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Hawaii State Department of Education Hawaii Reviews

Updated December 15, 2017
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Randolph G. Moore
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Pros
  • The vacation benefits are unlike any other profession, and Hawaii state worker benefits are very good (in 4 reviews)

  • Good benefits, holidays, time off (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Bureaucracy, Low pay relative to cost of living, discipline issues (in 7 reviews)

  • There are no benefits as a substitute teacher (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like everything about my job. It’s in a supportive community, and the students are very endearing and funny to teach.

    Cons

    There is no cons that i can think of. I enjoy everything that i do, and they are the reason why i continue to teach.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management. I have a supportive principal who has experience as a special education teacher. Not applicable at this time.


  2. "Elementary special education teacher"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher, Elementary School in Wailuku, HI
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher, Elementary School in Wailuku, HI
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice coworkers overall. The administration can be supportive but they are also facing a lot of pressure so there is an overload of work at times.

    Cons

    Not enough pay for the amount of work and stress. The high risk of being sued can be very taxing and can make it very difficult to serve the child while being able to teach effectively.

  3. "Worst Place I have Ever Worked!!!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Pukalani, HI
    Current Employee - Teacher in Pukalani, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of time off, decent benefits, trips to Oahu paid for by the district for classes.

    Cons

    Absolutely the worst place I have ever worked, particularly coming from the mainland. There is rampant nepotism, it's disorganized, there are filthy/disgusting working conditions that are third world. The kids are out of control and run all over the place on the school campus. Half of my kids are sweet, but the rest are really rotten. I know this is Hawaii, but they have major behavior issues and they don't understand anything they are taught. It's like commonplace to have have 5-10 kids, multiple parents, and have family members in jail or have restraining orders within the family system. You're more a social worker than a teacher. The parents don't support education. Then, you have curriculum coordinators and other staff who barely speak English themselves (pidgin) or have heavy accents telling educated mainland teachers how to teach. It's is a circus! Rampant racism and bullying.

    Don't get me started on how they have no idea what they are doing and force program after program on the teachers, in addition to the ludicrous evaluation system.

    I'm so happy to get out of this place and return to the mainland to teach.

    Advice to Management

    Hire management that's not crazy, demeaning, and /or bullies.


  4. "Paraprofessional Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Paraprofessional Tutor in Hilo, HI
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional Tutor in Hilo, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, always paid in a timely manner

    Cons

    Minimal hours, no benefits for part-time work or substitute teaching


  5. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Current Contractor - Substitute Teacher in Honolulu, HI
    Current Contractor - Substitute Teacher in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    As a sub you have lots of flexibility.

    Cons

    There are no benefits as a substitute teacher.


  6. "Great job"

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    Current Employee - Autism Consultant Teacher in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Autism Consultant Teacher in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Fair treatment
    -Professional growth
    -Good working conditions
    -Culture of learning

    Cons

    -Pay is too low for the cost of living in Hawaii.
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  7. "SPED teacher"

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    Former Contractor - SPED Teacher in Waimänalo, HI
    Former Contractor - SPED Teacher in Waimänalo, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hawaii State Department of Education as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    studentts are
    most students are directable

    Cons

    indifferent parents and care givers toward students.

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. "The joys working for the State"

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    Current Employee - Secretary in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Secretary in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love the paid holidays (one or two every month except October).

    Cons

    45 minute lunch time only

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. "Program Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits-vacation retirement sick days loxation

    Cons

    No prossional development location using time off parking

    Advice to Management

    Collaborate


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Waimänalo, HI
    Former Employee - Teacher in Waimänalo, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus
    Teachers bend over backwards for their kids
    Well intentioned admin, but unrealistic expectations

    Cons

    Overworked, Under Supported Staff
    Kids run the school / behavior issues
    Teachers drowning in excessive paperwork, observations, evals, district initiatives

    Advice to Management

    You have a beautiful school and wonderful staff. Remember why you hired them, have faith in their desire to support the kids, stop trying to 'catch them doing the wrong thing' (as it appears and feels) and recognize the wonderful things they are doing on a day to day basis for their kids. Support them. Get a handle on behavior (security, parent /community volunteers?) .


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