Seattle Public Schools Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good school district

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Seattle Public Schools provide competitive pay that makes it just affordable enough to make it a full-time job but not a career. They do offer great benefits and lots of paid time off. The district also runs a summer school program to supplement your income during the summer.

    Cons

    If you are looking to work as an aid in a school in the hopes that you can then move into a teaching position outside of special education, you might be in for a struggle. Not surprisingly, it is hard to find full-time aids so they hate to let you go or move you if they don't have to. In my experience, they had hundreds of applicants for the open teaching position I wanted but none to fill my spot as an aid if I left. That was possibly only my experience however.


  2. Fair place to work, has potential to be great

    Current Employee - Leave of Absence Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Leave of Absence Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and strong mission in providing educational excellence.

    Cons

    too many politics and too many managers, not enough employees to be able to do job. Review of positions and management levels needed.


  3. Save the world one classroom at a time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Passionate, purpose driven, make a difference every day. Budget outlook is improving. Many work pretty close to 40 hour work weeks.

    Cons

    More Chiefs than Indians, slow to change, more political than you might expect. Work is seasonal and fluctuates (greatly) based on school year activities. Some positions are tied to voter approved capital levies, and funding could disappear.

    Advice to Management

    How deep does the managent tree really need to be? And do you really need to go to the school board for a $250k annual utility bill?


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  5. Teacher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent support from administrators

    Cons

    Too political, no direct communication from central office


  6. SPS Review

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    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great colleagues -Opportunities to advance or mentor other teachers -Union holds the district accountable for keeping to teacher contracts -Evaluation process isn't too daunting -Small neighborhood schools -Opportunity to transfer to a different school internally

    Cons

    -large class sizes -low-income schools lack additional funding compared to schools in more affluent areas with PTAs -the state/district rarely give pay increase/COLA increase -WA is not a "Right to Work" state, so you must pay to be part of the union


  7. teacher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    same schedule as my kids

    Cons

    constantly changing leadership, principals and consutants with no teaching experience


  8. Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, constantly working toward system & process improvements, serving an important sector - our kids/education! Constructive supportive management. Sodo location rocks, renovated space in former Post Office w/ reasonably plentiful/free parking.

    Cons

    Personal development/training a little hard to come by, must be proactive and assertive!

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people.


  9. Not a Bad Gig

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The job is rewarding, 14 week/year off, good benefits. Union representation

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, large district. Some of the schools are fairly old and run down. Many schools are de facto segregated by race and income.


  10. sit down, buckle up, and hold on tight....

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working with others who are passionate about the mission.

    Cons

    Management is too concerned with trying to keep everyone happy at all times

    Advice to Management

    show true leadership and stand up for the districts core values and principles


  11. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Paid bettter than average; good general policy for adressing complaints.

    Cons

    A lot of work; and still, not amazing pay when compared to admin.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay a bit; or, cut the average class size to more reasonable levels.



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