Orange County Schools Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Because they are so big there are opportunities for professional development (in 6 reviews)

  • I was able to work with many of the bright minds of the district (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • The evaluation system is very biased and is focusing on issues not really tied to student learning and achievement (in 3 reviews)

  • The cost of living in Orlando has drastically increased in the last 5 years, but the teacher salaries have not (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great experience!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orange County Schools

    Pros

    It is a nice place to work and you feel like you are making a difference.

    Cons

    Pay and lack of benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was very supportive and encouraging.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. OCPS Satisfaction Will Depend on School's Admin

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

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

    Pros

    OCPS has knowledgable employees with plenty of experience. Every age group and community I have taught has been amazing and often times OCPS has great community support.

    Cons

    Where you work and that particular school's administration will make or break your experience. It's a highly politicized environment with not a lot of transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide coaching and professional development for teachers. Ongoing and effective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  3. Over worked and under paid

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in San Juan Capistrano, CA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in San Juan Capistrano, CA

    I worked at Orange County Schools

    Pros

    Long summers off with no school bells

    Cons

    Going back to new school year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team building exercises should be a must

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Good & BAD

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    Current Employee - Administrator in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Administrator in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Orange County Schools

    Pros

    Vacation Time
    Flexibility
    Love the people
    Working with kids
    Sick leave
    Benefits
    If you want to move up make sure you have a Master's Degree.

    Cons

    It is very Political.. Itnis who you know.
    Severely overworked. Hours at work and at home.
    Dealing with kids and parents requires tons of patience.
    The expectations to meet unrealistic goals is over the top!
    No growth potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SERVANT LEADERSHIP.. Try it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6. Top down, adult centered school district.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Strong parent support and community involvement make the schools generally more successful than they would be if it was entirely based on the work of the district and school personnel.

    Cons

    Focused on the self-aggrandizement of middle level district (director level primarily) staff with no real focus student needs. They have a school of choice for the wealthy families in the district and they pay little attention to the schools with the highest need. They have run out many good principals and quality teachers with their lack of support for innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let information filtered through a few self-interested middle level staffers that have little school experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. Great Benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orange County Schools

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    School work schedule
    Great mission and community involvement

    Cons

    No one leaves which makes it hard for new people to get hired in administration positions. Hire within circle and not outside of the Organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for promotions within the classified staff to admin positions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Typical Public School District

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Winter Park, FL

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

    Pros

    Constant training opportunities, large district with many schools to choose from, some wonderful educators in the workforce, decent pay

    Cons

    Little to no administrative support (specific to my high school campus experience), poor leadership and trainers, new plans and developments are rolled out in a way that is difficult to undestand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much to list

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Working for OCPS is alot of work but plenty of stepping stones for the future.

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Orange County Schools full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good.
    Exposure to different technology's is a plus.
    Good training system.

    Cons

    Low Salary.
    Traveling can be a hassle.
    Workload can be rough at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raising the salary would help alot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Math Teacher - High School

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orange County Schools full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Helping my students learn math.

    Cons

    Administration and political involvment make education almost impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanagement needs to stop. Students need good teacher who are free to teach what is needed, when it is needed and how best they learn. Marzando is not the answer.

    Negative Outlook
  11. OCPS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orange County Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Faculty and staff are wonderful and great to work with.

    Cons

    Expectations are incredibly high. Teachers work to achieve as much as possible and then the expectations rise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the talent you have before it is too late. Be more in-tune with morale.

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