Portland Public Schools Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Be the change you want to see...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Portland Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    PPS is in the process of embedding a lot of equity work in everything they do. This was a refreshing change from my previous work environment. They are definitely on the way but still have a lot of "whiteness" embedded in their accountability framework.

    Cons

    Parking. Newbies to the main office are banished to park in the Moda Center Rose Garden.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate "whiteness" within the infrastructure, and enforce accountability for Equity work throughout the system.


  2. Portland Public School Board Members & Superintendent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Superintendent & PPS School Board, Administrators & some other Leaders favor the SW & NW communities, and totally disenfrancise North, Northeast, & Southeast communities from receiving access to free and appropriate educational services.

    Cons

    Allowing mediocore leadership, Promoting mediocore leaders, while intimidating and getting rid of professionals who question their leadership professionalism, organizational culture, and methods of academic operations.

    Advice to Management

    It is not acceptable to continue to develop and promote standards that deny educational access to children and families who are either economically disadvantaged, or have culturally differences than what they represent. Being inclusive and coexisting would be most favorable and acceptable. Having an agenda that is based on personal or political perspectives or preferences is unacceptable and should not be allowed. Instead Portland Public Schools educational and academic achievements should be for the good of the whole community, and not just specific communities leading to development of divisiveness.


  3. A Central Administration Project Manager's Perspective

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Portland Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    PPS provides great benefits and depending on assignment, the ability to balance life and work. PPS has a highly educated, mission-driven workforce. Central Administration project management work requires a high level of cross-functional analysis and coordination between multiple department stakeholders.

    Cons

    PPS itself is a personality driven at the leadership level (no different than most organizations) and public schools are highly politicized. PPS rarely cultivates talent from within its own ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate talent, provide professional development and career pathways, and create greater transparency in compensation and classification.


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  5. PPS

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Portland Public Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Little oversight from administrators means that employees can often be very autonomous at their jobs and in their individual schools.

    Cons

    Huge organization where individuals and schools are forgotten in the district. Administrators do not understand the basic needs or employees in schools that the admins never visit, but control from headquarters. Employees are not listened to or even consulted on matters that affect them daily.


  6. Love working with school admin and fellow teachers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Portland Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For the most part, fellow teachers are all supportive and generally speaking parents are supportive as well. Kids are terrific. Pension, retirement and health insurance all are excellent.

    Cons

    Pay is relatively low, though I have nothing to compare it to in other districts. Union policies are restrictive and tend to be all or nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Please eliminate the perception of top-down management. It feels like the number of central office administrators is creeping back up again, after several years of restraint.


  7. Supported by friendly staff and helpful administrators while working as a teacher.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Teacher in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Staff are dedicated and professional. Staff and administration are committed and diligent in their efforts to improve the school. Students are bright and in the 2012-2013 school year, were second only to Lake Oswego High in numbers of scholarships awarded to graduating seniors.

    Cons

    Students are not being disciplined. Mostly, there were not a lot of serious (example .. violent) behavioral problems. But for the problems that did occur, staff requests for assistance were met with "...if you were doing your job ..." For example, students curse and that was not a problem for one administrator since he/she said "..well that's their culture..."

    Advice to Management

    Continue the good work in staff development. Improve staff support in terms of dealing with discipline problems.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Huge organization focused on political maneuvering and top heavy.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are friendly and caring.

    Cons

    Getting noticed or making a difference.

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate tasks and hierarchy. Spend less dollars on administration and give more towards upkeep of buildings, react less to political maneuvering and more towards the long term mission of the organization.


  9. Loved working in the schools with the teachers, staff and administrators

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Field Support Technician in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - IT Field Support Technician in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Teachers are some of the best people to work with concerning IT issues because they are mostly focused, willing to learn, and are always happy when you arrive and sad when you leave.

    Cons

    The politics and backstabbing in the central office is legendary and debilitating. Say one wrong word to the wrong person and you will be escorted out of your job by security immediately. The present circumstances in IT leaves a lot to be desired.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and stop relying on so-called "experts." All the paid consultants are ruining the district. A top down reappraisal of management and HR is needed. There are too many loose cannons running around protecting their turf at the expense of students in schools.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A big, bureaucratic district full of great teachers and great families.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The level of professionalism among teachers is very high. Good pay (for teachers) and good benefits. Many terrific principals.

    Cons

    Too much top down policy. Very demanding as far as meeting the wide level of needs in one room with no or nearly no support. Every year (out of the 9 I was there) more was put on teachers' plates. Ability to support and collaborate with other teachers was very minimal.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring principals and AP's from outside of the district. In fact, the whole system would be vastly improved by hiring PPS teachers for most management positions. Knowing what goes on in the classroom is vital!


  11. Sped Paraeducator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education ParaeducatorMicrosoft in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Special Education ParaeducatorMicrosoft in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Portland Public Schools

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Health Benefits, job satisfaction, Time off, sick time.

    Cons

    Stressed Teachers, stability, and demands of job can e stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your staff



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