Orange County Schools

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Orange County Schools Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
60 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Teaching

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orange County Schools

    Pros

    Great people and children atmosphere

    Cons

    no cons on my school

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Working for OCPS is alot of work but plenty of stepping stones for the future.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Typical Public School District

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    OCPS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  6.  

    Math Teacher - High School

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Looking back at recent past

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Having now worked in other districts and in other states, I can appreciate how many resources and impactful leaders there are in this district. They have a healthy view of data informed decisions and equip the professionals to have gather the data.

    Cons

    At times it seemed like there was very little continuity in the organizational structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps take a deep look at retention of staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Not What It Used To Be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher, High School in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher, High School in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    For the most part, the students are still pretty great. Also, you will work with some amazing teachers. With OCPS being such a large county, and most of the schools being so large, you will enjoy the use of resources (especially technology) that most teachers don't get to enjoy.

    Cons

    Everything has become way too political. All decisions are made based on what is best for the school, or what will most likely lead to a higher school grade - no longer based on what is best for the child. Teachers often get caught in the middle, as we are those who directly interact with the students and see the consequences of such political decisions. Very long hours, and every year more and more responsibilities are added while salary stays stagnant and benefits decrease.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut back on emphasis on high-stakes testing and trust your teachers to know what's best for their students without requiring them to spend hours compiling data to prove it to you. Start to appreciate your teachers and cut out the "us versus them" attitude that is becoming more and more obvious.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Amazing place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - English Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - English Teacher in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    It is a great place to work with many opportunities to grow and learn.

    Cons

    Some students can behave belligerantly and it can be a bit demanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Unorganized, dictatorship that would not allow professionals to make decisions.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School

    I have been working at Orange County Schools

    Pros

    If you want summers off this is the place to work.

    Cons

    Teachers are continuously disrespected by parents, administrators, and district personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to use their professional judgment and performance will increase

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    I have work there for 22years and the experience that I have acquire was extraudnary

    Former Employee - Transportation in Sebring, FL
    Former Employee - Transportation in Sebring, FL

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

    Pros

    The environment and the job operation meeting people exchanging conversation great dialoging meeting different people from all walk of life.

    Cons

    My cargo was special and very priceless for they were people little people of ages and their response was totally different from the other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management was ok for the rest of the link to function in harmony and precise precision.

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