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Hawaii State Department of Education Hawaii Reviews

Updated March 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay especially for part time (in 4 reviews)

  • The vacation benefits are unlike any other profession, and Hawaii state worker benefits are very good (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Bureaucracy, Low pay relative to cost of living, discipline issues (in 9 reviews)

  • The worst thing about the work with the Department of Education is low pay and no benefits (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Lahaina, HI
    Current Employee - Teacher in Lahaina, HI

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

    Pros

    -Living in Hawaii, Vacation, Benefits

    Cons

    -Bureaucracy, Low pay relative to cost of living, discipline issues

    Advice to Management

    -Allow teachers to be creative professionals, reduce the need for pointless paperwork and meetings, have the schools be about the kids


  2. Helpful (1)

    "English Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wailuku, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wailuku, HI
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Employees are encouraged to bring the previous knowledge and expertise in daily lessons. Coworkers are incredibly supportive and will strive for collaboration in longer lesson units.

    Cons

    Extremely difficult to retain a sense of work-life balance. There is a heavy workload in which employees are simply expected to sacrifice personal time to get the necessary work done.

    Advice to Management

    Be clearer about the purposes of training and more open to feedback from veteran teachers. Many meetings seemed to be punitive rather than constructive.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Undervalued. Low morale. Honolulu School District Special service provider (SLP, BHS, OT, SW, CP)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    When you grow up here, no problems. Flexible work schedule, no strict supervision, get to service half of a complex (Farrington), dont usually have to be at every meeting (SFT, IEP, eligibility meeting etc), don't work over time usually, and not too much hassle from school staff

    Cons

    So much gossip and bad talking about each other-especially the mainland Haoles who come to work on the island. Low moral and a lot of favoritism/passive aggressive bullying, especially from the higher ups (DES, supervisors, office clerks). SLPs don't have much say on who should or shouldn't be tested, get services, and aren't valued when they try to give recommendations. Similar complaints have been noted by the psychologists social workers and occupational therapists.
    Also a lot of favoritism from the des in honolulu, if you're liked, you get all the good schools, the easy schools, the easy case load, but if you aren't a favorite then you get thrown to the wolves. I overheard a supervisor telling one of the clerks that "they hope they can encourage her to quit" I was so shocked and they didn't even try to be quiet when I walked in. Also pay is crap. Offices are dirty and unhealthy. You spend all your time driving from school to school and the staff isn't always inviting. They won't give you wifi even though you're working at your school, they sometimes don't make you feel like you're part of a team or feel included.

    Advice to Management

    Make special services SBBH professionals feel valued. Low expectations and low oversight only creates lazy unhappy undervalued employees who don't feel like what they do means anything to anybody. The whole point we service kids and families is because we want to feel connected, like we are doing something meaningful (even if we are kind of over testing or meeting w parents, at least what we do day in and day out is valuable to someone... also, there has to be an end to all the gossip and bad mouthing especially from higher ups. If I can't trust my boss and I see them disrespect and share other employees private personal matters, I can't feel secure about what they may say about me.


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  5. "McKinley Community School for Adults"

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    Former Employee - Part-Time Teacher in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Part-Time Teacher in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hawaii State Department of Education part-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff
    The admin gave the teachers freedom to develop their curriculum.
    Flexibility in which semesters teachers can teach.

    Cons

    With no pay for prep time and what administrators demand that requires extensive prep time, you're better off working as a retail sales associate.
    Some students lacked motivation to learn.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the teachers more.
    Hire full-time, rather than part-time, teachers, so they can invest themselves more into their classes.


  6. "substitute teacher"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and days, time spent with teenagers, helping out teachers in all curriculums.

    Cons

    No benefits, always on call


  7. Helpful (2)

    "teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Lihue, HI
    Former Employee - Teacher in Lihue, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with the students is always the best part of teaching. The office staff are always helpful and the school day hours are great for those with children of their own.

    Cons

    Hot classrooms, extended meetings, poorly organized, dictated curriculum and watchdog environment.

    Advice to Management

    The Department of Education in the state of Hawaii needs an overhaul. They are often 10 years behind in educational practices and waste time, money and resources. The schools are run down and poorly maintained. Principals are rarely at their schools. Mismanaged from top to bottom.


  8. "Special education teacher"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher, Elementary School in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher, Elementary School in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The weather Is great in Hawaii.

    Cons

    Sped teacher worked their butts off. Admin tends to treat education like a customer service job and the customers are the parents. You will get burnt out and we will work way over your union contractual hours.

    Advice to Management

    Pay sped teachers for all the time they put into IEP related activities.


  9. "paraprofessional"

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    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Honolulu, HI

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

    Pros

    any time off you like and work around you avalability

    Cons

    people who you work with


  10. "bureaucratic challenges & dead wood"

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    Former Employee - Community Relations Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Community Relations Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Getting to work with and travel to communities all over the state. Even though I was based on Oahu I got to travel to Neighbor Islands for my work.

    Cons

    The department is full of lifers who are only interested in their own paycheck. Getting anyone to improve the way they worked was really hard.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the needs of the students and not the demands of the union.


  11. "Substitute teacher"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Honolulu, HI
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Helping students, change in environments nice (meeting new/different peope daily)

    Cons

    no benefits, kids can be difficult


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