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Miami Dade Public Schools Reviews

Updated February 1, 2015
Updated February 1, 2015
74 Reviews
3.1
74 Reviews
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Miami Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho
Alberto M. Carvalho
25 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Vacation time, medical, life insurance coverage (in 3 reviews)

  • The school system can be a great place to work, but it all depends on where you are put (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • There is not too much room for growth (in 4 reviews)

  • You work for public industry for lower pay expecting job security and good benefits (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    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

    Pros

    ok. so far no problems

    Cons

    none at all. you get what you applied for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worked as a Substitute Teacher for Pre-k to 2nd grade for about 5 years.

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

    I worked at Miami Dade Public Schools

    Pros

    Learning environment, focusing on children's aptitudes and learning.

    Cons

    Only work when they need someone, so it's not a steady income throughout the year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    I had two bosses. I had to report to my Principal and the Head of the Pre-K SPED office.

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Miami Dade Public Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked in a PLC building with only Pre-K and Kindergarten students.The teachers were great and we helped each other out. We were family.

    Cons

    Raises were not given yearly. Each year we had more paper work to do. We went from an A school to a D school in a very short period of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

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

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    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Solid organization where you can grow

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    raise salaries by MORE than the increases to benefits' costs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  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)

    Pros

    personal growth, promotions, nice team

    Cons

    I did not really have a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Teaching in Miami-Dade County Public Schools

    • 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)

    Pros

    Great culture--depending on your school & the administration
    Impact children's lives

    Cons

    Gets bogged down with bureaucracy.
    Major changes and shifts with policy seriously affects you in the classroom, but that's every school.
    Benefits like healthcare used to be great but not so much now.It's very limited in where you go and who you see, and if you want options for doctors, you have to pay out of pocket from each paycheck--ouch.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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