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Seattle Public Schools Reviews

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    It was rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools as an intern (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The children inspire . The benefits are good. There is the opportunity to be creative. The staff was very supportive. The opportunity to contribute to the well being of a child.

    Cons

    There are many duties outside of teaching. There is a lot of paper work.
    There are long stretches where there is not any down time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A staff meeting should often be uplifting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating experience

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    Current Employee - School Psychologist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - School Psychologist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Dedicated professionals, good benefits, decent salary

    Cons

    Bureuacracy gets in the way of truly supporting students, limited resources and professional development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not appreciative of it's teachers

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Students are wonderful and work well with others.

    Cons

    Administration doesn't support teachers or parents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very diverse student population...staff and teachers are very dedicated to the kids.

    Cons

    Threats to staff and teachers by principals about the consequences of going to the union.
    Experienced teachers are targeted and counseled to leave the profession.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dysfunction at its finest!

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    Former Employee - Dean in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Dean in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There aren't any. This is a horrible district to work in.

    Cons

    ........In this district, the focus is on the adults, not the students. Very sad!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seattle Public Schools - Administrative Position

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Frequent breaks (Summer, Winter, Spring), Strong Union, Great benefits/retirement, Plenty of opportunities to transfer to different schools, good opportunity to network in the community, chance to work with kids and families

    Cons

    Lots of red tape/disorganization, extreme nepotism, unfair compensation, unqualified employees that get to stick around/get promoted because of seniority, constant budget cuts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites. Catch up with the times and stop using such archaic policies. Hire a Superintendent from the area that understands the needs of this community. Hire and promote people based on MERIT, not friendship or bloodline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    a place of much potential for helping mold our future citizens

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    Former Employee - School Nurse in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - School Nurse in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    large, culturally diverse school district, staff/people who care about students and work hard for them. a district nurses association for continuing education and morale support

    Cons

    highly political, an unsupportive supervisor, lack of resources in our dept, individual schools expected same level of output on decreasing time paid for me in building

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to understand how public health affects a student's ability to learn. be more supportive of school nurses in resources, funding and hours.(IE a pay scale tied to medical experience not educational experience) understand and acknowledge differences in medical legal contraints on practitioners in a school district vs a hospital setting. value our judgement not our tasks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Under-resourced to the extreme, but no one will admit it.

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    Former Employee - Senior Assistant General Counsel in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Assistant General Counsel in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great cause, interesting issues, good people.

    Cons

    Under-resourced. Too much work and not enough time or resources to do it. Intense, and often ridiculous and obnoxious scrutiny that affects the culture of the day-to-day environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand up to community demands more often (when they are unreasonable) and provide educational leadership, not just responsiveness.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Welcome to the Gulag

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    If you have a liberal arts degree, this is probably the highest paying job you'll ever have. After working 55 hours a week for 36 weeks, you'll get that overtime back in two months of summer "vacation," assuming you don't have to take classes--at your own expense--to maintain your teaching license.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Bureaucracy. Bureaucracy. HR has auto respond emails for two months stating they are too busy to respond via email or by phone. Teacher evaluation system, which uses SMART goals, is deeply flawed and encourages cheating.

    Angry/burned out coworkers yell at and berate students and coworkers. Terrible physical environment to work in, with deteriorating and hazardous infrastructure.

    Overloaded classes. Inadequate curriculum and tools. Impossible work load. There aren't enough hours in the week to do this job right or to meet management's demands.

    Deadbeat union collects dues but does little to improve working environment. Union doesn't respond to requests for assistance.

    Teachers' every move is micromanaged. Teachers are treated like students, not professionals. Admin acts like teachers are there for admin rather than supporting teachers.

    Overall atmosphere is politically charged, with blatant political bias in teachers' instruction. Anyone not toeing the Democratic line is ostracized, ideological diversity is discouraged, and groupthink is rampant. Administration squashes anyone who questions. It's "sit down and shut up" management at its finest.

    Meetings and "professional development" are soul sucking. Administrators and trainers lecture teachers during meetings rather than using educational best practices to intellectually engage teachers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Special Education Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Special Education Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, diverSe community and culture

    Cons

    Depends on which school you get into, very burocratic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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