Oakland Schools Reviews

Updated March 13, 2014
Updated March 13, 2014
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    My experience in Oakland Schools, thus far, has been a constant rejuvenation for my already passion to teach and train.

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    Current Employee - Guest Teacher  in  Waterford, MI
    Current Employee - Guest Teacher in Waterford, MI

    I have been working at Oakland Schools as a contractor for more than 3 years

    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.

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    No comment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Wonderful Team, Meaningful Work

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    Current Employee - Wraparound Facilitator  in  Waterford, MI
    Current Employee - Wraparound Facilitator in Waterford, MI

    I have been working at Oakland Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supportive managers, independent work, flexibility, great benefits

    Cons

    Communication can be muddled, work is high stress, irregular hours

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  3.  

    Worst start to a new job ever!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oakland Schools full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Maybe give a little thought to employee training, especially new employees. Seek input from employees to improve processes. Promote teamwork and collaboration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Very little care for employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oakland Schools for more than a year

    Pros

    Work in a school/business environment

    Cons

    Disrespected
    Micromanaged
    Uncared for as an employee
    Terrible room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.'

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6.  

    Nice place to work if you can afford to.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Waterford, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waterford, MI

    I have been working at Oakland Schools

    Pros

    Benefits and time off and hours

    Cons

    Low pay, Senoir management very controling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to non management input

    Doesn't Recommend

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