Orange County Schools Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
47 Reviews

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  1.  

    One Summer to Get a Job

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Orange County Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Organization and ease of using job search site at ocps.net.
    -Principals contacted me directly to schedule interviews and to give me updates about the job opening.
    -Availability of teacher's union.

    Cons

    -Long working hours.
    -A lot of variability in working environment depending on the particular school, its administration, etcetera.
    -Few opportunities for advancement, and they were only offered to those with years of experience.

    Recommends
  2.  

    An awesome opportunity.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orange County Schools

    Pros

    I was able to work with many of the bright minds of the district.

    Cons

    Kelly Educational Staffing provided management and scheduling for the district. They were not always the most professional and asked for far more, than they give the Substitute Teachers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Kelly.

  3.  

    Ehhh......

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Orange County Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Get in with the right school and you will be fine. Vacations, paid time off, and what more can you ask for as far as your time off??

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics!!! You can no move up the ladder unless you know someone that is a higher up! Oh yeah, if your principal does not like you, you will be black balled!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the politics and promote based on skills!

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Relevant and straight to the point.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Dean  in  Apopka, FL
    Former Employee - Administrative Dean in Apopka, FL

    I worked at Orange County Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you're able to get into a school with reasonable supervisors (Principals and Assistant Principals), and you're good at what you do and aspire to be more, then you will be able to move up.

    Cons

    If you get into a school (unfortunately there are plenty out there) with a selfish leader that only wants you to work there and not move up, it may be a challenge for you to leave said position because they have to release you depending on what time of year it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learning community leaders and front office executives need to monitor the counties principals better. There's so much going on in the school house that should never be happening, yet these principals keep their jobs and make it difficult on so many hard working and dedicated educators each day. There's absolutely no need for this in education. The job itself is already challenging, teachers need to feel supported just as the students do.

    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    My experience with Orange County Schools was very rewarding

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    Former Employee - School Nurse  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - School Nurse in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Orange County Schools full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I was able to apply the nursing process in the school setting with medical fragile students. it was a very rewarding experience for me with lots of personal growth such as health fairs for the different schools. I also had tremendous impact with teacher and students.

    Cons

    Organize training to the para-professional, teachers, clerks and nurses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain good communication, support with upper management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    A good school district; very low pay for such a large urban district.

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    Current Employee - Middle School ESE Teacher  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Middle School ESE Teacher in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Orange County Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Most teachers and principals I've worked with have been great people who really care about students and education. Vacation days and summers off are a big plus.

    Cons

    The cons often vary from school to school. However, in every public school you'll find the maddening bureaucracy of a large government organization; expectations constantly changing at the whims of politicians and upper management; and pressure to show objective growth data in a very subjective field that deals with the psychology of human beings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay teachers at a rate that is competitive with surrounding counties, including those in south Florida. Loosen up with the Orwellian expectations you have for teachers' use of technology.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Overall, a good school district to work for.

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Orange County Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some good things include it's a big school district, well organized, with lots of opportunities. Employees receive standard benefits (although you do pay quite a bit for them if you have a family) and teachers follow the typical school calendar. Lots of opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    One of the biggest drawbacks is low pay. If you're a retiree, you will have to be rehired each year. Evaluations are a little ridiculous with the new focus on Marzano. Teachers aren't very respected by anyone. There isn't much access to technology (especially for students).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that teachers are the backbone of education and respect the effort that they put in. Getting input from teachers prior to implementing policies would be a good idea.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Unprofessional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orange County Schools part-time

    Pros

    Pay is constant, and reliable.

    Cons

    Takes forever to get anything done. Passing the buck is constant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give advice, not just criticism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  10.  

    Fantastic experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orange County Schools full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    My school is fantastic! Great support and multiple resources as well as resource teachers

    Cons

    The state is very involved, paras have been taken away so there isn't any extra help

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on top of things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    OCPS Technology

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    Former Employee - Technology Support Representative  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Technology Support Representative in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Orange County Schools full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great co-workers that have become friends

    Cons

    upper management needs a drastic change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the day to day employees

    Recommends
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