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Professional Educational Services Group Reviews

Updated July 7, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014
27 Reviews

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  1.  

    Low pay as a substitute teacher contractor, but professional company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substitutue Teacher  in  Grand Blanc, MI
    Current Employee - Substitutue Teacher in Grand Blanc, MI

    Pros

    Paid on time with no payroll issues. Staff is professional and very helpful when I have a question.

    Cons

    Pay is low. No training offered. No benefits with the exception of 401k if you wish to contribute.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company for recent education graduate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher  in  Woodhaven, MI
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Woodhaven, MI

    Pros

    You schedule yourself. You can work 2 days a week, five days a week, twice a month. You decide how much or how little you work. There are always substitute teaching positions available.

    Cons

    Substitute Teaching for a contracting company may put you in many different districts, which makes it so that you do not get to know one district or school specifically well (allowing for possible long term positions or teaching positions)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Flexible and useful contract work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    It offers you experience and money you may need to help you get to your next so-called permanent positon.

    Cons

    Inconsistent positions sometimes. Might be difficult to get references if you are not focused on that at your positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication with workers might be nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great company if you want to be a substitute teacher!

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

    Pros

    They give you all the training materials you need (aside from your teaching credentials, of course) in order to succeed in the classroom. Their system is automated so you have lots of control over your own schedule. They even offer a 401(k). Pay rates are set by the districts so PESG doesn't have control over how much you get paid, only the process of distribution.

    Cons

    There aren't any real challenges with this company. I've found that the only issues are with the people at the schools trying to use the automated system.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Good organization for substitute teachers!

    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Kalamazoo, MI

    Pros

    Allows subs to quickly find, organize and participate in a variety of substitute teaching positions. Offers services to a wide variety of schools in single area, instead of having to sign in and find positions by single district. The online component works well for searching for available positions and easily connecting individuals to openings.

    Cons

    Not very personalized - never see or hear from anyone at the office. It's strictly an impersonal, online service. The parent company has an insurance/financial investment branch and often tries to encourage PESG employees to invest/become insured with them. - kind of annoying if you don't need those services. PESG also holds introductory meetings for all new hires, where they spend a good part of their time talking about how they hire a lot of subs, that their subs are great, etc. and yet, when I go to the actual schools, the pictures don't match up - some of the subs are just atrocious, given the behaviors I have heard about from other teachers.

  7.  

    It's all about PESG.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Ann Arbor, MI

    Pros

    If you have good skills as a former/retired teacher you can keep your skills up and running==most time it's fun and enjoyable to maintain kid contact. I love the process of serving kids and assisting them in their learning/school day.

    Cons

    Well, here are the negatives. If you are a real live ex teacher or on hiatus you will earn the same hourly as
    someone with no teaching degree or background. It simply isn't valued. Sometime staff in schools will barely tolerate you. Luckily that is an exception. Today I was not told of my cancellation of job and was expected to fill boxes for the summer to avoid paying me for showing up..Such is PESG==Don't look for the love! LOL.
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really don't have much advice other to say that if you really care about the kids step up and pay a decent hourly to retain good TEACHERS. It isn't cool.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    For those who like to sub

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Grand Rapids, MI

    Pros

    Plenty of job offers, ease of finding openings, up to ten districts to work for, constant work, easy to schedule a day or days off, can schedule work months ahead of time or same say, 401K and benefits available

    Cons

    Only way to contact after working there is through email, takes a lot of time to have emails returned and problems solved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Former Executive

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

    Pros

    PESG was created by another individual and myself with the oversight and backing of the owner. Great niche market that served the public school well.

    Cons

    Ownership suffers from the Founders Syndrome severely crippling the growth and efficiency of the company and its employees .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Substitute teaching, Flexible, low paying job with little to no opportunities.

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Being able to teach! You pick the schools that you teach at. The great teachers I have met and worked with over the years!

    Cons

    If you are a substitute teacher in Kent County this is the only way you can work. All substitute teachers are forced to work through this job placement agency, which drops pay a considerable amount because they take a finders fee. There is little to no positive work performance feedback from this company to faithful and dependable employees. I have not been contacted by, or talked directly to support staff since signing up years ago. No opportunities offered for "in house" promotions. Virtually no benefits are offered to their teachers. They expect top notch professional educators yet they pay just a little over minimum wage. You are not guaranteed regular work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please see the aforementioned cons. We are not delivering pizzas, this is a professional job that requires certification by a governing board, therefore wages should reflect that.

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

    Poorly run company

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

    Pros

    Work when you are able

    Cons

    When working a long term position, make certain you know EXACTLY how many hours you worked...2months after my job ended, I received a check for $500 and a letter stating they forgot to pay me.

    No training for substitutes

    Two different occasions(2 years apart) PESG contacted me and told me that I did not provide them with College transcripts (required to even sub).

    They called me at the end of 2013 and said I was not qualified to sub after doing so for 3 years, the 1 month later they said they were wrong.

    Received an email today stating that PESG is no longer allowing their subs to pick the days they want to sub...the days will be chosen for us if a position is in need of filling. The whole reason I chose to sub was to be able to teach when I was able, based on my husbands crazy work schedule.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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