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Edmonton Public Schools Reviews

Updated November 19, 2017
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  1. "very satisfying"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, KY
    Recommends

    Pros

    fair treatment by school staff

    Cons

    there were too many seniors looking over your shoulder


  2. "Good once you're in"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the biggest districts in the Public School system in Canada, and the best paying district in Alberta. Once you get a continuous contract it has lots of schools and positions to move within the district. Most teachers/staff/admin seem to genuinely care about the students.

    Cons

    It takes at least 3-6 months to be approved to work in the district, even though we are on a shortage. HR is either extremely inefficient, overworked or lacking people. Large class sizes are an issue district-wide. If you don't have a continuous contract you are not allowed to apply for jobs, you just take your chances in the district. Expectations for teachers are high, and there isn't enough time in the day to do it all.

  3. "Fantastic work culture"

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    Current Employee - Procurement Agent in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Procurement Agent in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edmonton Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a strong emphasis on work life balance. I find the work culture fun and easy going but people work hard knowing the end product is the education of children. Respectful working environment.

    Cons

    Some middle management can be a little hand off.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the face to face time with staff. It's is much appreciated that Darrel comes out to events.


  4. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Edmonton Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent environment to work with students and a peaceful place

    Cons

    no social mobility for minority workers

    Advice to Management

    do promotions


  5. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edmonton Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great on the job training and professional development

    Cons

    Large company, can get lost in it sometimes


  6. "Great School Board if you know someone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary, time off. lots of opportunities if you can work your way up.

    Cons

    Very political. WAY to easier to find a job if you network a lot and know people. There is a huge lack of jobs due to old teachers never retiring and taking all of the sub jobs to fund their winter trips to phoenix (which causes a sub shortage often...)

    Advice to Management

    Be open to hiring due to experience and new teachers. Your friends are always the best people for the job.


  7. "Ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edmonton Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment, love the work I do. Opportunities to collaborate and work with other professionals in different areas. Friendly faces and love the children.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity to move up. Not a lot of options of where you would like to go. There could have been more opportunities for educational advancement and help through grants, etc. from the company.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better opportunities and pay for staff. Not fair for this role to be hired out to people with less experience but they get the same pay. Be kind to those who work for you.

  8. "Respected and in Demand"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edmonton Public Schools part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Once getting hired on as a substitute teacher, I have been working every single day possible. There is enough work that I never have to accept a job opening more than 15 minutes from my home. Nearly every single school I have been to has been very supportive and I find the staff remarkable to work alongside. I also love that as a substitute, you get to leave without making a plan (unlike my previous district in N.B.) It makes for a great work-life balance.

    Cons

    The hiring process did take a while to finalize. From applying to hired (and working) it was about 5 months. I am unsure if they only hire at certain times of the year though, which may be why it was a delayed process.


  9. "Elementary Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Edmonton Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I like working for this board as they wer the first one to offer me a permanent contract. We have paid benefits, excellent contracts, and it is very easy to relocate to newer schools

    Cons

    There is no wellness spending account and the additional workload required by teachers is not compensated. Early Thursdays eat up teaching time, whereas other boards have one staff meeting per month instead of weekly.


  10. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    IT's a good place to work and your are valued

    Cons

    Teaching is a tough job and work/life balance is needed.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect and it will trickle down to all parts of any school.


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