Milpitas USD Reviews

Updated June 15, 2015
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  1. Substitute Instructional Aide (Teaching Assistant) a few times a month

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    Current Contractor - Substitute Instructional Aide in Milpitas, CA
    Current Contractor - Substitute Instructional Aide in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Milpitas USD as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If a teacher liked you, you might get called more often because of your outstanding service. Most teachers were grateful for any help, even if the person had never been to their classroom, and other teachers rallied around you so you felt supported. Decent job and pay for having a college education but no teaching credentials

    Cons

    Not having any teaching background, especially with the autistic population, made it much harder to sub for classes where that was a reality. Most teaching assistance is needed for kindergarten classes or with autistic/behavioral issue kids. You never really knew what you were walking into some days if it was a new job...true for any substitute work, I suppose.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if all instructional aides were given some kind of training - it would better equip us to assist the children. I guess with a school system there is a lot of other priorities, but I never had a supervisor or anyone that would give me any feedback on my performance.


  2. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The pay is commensurate with all the other districts in the area

    Cons

    None. I can't think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    Management is fine and cares about the district.


  3. Small district, so more like a family feel to it--everyone knows everyone.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Because it's a smaller district, it's great that the students can have a teachers touch base with other teachers, carrying the students through elementary, to middle, to high school.

    Cons

    Working on improving technology, but it's a slow overhaul.


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  5. Great!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly support staff. Easy to work with staff.

    Cons

    It takes quite awhile to get supplies, if needed, but that's typical with USD.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  6. If you believe in innovation

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Milpitas USD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Milpitas has really stepped it up providing raises and better working conditions for the employees. It's very much of a "do what is right for the kids" environment. The technology support has been phenomenal. It's a full Google Apps environment and all the software is bought with flexibility of learning in mind. The technology is fantastic for kids as well as for the teachers. Our kindergarten kids all learn how to login with their userid and password and by the time they reach my classroom, they're all pros. All sites are 100% wireless and very reliable. Plenty of teacher support if you know where to ask but you have to ask. Students have benefitted from the online assessments and technology. I know my students have been accelerating. How do I know? Because now I have data to prove it!

    Cons

    It's a school district with a union structure but with the great PERS and STRS retirement perks that come with the union hassle. There will always be some naysayers and they too exist in small numbers in Milpitas Unified. Old union guard still has some "control" but the progressive teachers are too nice to say they disagree with the union. Frankly, we would do better without the current union leadership listening to a minority of the membership without ever taking a transparent polling of the membership of ideas and controversies.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive in offering training and we (teachers) would like to know where this exciting ship is taking us. We would love additional teacher opportunities for growth other than going into administration. Keep on going with the innovation and thanks for getting rid of the folks who are clogs in the system and skewing perspectives to fit their agenda.


  7. Great colleagues, poor management

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Milpitas USD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The students, and most of the faculty, are exceptional and make the job of teaching in MUSD a pleasure. Salary reasonable.

    Cons

    No interest in teacher development. Resources limited, particularly technological. Little/no support of new teachers, administration at some schools lie to you outright regarding your status.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology, and improve communication. Be honest with teachers as to where they stand. Actually READ letters responding to evaluations.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good opportunities in an excellent district.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benifits and salary package that is one of the most competitive in the bay area. Working with experienced teachers who have fantastic ideas about the students they are serving. The opportunity to work in as system that is focused on student growth and achievement while not being bogged down in title 1 regulations. The schools also work closely with the surrounding community that contributes to a growth of rescources and positive atmosphere.

    Cons

    Link between adminstration and teachers is not always there. It would be nice to have more opportunities for extended learning (i.e. workshops, conferences, and sharing of best practices related to teaching activities).

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more regularly regarding expectations for student achievement.


  9. Milpitas Unified School District - Solid Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Meritocracy. Professionalism. Care and concern. Family atmosphere. Much collaboration. Good place for student and employee alike. Continuous improvement. Objective results attained year after year. Parents relatively involved. Some of the best students in the world. Highly talented teachers. Sound business practices. Relatively unscathed by business cuts. Moral and reliable school board. Decent, principled leaders. Relatively well supplied with materials. Plenty of opportunities for extra income.

    Cons

    Job itself tough. Many at-risk students. Pretty mediocre technology. Facilities mediocre as well. Employees - like elsewhere - must continue to do more with less. Pretty insular. Culture not as well attuned to outside world as should be.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on literacy and accountability and data analysis. Be less insular. Seek wise people and stop reinventing the wheel. Award results.


  10. Teachers and Staff are good but bad administration

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the people is very good, everyone know the district is needs to pull together.

    Cons

    Administration is blowing through money like it was a high income district with very little if any results. Direction is vague and not thought out, extremely bad management

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves and get someone who knows how to manage people.


  11. MUSD is in transition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good hardworking teachers and principles.

    Cons

    Lack of feedback from administration, district is in the red.

    Advice to Management

    Should have kept vice principle positions at many of the elementary schools.



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