Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD)

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Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD) Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
72 Reviews
2.8
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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.  

    I enjoyed working with this employer as a teacher and seeing the progress of my students

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Kindergarten in Lanham, MD
    Former Employee - Teacher, Kindergarten in Lanham, MD

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

    Pros

    Great experience working with people who are team players. I liked how the District supported their teachers with professional development workshops and training for the core curriculum.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons. I really enjoyed working for this employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    N/A

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    Former Employee - Clerk in Landover Hills, MD
    Former Employee - Clerk in Landover Hills, MD

    I worked at Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD)

    Pros

    Good job. Benefits. Free parking. Free lunch.

    Cons

    The people can sometimes have bad attitudes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD)

    Pros

    it has very good pay benefits standing company values nice employees work with children one of the best school districts

    Cons

    it is not many bad things about prince georges county public schools besides the long hours other than that every thing was good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    No Support

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School

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

    Pros

    There are very few pros to this job. The only thing that comes to mind is the job stability and benefits package.

    Cons

    No Support at all. Every single planning period was taken up by professional development, ALL of my planning and grading had to be done at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your going to take away all of our planning periods, at least make them useful.

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

    Nepotism and too many initiative.

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Upper Marlboro, MD

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

    Pros

    I love my colleagues and my students. We are definitely a family.

    Cons

    Salary freeze (5 years) no COLA, too many initiatives and lack of resources to support.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I am very pleased to have the experience that I have with this company!

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    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Upper Marlboro, MD

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

    Pros

    I like the fact that we have the freedom of being out on the road and not necessarily have someone watching over you, all of the time.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges are the pro-rating issues, and also the union dues that we have to pay, whether we would like a part of the union, or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please allow us to be able to choose whether we could be a part of the union or not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good, but not great

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    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Lanham, MD
    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Lanham, MD

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

    Pros

    - PGCPS invests a lot of money into Educational Technology. Teachers have county issued laptops and LCD projectors. Students and teachers have Google accounts. PGCPS is as prepared as they can be for online PARCC testing!

    - Competitive pay (I have been teaching there for 9 years, and make over $57,000). Could be better, but not bad considering where the economy sits presently.

    - PGCPS relies on their good teachers to share what they know with colleagues. It helps a lot to attend a presentation led by someone who has been in the classroom recently as opposed to someone 10+ years removed from the classroom.

    Cons

    - Aside from technology, other resources such as books are not readily available for students. Students often have to share resources.

    - There seems to be a disconnect with what is expected with regards to Math. Tests put out by the math department do not always align with what we teach.

    - The evaluation process for teachers is much improved, but at times seems a little strict. It is nice to have high expectations, but setting the bar too high demoralizes the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Take a look at softening up teacher evaluations. I understand that higher-ups want to weed out unqualified teachers, but don't take it too far to the extreme.

    - Proofread assessments before sending them to schools! Typos and questions not aligned with what we teach happen too often...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting Work Environment

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    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
  10.  

    Leadership and change is necessary

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD) full-time

    Pros

    Veteran teachers I encountered were extremely committed to the schools and their colleagues' success.
    Healthy pay for a public school teacher in the DC area.

    Cons

    Unorganized school system which does little with the concerns of families, employees, and the children it serves.
    Work environment is highly dependent on the administration, which is often unprofessional on a good day and hostile on a bad.
    Too easy to get a job- the system has a reputation of putting unprepared personnel in administrative and classroom positions in desperation to fill jobs at particular schools. It's a disservice to the students and continues the cycle of high turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    basic school environment.

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    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.

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