Wake County Public Schools

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Wake County Public Schools Reviews in North Carolina

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
67 Reviews
2.9
67 Reviews
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Wake County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Merrill
Dr. Jim Merrill
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of great kids in the schools (in 3 reviews)

  • A great place to start a career as a teacher because of opportunity (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • hour work weeks, Massive Bureaucracy, huge classes, extremely low salary (in 3 reviews)

  • The school board has no concern for their teachers or students (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Incredible things are accomplished despite the incredible amount of road blocks to creativity.

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    Former Employee - Technology Assistant  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Technology Assistant in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Wake County Public Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    To work and know that you have influenced so many minds (maybe not as many a Ghandi) and that they come back to thank you is so gratifying beyond words.

    Cons

    If you lack the ability to weather political storms and occasional concept differences then this is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How bout putting the money where the research is in providing all primary level schools with the equipment budgets they need, and not just the "new," magnet and stem schools.

    Old traditionals are taken a beating!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Teaching in Wake County

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    Current Employee - Science Teacher  in  Apex, NC
    Current Employee - Science Teacher in Apex, NC

    I have been working at Wake County Public Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are many dedicated teachers in the system.

    Cons

    The systems is too large and is not governed very well because of its size. Many old schools are not maintained and the county can not keep up with building new schools because of the population growth is out of control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the system up into quadrants for better management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Resignations

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    Former Employee - School Bus Driver  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Wake County Public Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They offer you chances. This employer has many positions other than the one that I was in that would suit anyone without a criminal background.

    Cons

    When it comes time for judgement they want to criticize you and bring up things that happened from day one instead of focusing on the right then. They dit you in an office and play good cop bad cop with you to get an reaction out of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't criticize the work that others put in because they are in a bad situation. Do your job right the first time so people will not have to go through the headache of coming up there and not getting an answer right then and there when they are suppose to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    unprofessional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Apex, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Apex, NC

    I worked at Wake County Public Schools part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    nice coworkers, hard working team, nice hours

    Cons

    changing rules and curriculum each year, very unorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop trying to implement several different curriculums and keep with one that teaches all basic fundamental skills

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    I have had a great experience working with High School students with disabilities.

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Wake County Public Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Personal growth within the Special Needs department.

    Cons

    Career status does not offer job security.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Teacher, High School  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher, High School in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Wake County Public Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    WCPSS cares about their faculty and students.

    Cons

    Salary could be a lot higher

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not Sustainable Pace of Work

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    Current Employee - High School Teacher  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Wake County Public Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Students are very motivated in the triangle, time off (which you are not paid for), disciplined policy is well-enforced, good for first year teachers but that's about it.

    Cons

    Being unemployed because you are UNPAID during the summer, 60+ hour work weeks, Massive Bureaucracy, huge classes, extremely low salary. I work for a large high school in Wake County and have talked to my principal ONE time. I have 200 students. This level and pace of work is not sustainable for someone with a family or a husband.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your teachers are going to be the quality you pay them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Mired in politics

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    Current Employee - Teacher, High School  in  Wake Forest, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher, High School in Wake Forest, NC

    I have been working at Wake County Public Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Teachers and administrators are well educated and hard working.

    Cons

    Low salary. Education is not valued by local government and legislation reflects this frequently preventing teachers from providing the quality of education they are capable of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place more focus on maintaining teachers by paying them a living wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Unorganized leadership, "hops" from initiative to initiative creating inconsistency county-wide

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    Current Employee - Regular Ed Teacher/Special Ed Teacher  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Regular Ed Teacher/Special Ed Teacher in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Wake County Public Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Large county with lots of school settings to choose from; high supplement pay; access to lots of technology and resources

    Cons

    Too large of a county to create efficiency in processes; ineffective accountability of school-based leadership; school climate is really hit or miss; there is an all-consuming fear county wide of making parents angry which seriously affects the power teachers have to share honest observations and solutions with parents for student success in the 21st century

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Wake County Public Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Large county with options to relocate within the county. Teacher can submit for a transfer to work in another position.

    Cons

    No available ways to supplement income or earn incentive. Salary is controlled by state legislature

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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