Minneapolis Schools Reviews

Updated April 30, 2015
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  1. Good workplace

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great boss, but this isn't always the case. People want to help you succeed.

    Cons

    I don't mind this, but sometimes you have to roll your sleeves up and get dirty

  2. Lots of opportunity for operational improvement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A place where you can make an impact and help the organization continue to improve with solid business processes that support the vision and mission.

    Cons

    Very political in nature with a tendency for the rules to change frequently.

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision and stay the course until students win.

  3. Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Respectable pay and benefits, exciting work, good co-workers

    Cons

    Unstable leadership (and leadership turnover), promotions and hiring are very political, no consistent vision/plan. Very silo'd departments.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent, be more upfront, and understand the impact of your decisions. Most leadership haven't spent time in schools, yet think they have a grip on the realities in our buildings.

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  5. Treated like an ottoman

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Accountant in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The money is "fairly" good - was better until the powers-that-be decided to re-do the salary schedule - at least for the perceived "underling" AFSCME bargaining group

    Cons

    Very little personal pride, the system fails the students - and comes up with "sure fire" methods to turn around the failure - hasn't happened yet.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know what your people are doing, it's fine to hold their feet to the fire, but a pat on the back for a job well done might go a long ways. On second thought, never mind, you won't change.

  6. Education assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools

    Pros

    Love the classroom staff and environment

    Cons

    Admin needs to get on the same page with how they deal with certain situations.

  7. Very good

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

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools

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

    Pros

    Help kids success, great schedule if you have kids at home

    Cons

    Unless you get a unfair principla there are no cons

    Advice to Management

    Your boss will be the principal or assistant principal of the school you are at. So varies from school to school

  8. Minneapolis Schools teaching

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Union salaries are relatively good once you work your way up; however the salaries are based only on years of teaching experience. If you have professional experience in another field, that counts for nothing. Teachers are represented by a union that advocates and protects the profession. Minneapolis Schools have fairly good technology.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on duties that require an excess of working hours on weekends, evenings, far beyond contractual hours. Teacher observation system is complex and subjective, and there is wide variation between observers, and little reward to teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty. Many schools are poorly supplied -- teachers buy their own materials in many cases. Hot, old buildings.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize teachers for the positive contributions. Spend more money in classrooms, less on administrative (i.e. superintendent credit card purchases on lavish expenses).

  9. Good administration is hit or miss

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    High salary, abundant opportunity for professional development. Some schools have good professional culture.

    Cons

    Tough demographic at most schools, ridiculous tenure requirements, 2 out of 3 principals shouldn't be in the positions they're in. The good ones are real gems, however. The size of this government bureaucracy may be surprising to those coming from smaller districts; it's huge. Much of the money that should be going to the classroom is supporting a parasitical district office.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the district staff drastically. Monitor your principals more closely.

  10. Restructuring

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools

    Pros

    salary, seasoned staff, benefits, students

    Cons

    policies, too much management, not enough leaderships know what is happening in the school buildings. Political agendas.

    Advice to Management

    restructure faster

  11. Bogged down by bureaucracy.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CTE Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - CTE Teacher in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are first class. Students are marvelous.

    Cons

    No support from administration. Teachers are in danger of losing positions based on false or over-blown accusations.

    Advice to Management

    Dear MPS Administration - you say you value the professionalism of your staff, yet your actions demonstrate the opposite.

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