Wake County Public Schools Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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Pros
  • They provide all kinds of professional development, curriculum guides, and opportunities for teachers to learn and grow (in 4 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Unreasonable job expectations, low salary with no opportunity for raises, decreased benefits (in 4 reviews)

  • The school board only cares about furthering their own political careers and agendas (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Teacjer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wake County Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Year round is nice with breaks through the year

    Cons

    Limited technology prevents 21st century learning

  2. student

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Wake County Public Schools as an intern

    Pros

    nice, easy to work with, manageable, great partnership

    Cons

    tracking, poor salary, large time commitment

  3. Bad School Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher, High School
    Current Employee - Teacher, High School

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great hours and nice to have summers off
    - Some students are really great
    - Some teachers are awesome

    Cons

    -The pay is crap!!! Not enough to survive off, I had to get a 2nd and 3rd job to support myself.
    They don't hire substitutes and expect teachers to cover for free.
    They don't pay you during the summer months
    They expect you to use personal leave on snow days WHEN THEY CLOSE THE SCHOOL
    They don't discipline children so they are disrespectful and do what they want.

    Advice to Management

    Support teachers!

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  5. Loved working here, especially when I could focus on student learning.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wake County Public Schools

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

    Pros

    There are a variety of schools that you can work for all over the county. Time off during summers or track outs are awesome.

    Cons

    Work never stops! Lesson planning, grading papers and trying to learn new strategies to help your students often required working after hours.

    Advice to Management

    Often times management really does not know what happens in the daily life of a teacher in the trenches. Politics play too much of a role in education.

  6. Too big, too much drama

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Principal in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Assistant Principal in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Wake County Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of great colleagues, resources and kids

    Cons

    Politics trickle down from central office to schools. "Connected" principals are untouchable, even when they do illegal things. Promotions are very politically motivated as well

  7. Every year it gets worse

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Cary, NC

    I have been working at Wake County Public Schools

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

    Pros

    Job security- it really takes a lot to lose a teaching job.

    Cons

    no consistency in any grade level that you teach; Nothing is ever the same. The schools are data driven that is the most stressful environment. Just when you think you're hitting goal with a student or classroom a new goal comes in to place and you never feel like your ever reaching a goal. Growth doesn't matter anymore; what only matters is reaching benchmarks. Pay is poor. Thankless job.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting the stress trickle down; the students feel it even in kindergarten. Pay your teachers what they deserve and thank them for basically carrying two full time careers.

  8. Wake County Schools

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wake County Public Schools

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great funding, strong central office leadership
    Opportunities for professional growth
    By and large, motivated and committed parents and community
    High teacher supplement

    Cons

    work-life balance
    school level management uncertainty
    compensation
    time-off policies
    limited merit-based pay opportunities
    "And other duties as assigned" provision of contract

    Advice to Management

    Remove the "and other duties as assigned" provision of the contract. Be more prescriptive about what exactly you'd prefer teachers be spending their time on, as the provision allows for them to be taken advantage of.

  9. Teacher Assistants Required to Wear Many Hats

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Wake County Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are ok, but nothing to brag about. The work schedule is nice, if you work in a school with a traditional calendar.

    Cons

    Most schools are very under-staffed, so expect to not only assist in your home classroom but also help "where needed." This may well include working in the cafeteria, serving food, running to the kitchen when food items run out in search for more, monitoring student behavior, and cleaning the tables and sweeping the floors. As a teacher "assistant" I was trained to work in the classroom - not the cafeteria.

    Advice to Management

    Be up front about what all is expected from an employee in any given position.

  10. Politics in Education

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

    I worked at Wake County Public Schools

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

    Pros

    many schools to choose from

    Cons

    not concerned with student achievement, segregated

    Advice to Management

    take the corruption out of administration and central office and redistribute funding directly to the classrooms so that the students will benefit rather than padding the pockets of education "leaders" to further feed their political agendas

  11. Good place to work for the most part

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

    I have been working at Wake County Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good community environment and caring people and administrators

    Cons

    Paperwork is redundant and overwhelming at times

    Advice to Management

    Reduce redundant paperwork

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