move up in your career, not family friendly when it comes to kids school schedule and work schedule, extreme work hours and no overtime or compensation time. When a position in the department is vacated, there is no cross training and the department employee(s) have to pick-up the slack, without a replacement or salary increase. Not everyone gets the opportunity to rewarded with tuition reimbursement for their education.

    Advice to Management

    Use the money from the salary of the position that vacates, to pay for the new hire. Use grants and scholarships to reimburse your employees for furthering their education. Reward your employees for their loyalty and dedication by giving them raises. Encouraging cross training so that no one person is left holding the bag when someone leaves, without knowledge. When someone takes over and is left doing two jobs, give them a new, higher salary worth their new role, not just a raise. Encourage district administrators who have a heart to teach and the knowledge and experience, to do just that. Currently they are punished in that they lose salary when they become teachers, almost half. (They still have a family to take care of, and we need more good teachers.) But if a teacher becomes an administrator they are almost doubled their salary. Teachers work a lot harder than most administrators, and should be rewarded as such, salary wise. Also, make it so that if a teacher or an administrator is found to be harassing or make an environment hostile for others, they be removed, no matter who it is. I know that people are afraid for their jobs, or afraid that their child will receive more hostility in school, so they continue to receive this improper behavior. Make it so that people can submit information, without getting repercussions, and that the department submitted to will actually investigate, and not be afraid to investigate to get to the truth. Make principals more accountable as to how the money is spent at the schools, so that the teachers are not left paying for supplies in the classroom from their meager salaries, to be able to provide for a basic education. Increase security at the schools. They have been drastically reduced. Make sure all schools, every part of the school is walked by top officials of the school system. This would cause the whole school building(s) to be repaired, not just the parts that are known to be always walked through. In this way the quality air can be bettered (remove all mold and causes there of) and the computers updated for teachers and students alike, in all parts of the county, low end and high end.

  3. not bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Operator in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Computer Operator in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Miami Dade Public Schools

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

    Pros

    ok. so far no problems

    Cons

    none at all. you get what you applied for

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  5. It was the best of times, it was the work of times.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Miami Dade Public Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I got my CDL, quick employment, easy money, the Children aren't that bad, summers and holidays and teachers work days are spent off

    Cons

    They are bias, favoritism, crazy hours (when you get up it's dark and when you go home it will be dark), GHETTO- most of the 40+ driver think that they are still 14 and they are just that childish, The children and their parents will challenge you just as your coworkers and administrators will, working conditions, roaches, that easy money that I was speaking of isn't enough to support you- let alone a family, dead end,
    You work two to three hours in the morning generally
    Then you are off (not getting paid) unless you have a midday to pick up children or drop off children or you have a field trip but generally, you are off and unpaid for down time
    Then you are off for four hours to five hours
    Then you sign in again to get paid for the afternoon which is about roughly 3-4.5 hours
    The buses break down and there ISNT any A/C after the first week of school. The mechanics have certifications to fix the a/c but they outsource to a company that goes to all compounds and fixes very few busses. There is so much that can be done that isn't.
    It is depressing. IF YOU LIKE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK, then apply. Most drivers have 2-3 jobs.... I know of several drivers who died on their bus... The job is too stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Starting with the superintendent: get your crap together and support the drivers!!! They are the first people to see children in the AM and the last to see them when they go home. Drivers are your first line of defense and technically they detect things before it happens with children, but remember: they have to drive, listen to the radio for dispatch calls/announcements, tend to children and the road an their mirrors; They need recognition and a raise... NO raise in 12 years is not something that you would accept and why should they?

  6. Solid organization where you can grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community School Specialist in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Community School Specialist in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Miami Dade Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One thing I am assure of is that when you are a full-time employee you are given a lot of tools to support you in keeping your job. Miami County Public Schools just don't fire someone on the spot unless they have did something drastic for an example: you killing someone

    Cons

    Well right now things are tight in getting a raise. We haven't had a raise since the year of 2007. What they have presented to us is what they call retro pay, however they take the monies back along the way. So to me what it seem to look like a permanent raise is not.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  7. Nice, challenging job, good management, not too much room for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Analyst in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Analyst in Miami, FL

    I worked at Miami Dade Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Most of the managers and supervisors and nice and flexible. There are plenty of interesting projects to get involved in, although not always current.

    Cons

    There is not too much room for growth. It is hard to learn new technologies, unless you are working on a team that is using them.

  8. Miami Dade Public School System

    Current Employee - Elementary School Teacher in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Elementary School Teacher in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Miami Dade Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Good alot of benefits and excellent retirement plan with the drop program!

    Cons

    Parents can be a pain and I dont have someone to help me check grades.

  9. Teachers Deserve Better

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

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

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

    Pros

    Holiday breaks are the only benefit.

    Cons

    too much pressure on teachers and students; poor salary; more responsibilities added without commensurate raises

    Advice to Management

    raise salaries by MORE than the increases to benefits' costs

  10. Worked in the after school program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher, Kindergarten in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Teacher, Kindergarten in Miami, FL

    I worked at Miami Dade Public Schools part-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    personal growth, promotions, nice team

    Cons

    I did not really have a con.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication.

  11. Bureaucratique feifdoms

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Miami, FL

    I worked at Miami Dade Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people working hard to make a diffference

    Cons

    Education takes a back seat to politics

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