Baltimore County Public Schools Employee Reviews about "bcps"

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Pros
  • "stability and great benefits and work schedule(in 14 reviews)

  • "Good benefits options with low out of pocket(in 13 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "There are three major downsides to working at BCPS(in 5 reviews)

  • "Other surrounding counties get paid more(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Working Environment

      Jan 11, 2016 -  
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      Pros

      Great Staff/Students - I have worked at BCPS for over 6 years and have really enjoyed working with the Staff/Teachers - Supportive parents

      Cons

      Would like to see more after school programs

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      RUN

      Oct 5, 2020 - High School Teacher in Dundalk, MD
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      Pros

      88 million dollar building. Too bad all of the money got sunk into capital expenditures and instead of the operational budget for staff.

      Cons

      There are three major downsides to working at BCPS. 1. Administration - I'm not totally sure how or why its allowed, by administrators can get outright abusive to teachers. I've heard of teachers having the door shut behind them and just to get cursed at, threatened and basically harassed nonstop by administrators but more commonly middle management (department chairs are usually the hatchet men). 2. Union won't help - BCPS is really insular, and because of this administration, middle management and union leaders are very close. More often than not they ride together and die together. If the leadership structure doesn't fall completely in line with that moments principal, they get replaced by sycophants who will plant your head on a pike for them. 3. They know teachers are comprimised economically and in the job market at large - This means administration and middle management will actively take advantage of you in every way possible. I've witnessed chairs hoard resources for themselves and a few in their close circle. I myself have been threatened along with my peers with slander, career ruin and more abuse if I didn't get in line. I've watched peers have complete breakdowns because of continued harassment only to blame themselves because they are so psychologically broken by middle management. And why do you ask is any of this possible? Its simple, teachers don't make anything, and getting a job as a teacher is not easy. They know you won't sue with little you have and they know you are desperate to keep working. So fall in line or else. Dundalk High is an especially bad case, but I know for a fact this sort of stuff happens at many schools. Be very careful, and really consider switching professions.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      One County, Different Cities

      Mar 10, 2020 - Teacher in Baltimore, MD
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      Pros

      I enjoy the resources that I have to do my job. I also enjoy the partnership between BCPS and CCBC to help transition students to career and college.

      Cons

      No two schools are alike so you never what it will be. New principals can change what was working. Equity is preached from a teacher - student perspective, but not upheld colleague to colleague.

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    4. 1.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Worst management of people ever

      Jan 19, 2020 - Technical Trainer in Middle River, MD
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      Pros

      Team members are good and there are some highly skilled and dedicated people in the Department of Information Technology. State-mandated sick leave is a plus.

      Cons

      If you are a contractor or contractual employee, stay away from Department of IT and specifically Office of Enterprise Applications (OEA). Most Supervisors have no IT experience but were administrators in schools which is ok. But micromanaging IT professionals just like school students is not a way to manage, retain employees or boost morale. Multiple workshops to improve climate and culture have been done at OEA but the office still has one of the worst employee satisfaction ratings in all of BCPS.

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    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      working for BCPS sucks

      Jan 26, 2019 - Custodian in Baltimore, MD
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      Pros

      having weekends & major holidays off

      Cons

      pretty much being WORKED TO DEATH by cleaning 20+ classrooms in only 8 hours every night, very minimal cleaning supplies (& ALWAYS having to wait for more supplies cause there were NEVER ENOUGH TO CLEAN ALL OF THE ROOMS!!!) working for BCPS as a custodian was so NOT WORTH the pay for the exhausting work & not being appreciated for any of it!!!

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Former Employee

      Aug 17, 2018 - Anonymous 
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      Pros

      The acting superintendent is thinking outside the box. The State superintendent needs to give her a chance.

      Cons

      BCPS will graduate some students who can not read or write. Managment is out of touch with the needs of their students.

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    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Nope nope nope

      Jan 14, 2017 - Maryland in Baltimore, MD
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      Pros

      Colleagues are great and dedicated to students. They work hard in spite of all the obstacles BCPS places in front of them

      Cons

      Constant new initiatives, no time to digest and flesh out new ideas. One size fits all approach by admin is seen as a way of achieving equity but the district is very diverse and the ideas that will propel one school forward will not work at all schools. Dr Dance is not the leader we need. The new grading policy is terrible and terribly unclear. Teachers in my school are ready to leave in droves. New HS science curricula were not given the necessary budget for development, as such new curricula did not have enough man hours to really develop a quality product

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      BCPS central office

      Oct 8, 2015 -  in Baltimore, MD
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      Pros

      The district leadership at the top is strong and visionary. The direction in which the system is heading is positive.

      Cons

      There is a lot of silos and bureaucracy that make it difficult to get work done in a timely manner. Communication is improving, but it is still a challenge at times. Although not a BCPS-created problem, there are challenges with MSDE that impact our work (e.g. last minute rule changes, vague communication, etc).

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