Shawnee Mission School District Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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  1. Excellent school district, great collaboration between schools and educators

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Teacher in Overland Park, KS

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Communicative administration - Friendly and knowledgeable teachers - Competitive pay - Macbooks and iPads for all teachers and students - Many professional development opportunities - Numerous extracurricular and coaching opportunities

    Cons

    - Disparity of class sizes between schools - Rapidly shifting student demographics - Raises periodically held out due to budget cuts


  2. Going Down Hill

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee Mission, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee Mission, KS

    I have been working at Shawnee Mission School District part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Hours, holidays... great way to work while your children are small and in school.

    Cons

    Not supportive, employees do not feel respected or appreciated, educational funding is going down hill in this state and the district doesn't seem to be wanting to pull it back up when it comes to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Care for your employees. Children are the future and every single support staff position is important with helping to shape them.


  3. I learned a lot from being a teacher assitant.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Overland Park, KS

    I have been working at Shawnee Mission School District

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people are really fun to work with. Being a teacher assitant helped me adapt to being to changes that happen on a daily basis.

    Cons

    The benefits package is not the best. Their are no incentives at work.


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  5. Rewarding place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Prairie Village, Johnson, KS
    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Prairie Village, Johnson, KS

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District part-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Having the summer off while raising my children was wonderful.

    Cons

    Not getting paid year round.

    Advice to Management

    Get teachers out of classrooms that don't like the children.


  6. custodian

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Custodian in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Custodian in Shawnee, KS

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good starting pay for little experience

    Cons

    mostly 3-11 shift available to start with

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. 18 years at SMSD

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Secondary Teacher in Shawnee Mission, KS
    Former Employee - Secondary Teacher in Shawnee Mission, KS

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Quality Teachers Supportive Culture with most colleagues 90% of Students are great to work with

    Cons

    All-Consuming job so work-life balance is a challenge Accountable to everyone (students, parents, and administration-- who have none ) and is considered guilty as charged and must prove innocence Need an anti-bullying policy for employees (especially teachers)

    Advice to Management

    Need better training and accountability in how to manage personal Teachers need to be treated with respect and as professionals rather that pawns used for your career advancement Need to be focused on being supportive to staff rather than an antagonist Assumption you know how to teach better than the teacher who is daily interacting need rethinking


  8. Great people to work with!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Campus Police Officer in Shawnee Mission, KS
    Former Employee - Campus Police Officer in Shawnee Mission, KS

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The teachers and staff are friendly and it is a good environment to work in. The administration listens to ideas for school improvement. The district works to maintain relationships with students and with parents.

    Cons

    Pay is low when compared to similar jobs outside of the school district. Dealing with high school students can be rewarding, but can also be a challenge. Some administrators bend to parents will and don't back employee's actions (I didn't see this at the school where I worked).

    Advice to Management

    Develop structure and unity within the police department.


  9. Fantastic opportunities for work in this district, alongside excellent people and diverse student population

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Shawnee Mission, KS
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Shawnee Mission, KS

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunity for work - Huge district - Diverse population - Competitive pay

    Cons

    - Depending on which schools you go to, your day may be better or worse due to the work environment (low budget) - Huge district, nearly impossible to meet all the staff in one area (N, S, W, E, NW)


  10. Great people, good place, poor advancement opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst II in Shawnee Mission, KS
    Former Employee - Analyst II in Shawnee Mission, KS

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Great for developing technical skills such as computer hardware & software troubleshooting, network infrastructure, user profile nuance, desktop deployment, user management, etc. - The variety of issues to troubleshoot provide a great opportunity to hone and develop the above mentioned skills. This aspect may also keep one from getting bored with the job for some time. - Team leads were supportive, understanding and great to work with. - Co-workers and school faculty were pleasant, friendly, helpful and a pleasure to work with. - Administrators, to me, were also pleasant, friendly, helpful and a pleasure to work with. That said, I do have some things to say that may sound contrary to that and YMMV.

    Cons

    - After a while, things can become routine, both in the sense of how things are managed from the top and how the job is performed. This may be viewed as a "good thing", depending on what you're looking for out a job. - It is a government bureaucracy. Therefore, advancement and change are slow and hard to come by. Furthermore, there are some individuals there who are "entrenched" and would be considered "lifers". Due to this, it can be said that some are "set in their ways", which can make some aspect of the job more difficult than it need be. - Speaking more to the opportunity for advancement, in the IT world at SMSD, one has to wait for someone above them to leave for an opportunity to open up. As stated before, there are some who are there for the long haul, which is nothing against those individuals, it just makes it difficult and time consuming in regards to advancing ones career here. I am inclined to believe that this is the norm for most government agencies. - As another Network Analyst stated, no pay raises for the past 5 years or so. While the other Analyst stated that this is happening in other educational institutions (and it is), I would offer to look at the public records regarding SMSD employee salaries; especially that of upper management. You may find that those who make up the upper brass may not be taking on the chin as hard as the rest of the employee crowd at SMSD.

    Advice to Management

    Since salary information is public information, you may want to share a little bit more of that SMSD wealth with the rest of the employees. In addition, while I have not worked for or with the new Superintendent, I hope that overall district morale improves through his tenure. IMHO, that morale boost is not all about the money.


  11. Good pay, great middle-management, sub-par upper management.

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

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Had a lot of autonomy and my direct managers were always very supportive. Starting salary wasn't insultingly low.

    Cons

    No raises for several years due to budget cuts (but that's happening at schools everywhere.) Upper management didn't have a great understanding of how things actually worked at the lower levels.

    Advice to Management

    Come down and spend some time with the plebes. Take into account how large, sweeping policy changes will actually affect the day-to-operations of the people who have to implement them.



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