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Polk County Public School District Reviews

Updated May 16, 2014
Updated May 16, 2014
19 Reviews

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  1.  

    The work is what I thought it would be.

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

    Pros

    Great hours and time off.

    Cons

    Not being able to control much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for the job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    great benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lakeland, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeland, FL

    Pros

    Great benefits- health care and retirement
    Time off- great holiday vacations, not like most other jobs

    Cons

    Budget cuts have caused downsizing in most departments. Employees are expected to do more without being compensated. I haven't gotten a raise in over 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more money in the wellness program. Otherwise the teachers and the kids will suffer.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Substitute Teacher

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    Current Employee - Substitute  in  Lakeland, FL
    Current Employee - Substitute in Lakeland, FL

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, fair pay, exciting job

    Cons

    Most schools are disorganized and not attentive to subs needs

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The teacher is blamed for everything.

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Bartow, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Bartow, FL

    Pros

    You don't miss holidays with your family.

    Cons

    Long Hours, High Stress, Poor Working Conditions.

    Teachers are blamed for student behavior and student grades. We are micromanaged about how to teach and are then held responsible for test scores. Trying to maintain discipline is a nightmare when parents don't back you up (of course, their little angel does no wrong) and the deans give the kids nothing more than a slap on the wrist (although they say that this is what the code of conduct demands.) Teachers also spend a lot of their own time and money on supplies for the classroom, taking work home, after-school activities, and doing things such as cleaning because the custodial crews are either truly on a tight budget or maybe they are just lazy and not held responsible.

    (By the way, I've worked at several schools so this isn't just my principal)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your teachers as the trained professionals they are. Let them TEACH the way they know will work. Support your staff in discipline procedures. Make sure that the ESE students are properly supported and not just thrown into the mainstream to wreak havoc on the educational process. The superintendent should make UNANNOUNCED visits to schools and go where SHE chooses to go, not just where the principal steers her to go. Better yet, sit down with some teachers in private and ask probing questions, allowing them to answer honestly, so that you can see what's REALLY going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The only focus is on student performance - regardless of how hard you work

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    Former Employee - Assistant Principal  in  Lakeland, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant Principal in Lakeland, FL

    Pros

    The Benefits and time off

    Cons

    Expectations are to produce…period. It doesn’t matter how hard the teachers work or how difficult the student behaviors are

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more autonomy. Provide a differentiated approach - a Magnet school that earns an A every year is not the same as a 90+% Title 1 school with students who are at least 2 years behind. Yet your expectations are STILL the same…doesn’t make sense. Teachers are expected to differentiate- why don’t you?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    look elsewhere for a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    no cost health insurance
    good prescription plan

    Cons

    district expects way to much out of their employees
    very low morale
    lower pay than surrounding districts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    we are only human

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It was definitely an education - for the first time in my life, I saw the worst in people.

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    Former Employee - General Classroom Teacher  in  Poinciana, FL
    Former Employee - General Classroom Teacher in Poinciana, FL

    Pros

    At first everyone is very nice & friendly.
    Summers off / Your out by 3:30 pm
    State Retirement Plan
    No real accountability (as long as you keep your month shut, play nice & don't make waves you can have a job for life - just ask the many principals of the many D & F schools in the county)

    Cons

    Absolutely one of the most horrible experiences of my life !!! As a Teacher the kids treat you like crap, the parents blame you for everything (because of course it could not be their little angles who are the problem) and the administrators treat you like you are child, micro-managing their staff, talk down to them and at times being downright rude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well they already got rid of they old Sherrie B. Nickell - but they have to seriously clean house and get rid of all the dead weight principals (that came back after retirement & getting a nice fat paycheck) too much monies are spend on resources teachers, programs, equipment and the bottom line you are still 63 worst school district out of 67 in FL. Your kids score toward the bottom percent in the nation in reading, writing, math & science. And your teachers are some of the lowest paid in the nation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Teacher

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    Pros

    Some professional and helpful co-workers. Students are generally respectful and kind. The time off is adequate.

    Cons

    Unprofessional co-workers, early hours, uncaring in-school management, teachers having to put up with aggressive students and the administration does nothing but send the student right back to the classroom. I have worked in a few schools and it is a hit or miss. A good idea to talk to others who work in the school to get an idea of how supportive the administration is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit spending a fortune on buying expensive programs which you only implement for a couple of years, discover doesn't work, then turn around and spend millions on yet another program, implement, discover doesn't work, then turn around and..... you get the point. The money could be better spent on attracting the best professionals in the field with wages which are more competitive. Finally, show your employees that you care about them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    clerk specialist for customer service

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    health plan, spring break, thanksgiving week, christmas break

    Cons

    low salary, they don't really do a lot of activities to recognize the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better the salaries for the employees

  11.  

    Great kids to work with, poor structure to work under."

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    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher  in  Winter Haven, FL
    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Winter Haven, FL

    Pros

    The kids in this school district were great to work with, and were very appreciative of the work that was done.

    Cons

    The school district constantly changes expectations and has very little respect for personal/work balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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