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Denver Public Schools CEO Tom Boasberg
Tom Boasberg
143 Ratings
Pros
  • "DPS walks the walk of values-driven leadership(in 36 reviews)

  • "Employees are encouraged to attend professional development trainings and volunteer in the community(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "I was hard to see people not honoring the DPS values(in 31 reviews)

  • "No work/life balance, too much bureaucracy(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "ELA Paraprofessional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Denver Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and you're also eligible to be considered part time for Americorps so you get help paying for college.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is at times the children are rude.

    Denver Public Schools2018-12-12
  2. "Thankless hard work, great PTO benefits"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Denver Public Schools full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    A job for the greater good. Very generous paid holiday schedule (even when working year round). Internal professional development. Focus on diversity and inclusion, work in progress but issues have been identified.

    Cons

    Demanding and over worked. Benefit packages are very expensive and HIGH deductable, not truly affordable. Low salaries and risk of lay off.

    Denver Public Schools2019-05-25
  3. "Great place to learn and grow"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Denver Public Schools full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    PTO Relaxed Work Environment Flexible Schedule

    Cons

    Promotions structure seems to be flawed, many of the managers should not be managers

    Denver Public Schools2019-04-29
  4. "Affective Needs Paraprofessional Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Paraprofessional in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great students Great paid trainings from behavioral support specialist You gain communication skills that will transfer to any other job

    Cons

    Not enough administration support The school has a negative view of the classroom because we work with students with social emotional skills. (often referred as the "bad kids" classroom) If students commit minor mistakes that typical kids commit like cussing, the immediately get put on level 1. The pay is too low

    Denver Public Schools2019-04-29
  5. "Not a fit for me"

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    Current Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Summers off, fall break, winter break, spring break

    Cons

    Depending on which school you are at, some extremely challenging students. A lot of "extra" work that has nothing to do with teaching.

    Denver Public Schools2019-04-28
  6. "First Job Woes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Denver Public Schools full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Meeting great teachers and counselors that have been working in their fields for many years and they are an excellent resource.

    Cons

    Lack of support, lack of training, top heavy administration. I was hard to see people not honoring the DPS values.

    Denver Public Schools2019-04-09
  7. "Love the kids, but the system is difficult"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, diverse school district

    Cons

    Extremely poor and unclear compensation system, insane focus on testing (prep and results)

    Denver Public Schools2019-04-01
  8. "DPS Is retention really important to the oganzation"

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    Former Employee - Principal in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Denver Public Schools full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    The People are amazing in DPS and the communities we serve.

    Cons

    How they treat employees even if you you give years to the company with very little communication and transparentcy

    Advice to Management

    Treat people the way you would want to be treated if you gave 20 years plus to an organization.

    Denver Public Schools2019-03-26
  9. "Good place to work, but there are better places"

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    Current Employee - HS Math Teacher in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    dedicated, intelligent colleagues in many places.

    Cons

    inferior pay to other districts, high cost of Denver living.

    Denver Public Schools2019-03-03
  10. "Good work but big bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Interesting meaningful work related to big national education and the issues related to education

    Cons

    Top down approach and a lot of bureaucracy hinders work. Terrible leadership and lots of politics within organization

    Denver Public Schools2019-03-15
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