Pros – The diversity of the school district is impeccable. Working in the various schools I have had the opportunity to experience mutual respect from the student population as well as the staff and administration. In addtioin my work performance is often acknowledged and in demand by various teachers.
Cons – Upon entering into a classroom or new facility, oftentimes, I feel that full potential is not challenged. However this school year has not offered many assignments due to so many bad weather days. I enjoy teaching but the work is not steady enough for me to live off financially. Although I have applied for other positions within Oakland Schools I have never been selected and I know my skills reach beyond just classroom learning and management.
Advice to Senior Management – No comment
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – OS provides good services to school districts and the students that they serve. They have the best intentions of promoting public education.
Cons – OS does not have a new employee orientation, you are on your own. Show up to the big fancy building and figure it out for yourself. Once you find your way to your hamster cage, there will be no training. I have been told numerous times that we basically learn by making mistakes over and over until you get it right. The organizational climate is extremely conservative. It seems that administration wants to be as intimidating as possible to make their jobs, which are no different than the same job in another organization, seem VERY important. The bureaucracy is crazy. Every business activity is extremely cumbersome, as it has to be approved by a series of 6-8 people, each doing their own microscopic piece of the process. For this reason it takes 2-3 weeks to purchase something, bring in a contractor, pay an invoice, etc. For the most part employees are chained to their desks cranking out their little piece of the OS process. Sadly, there does not appear to be much room for advancement. I have talked to people who have been with OS for 10+ years, but have not seen much opportunity.
Advice to Senior Management – Maybe give a little thought to employee training, especially new employees. Seek input from employees to improve processes. Promote teamwork and collaboration.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – Supportive managers, independent work, flexibility, great benefits
Cons – Communication can be muddled, work is high stress, irregular hours
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Work in a school/business environment
Cons – Disrespected
Uncared for as an employee
Terrible room for growth
Advice to Senior Management – Only work a management position if you're qualified to work one. There is a lot of corrupt behaviour that needs to be changed, simply by listening to the 'little guys.'
Pros – Benefits and time off and hours
Cons – Low pay, Senoir management very controling
Advice to Senior Management – Pay more attention to non management input
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
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