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Florida Department of Education Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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  1. "Good School"

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    Former Employee - School Resource Officer in Crawfordville, FL
    Former Employee - School Resource Officer in Crawfordville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Florida Department of Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, average pay. The people were great to work with. The school system really cares about the students.

    Cons

    I don't have any Cons about working here, I do wish the pay was higher for teachers as a entirety. Overall I have no complaints.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice for management. Keep doing what you are doing for the students and pay the teachers more.


  2. "The management is toxic and corrupt."

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    Current Employee - Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Florida Department of Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can attend all state colleges and universities for free. You accrued over 200 hours of sick and annual leave per year. The work schedule is extremely flexible.

    Cons

    The management and staff are very negative and toxic. It's hard to fire the inept staff, which includes management. The culture of the organization is equivalent to teenage high school girls who gossips.

    Advice to Management

    Please retire so that efficient people can run the organization.


  3. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Kissimmee, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Kissimmee, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Florida Department of Education full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Is the one of the best department to work.

    Cons

    working like a teacher in the Florida State

    Advice to Management

    Department of Education5


  4. "Program Specailist IV"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Specialist IV in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Program Specialist IV in Tallahassee, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Very knowledgeable group of people
    Nice work environment

    Cons

    Promotions and raises based on relationships rather than performance
    Disproportionate work loads, when I retired, three people were hired to fill my position
    Management does not want input from employees

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees
    Look beyond your inner circle when promoting and filling postions


  5. "dept of education"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends

    I have been working at Florida Department of Education part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good team spirit, short working hours, friendly staff, good job satisfaction. great to work with enthusiastic kids

    Cons

    classroom can be stressful. great pressure from parents to obtain results, long daily commute. classrooms not very modern. some disruptive pipils/

    Advice to Management

    take notice of staff feedback


  6. "School Improvement Specialist"

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    Current Employee - School Improvement Specialist in Bradenton, FL
    Current Employee - School Improvement Specialist in Bradenton, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Florida Department of Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you enjoy assisting teachers with changing instructional practices to increase student achievement.

    Cons

    The position is a grant position and funding is ending.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking for grants that would support schools.


  7. "Wonderful learning experience. Alot fo politics perventing innovation but great people."

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    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Tallahassee, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Florida Department of Education full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great People, Set Hours, Relaxed interview , Relaxed work environment. Fair Pay for initial base salary. Excellent Benefits.

    Cons

    Come in with a good base salary cause it's hard to advance. Alot of politics to keep things the way they are rather than expand with innovation. Most of everyone still working there has been there 20+ years so they are fighting for top spots so they can be relentlessly opinionated so you have to just accept whatever gets said from up top and hope your boss is a good polotician.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of contracting out and paying the bare minimum to employees might be better to train your employees and make sure everyone is in a department that can optimize their performace and base promotions on a private sector basis where you can come in and earn your way to the top rather than using polotics becasue promotion incentives are what keep people around.


  8. "An agency staffed by people who never set foot in Florida's classrooms!"

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    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Tallahassee, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Florida Department of Education full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best reason to work for any State of Florida department, agency, or bureau, is the wonderfully inexpensive health insurance.

    Cons

    Because the Department of Education is run largely by middle-aged women, it embraces a culture in which job security is the highest priority, and that this can only be assured by avoiding risk and discouraging innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Move staff around so that they are forced out of their effortless and cliquish comfort zones.


  9. "Overworked and underpaid, tons of turnover"

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    Current Employee - Project Systems Consultant in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Project Systems Consultant in Tallahassee, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Florida Department of Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, although they are getting worse. Working for the State is not what it used to be, but still can give a lot of vacation and sick time, if you have some outside source of money to take advantage of it.

    Cons

    Very high turnover due to high stress, very political environment, and low pay. Lots of foreign contractors being brought in which not only undermines salaries, but is a disgrace for a governmental entity that should be employing U.S. citizens. No training except for a select few, but that's true of many workplaces. The only way to get high pay is to come in with it so they match it, you can't get there from here with raises and working your way up.

    Advice to Management

    Better have a backup plan, nobody seems to last long in this place, especially management.


  10. "Two years ago a great team, recent management changes have led to escalating incompetence."

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    Former Employee - Systems Project Consultant in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Systems Project Consultant in Tallahassee, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Florida Department of Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Potential for meaningful and rewarding public service at all levels.
    Typical state benefits (rapidly eroding as a positive)
    Learn from the experience...

    Cons

    Incomprehensible HR policies, and they are not followed.
    Extremely outdated business processes, if they exist at all.
    Job at the mercy of legislative agenda that is often contrary to best practices.

    Advice to Management

    Career Service statutes exist for a reason- to protect dedicated employees from political influence.


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