Wake County Public Schools

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Wake County Public Schools Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
70 Reviews
2.8
70 Reviews
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Wake County Public Schools Superintendent 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
  • 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.  

    Good place to work

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Working here may not be my favorite county to have worked in, but it's not bad either. I think the biggest downfall is that it is such a large district, and it is easy for the upper level management to forget about the "rougher" schools and year round schools. There were many times we had already been in school for a month and then we would get told there were new policies in place that were retroactive. That is poor planning for year round schools, and sometimes it reflected poorly on the school when it was the district. Compensation is good- they currently offer a 12% stipend above the state pay, which is nice. Each school may offer other chances to coach and other various additional jobs for pay. I think your enjoyment in the district is largely relative to the school you work at.

    Cons

    Being a large company, makes it easy for them to make changes without realizing how it actually affects teachers which can be bad. They have been known to increase the number of work days required with no compensation for demanding more hours of work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good working environment if you are in the right school

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher, High School in Holly Springs, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher, High School in Holly Springs, NC

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

    Pros

    Depending on the school you are in will greatly influence the experience you have. If the admin team is accountable and supports your efforts you will have a successful career.

    Cons

    On a state level the teaching profession is not respected. Every year new ways to evaluate teachers are introduced and never stick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the teachers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Completely ridiculous and thankless and for no money. Worked like a dog and not taught ANYTHING just expected to know.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant Kindergarten in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant Kindergarten in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    The children and the moments with them that you realize you have made a difference in their life or even just in their day.

    Cons

    Tooooooo many to list. Zero training zero positive comments or encouragement zero chance for advancement made to stand in 90 degree weather and then only spoken to by administration when you do something WRONG because no one ever taught you how to do it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PROCEDURES MANUAL for newly hired staff - ESPECIALLY teacher assistants. What a joke the way they are treated!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Wake County Pubic School System

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wake County Public Schools

    Pros

    Co-workers are supportive and hard-working, stable employment position

    Cons

    Unreasonable job expectations, low salary with no opportunity for raises, decreased benefits

  6.  

    My experience with Wake county was most enjoyable.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver

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

    Pros

    working with students that rode my bus.

    Cons

    Dealing with parents wanting special treatment for their children.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Assistant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Technology Assistant in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Wake County Public Schools full-time (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
  8.  

    Teaching in Wake County

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  9.  

    Resignations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  10.  

    unprofessional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Apex, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Apex, NC

    I worked at Wake County Public Schools part-time (more than an 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
  11.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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

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