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Garden Grove USD Reviews

Updated October 9, 2017
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  1. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Garden Grove USD part-time

    Pros

    Very professional. HR is very helpful and the staff in substitute services is exceptional.

    Cons

    I did no experience and Cons. An excellent work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. "IBIA- Intensive Behavioral Instructional Aide"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Garden Grove USD full-time

    Pros

    -Good pay for minimal education. ($20.5 to start in 2016)
    - If you're looking for an easy part time job during college/grad school, but not a lot of upwards movement/learning/growing, this is perfect.
    -Probably good benefits for full time employees

    Cons

    -6 month long application/interviewing process, if you have a full time job while applying...good luck
    -a lot of employees were not trained in ABA
    -GGUSD has absolutely zero training for the IBIA position
    -a lot of employees just there for their paychecks
    -completely different vibe if coming from a private agency who cares about the kids you work with

    Advice to Management

    -employ people with ABA experience if you do not plan to train
    -have training for how GGUSD operates

  3. "Working in a classroom setting to seek to modify challenging or disruptive behaviors caused by a dissability."

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    Current Employee - Special Executive Director Aide/Intensive Behavioral Interventionist in Garden Grove, CA
    Current Employee - Special Executive Director Aide/Intensive Behavioral Interventionist in Garden Grove, CA
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Garden Grove USD part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The district provides trainings for the staff.

    Cons

    Difficult to obtain a full time position.


  4. "Instructional Aide"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Garden Grove, CA
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Garden Grove, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Garden Grove USD part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working part time as an aide gave me the experience needed to pursue a degree in teaching.
    Compensation is good and allowed me the time to go to school.
    Administration is always friendly and helpful.
    This is a huge district with many opportunities for employment.

    Cons

    As a part time employee, benefits are nothing. Even as a substitute teacher working full time hours, still no benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Substitute teachers that work full time should receive benefits.


  5. "Great customer service"

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    Current Employee - School Secretary in Westminster, CA
    Current Employee - School Secretary in Westminster, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garden Grove USD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits and stable jobs. Only district in the county that has not had lay offs in the recent years.

    Cons

    Needs to get up to date with procedures district wide. Sometimes things are in Stone Age procedures. Go wireless! Go paperless!

    Advice to Management

    Procedures need to be up to date for 2017 not 1917


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    "Lack of Administrative Support/Leadership by District Admin for CTE ROP"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Garden Grove, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Garden Grove, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Garden Grove USD full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1) Big District under which CTE ROP operates - Benefits/Salary package clearly defined, no guess work.

    2) Geographic Location - Orange County.

    3) Work assignment school site separate from CTE ROP admin location - greater teaching autonomy without micromanagement.

    4) CTE ROP admin works as best they can to support their teachers given budget constraints artificially placed on them by district admin.

    5) Excellent for part-timers.

    Cons

    1) Since 2009 in California state-wide, no mandate for districts to use CTE/ROP funds for CTE/ROP. District routinely takes large portion of CTE/ROP funds from state and puts in to general district fund putting CTE/ROP as a whole on thin financial ice; CTE/ROP admin has their hands tied from district admin who play games with funding obtained from state set for CTE/ROP.

    2) Geographic Location - Rents/Mortgages higher than other areas.

    3) They only offer part-time (24 hours or less paid teaching hours per week) to forgo benefits. No new hires being hired full-time, nor will there ever be a full-time upgrade offer. Those who are full-time are grandfathered. Teachers purposely kept under 25 hours per week as district plays games to keep benefits from being paid. They have taken long-time (>10years) full-time teachers and made them part-time as they are AT-WILL employees, unlike single subject credential holders who are protected by union contract. Union teacher collectives at some schools exhibit a clear outward bias against CTE ROP teachers on campus.

    4) Situation will never change without legislative mandate from California legislature to penalize district who mis-appropriate/re-appropriate CTE ROP funding to areas that are not CTE ROP. Job security is non-existent.

    5) District admin bureaucracy keeps CTE ROP afloat just enough to keep funding from state coming in and nothing more.

    Advice to Management

    Petition California legislature to make legislative mandate that CTE ROP funding be used only for CTE ROP with no district bureacracy financial re-directs.


  7. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Garden Grove USD part-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of schools to work at so you can work as little or as much as you want.

    Cons

    The pay isn't great but it's about the average for substitute teachers in the area.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great employer"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Mission Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Mission Viejo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garden Grove USD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stability, current Superintendent listens to subordinates as do most management. They just have updated most facilities or are in the process of. The kids are great! If you show them you care and create great lessons they will move mountains.

    Cons

    Union is weak. Union president is less than stellar. The district doesn't care about athletics or most programs except AVID and Latino Unidos. Conservative fiscally (which can be positive too). The district is way behind in technology and doesn't offer 6/5ths contracts. They treat summer school substitutes doing the same job as other teachers poorly. They pay 50% for same job.

    Advice to Management

    Don't promote teachers that have only taught 3 years as assistant principals. Too many yes people that do not challenge the status quo to move the district further. Be less top down in policy implementation.


  9. "Part-Time Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Garden Grove USD part-time

    Pros

    Hourly rate is really good.

    Cons

    Not too much growth within the company.


  10. "Teacher @ GGUSD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots support for teachers. Unified district. Strong teachers association. Many (paid) professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    Sometimes, the required instructional model focuses on low level critical thinking skills, low cognitive engagement.

    Advice to Management

    Embed building strong habits of mind into the school and district culture. Must be explicitly taught and universally implemented.


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