Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland)

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Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) Reviews

Updated July 26, 2014
Updated July 26, 2014
41 Reviews
3.3
41 Reviews
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Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr
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  1.  

    Pleasant and challenging place to work !

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very flexible hours. Wonderful way to work and still be home for your children when they need you.

    Cons

    A person needs to be flexible to deal with different situations that may occur in the classroom. Most teachers are extremely helpful and leave really good plans for you to follow in the classroom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to have access to paid training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Cookie cutter teachers wanted

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher in Germantown, MD

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing and you have the summers off, but you don't get paid unless you volunteer to have money taken from your bi-weekly paycheck.

    Cons

    Communication trickles down and each school has a different dynamic that can really impact teacher's performance. You need to take continuous classes to enter different pay brackets. County standards and curriculums constantly change each year and no training is provided. No matter where you teach, being a teacher comes with isolation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the requirements of education majors - no classes in college applied to the real world of teaching. If you want to mainstream children, that's fine, but be sure your teachers are equipped for the challenge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Shocked at the level of ineptitude

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    students, parents, classroom, co-workers,

    Cons

    Communication and training is very poor. Common sense from administrators is lacking. Students and parents were wonderful. CT's and admin are ill equipped and lack knowledge of core curriculum. I was shocked. I am a 20 year vetern and expected the best. Unfortunately this was my worst experience of my career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try seeking out talent rather than feeling threatened by experienced and good teachers.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    OK place to work.

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    Current Employee - High School Teacher  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The students and teachers are great to work with

    Cons

    Issues are not taken care of at all, they are just pushed to the side. Management has no vision for the future and changes policies day to day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Education is about educating... Management is about managing, educate yourself in management please. The education classes you have taken are not helping you to be effective leaders or managers of people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    There are many opportunities for employees without traditional teaching degrees.

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    MCPS offers a wide range of opportunities ranging from support services to high trained specialized academic instruction. It is easy to find a niche job that meets your background and interest. There are both full time and part time positions available at a wide range of locations throughout the county.

    Cons

    Each school has its own unique population and culture, so it is best to make sure that you are a good fit with that school. There is a lot of teamwork and the need to meet uniform standards, so any supplemental instruction on areas of personal knowledge or interest is hard to fit in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization is imperative. A well organized and well planned day can make all the difference in achieving success. The teachers need to be more than just a few weeks ahead of the students in planning the instruction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A good place to build an educational career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland)

    Pros

    Amazing educators doing tremendous work for students.

    Cons

    Current leadership jumps from one idea to another without coherent implementation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Special education

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I have worked with some wonderful people who really care about the students. The programs and opportunities available for students with disabilities is impressive

    Cons

    Communication is not always clear between management and staff. The county is growing rapidly and special education always seems to get left behind

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Okay gig

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland)

    Pros

    Decent schools and some good classes to sub for. plenty of options for where/what to sub

    Cons

    HR is sloppy and unhelpful at times

  10.  

    MCPS the best example of patronage ever

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Wonderful place for people who need job security. You can work there for 30 years without having to go through a single evaluation.

    Cons

    The is too much patronage and the decision making is horrible. You may wonder how the rank so high. Too much money is being used to teach student to the test.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's OK, but stagnant.

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    Current Employee - IT Development  in  Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - IT Development in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits at a low cost compared to the private sector. Excellent job security. Lots of Holidays and vacation.

    Cons

    Work load is constantly increasing. No communication on what management want. Decisions are defaulted not made due to playing the Cover Your Ass game. Don't expect promotions what you start as is what you will remain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions and stop playing the CYA game.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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