Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD)

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Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD) Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
63 Reviews
2.7
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Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD) CEO Kevin M. Maxwell
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Strong leadership, excellent training and professional development for teachers (in 6 reviews)

  • sense of community, making a difference (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • work, long hours, and time consuming (in 3 reviews)

  • Anything involving the central office is paralyzing slow and mismanaged (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interesting Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD)

    Pros

    Laidback, some really passionate people about providing high quality education to our students. Great pay and benefits and other perks. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    More people concerned about keeping their jobs than coming up with harder to implement solutions or solutions that would show that they havent been doing their job. Multiple personalities and egos, rarely found any that were good. All thought they were more significant than what they were and treated people accordingly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture is the biggest problem. Many refuse to acknowledge the issues honestly resulting in the same things occurring repeatedly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    basic school environment.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD) as an intern

    Pros

    Generally laid back people, very kind teachers.

    Cons

    None to note, that I can recall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None to note.

  3.  

    Not for the faint of heart

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Special Education Chair
    Current Employee - Special Education Chair

    I have been working at Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -making a difference!
    -some great people
    -some useful systems
    -opportunity for growth and taking on new roles
    -student art in hallways

    Cons

    -lots of not great people
    -lots of troublesome systems
    -I know the school system is at the mercy of the government. But it's so so messy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Unorganized

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I love working with students to help them to achieve their goals against all odds as many students come from low income families. Coworkers make work tolerable.

    Cons

    PGCPS leadership is humiliating especially within human resources. After seeing the hiring process of coworkers first hand I am honestly embarrassed to admit that I live, received and education from, and live in this county. Communication is non-existent when questions are proposed to upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I am relatively pleased with my job working as a bus driver for Prince George's County Public Schools.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bus Driver in Bowie, MD
    Current Employee - Bus Driver in Bowie, MD

    I have been working at Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best thing is the work schedule. Having summers off along with Spring and Christmas breaks allows me the freedom to have a real quality life with my family. I enjoy interacting with the students.
    I work a split shift which allows me to take care of business without having to take time off.
    PGCPS has excellent benefits.

    Cons

    The down side is that I think they could do a lot better with acknowledging and appreciating their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees. Acknowledge them when they do a good job. When approached about showing appreciation to employees a supervised stated that getting a pay check is enough. FALSE!
    Everyone deserves to be acknowledged and appreciated for a job well done. Your employees will be willing to help out when you're in a bind, which is quite often if they felt appreciated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice working environment with a lot of career opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Lanham, MD
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Lanham, MD

    I have been working at Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    the collaborative nature of some staff helps make the job enjoyeable

    Cons

    some staff do not fully fulfill job description pushing the work to the hard working ones

  8.  

    Needs improvement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated to the youth of the county

    Cons

    management is top heavy and causes issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to clean house of upper administration

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    My experience at PGCPS has been both challenging and fulfilling.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Upper Marlboro, MD

    I have been working at Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is always a challenge and some staff to support you and brighten your day. Additionally, there are always opportunities for personal growth and advancement.

    Cons

    One con would be the challenge of getting full participation from staff, regarding working with more challenging students. Sometimes, staff have to be supported more when dealing with students who learn differently and with more difficult behaviors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize the staff you have in the building, focusing on their desired skills and strengths, while modeling the behaviors excepted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD) part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    fun and very very interesting

    Cons

    work, long hours, and time consuming

  11.  

    Good start for new teachers, but not for longevity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Riverdale, MD
    Former Employee - Teacher in Riverdale, MD

    I worked at Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good place to start as a new teacher who needs to get experience under their belt.

    Cons

    - the county literally builds the curriculum as the school year is in session. You will find out a week before a unit begins what you will be teaching
    -too many new initiatives without support or follow through from the county

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -HR is slow and not helpful
    -support the teachers more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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